HoJo Trims Punitive Damages From Phone Privacy Class Action

Law360, New York (August 8, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT) -- Howard Johnson International Inc. on Tuesday successfully escaped punitive damages and claims of common law invasion of privacy in a putative California class action accusing the hotel chain of surreptitiously recording customer phone calls.

In granting Howard Johnson’s motion to dismiss the claims, California federal Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled that although plaintiff Loren Stone successfully argued that he had a reasonable expectation of privacy in making the recorded call and suffered legally valid injury as a result of the recording, he failed to adequately argue...
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