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9th Cir. Rejects Spokeo ‘Standing’ Objection to Nationwide Privacy Class Settlement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held that the trial court had Article III jurisdiction and did not abuse its discretion in approving a settlement between a social media company and a nationwide class of its users who alleged that the social media company routinely scanned and collected their private information without their consent.

9th Cir. Holds Supporting Evidence Not Required for CAFA Removal

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently reversed a trial court order remanding a case to state court for lack of jurisdiction under the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) because the jurisdictional allegations pleaded provided a short and plain statement of jurisdiction. The Court held this was sufficient, even without supporting evidence, to confer jurisdiction. A copy of the opinion in Ehrman v. Cox Communications, Inc. is available at:  Link to Opinion. A plaintiff filed a class action complaint against a defendant in California state court claiming the defendant “had engaged in unlawful business practices related…

TCPA Victory May Expand Scope of Vicarious Liability Claims

Companies that hire vendors to place automated calls to cell phones may find themselves at greater risk for Telephone Consumer Protection Act troubles following a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Thomas v. Taco Bell Corp. The recent decision follows a May 2013 ruling from the Federal Communications Commission in In re Dish Network, LLC, that applied an expanded view of liability for a vendor’s conduct (also known as “vicarious liability”). Widening the TCPA Trap for Vendor Conduct What the FCC said in In re Dish Network, LLC  is that TCPA liability is not limited to the “classical” theory of a company’s responsibility for its vendor’s wrongdoing, the theory being that a company is…