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Jenna Zhang is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. She is a member of the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group. Jenna advises clients on a broad range of privacy and cybersecurity issues, including compliance obligations, product development, and responses to regulatory inquiries. She also maintains an active pro bono practice with a focus on immigration.

Last week, the Western District of Washington granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss a TCPA putative class action lawsuit against Assurance IQ and Boomsourcing after finding that plaintiffs failed to allege facts to support the elements of a TCPA claim.  See Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motions to Dismiss, Rogers v. Assurance IQ, LLC, No. 2:21-cv-00823-TL (W.D. Wash. March 27, 2023).

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The Northern District of California recently dismissed with prejudice a putative class action lawsuit against Google, which alleged that the company used a secret program called “Android Lockbox” to spy on Android smartphone users.  See Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, Hammerling v. Google LLC, No. 21-cv-09004-CRB (N.D. Cal. December 1, 2022).  The Court previously dismissed the case in July and gave plaintiffs leave to amend, but signaled that the complaint’s deficiencies would be “difficult to cure.”  Finding that plaintiffs had failed to cure the previous deficiencies, the court dismissed with prejudice on all ten claims.

Continue Reading Google Wins Final Dismissal In “Android Lockbox” Putative Class Action

Last week the Third Circuit reversed a summary judgment ruling in favor of Harriet Carter Gifts and NaviStone for alleged violations of Pennsylvania’s Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act, or WESCA.  See Popa v. Harriet Carter Gifts, Inc., Case No. 21-2203, 2022 WL 3366425 (3rd Cir. Aug. 16, 2022). This lawsuit is one of many recent putative class actions attempting to apply decades-old wiretapping laws against websites and their service providers.  The named plaintiff is a consumer that allegedly shopped on Harriet Carter Gifts’ website while NaviStone’s marketing software was installed on the website.  Plaintiff argued that defendants violated WESCA by simultaneously sending her interactions with Harriet Carter’s website to NaviStone.

Continue Reading Third Circuit Revives Wiretapping Claims Against Marketing Software Company

Last week, the Northern District of California dismissed a putative class action lawsuit against Google, which alleged that the company used a secret program called “Android Lockbox” to spy on Android smartphone users.  See Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, Hammerling v. Google LLC, No. 21-cv-09004-CRB (N.D. Cal. July 18, 2022).  The complaint alleged ten different claims for relief under a variety of legal theories, including privacy, fraud, contract, and California’s Unfair Competition Law.  The Court granted Google’s motion to dismiss on all claims.  Although the Court gave plaintiffs leave to amend, it noted that the deficiencies in the complaint “will be difficult to cure,” signaling that plaintiffs face an uphill battle in keeping this lawsuit alive.

Continue Reading Court Tosses “Android Lockbox” Secret Spying Program Class Action