Overstock Unit Covertly Records Calls, Suit Says

By Kira Lerner (May 19, 2014, 2:41 PM EDT) -- Overstock.com Insurance Agency illegally recorded telephone conversations that included "highly personal and private financial information" without customers' permission, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court Friday.

Lead plaintiff Justin Maghen alleges the online shopping company's insurance seller violated California law by intentionally recording confidential cellphone conversations without the consent of its customers, according to the complaint.

"Plaintiff had no reasonable expectation that any of plaintiff's cellular telephone conversations with defendant would be recorded due to the private subject matter being discussed," the complaint said. "Had plaintiff known that said conversation/s were being recorded, plaintiff would have conducted...

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