Class Action Lawsuits Against Facebook Consolidated, Creating One of the Largest Data Privacy Lawsuits
SEATTLE & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 23, 2018--Many consumers are concerned by the handling of their data by Facebook, Inc. ( FB ). Now there’s a way for their voices to be heard.
On July 27, 2018, Judge Vince Chhabria appointed Lesley E. Weaver of Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP and Derek W. Loeser of Keller Rohrback L.L.P. as Co-Lead Counsel to prosecute claims against Facebook, Inc. in one of the largest and most publicized data privacy lawsuits to date. The litigation concerns a new, digital version of an invasion of privacy made worse by the ability of companies to obtain individuals’ personally identifiable information and use it to manipulate them.
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook disregarded its users’ privacy by exploiting their personally identifiable information. The alleged misuse includes, among other things, the misuse of Facebook users’ photographs, names, locations, and biographical information as well as intimate details about users’ religious and political beliefs, moods, race, gender, familial status, locations, and shopping habits.
Facebook’s alleged exploitation of its users’ information came to the public’s attention in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Cambridge Analytica worked with a third-party app called “This Is Your Digital Life” to obtain over 87 million Facebook users’ personally identifiable information and went on to use that data to create detailed profiles or dossiers of Facebook users.
Evidence suggests that Facebook gave many other third-party app developers access to users’ personal information without obtaining users’ consent and in violation of state and federal laws.
Facebook users interested in learning more should visit www.dataprivacylawsuit.com.
The attorneys at Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP have recovered tens of billions of dollars for their clients in landmark litigation, including more than $17 billion for consumers and the environment in the Volkswagen matter. The firm has offices in New York and Oakland, California, and represents sophisticated U.S. and international investors, small businesses, municipalities and consumers in significant cases across the country. The firm’s lawyers have been profiled in a variety of national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, Law360, the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List, and the Legal 500.
Keller Rohrback L.L.P. has a long track record of success with data privacy litigation, including serving in leadership roles in the Sony Pictures, 21st Century Oncology, VTech Electronics, and Experian data privacy matters. With offices in New York, Seattle, Phoenix, Oakland, Missoula and Santa Barbara, Keller Rohrback serves as lead and co-lead counsel in class actions throughout the country. Its nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group is proud to offer its expertise to clients nationwide, and its trial lawyers have obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of $23.25 billion.
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