9th Circ. Ends Buy.com User's $500M Privacy Suit

Law360, New York (June 24, 2015, 1:35 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit upheld a ruling on Tuesday dismissing a $500 million class action against online retailer Buy.com, saying a 1971 law prohibiting retailers from collecting customers' phone numbers during credit card transactions probably doesn't apply to online stores.

The three-judge panel's decision ended claims by shopper Michael Ambers against the site owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc. The federal appellate court pointed to a California Supreme Court decision that said the Song-Beverly Act did not apply to downloadable purchases, and a state appeals court ruling that said online orders picked up at a store did not fall under the...

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