DNA Testing Co. Balks At Class Cert. In Row Over Web Posts

Law360, New York (February 2, 2017, 9:54 PM EST) -- Gene By Gene Ltd. on Wednesday countered a consumer's claim that his proposed class action accusing the DNA testing company of illegally posting his genetic test results on public websites was ripe for certification, telling an Alaska federal judge too many individual questions existed.

Michael Cole sued Gene by Gene, which operates the Family Tree DNA brand and website, in 2014, alleging that the company runs afoul of Alaska's Genetic Privacy Act by publishing customers' highly sensitive genetic information on publicly available websites without their informed and written consent. Two weeks ago, Cole argued that the dispute involving 900 potential class...

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