According to Jamieson & Robinson and Co-Counsel
CASPER, Wyo. – Aaron’s Inc. and its franchisees can secretly monitor “rent-to-own” computer customers’ electronic communications in violation of federal privacy and technology laws, a Wyoming couple alleged today in a class action lawsuit filed in federal court in Pittsburgh.
Brian and Crystal Byrd, of Casper, Wyo., allege the “rent-to-own” laptop computer they paid off ahead of schedule in October 2010 was wrongly listed as in default by Aaron’s. The lawsuit asserts that an Aaron’s representative appeared at the Byrds’ home on Dec. 22, 2010 to repossess the computer and showed the family an unauthorized web-camera image of Mr. Byrd using the computer at home. A subsequent investigation by local law enforcement confirmed the electronic surveillance activity, the lawsuit alleges.
The Byrds are represented by Jamieson & Robinson, LLC, of Casper, Wyo.; HermanGerel LLP, of Atlanta; The Spence Law Firm, of Jackson, Wyo.; and Levin, Fishbein, Sedran and Berman, of Philadelphia.
The defendants include Aaron’s Inc., of Atlanta; Aspen Way Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Aaron’s Sales and Leasing; and DesignerWare, LLC, of North East, Pa.
According to the Complaint, “It has been the practice and policy of the Aaron’s Defendants to conceal from their customers their ability to remotely access, intercept and monitor customers’ private, personal electronic communications, information, screen shots, keystrokes or images captured on webcams and to further disclose to consumers exactly the kinds of private information and images that can be and were routinely collected, transmitted and stored.”
The legal team for the Byrds will seek to have the lawsuit certified as a class action to obtain injunctive relief and damages for all customers of the Aaron’s defendants who reside in the United States, who have purchased, leased, rented or rented to own, Aaron’s computers and people whose electronic communications and/or images were intercepted, accessed, monitored and/or transmitted by the defendants without the customer’s authorization.
Some of the cases concerning this rent to own class action lawsuit include:
- Arrington, Leslie v. ColorTyme, Inc.; 1:12-cv-00264 SJM (United States Dist. Ct. Western Dist. Pennsylvania)
- Crystal and Brian Byrd v. Aaron’s Inc., et al; 1:11cv00101 (Western Dist. Pennsylvania)
- Lomi Price v. Aaron’s and NW Freedom; 13EV-016812B (Georgia – Fulton County)
- Gwendolyn Sneed v. SEI/Aaron’s. Inc.; 1:13 -cv- 982 (United States Dist. Ct. for Northern Dist. Georgia)
- Michael Winslow and Fonda Winslow v. Sultan Financial Corp.; 13-02684 (United States Dist. Ct. for Central California)
Articles concerning this case:
- “Casper Couple’s Spying Software Suit Sparks FTC Settlement”
- “Company Responds to Spying Allegations”
- “Lawsuit Accuses Company of Spying on Couple”
- “Casper couple’s spying software suit sparks FTC settlement with rental firm Aaron’s”
- “Aaron’s settles spying complaint with FTC”
- “FTC Stops Computer Rental Franchise From Spying on Customers”
- “Suit: 185K spyware images sent to rental computers”
- “FTC says rent-to-own computers captured couples having sex”
- “Wyoming couple files computer spyware lawsuit”
- “Giant Rental Company Accused of Spying on Customers’ Computers”
- “Lawsuit accuses company of spying on Casper couple”
- “Laptop Spying: Rental Company Sued Over Alleged Webcam Spying”
- “PC rental store accused of using webcams, keyloggers on customers”
- “Lawsuit: PC Rental Agent spies on users”
- “Aaron’s accused in suit of spying on customers”
- “Lawsuit: Furniture rental company spies on PC users”
- “Lawsuit: Aaron’s Rental Co. Laptops Can Track users’ Keystrokes and Screenshots, Take Webcam Photos”
Consumers seeking more information about the litigation may call (800) 791-7599.
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