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Microsoft Says Suit Isn’t Suitable Class-Action

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 10, 2013

Microsoft says a lawsuit against it seeking class certification should be denied such a designation because “little is ‘common’ among the tens of thousands of proposed class members.” The suit alleges Microsoft violated California’s Song-Beverly Act by asking in-state consumers for personal information without informing them such disclosures weren’t required for credit card purchases to be completed. The August 30 request for class certification says Microsoft’s training and policy documents do not instruct employees to inform customers that personal information disclosures are voluntary. Microsoft says each customer’s experience is varied and some class members knew providing data was voluntary.
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