A proposed class action has been filed by plaintiffs who wish to represent all U.S. persons who installed the Google-Apple Exposure Notification System (“GAEN”) on their mobile devices. The lawsuit was filed in April 2021 in the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs allege that Google and Apple developed a COVID-19 contract tracing app that allegedly left sensitive data exposed to multiple third parties. The suit also claims that the privacy of the end user was exposed to other users within range of the user.

According to the lawsuit, GAEN’s technology left a privacy flaw in place that they were aware of in February 2021 but ultimately failed to inform the public that their personal and/or medical information was exposed.

The lawsuit is Diaz et al. v. Google LLC, case No. 5:21—cv-03080, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

This blog is intended to provide information to the general public and to practitioners about developments that may impact Oregon class actions.

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An amended complaint was filed in California state court on January 3, 2018, adding a fourth named plaintiff and more specific allegations about the internet giant’s alleged methods for paying women less than men for the same types of work.

Continue reading “Google employees amend complaint in gender pay class action”

According to a motion for preliminary approval, Google Inc. has agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of advertisers who claim the tech giant placed their purchased ads on unused or inactive websites. The lawsuit was filed in 2008.

Continue reading “Google settles dead website ad claims for $22.5 million”

fine printGoogle Fiber has added new terms to its customer agreements.  Like other large Internet service providers, customers who want to sue Google Fiber must now instead submit to arbitration.

Continue reading “Like Comcast, Google Fiber is including class action waivers in its customer agreements”

Circuit5A California federal judge approved a $415 million class action settlement between software engineers and Apple, Inc., Google, Inc. and others resolving claims they illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers.

Continue reading “Anti-poaching class action against Google and Apple settled”

googleGoogle, Apple, Intel and Adobe have now offered $415 million to settle accusations that they had conspired against their own employees, according to the New York Times. 

Continue reading “Silicon Valley wage suppression class action close to settlement”

googleA federal judge sanctioned Google, Inc. for violating a court order to produce certain log files from its AdWords ad-placement service that are key to a proposed class action accusing Google of overcharging businesses that use its ad-placement service.

Continue reading “Google sanctioned in advertising class action”

intelJudge Koh, the California federal judge overseeing the antitrust class action claiming Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. illegally agreed not to poach each other’s engineers set April 9, 2015, as the trial start date.

Continue reading “Judge sets trial date for wage suppression class action against Silicon Valley companies”

apple-logo-pomme-griseWe previously blogged about how Federal District Judge Koh ordered four leading tech companies to come up with more money to settle a class-action lawsuit that accuses them of conspiring against their own employees.

Continue reading “Intel, Apple, and Google appeal Judge Koh’s rejection of their settlement”

apple-logo-pomme-griseU.S. District Judge Lucy Koh rejected as too low a $324.5 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Intel, Google and Apple conspired with several other technology companies to block their top workers from getting better job offers.

Continue reading “Court rejects proposed settlement of Intel, Google, and Apple wage fixing conspiracy”

Circuit5In a case that alleged that major Silicon Valley employers colluded not to poach employees from each other, Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe have agreed to pay to settle a major lawsuit according to a letter filed Thursday with the federal judge handling the case. Continue reading “Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe settle antitrust case alleging they conspired not to hire employees from each other”

Law and justice concept, gavelA Ninth Circuit panel rejected the efforts of Apple, Inc., Google, Inc. and other major technology companies to overturn a lower court’s class certification in a suit accusing the companies of violating antitrust laws by agreeing not to poach one another’s employees.  In a brief opinion, the court denied the defendants permission to appeal the district court’s class certification.

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh certified the class in October, ruling the engineers’ antitrust claims and damages could be proved on a classwide basis. Though Judge Koh denied the plaintiffs’ original bid for class certification in April, she concluded that the additional evidence and expert testimony they had provided since then cleared the bar for certification. Continue reading “Appeal by Apple, Google and other tech companies of antitrust class certification rejected”

Online PrivacyA California federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a class action accusing Google, Inc. of violating the federal wiretap statute by scanning users’ emails to target advertising, providing plaintiffs that typically struggle to maintain privacy claims with a potentially powerful legal argument.

Continue reading “Google class action provides new weapon in privacy actions”

The Second Circuit on Tuesday said Google Inc. could file an appeal challenging a judge’s decision granting class certification to thousands of authors who claim Google Inc.’s plan to digitize millions of books violates U.S. copyright law.  In a short notice, the appeals court granted Google’s motion for leave to file an appeal of U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin’s May 31 decision, which rejected the search giant’s argument that the writers should have litigated their copyright claims individually.

A class action complaint filed in New York alleges that the sellers of “almost all the downloaded music in the United States,” including Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft, “accept and sell unlicensed music” from “music aggregators,” cheating thousands of artists of royalties.  Norman Blagman, a songwriter, sued the four defendants named above, plus eMusic.com and Orchard Enterprises, alleging “massive and systematic” copyright violations. Continue reading “Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft sued over digital music copyright violations”

A shareholder has filed a class action against Google arising out of Google’s recent announcement that it would do a stock split.  The complaint alleges that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are cementing their hold on the company through a 2-for-1 stock split that creates a non-voting class of stock that will “preserve their voting power into perpetuity.”  Google’s stock reclassification proposal gives public shareholders a dividend of non-voting Class C stock for every share of Class A stock they own.

Messrs. Page and Brin, who founded Google in 1998, control the company through ownership of most of Google’s Class B stock, which has 10 times the voting power of the public shares.  They also will receive the 2-for-1 stock split, according to the complaint. Continue reading “Google faces class action over stock reclassification”