That Golden State Warriors app on your phone might be eavesdropping on you. That’s the claim that Edelson lawyers have made in a suit filed Aug. 29 in San Francisco federal court against the National Basketball Association franchise and two companies that helped the team build its mobile app.
The proposed class action claims the app turns on users’ phone mics to determine their location and serve ads using so-called beacon technology.
Filed on behalf of New York resident LaTisha Satchell, the suit seeks to certify a class to bring claims under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
EXPERT OK’D IN EGG ROW
A federal judge has allowed an animal-welfare expert to testify for the country’s major egg ­producers, which are alleged by grocery stores and restaurants to have schemed to fix the prices of eggs. U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation that Dr. Michael Darre, who teaches animal and poultry science at the University of Connecticut, is qualified to testify in the litigation. The ruling, made public Aug. 31, denied the plaintiffs’ challenge to Darre over his qualifications and methods.
$22.5M TO EX-MONSANTO EXEC
A former Monsanto Co. executive received a $22.5 million whistleblower award Aug. 30 for alerting U.S. securities regulators to improper accounting that inflated the agrichemical company’s reported sales of Roundup, according to the lawyer who represented the tipster.
The award was the second largest in the history of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s whistleblower program, which was created under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to reward tipsters.
At $22.5 million, the latest award came just shy of the maximum amount that the whistleblower could have received for providing information that contributed to the SEC’s $80 million settlement with Monsanto in February.
HAYNES AND BOONE NOW IN UK
Dallas firm Haynes and Boone formally opened its London office Sept. 1 and closed a merger with the 20-lawyer Curtis Davis Garrard of London, which has clients in the offshore oil and gas industries. Haynes and Boone managing partner Tim Powers said the firms secured approval in August from the U.K. Solicitors Regulatory Authority for the merger, which was effective Sept. 1. The firm is now known as Haynes and Boone CDG in the United Kingdom and Haynes and Boone in the U.S. and elsewhere.
MBE SCORES RISE SLIGHTLY
Law graduates’ performance on the multiple-choice portion of July’s bar exam rose slightly, indicating a reversal from the steep two-year slide in test scores overall.
National Conference of Bar Examiners data shows that the national average score earned in July on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) — the 200-question multiple-choice section of the exam — rose 0.4 points from the previous year to 140.3, according to a memo sent to law schools by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and first reported by Deborah Merritt, a professor at Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, on her Law School Cafe blog.
SUIT AGAINST UBER NIXED
Erik Search, who claimed he was stabbed by an Uber driver, has dismissed his $2 million lawsuit against Uber and the driver after the two sides reached a “mutual agreement.” It’s not clear from dismissal papers filed Aug. 30 whether there was a financial settlement. An Uber Technologies Inc. spokeswoman declined to comment. Lawyers for the plaintiff and Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Search said that during a September 2013 ride, the driver was acting “erratically,” so Search and friends got out of the car. The driver followed the group, according to Search, pulled out a knife and stabbed Search. Search survived but said he sustained “severe injuries.”