The Massachusetts Supreme Court on Friday found that lenders can foreclose on homeowners in the state even without possession of a mortgage note, overturning a lower court decision and allowing banks and other mortgage holders to breath a collective sigh of relief.
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has chosen to make protecting online privacy the focus of his one-year term as president of the National Association of Attorneys General that began Thursday, a move attorneys say will likely spur other state enforcers to work collectively and individually to more aggressively police Internet users' rights.
A New Jersey federal judge on Friday dismissed a putative class action against Verizon Communications Inc. that accused the telecom giant of charging hidden fees in connection with its television protection plan, finding no evidence of fraud or misrepresentation by the company.
A new report based on interviews with corporate counsel has identified the eighteen law firms with the strongest brands in the legal market.
The Natural Resources Defense Council on Monday demanded that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration turn over findings on the health risks of antibiotics used in livestock production, claiming in a lawsuit that the agency violated the Freedom of Information Act in withholding the data.
The California Supreme Court on Thursday stopped a putative class action against a Bank of America NA affiliate over its “convenience checks,” holding that the consumer claims over inadequate disclosures were preempted by the National Bank Act and reversing a state appeals court decision.
An advertising industry self-regulating group found Thursday that Booking.com BV and Expedia Inc. used calculations that could have exaggerated how many hotel rooms were offered at certain prices, recommending the sites monitor room availability and disclose restrictions.
Australia's highest court agreed Friday to hear Google Inc.'s appeal of a lower court's finding that the search giant misled consumers by allowing companies to post search result advertisements that lured customers by using a rival's name in the headline.
A Facebook Inc. settlement made public earlier this week in a class action alleging the social network uses people's pictures in ads without their permission includes $10 million for attorney fees, bringing the total amount to more than $20 million, a Wednesday court filing showed.
New York lawmakers ended their 235th legislative session Thursday without passing a minimum wage hike, curbs on hydraulic fracturing, stronger penalties for mortgage fraudsters or measures to keep gas stations from gouging motorists, but an on-time budget and other successes left legislative leaders breathing sighs of relief.
The New York State Assembly on Thursday passed legislation to define residential foreclosure fraud and impose harsh new criminal penalties on mortgage business agents and employees who engage in robosigning and other practices derided as dishonest.
Federal Trade Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch on Wednesday criticized Microsoft Corp.'s plan to block online tracking by default in the next version of its Internet Explorer, putting pressure on an industry working group to craft a do-not-track standard that requires websites to honor consumers' choices, not choose for them, experts said.
Hugo Boss USA Inc. on Thursday was hit with a class action in California federal court alleging the clothing retailer violates federal consumer protection law by failing to remove sensitive payment card information from its shoppers’ receipts.
A Delaware lawmaker on Tuesday unveiled legislation that would prohibit police from searching the contents of cell phones or electronically tracking a suspect’s location without a warrant, joining several federal and state efforts to curb this surveillance.
Addressing concerns over what they describe as abusive lending practices, federal financial regulators on Thursday released new guidelines for mortgage issuers outlining best practices when dealing with military homeowners who are suddenly ordered to relocate.
A small Texas bank on Thursday filed the first of what was expected to be a wave of lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but supporters of the fledgling agency called the suit an attempt to bring the political fight over its creation into the court system.
Banks could be forced to rescind foreclosures or pay more than $125,000 each to homeowners who suffered financial injury as a result of foreclosure errors, with no cap on the total payout, under guidelines released Thursday by the U.S. Comptroller of Currency and the Federal Reserve Board.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday to push banks to adopt standardized, one-page forms to disclose the terms and conditions of consumer accounts, saying current agreements are needlessly long and opaque.
Medical billing company Accretive Health Inc. found itself under renewed political pressure Thursday as two Democratic lawmakers, reacting to fresh allegations of patient privacy and debt collection law violations from Minnesota’s attorney general, accused the company of stonewalling their demands for internal documents.