Law360 Privacy Practice Group of the Year: Munger, Tolles & Olson

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP was named a 2015 Privacy Practice Group of the Year in a report published by Law360. Munger Tolles was one of four firms to be recognized.

Law360 highlighted Munger Tolles’ trial victory on behalf of The Regents of the University of California in a $1.25 million lawsuit accusing the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System of breaching a woman’s medical privacy by negligently releasing her medical records. Referring to the firm’s 2013 appellate victory in Regents of Univ. of Cal. v. Superior Court, which concluded that a “release” requires an affirmative act, the report said Munger Tolles “doubled down on an important precedent they set in a medical records breach suit against the [UC] system.”

The article quoted Munger Tolles attorney Rosemarie T. Ring as saying that collaboration among lawyers “is emblematic of the firm’s culture of working together” and offers clients “the benefit of all the practice group’s best thinking, no matter who’s assigned to the case.”

Law360 also recognized Munger Tolles for securing “twin victories” for ESPN and Disney in proposed class actions in which consumers alleged the companies violated the Video Privacy Protection Act, as well as the firm’s success in resolving two proposed class actions for LinkedIn alleging the company used members’ images in advertising campaigns without authorization.

In addition, the report showcased the firm’s success in obtaining dismissal of claims against HTC Corp. in multidistrict litigation consolidating nearly 70 nationwide class actions alleging that software on HTC phones and those of other device makers unlawfully tracked user data.