A class action suit alleging that Apple, app developers, and mobile advertising companies violated the privacy rights of iPhone users has been dismissed for lack of standing, reports the “Eric Goldman Technology & Marketing Law Blog” (http://macte.ch/UxTa6).
Apple argued that various end user agreements barred claims for the alleged injuries. Per “Eric Goldman,” in the dismissal notice filed on Sept. 20, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said that, as to the mobile industry defendants, the complaint fails to allege what role each of the defendants played in the alleged harm and that this needs to be fixed in any amended complaint.
Apple also raised the argument that the app developers were necessary parties but the court rejected this argument. At this stage, the court declined to dismiss the lawsuit for failure to join the developers, says “Eric Goldman.”