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Judge Says No Economic Harm, Allows Suit To Proceed

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 6, 2012

A federal judge has narrowed a potential class-action privacy lawsuit against Amazon but has rejected the company's bid to completely dismiss the case, MediaPost reports. The lawsuit alleges Amazon circumvented Internet Explorer privacy filters. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik dismissed fraud charges in the case because the plaintiffs didn't claim Amazon caused economy injury. Addressing the plaintiffs' assertion that web-surfing data is worth something, Lasnik said, "raw information is not valuable." The judge allowed plaintiffs to continue with their claim that Amazon violated Washington state consumer protection law banning unfair or deceptive acts.
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