A federal court has dismissed a consumer digital privacy lawsuit filed against Hubbard Radio after the plaintiff asked to withdraw the complaint, reports Inside Radio.
According to the post: “Toni Duplantis filed to voluntarily dismiss her class action against Hubbard and its Washington DC all-news station WTOP (103.5) “with prejudice” meaning she cannot refile the same claim again in that court.
“Duplantis withdrew her suit less than three weeks after Hubbard asked the court to toss the complaint arguing that Duplantis’ amended complaint lacks “personal jurisdiction” over Hubbard, since the company is neither “at home” in Maryland, where the suit was filed, nor has it had any case-related contacts with the state that would be legally sufficient to try it in court there.
“Filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, the suit claimed Hubbard violated the federal Video Privacy Protections Act for allegedly sharing sensitive information with Facebook about digital subscribers to WTOP’s website. It sought class action status on behalf of “hundreds of thousands of other WTOP News digital subscribers.”
“The law in question dates back to 1988 and was intended to protect the privacy of individuals’ and their families’ video rental, purchase and viewing data.”