Facebook named in another privacy class action

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Steve Larson

LikeFacebook, Inc., the largest online social network in the world, has been sued in a privacy class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  The case is entitled Campbell et al v. Facebook Inc., Case No. CV 4:13-cv-05996.  The complaint alleges that Facebook violated consumers’ privacy by reading its users’ personal, private Facebook messages without their consent. 

The proposed Facebook class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of the following putative class members:

“All natural person Facebook users located within the United States who have sent or received private messages where such message included URLs in the content, from within two years before the filing of this action up through and including the date of the judgment in this case.”

The Facebook class action lawsuit complaint asserts legal claims for alleged violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510 et seq., California Invasion of Privacy Act, Cal. Penal Code §§ 630, et seq., and California’s Unfair Competition Law California Business & Professions Code § 17200 et seq.

The Plaintiffs and the putative class members in the Facebook class action lawsuit seek an order certifying the case as a class action, declaratory relief, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief against Facebook, an award of statutory damages pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 2520, for the greater of $100 a day for each day of violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or $10,000, an award of statutory damages pursuant to Cal. Penal Code § 637.2, for the greater of $5,000 or three times the amount of actual damages sustained by Plaintiffs and Class Members.  The complaint also seeks an award of reasonable attorney’s fees and other litigation costs.