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Judge Says Plaintiffs Can Re-file Harm Claims

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 16, 2011

A California federal judge has thrown out most of the claims against Facebook in a privacy suit alleging the social network shared users' personal data with advertisers without obtaining consent, The Recorder reports. However, the judge did not dismiss the entire lawsuit, despite Facebook's request that he do so on the basis that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate that sufficient injury occurred as a result of the alleged data sharing. The plaintiffs are allowed to re-file five of the eight original claims. "The court finds that plaintiffs have alleged facts sufficient to establish that they have suffered the injury required for standing," the judge said.
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