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Gruber v. Yelp

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  1. Newsgathering

RCFP and a coalition of 17 media organizations filed an amici brief in Gruber v. Yelp, a case before the California Court of Appeal. Plaintiff-Appellant Eric Gruber alleges that Yelp violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA) by recording conversations between him and Yelp’s employees. Gruber urges the court to adopt an expansive reading of CIPA, in which the term “record” would include any “simultaneous transcription of the information or statements imparted by the recorded party.” Our amicus brief urges the appellate court to reject Gruber’s broad reading of CIPA because it could lead to absurd results, such as criminalizing and imposing civil liability for simple note-taking, which has, and continues to be, an important tool for the news media, helping journalists ensure the accuracy of their reporting.

RCFP – Gruber v. Yelp Motion & Brief