Annasara Purcell focuses her practice on litigation matters to support clients in the technology space. She regularly handles a variety of intellectual property and complex commercial suits, with an emphasis on consumer class actions involving claims of privacy, unfair competition and fraud violations.
Annasara has represented clients in the software, hardware and gaming industries. Representative clients include: Carrier IQ, GoPro, Sega and Uber.
Annasara also maintains an active pro bono docket and has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a variety of constitutional issues. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, she served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable James Ware, Chief Judge, of the Northern District of California.
While in law school, Annasara was a member of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and served as a legal intern to the King County Prosecutor’s Office and as a law clerk to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington. She was also a member of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.
In re Carrier IQ Consumer Privacy Litigation: Annasara and her colleagues Rodger Cole, Tyler Newby and Jennifer Johnson are handling a multidistrict privacy class action that coordinated more than 70 lawsuits filed around the country in the Northern District of California. Our team is representing lead defendant Carrier IQ. Other defendants include HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Pantech Wireless, Samsung and Motorola Mobility. Plaintiffs claim that Carrier IQ’s diagnostic software, which is embedded on a wide range of smart phones manufactured by Carrier IQ’s co-defendants, allows the tracking and interception of consumers’ data and communications. The main legal claims asserted are violations of the Wiretap Act, Stored Communications Act, and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. This litigation is one of the most important pending privacy class actions and has been covered by the Daily Journal, The Recorder and Law360.
Horton v. GoPro: Annasara and colleagues Rodger Cole and Marybeth Milionis recently resolved a warranty, false advertising and unfair trade practices class action for GoPro related to its Hero3 video camera. Filed in the Middle District of Florida, the suit alleged that the Hero3 did not reliably and continuously record video as advertised based on GoPro’s online and on-package advertisements. The case resolved on a non-class basis after extensive informal discovery.
Physicians Healthsource v. Reliant Technologies: Annasara and colleagues Rodger Cole, Songmee Connolly, Sean Wikner and Marion Miller defended Reliant Technologies and Solta Medical in a class action suit brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. After voluntarily providing significant information to the plaintiffs’ lawyers, our team was able to negotiate an individual settlement before the expense associated with motion practice and discovery.