These Kids 'Never Consented': Why Amazon Is Being Sued Over Alexa Recordings

Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices are illegally recording and permanently storing the voices of children without consent, according to a federal class action lawsuit filed this week.

“The legal theory is very straightforward. These kids themselves never consented, if they even could. No one such as a parent ever consented on their behalf,” Travis Lenkner, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, told Yahoo Finance.

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Amazon Recorded Kids Without Consent, Privacy Suits Say

The minors' attorney, Travis D. Lenkner of Keller Lenkner LLC, said Tuesday that Amazon is plainly violating the law by recording children without consent.

"Amazon is using illegally obtained recordings of children to feed its data machine and boost profits, regardless of the consequences for privacy," Lenkner said in an email. "Our complaints seek injunctive relief and damages to stop Amazon from harnessing voiceprints of kids for its own gain."

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Tom Kayes
Amazon's Alexa Devices Violate Children's Privacy, Class Actions Say

A pair of class actions filed Tuesday by Keller Lenkner LLC and co-counsel Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP allege that Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices, like Echo and Echo Dot, illegally record the conversations of children. “Alexa routinely records and voiceprints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents,” both complaints say.

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ROCHESTER FILES $75M LAWSUIT OVER OPIOID CRISIS

City officials say Rochester has hired a coalition of law firms to handle this matter at no expense to taxpayers. The litigation will be led locally by the Minnesota firm of Hoff Barry P.A. National trial counsel will be the complex litigation boutique law firms Keller Lenkner LLC and Consovoy McCarthy PLLC.

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Tom Kayes
Pocatello considers joining class-action lawsuit

The Pocatello City Council is expected to decide Thursday night whether to join a national class-action lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies.

The agreement is with the Chicago based law firm of Keller Lenkner, LLC, Consovoy McCarthy Park, PLLC, and Mooney Wieland PLLC.

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Tom Kayes
Keller Lenkner Nabs Lead In Netgear Spinoff Stock-Drop Suit

A California federal judge has awarded Keller Lenkner the lead counsel spot in a lawsuit alleging Netgear Inc. spinoff Arlo Technologies Inc. concealed important information from investors and sent the company’s stock price into decline following its initial public offering.

In a May 6 order, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman selected Arlo investor Matis Nayman as lead plaintiff, saying he made a “reasonable choice in counsel” by selecting Keller Lenkner LLC, while also approving his choice of Browne George Ross LLP as liaison counsel. The lawsuit alleges Arlo, a provider of remote access security cameras, and its executives are responsible for a more than 40% drop in stock price in less than four months after its IPO.

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Walgreens Board Says It Reacted Quickly To Theranos Fraud

Class attorney U. Seth Ottensoser of Keller Lenkner LLC said the relationship with Theranos was the result of the Walgreens board's reckless actions to ensure they were the first to get to a deal with the company while disregarding its responsibilities to act reasonably and exercise its oversight obligations.

"The entire deal was rushed through with Walgreens hoping everything would be okay in the end," he argued.

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Rochester joins suit against opioid manufacturers

The City of Rochester is joining a class action lawsuit against drug manufacturers for their role in the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The city council approved without comment Monday a motion to retain the law firm of Chicago-based Keller Lenkner to handle litigation against Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, along with other drugmakers. Hundreds of cities, counties and states are suing the pharmaceutical companies for pushing the use of opioids despite being aware of the high risks of abuse.

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Twin Ports Filing Lawsuits Against Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors

The Duluth and Superior city councils have both unanimously voted to file lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors. 

The two cities will file separate lawsuits but are working together and sharing information and resources. Both will hire an outside law firm, Keller Lenkner out of Chicago, to represent them in the lawsuits. 

Seth Meyer, an attorney with Keller Lenkner, explained that there are two objectives to the lawsuit: monetary damages and injunctive relief, which would aim to prevent opioid manufacturers and distributors from continuing to do the things that led to the opioid epidemic. 

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Duluth, Superior take on opioid makers

Duluth and Superior will join in the legal battle against the makers and distributors of opioid drugs.

The city councils for both jurisdictions voted Monday night to hire the same law firm, Keller Lenkner LLC, to represent them in the suit, seeking damages for a wave of addiction that has swept through the nation, saddling cities, counties and states with hefty response costs.

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Tom Kayes
Corporate Arbitration Tactic Backfires as Claims Flood In

Even if the mass arbitration strategy is successful, it may be hard to replicate.

Coordinating dozens, let alone hundreds or thousands, of arbitration proceedings is a daunting task. Law Firm Keller Lenkner LLC is behind the 12,501 Uber drivers filing arbitration claims and the 3,420 drivers filing arbitration claims at Lyft.

Very few people have the expertise and capital to engage in a campaign of mass arbitration filings, a plaintiff’s attorney familiar with these types of campaigns told Bloomberg Law.

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Mass. Uber drivers file suit against ride-sharing company over wages, OT

“Uber treats all of its drivers like independent contractors even though they provide the core service, which is transportation,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Travis Lenkner, managing partner of Chicago-based law firm Keller Lenkner LLC. “By doing that, Uber gets to evade minimum wage, overtime, and sick leave laws. Many of the drivers make less than $8 an hour even though in Massachusetts it is $12 an hour.”

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