Facebook and Google surreptitiously track, log and store users' private location information, even in circumstances where consumers explicitly limit or turn off this data collection capability, according to separate putative class actions lodged in California federal court.
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Facebook, Google Hit With Suits Over Location Tracking

Facebook and Google surreptitiously track, log and store users' private location information, even in circumstances where consumers explicitly limit or turn off this data collection capability, according to separate putative class actions lodged in California federal court. Read full article »

Clients Win Cert. In Raymond James Secret Commission Suit

A federal Florida judge on Monday certified a class of nearly 59,000 Raymond James customers in litigation accusing the financial services firm of charging unauthorized commissions via a padded “processing fee,” rejecting the company’s argument that class members couldn’t be ascertained without transaction-by-transaction account reviews. Read full article »

FedEx Drivers Seek $3.9M Atty Fees In ERISA Deal

FedEx Ground drivers asked an Indiana federal judge to grant their counsel $3.9 million in fees after he greenlighted a $13.3 million settlement resolving their Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims in multidistrict litigation alleging the company misclassified them as independent contractors rather than employees. Read full article »

3 Investor Firms Nab $8.8M In Keurig Stock-Drop Settlement

A Vermont federal judge on Monday approved nearly $8.8 million in fees and litigation expenses payable to attorneys from the firms Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, Barrack Rodos & Bacine and Lynn Lynn Blackman & Manitsky PC, all of which had a hand in representing Keurig Green Mountain Inc. investors in a stock-drop suit. Read full article »

VW Pushes For Decertification Of Subclass In TCPA Row

Volkswagen has asked a California federal judge to decertify a subclass of customers in a class action claiming they received allegedly unauthorized service robocalls, saying their individual circumstances are too varied. Read full article »

Beto For Texas Campaign Sued Over Election Robotexts

Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke's campaign to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas has been hit with a proposed class action alleging that the organization sent prospective voters unwanted, automated text messages, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Read full article »

SECURITIES

Tower Research Capital Hit With Futures Manipulation Suit

Tower Research Capital LLC and three of its traders allegedly manipulated futures contract prices between 2012 and 2014, benefiting themselves while harming investors, a proposed class alleged Friday in Illinois federal court. Read full article »

Investors Hit PE-Backed Camping World With Stock-Drop Suit

Camping World and its directors misled investors about its financial performance and the success of a recent acquisition, paving the way for an insider selling scheme at the reality star-helmed recreational vehicle retailer ahead of a stock drop, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court Friday. Read full article »

Investor Drops Suit Over Cryptocurrency Hacking

A New York federal judge on Monday tossed an investor’s proposed class action accusing a bitcoin alternative creator of allegedly steering him to trade on an Italian exchange that lost hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of digital currency to hackers, after the investor dropped the case. Read full article »

Equus Investor Says Equity Perk Suit Should Stay Alive

A proposed class seeking to undo an approved Equus Total Return Inc. stock incentive plan argued in Delaware Chancery Court on Monday that their complaint claiming not enough information was provided for shareholders about the plan should move forward to trial. Read full article »

COMPETITION

Door Makers Hit With Building Supplier's Price-Fixing Suit

Weeks after being ordered to divest a factory in groundbreaking private litigation, door maker Jeld-Wen Inc. is facing another antitrust suit in Virginia federal court, this time from a building materials supplier’s proposed class action accusing the company and its peer of using their combined market dominance to fix prices. Read full article »

Ex-Bumble Bee CEO Wants Kansas Grocers' Suit Tossed

The former chief of Bumble Bee Foods LLC accused of a tuna price-fixing plot has urged a California federal judge to let him escape an antitrust suit, arguing that a grocery group blundered by suing him personally in Kansas. Read full article »

EMPLOYMENT

DoorDash Driver Must Arbitrate Misclassification Suit

A DoorDash Inc. delivery driver must arbitrate his putative class action claiming the app-based food delivery service misclassified drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, a California federal judge ruled Monday, saying just because a single driver opted out of arbitration doesn’t mean all drivers did. Read full article »

Final OK Given To $1.35M Lockheed Wage And Hour Suit Deal

A California judge has agreed to give the final stamp of approval on a $1.35 million deal to resolve claims that Lockheed Martin Corp. didn’t properly provide certain workers with correct itemized wage statements. Read full article »

Santander Ex-Manager Can Call, Email Workers In OT Row

A New Jersey federal judge said Monday that a former Santander Bank NA branch operations manager may contact her peers across the country for a class action alleging the bank coerced employees into not filing for overtime, as the information will help her figure out if the workers are class members. Read full article »

Oil Workers Say Co. Called Them Contractors To Deny OT Pay

Waste company Republic Services Inc. improperly classified its “solids control consultants” on oil and gas sites around the country as independent contractors to avoid paying them overtime, according to a proposed class action filed in a Pennsylvania federal court. Read full article »

PRODUCT LIABILITY

Gov'ts Must Link Patient Data To Prescriptions In Opioid MDL

A special master on Sunday said that local governments suing drugmakers over the opioid crisis in multidistrict litigation should provide opioid manufacturers with patient data for opioid prescriptions, along with other information, so that the companies can match the information in other databases. Read full article »

Consumers Tell 2nd Circ. Olive Oil’s Truffle 'Aroma' Misleading

A proposed class of olive oil consumers asked the Second Circuit on Monday to recognize, perhaps for the first time, that “aroma” is a misleading food ingredient, seeking to revive a consumer protection lawsuit against Monini over its white truffle-flavored extra virgin olive oil. Read full article »

PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

2 NYC, Fla. Hotel Websites Don’t Give ADA Info, Suits Say

Disabled customers sued New York’s Carnegie Hotel and Florida’s Walkabout Beach Resort on Monday, claiming in separate federal court lawsuits that the hotels’ websites fail to provide the required disability accessibility information under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read full article »

Housekeeping Co. Hit With Privacy Suit Over Fingerprinting

A Pennsylvania-based hospital housekeeping company has been slapped with a proposed class action alleging that its fingerprint scanning method for employee timekeeping violates an Illinois state privacy law because it unlawfully collects, records and stores biometric data. Read full article »

REAL ESTATE

Chicago Short-Rental Regs Unconstitutional, 7th Circ. Hears

Chicago’s rules imposing fees and registration requirements on short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb unconstitutionally compel speech on the part of hosts, an advocacy group told the Seventh Circuit on Monday. Read full article »

PROJECT FINANCE

4th Circ. Axes Va. Motorists' Suit Over Use Of Dulles Tolls

The Fourth Circuit on Monday rejected a proposed class action alleging the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport, unconstitutionally used motorists' Dulles Toll Road revenue to fund D.C. Metrorail's Silver Line extension. Read full article »

IMMIGRATION

9th Circ. Won't Rehear Immigrant Driving Privileges Suit

The Ninth Circuit on Monday declined to rehear its decision last month that courts do not have the power to overrule Oregon voters who rejected a proposed state law that would have allowed individuals to obtain driver’s licenses without needing to establish their legal immigration status. Read full article »

Army Recruits Seek To Toss Feds' Win Bid In Citizenship Row

A class of noncitizen U.S. Army recruits challenging the imposition of added requirements for naturalization through a government program urged a District of Columbia federal court Friday to strike the Trump administration’s bid for a quick win, arguing the federal government’s motion doesn’t comply with filing requirements. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Do BigLaw Mergers Really Make You Miserable?

It’s easy to assume that the ongoing trend of firm mergers and acquisitions in BigLaw leads to more dissatisfaction for the lawyers pulled into these larger firms, but a new study suggests that experiences with mergers are actually more varied. Read full article »

Trade, Taxes And Uncertainty Drove Q3 Lobbying Revenue

BigLaw federal lobbying revenues in the third quarter of 2018 were driven largely by an uptick in activity surrounding the new tax law and new tariffs, as well as by clients seeking guidance amid the uncertainty fomented by the looming midterm elections. Read full article »

Analysis

Heritage Foundation's Clerk Training Raises Specter Of Bias

A recently suspended federal law clerk training program operated by conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation “harms the reputation of the federal judiciary” by creating the appearance of partisan bias, according to professors who specialize in legal ethics. Read full article »

Justice O'Connor Says She Likely Has Alzheimer's

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is withdrawing from public life at age 88 following a dementia diagnosis that is “probably Alzheimer’s disease,” she said in a letter released Tuesday, having spent the last 12 years of her retirement dedicated to civics education and other causes. Read full article »

HBUS Hires First Female African-American GC In Cryptocurrency

HBUS Inc., the U.S. strategic partner of cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, has hired an attorney with in-house experience at Intuit, Google and Yahoo! as its general counsel, making her the first African-American woman to serve in that role for a digital currency marketplace, the company announced Tuesday. Read full article »

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