On May 26, 2015, the Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California certified a national class and a California subclass in the case of In re Yahoo Email Litigation. The national class includes all persons in the United States who are not Yahoo Mail subscribers and who emailed with Yahoo Mail subscribers from October 2, 2011 to the present, or who will email with a Yahoo Mail subscriber in the future. The California class includes all persons in California who are not Yahoo Mail subscribers and who emailed with Yahoo Mail subscribers from October 2, 2012 to the present, or who will email with a Yahoo Mail subscriber in the future. The classes were certified under the federal Stored Claims Act (SCA) and California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA). The plaintiffs allege that Yahoo illegally scans and analyzes emails sent by non-Yahoo email subscribers to Yahoo email subscribers without first obtaining the senders’ consent, and uses the scanned data for advertising purposes.
You can read a copy of the Court’s certification order here.
The Court appointed Girard Sharp LLP to serve as co-lead counsel for the classes. If the litigation is successful, Yahoo could be compelled to permanently change some of its scanning practices.
Girard Sharp LLP has represented numerous plaintiffs who have had their privacy violated over the internet through similar class actions against Sony, Premera, and Anthem.
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