Keefe Bartels, Strange & Carpenter and Bartimus Frickleton Appointed as Co-Lead Counsel in Google “Safari-Gate” MDL

  Keefe Bartels, Strange & Carpenter and Bartimus Frickleton Appointed as
  Co-Lead Counsel in Google “Safari-Gate” MDL

Business Wire

WILMINGTON, Del. -- November 28, 2012

On Friday, November 16, 2012, Delaware federal district court judge Sue
Robinson appointed a three firm executive committee as co-lead counsel
supported by a six firm steering committee for the putative class in In re
Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation. The Multi-District
Litigation consists of 24 cases filed throughout the country and consolidated
in the Delaware District Court. The cases relate to the discovery earlier this
year that Google’s Doubleclick subsidiary and three other online advertising
companies had tricked Apple’s Safari browser into accepting third-party
tracking cookies. Safari’s default privacy setting blocks these cookies unless
a user affirmatively changes the setting. Judge Robinson’s decision was issued
the same day that federal district court judge Susan Illston in California
approved a $22.5 million settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and
Google related to the same allegations, the largest such fine in FTC history.

Three firms were appointed to an executive committee: Keefe Bartels in New
Jersey; Strange & Carpenter in Los Angeles; and Bartimus, Frickleton,
Robertson & Gorny in Missouri. Six firms were appointed to a steering
committee to assist and advise the executive committee: Baltimore-based Murphy
P.A.; New York-based Seeger Weiss; London-based Stewarts Law; New Jersey-based
Eichen, Crutchlow, Zazlow & McElroy; Kentucky-based Bryant Law Center; and
Missouri-based Barnes & Associates. Stewarts Law will also act as liaison
counsel through its Wilmington office.

Steve Grygiel, a partner at Keefe Bartels, said, “Google’s vast reach and use
of technology secretly to collect information Google was not supposed to get
makes Google’s intentional high-tech hacking especially egregious.” Co-lead
counsel Brian Strange agreed, saying “I am pleased and honored to help lead
this ground-breaking case on issues of privacy that are mounting in importance
to all members of the internet community.” Co-lead counsel Jim Frickleton
added: “Privacy on the internet is one of the most compelling problems facing
the average computer user today. We hope this case will help limit the ability
of Google and others to improperly intercept and exploit users’ private
information.”

Judge Robinson has ordered the plaintiffs to file an amended class action
complaint on or before December 19, 2012. Defendants have until January 23,
2013 to file an answer or motion to dismiss, and the Court has scheduled a
status conference for January 30, 2013. The case is In re Google Inc. Cookie
Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation, 12-MD-2359 (SLR) (D. Del.).

Contact:

Keefe Bartels
Julie Gannon, 732-224-9400
jgannon@keefebartels.com
or
Strange & Carpenter
Jill Hood, 310-207-5055
jhood@strangeandcarpenter.com
or
Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson & Gorny
Kim Millican, 913-266-2300
kimr@bflawfirm.com
or
Stewarts Law US LLP
David Straite
Noah R. Wortman, Director of Case Development
302-298-1200
dstraite@stewartslaw.com
 
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