Online Directory Cannot End Person Finding Privacy Lawsuit

By Lauraann Wood (September 22, 2021, 8:46 p.m. EDT) – An Illinois federal judge rejected the RocketReach online directory’s offer to evade proposed collective claims that the company used information illegally personal to advertise its fee-based locator service, asserting state privacy laws do not exempt alleged company conduct.

United States District Judge Elaine Bucklo said RocketReach could not convince her that Illinois advertising law exempts the company from alleged use of the identity of the company. complainant named Aimee Krause and other Illinois residents to advertise paid access to her comprehensive people search directory. The judge said the argument is best presented as an affirmative defense.

Krause’s proposed class action claims RocketReach used her and others …

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