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Bed Bath & Beyond May Face ZIP Code Class Action

CONSUMER PRIVACY—U.S.

March 25, 2013

A complaint has been filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston, MA, against Bed Bath & Beyond for collecting consumers’ ZIP codes, The Boston Globe reports. The complaint seeks class-action status and comes a week after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that retailers may not require consumers to disclose their ZIP codes when making purchases. According to complainant Melissa Tyler—the same resident who sued Michaels Stores on similar grounds—Bed Bath & Beyond is violating the state’s consumer privacy laws by collecting the ZIP codes and using them to send out junk mail. Tyler estimates the “amount in controversy in excess of $5 million,” the report states. Editor’s Note: Registration is now open for the IAPP web conference Successful Strategies for Winning and Avoiding Privacy Class-Action Lawsuits, airing, Wednesday, April 17.
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