Hearst, Conde Nast Off The Hook In 'Shine The Light' Suits

Law360, Los Angeles (February 18, 2014, 9:16 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit issued twin rulings Tuesday tossing class actions against publishing giants Hearst Communications Inc. and Conde Nast Publications, saying the plaintiffs hadn’t sufficiently proven injury by the companies’ lack of disclosures under California’s “shine the light” law.

Brian King and Melissa Miller brought suits against Conde Nast and Hearst respectively, alleging the publishers weren’t properly disclosing information about the third-party vendors they might sell customer data to. The three-judge appellate panel determined Tuesday that the plaintiffs in the state-law cases must meet a higher...
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