Cellphone Cos. Duck Some Claims In Consumer Privacy MDL

By Emily Field (January 22, 2015, 5:02 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday dismissed claims in a multidistrict proposed class action that HTC Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. and other device makers violated the Wiretap Act by illegally collecting consumers' data from their phones, saying that the plaintiffs didn't sufficiently allege they intended to intercept communications.

While the consumers sufficiently alleged that Carrier IQ Inc.'s mobile software intercepts communications such as texts, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen ruled in a 100-page order that the plaintiffs hadn't sufficiently claimed that the mobile device manufacturers actually received any of the allegedly intercepted texts or Internet search queries as required by the...

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