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2017

Georgetown University Law Center

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Information Privacy Litigation As Bellwether For Institutional Change, Julie E. Cohen Jan 2017

Information Privacy Litigation As Bellwether For Institutional Change, Julie E. Cohen

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Information privacy litigation is controversial and headline-grabbing. New class complaints are filed seemingly every few weeks. Legal scholars vie with one another to articulate more comprehensive theories of harm that such lawsuits might vindicate. Large information businesses and defense counsel bemoan the threats that information privacy litigation poses to corporate bottom lines and to “innovation” more generally. For all that, though, the track record of litigation achievements on the information privacy front is stunningly poor. This essay examines emerging conventions for disposing of information privacy claims, including denial of standing, enforcement of boilerplate waivers, denial of class certification, and the …