Four plaintiffs have brought suit against LinkedIn Corporation, alleging that LinkedIn has broken into users’ third-party email accounts, downloading email addresses from that account, and sending out reminder emails utilizing plaintiffs’ names advertising LinkedIn to non-members. The Complaint alleges that LinkedIn fails to disclose to its users that it will send out emails to the email addresses harvested and that LinkedIn profited through these emails sent to third parties. The plaintiffs allege that there is no way for LinkedIn users to prevent this from happening, despite numerous customer complaints made to LinkedIn. The putative class action suit, filed in federal court in the Northern District of California, seeks to include a nationwide class of people with registered LinkedIn accounts on or before May 15, 2013 who have had their names or identities used in an endorsement email sent to third-parties by LinkedIn. The plaintiffs are residents of New York and California. They allege that LinkedIn’s actions violate numerous California laws and federal statutes and seek injunctive relief in addition to disgorgement of revenue earned by LinkedIn and an award of monetary damages.
The case is styled Perkins, et al v. LinkedIn Corp., Case No. 5:13-cv-04303, 2013 WL 5220959 (N.D. Cal.).
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