US Civil Litigation – Spyware Claim Dismissed

Just under a year ago I blogged a report of a class action in Illinois against 180 Solutions Inc and 180 others (“Spyware Claim in Illinois” 15 Sep 2006). I did so mainly because of the opportunity to study the claimant’s statement of case which was very curious to my eyes but also because of the subject matter which just about falls within the scope of this blog. Extravagantly, I promised to follow this case and keep everyone posted.

Now I have some news of this litigation thanks to Mr Steve Stratz, Director of Public Relations of
Zango. Mr Stratz says that “the putative class action lawsuit (Simios, et al. v. 180solutions, Inc.) filed nearly a year ago in federal court in Chicago has been dismissed, with prejudice.” He adds that “a dismissal with prejudice prevents the plaintiff(s) from bringing the same lawsuit against Zango in the future and is a drastic remedy and one granted only in the most egregious cases”. He invites further enquiries on + 1 425 2791321 or indeed his mobile on + 1 206.300.9134 or sstratz@zango.com.


Mr Stratz sent me a press release about the decision to substantially the same effect. In it he describes his company as

“a pioneer of what we call the Content Economy …… an online media company, fulfills millions of consumers’ growing demand for free, sought-after online videos, games, music, tools and utilities, giving those consumers greater choice and control over when, where, and how they access that content. Zango’s vision enables content creators to monetize and distribute their content, provides publishers access to valuable and unique content as well as a way to make money from their web traffic, and delivers to advertisers industry-leading ROI through time-shifted ad delivery by engaging more than 20 million consumers precisely when they are most likely to make a purchasing decision. Committed to safe and ethical practices, Zango welcomes more than 200,000 new opt-in consumers every day. For more information, visit www.zango.com.”

So there. Never let it be said that this blog does not keep its promises to keep its public informed. If anyone wants to discuss this case, please get in touch with Mr Stratz rather than me.

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About Jane Lambert

I am a barrister specializing in intellectual property, technology, media and entertainment and competition law. I specialize in helping SME (small and medium enterprises) protect and exploit their investment in brands, design, technology and the arts. SME require intellectual property (legal protection for their intellectual assets) at least as much as big business but their limited means restrict the way they can use it. Looking after such clients wisely requires skills and knowledge which have taken me years to learn.
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2 Responses to US Civil Litigation – Spyware Claim Dismissed

  1. Guy Barry says:

    Not sure,but I wouldn’t want my card details getting into clever spyware hands

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