Logourl black
From our private database of 14,200+ case briefs...

Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc. v. Superior Court

California Supreme Court
150 P.3d 198 (2007)


Facts

Patrick Olmstead (plaintiff) purchased a DVD player from Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc. (Pioneer) (defendant). Olmstead claimed that the DVD player was defective. Olmstead sued Pioneer on his own behalf and on behalf of a class of consumers who purchased the same model of DVD player. Through discovery, Olmstead ask Pioneer for information about other complaints Pioneer had received about the DVD player. Pioneer gave Olmstead 700 to 800 complaints, but Pioneer also redacted the names and contact information of the consumers who had submitted the complaints from the documents it gave to Olmstead. Olmstead filed a motion to compel Pioneer to give him the names and contact information of these other complainants. Pioneer asserted that disclosing this information would be a violation of the other complainants’ right to privacy under the California constitution. The trial court granted the motion to compel and ordered Pioneer to notify each of the complainants that their information would be disclosed unless they objected. Pioneer appealed. The California Court of Appeal reversed, holding that the California constitution required each of the complainants to affirmatively consent to the disclosure of their information. Olmstead petitioned the California Supreme Court for review.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Chin, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 251,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.