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Fenwick & West Secures Victory for CBS Interactive in Privacy Class Action

December 19, 2013

Fenwick secured a victory for client CBS Interactive in a widely watched privacy class action that ultimately led to the first court of appeal decision interpreting California’s Shine the Light Act. A fantasy football player sued CBS alleging the company violated a state law requiring it to disclose information about third-party vendors. The complaint alleged that CBS failed to comply with the Shine the Light statute by not including those disclosures in a privacy rights page on their websites. The Fenwick team convinced the trial court to grant its demurrer without leave to amend, arguing that the plaintiff did not have standing to bring a claim against CBS and the suit should be dismissed. The California Court of Appeal agreed and affirmed our trial court victory. Boorstein v. CBS Interactive, Inc., 222 Cal.App.4th 456 (2013). The Ninth Circuit subsequently affirmed the dismissal of four similar suits based on the California Court of Appeal’s decision in Boorstein

The Fenwick litigation team was led by Rodger Cole, Laurence Pulgram, Songmee Connolly and Molly Melcher.