Category: State Consumer Protection Laws

Vizio Settles for $17 Million Claims That it Collected and Distributed Consumers’ Viewing Histories on Smart TV Device Without User Consent

On October 4, 2018, Internet of Things (“IoT”) device manufacturer Vizio Inc. agreed to settle (subject to court approval) a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the smart TV maker collected and sold customers’ viewing histories to third party advertisers without the customers’ consent for $17 million, in addition to agreeing to take additional affirmative steps to supplement its on-screen data collection practice disclosures. Reports that...

D.C. Circuit Tosses Consumer Complaint Following Spokeo

On July 26, 2016, the D.C. Circuit rejected a consumer class action complaint based on alleged violations of two D.C. consumer protection statutes. Citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the D.C. Circuit found that the lead plaintiffs did not sufficiently allege any harm suffered from the alleged violations.