Mark Lanier, one of the most successful plaintiff's toxic tort and drug lawyers in the country (and a really skilled trial lawyer who is generally despised by American business) is going after Facebook. He's representing five plaintiffs, a diverse group including a photographer, a model and actress, two minors and a college student in Orange County, California. The case is basically a privacy case, based on Article 1, Section 1 of the California Constitution, The Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Civil Code sections 1750 et seq., Civil Code section 3344, and, of course, our old friend the Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code section 17200 et seq. Legal Newsline has the story here. Wall Street Journal's Law Blog has it here, including the Complaint.
Still, I'm skeptical. I can understand the deal with the photographer and model/actress. But I didn't think minors and college students used FaceBook anymore. I thought it had been taken over by my generation.
Update: There's a great compilation of press quotes about this at Kashmir Hill's The Private Parts ("Facebook privacy lawsuit tried by the press. Found lacking.") My favorite quote is from MSNBC.com's Technotica:
Frankly kids, suing Facebook for violating your privacy is like going to a kegger at the Devil’s house, then waking up on the front lawn the next day hung over, naked, missing your soul …and surprised.