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Friars Ask California High Court To Review Files Ruling

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Franciscans have asked California's high court to review an appeals court decision ordering them to make public the confidential files of friars accused of sex abuse. Brian Brosnahan, an attorney for the Franciscans, says the Roman Catholic religious order filed the petition...

Supreme Court Says NASA Background Checks Can Continue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stop federal investigations into the private lives of people who want to work at government installations even those who don't have security clearances and don't work on secret projects. The high court turned away challenges to...

California Stores Face Lawsuits After ZIP Code Ruling

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Consumers have filed lawsuits against more than a dozen national retail chains operating in California since the state Supreme Court ruled it's illegal for clerks to ask customers for their ZIP codes. The high court unanimously ruled last week that a ZIP code is part of a customers'...

Free Download: GreenbergTraurig Alert: ZIPing Towards Litigation — Has The California Supreme Court’s Newest Decision Opened The Floodgates?

The California Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on February 10 holding that ZIP codes are "personal identification information" for purposes of the state's Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971, and therefore may not be recorded by a business as part of a credit card transaction...

Alito Is Supreme Court's Lonely Voice On 1st Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Alone among his colleagues, Justice Samuel Alito chose privacy over free speech Wednesday in the Supreme Court's consideration of protests at military funerals. The picketers who showed up at the March 2006 funeral for Matthew Snyder deprived his father, Albert Snyder, of...

Facebook Users File Amended Consolidated Digital Privacy Class Action - Free Complaint Download

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Facebook users on May 23 filed an amended consolidated class action complaint in federal court here in the case In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation (No. 5:12-md-02314-EJD, N.D. Calif. [San Jose]). The class action asserts federal statutory and California State causes...

AbbeySpanier LLP: Email Privacy Rights Upheld Against Google

A district court in California joined a growing number of other courts in finding that Google may not hide behind the “ordinary course of business” exception found in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510, et seq. , to scan its users’...

DLA Piper: California’s Privacy Statute Regulates California Companies, But Not Against Out-Of-State Plaintiffs: A Recent Decision, 2 Takeaways

By Perrie Michael Weiner , Anahit Tagvoryan and Esteban Morales Throughout 2013 and into the new year, the plaintiffs’ bar has continued to file a steady stream of privacy-related class action claims. With statutes such as California’s Invasion of Privacy Act and the federal Telephone...

DLA Piper: California Federal Court Finds 1st Amendment Does Not Preclude Sporting Event Participants From Asserting Right-of-Publicity Claims Against Broadcasters

By Matt Ganas | On April 11, 2014, a California federal court issued a First Amendment ruling that has potentially significant implications for broadcasters in the sports-media industry. Specifically, the Northern District of California’s Judge Claudia Wilken held that “the First Amendment...