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Cooley, Palo Alto California

This past year, litigators at Cooley won rulings knocking out two long-running cases accusing Facebook Inc. of illegally tracking users internet behavior—cases that carried potential statutory damages in the tens of billions of dollars, given the size of the social media giant’s user base. The firm also squelched a right-of-publicity class action against Twitter Inc. that alleged the company provided access to user profiles without consent to an app-maker that allowed people to buy and trade Twitter profile information like trading cards. There the court accepted Cooley’s argument that Twitter had immunity under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

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Ross Todd

Ross Todd is bureau chief of The Recorder in San Francisco. He writes about litigation in the Bay Area and around California. Contact Ross at rtodd@alm.com. On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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