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Dustin is a litigator whose practice primarily focuses on intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, and trade secret matters. He also has experience in litigation involving data access, including claims made under the California Unfair Competition Law, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the California Computer Data Access and Fraud Act.

 

Keypoint: Two California state court decisions have addressed motions to dismiss claims under the novel “pen registry” and “tap and trace” theories, but reached different outcomes after finding different policy considerations more important.

In July 2023, a Southern District of California District Court denied a motion to dismiss in Greenley v. Kochava, 2023 WL 4833466 (S.D. Cal. July 27, 2023), in which the plaintiff argued a SDK developer violated California laws that prohibited use of a “pen registry” and “tap and trace” device by building into the SDK code that forwarded location information to the SDK developer.Continue Reading Privacy Litigation Alert: Two California decisions weigh in on pen registry and “tap and trace” tech claims – but reach different results

Keypoint: Multiple decisions from the same judicial district come down differently on wiretapping claims while three courts in different states each reject VPPA-defendants’ arguments that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing.

Welcome to the twelfth installment in our monthly data privacy litigation report. Not only does this month’s post mean we have been doing this for over a year now (and actually a little longer as there was at least one post that combined two months of updates into one post because, well, holidays), but more importantly we are releasing this post on the eve of heading to Washington, D.C. to attend the IAPP Summit. If you will be there, make sure to come and meet us!

We prepare these reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends. In this month’s post, we look at three decisions from the Southern District of California, each of which addressed nearly identical factual allegations and legal arguments but reached different conclusions. We also take a look at three VPPA decisions denying motions to dismiss regarding claims premised on the Meta Pixel that highlight how district courts are addressing Article III standing objections and the required specificity of a plaintiff’s allegations at the pleading stage.

If you are a Byte Back+ member, you will also see our coverage on recent lawsuits beyond the wiretapping and VPPA claims, including the recent trend of cases brought under pen registry laws and efforts against plaintiffs who have brought wiretapping claims in private arbitration rather than the public courts. Interested in learning more about Byte Back+? Click here.

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: March 2024

Keypoint: Courts continue to issue conflicting decisions in wiretapping cases while one court has expanded who may be considered a “video tape service provider” under the VPPA.

Welcome to the eleventh installment in our monthly data privacy litigation report. We prepare these reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends. In this month’s post, we look at wiretapping decisions from courts that have come out differently on whether plaintiffs have plead facts to sufficiently allege “interception” of chat communications, two decisions that rejected defendant’s arguments concerning plaintiffs’ consent to being recorded, and a failed attempt to compel arbitration. We also look at three session reply technology decisions, all of which grappled with whether the plaintiff had plead the third-party had the capability to use the alleged communications for the third-party’s own benefit. We also take a look at three VPPA decisions that continue to show the balancing act courts have struck when assessing VPPA claims at the pleading stage, including a decision that expands what type of company may be considered a “video tape service provider.”

If you are a ByteBack+ member, you will also see our coverage on recent lawsuits beyond the wiretapping and VPPA claims, including the recent trend of cases brought under pen registry laws and efforts against plaintiffs who have brought wiretapping claims in private arbitration rather than the public courts. Interested in learning more about ByteBack+? Click here.

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: February 2024

Keypoint: Courts resolved six motions to dismiss wiretapping claims based on session replay technology in January, while two VPPA decisions highlight balance struck by courts. A new privacy litigation theory based on “pen registries” has emerged as well.

Welcome to the tenth installment in our monthly data privacy litigation report. We prepare these reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends. In this post, we examine one chat-based wiretapping claim and six session replay technology (SRT) based wiretapping claims. These decisions demonstrate how courts are still inconsistent in how they resolve wiretapping claims, even in cases where the plaintiff and SRT vendor are the same. We also look at two VPPA decisions that reflect the balance courts have struck in resolving VPPA decisions. Finally, we look at a new emerging trend based on “pen registry” technology (which is commonly associated with logging what phone numbers a monitored phone dials).

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: January 2024

Keypoint: Three courts that do not normally see privacy litigation issued decisions in November and December, perhaps forecasting more cases in new districts in 2024.

Welcome to the ninth installment in our monthly data privacy litigation report, which we are releasing just after the New Year. We prepare these reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends. In this post, we look at ten privacy litigation decisions issued in November and December 2023. Three of these decisions were issued by the Western District of Washington, the District of Nebraska, and the Eastern District of Louisiana; all of which do not see the number of privacy cases seen by the California, Florida, and Third Circuit district courts whose decisions we normally cover. This may suggest 2024 will see more decisions issued from courts other than California.

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: December 2023

Keypoint: October showed judges are not consistent in how they handle wiretapping cases although they are largely consistent in how courts handle VPPA claims.

This is the eighth installment in our monthly data privacy litigation reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends. In this post, we look at privacy litigation decisions issued in October 2023. California judges remain inconsistent in how they rule on motions to dismiss wiretapping claims, with most courts struggling on the “tape recorder” or “human eavesdropper” distinction. In contrast, both California and Delaware federal courts dismissed VPPA claims, while a Florida federal district court denied a motion to dismiss. Perhaps coincidentally, more new VPPA cases were filed in Florida in October than any other court.

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: October 2023

Keypoint: The past two months have seen many courts dismiss privacy claims as judges appear to be more critical of plaintiffs’ theories while other judges have allowed cases to proceed past the motion to dismiss stage.

This is the seventh installment in our monthly data privacy litigation reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends. In this post we look at advancements in data privacy litigation in August and September 2023. Because we are covering two months in this post instead of our normal “one post per month” practice, this post is a bit longer than normal. We have seen a lot of development in privacy litigation over the past two months, however, so without further delay let’s dive in.

One final note. There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: September 2023

Keypoint: In July 2023, plaintiffs have been busy opposing motions to dismiss in chat wiretapping, session replay, and VPPA cases while testing claims against a new technology.

This is the sixth installment in our monthly data privacy litigation reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends in the past month. In this post we look at dismissed chat wiretapping and session replay cases and VPPA cases overcoming the motion to dismiss stage.

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: July 2023

Keypoint: June 2023 maintained a trend of mostly favorable outcomes for defendants as courts continue to grant motions to dismiss in session replay and VPPA cases.

This is the fifth installment in our monthly data privacy litigation reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy trends in the past month. In this post we look at decisions to dismiss session replay and VPPA claims coming out of California courts.

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: June 2023

Keypoint: May 2023 saw victories for defendants as courts dismissed wiretapping claims based on website chat functionality and VPPA claims.

This is the fourth installment in our monthly data privacy litigation reports to provide updates on how courts in the United States have handled emerging data privacy tends in the past month. In this post we look at California courts who have dismissed wiretapping claims based on website chat functionality and VPPA claims.

There are many courts currently handling data privacy cases across the nation. Although illustrative, this update is not intended to be exhaustive. If there is another area of data privacy litigation about which you would like to know more, please reach out. The contents provided below are time-sensitive and subject to change. If you are not already subscribed to our blog, consider doing so to stay updated. If you are interested in tracking developments between blog posts, consider following us on LinkedIn.Continue Reading U.S. Privacy Litigation Update: May 2023