On July 26, 2017, Judge Josephine L. Staton denied Vizio’s motion to dismiss, sustaining novel and ground-breaking claims under the Video Privacy Protection Act in this closely watched privacy action, alleging that Vizio Smart TVs contain a default feature that tracks what viewers watch. According to the lawsuit, Vizio reportedly matches this information with its customers’ IP addresses, allowing Vizio to sell personal information about its customers’ TV habits to third parties for profit.
In 2015 Cohen Milstein and numerous other plaintiffs law firms filed class actions in California Federal Court alleging that Vizio secretly collected data on what people watched on their Smart TVs through software surreptitiously installed on their televisions and shared it with advertisers and other firms.
On June 8, 2016, Cohen Milstein’s Andrew N. Friedman was appointed by Judge Josephine L. Staton for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to serve as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
The case is styled: Vizio, Inc., Consumer Privacy Litigation, Case No. 8:16-ml-02693, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.