Criminalizing Taped Cell Calls 'Makes No Sense,' Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (February 14, 2014, 7:48 PM EST) -- A Ninth Circuit judge expressed skepticism Friday, when the plaintiff in a class action alleging Hilton Worldwide Inc. illegally recorded customer calls asked that his suit be revived because the lower court had failed to distinguish landline calls from cellphone calls, which receive added legal protection.

During oral arguments in Pasadena, Calif., plaintiff Rick Young's attorney Ellyn Moscowitz told a three-judge panel that a California federal court erred in dismissing the suit because calls to the reservation line for Hilton’s 1,700 Hampton hotels weren’t confidential, saying...
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