Established 1963
March 11, 2024
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Consumer Protection and Data Privacy Litigation

Garner v. Inc.

On October 13, 2021, Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington appointed Labaton Keller Sucharow to serve as co-lead counsel in a consumer class action against, Inc. and Services LLC (collectively, Amazon) alleging that devices operating Amazon’s Alexa technology violate federal and state wiretapping statutes.  Specifically, Plaintiffs in the action allege that Amazon surreptitiously recorded their private conversations not intended for Alexa without their consent.  Plaintiffs also allege that Amazon violated state consumer protection act statutes by using recordings for its own purposes, allowing human reviewers to listen to recording, and storing recordings indefinitely.

In 2023, Amazon entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission arising from similar claims.  Following the settlement, Plaintiffs filed a motion to compel relevant, related documents.  The Court granted this motion to compel and ordered Amazon to turn over potentially millions of documents based on a finding that Amazon had taken an overly narrow view of relevance in its document review.

The case is Garner et al. v., Inc. et al. No. 2:21-cv-00750-RSL (W.D. Wash.).