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NEW YORK � Six plaintiffs suing Pharmatrak and its pharmaceutical clients filed a consolidated class complaint Feb. 23 but the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will meet in Kansas City, Mo., on March 29 to consider creating an MDL in these “cookie” cases ( In re Pharmatrak Inc. Communications Litigation, No. 00 Civ. 6121 [DAB], S.D. N.Y.). Marcus Shroers and other plaintiffs allege that pharmaceutical companies who contract with the Boston-based data collection firm Pharmatrak are using cookies or web bugs to surreptitiously collect Internet browsing information and confidential personal data. They contend the activities violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, trespass, invasion of privacy and unjust enrichment. The information collected includes browsing habits, medical histories, full names and addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, Uniform Resource Locators and other personal demographic data, plaintiffs complain. Defendants include Glocal Communications Ltd., Pharmatrak’s parent company, Pfizer Inc., Pharmacia Corp., SmithKline Beecham PLC, Glaxo Wellcome PLC, Novartis Corp. and American Home Products Corp. Counsel for Schroers, et al.: Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach in New York and San Diego; Cauley & Geller in Little Rock, Ark.; Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann in New York; Faucher & Cafferty in Chicago; Miller, Faucher & Cafferty in Philadelphia; Moulton & Gans in Boston; Goodkind Labaton Rudoff & Sucharow in New York; and Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz in New York. Counsel for American Home Products: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in New York and Hale & Dorr in Boston. Counsel for Pharmatrak: Sidley & Austin in New York and Faxon & Laredo in New York Hayes Law Reports offers specialized legal research and publishesmonthly litigation reports on e-commerce and technology, insurance, andconsumer law issues. Its Web site is at http://www.hayeslawreports.com/

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