Wall Street Journal alleged to have sold subscribers' information

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 17, 2018

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A Wall Street Journal subscriber alleges his personal information was sold to third parties without his consent.

Robert Jeremy Horton, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on May 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Dow Jones & Co. Inc., doing business as The Wall Street Journal, over alleged violation of the Michigan's Video Rental Privacy Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between May 4, 2015, and July 30, 2016, he and other Michigan residents' personal reading information was allegedly sold to various third-party marketing, list-rental and data-mining companies by the defendant.

The plaintiff claims in order to supplement its sales and advertising revenues, the defendant allegedly sold his and other subscribers' personal information to data miners and other third parties without subscribers’ consent. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for actual damages, order of restitution and all other forms of equitable monetary relief, prejudgment interest and to award plaintiff and the class their reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses. He is represented by Thomas L. Laughlin IV and Sean T. Masson of Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP in New York and Frank S. Hedin and David W. Hall of Hedin Hall LLP in Miami.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida case number 1:18-cv-04027-LGS

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