Judge Urges Cert. Denial In Aaron's Rental Computer Spy Case

Law360, New York (February 11, 2014, 6:46 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge has recommended denying class certification in a suit accusing rent-to-own retailer Aaron’s Inc. of installing spying devices and software on computers it provided to customers, finding the class definitions are too vague.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter said the definitions of the two classes plaintiffs intended to certify failed to meet ascertainability standards, agreeing with Aaron’s that using “terms of art” from the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in order to define the class effectively defines the class by reference to...
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