The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that the Austrian government has too much influence over the country's data protection authority, stressing the importance of these regulators' independence as the European Union mulls a reform that would give them stronger enforcement powers.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived a consumer class action alleging that a series of automated phone calls placed by Best Buy Stores LP regarding its customer rewards program were not purely informational and constituted illegal solicitations.
A California state appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's ruling that a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement was unenforceable, ruling the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion invalidates a state law prohibiting class action waivers in consumer contracts.
Stakeholders participating in a White House-led meeting Tuesday shot down a first attempt at crafting a voluntary privacy code of conduct for mobile app disclosures, criticizing the proposal's outdated view of rapidly evolving concepts and its lack of a strong enforcement mechanism.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday refused to centralize in New Jersey 10 proposed class actions claiming Gerber Products Co. baby formula containing probiotics is not as healthy as marketed, saying pending transfer motions could make centralization moot.
AARP Pennsylvania on Friday lent its support to a lawsuit looking to keep a local electricity provider from buying power for its default service exclusively on the short-term spot market, saying it threatens the stability of electricity prices for consumers and violates state law.
Advertising trade group the Direct Marketing Association said Monday it was launching a new campaign aimed at countering unfavorable media scrutiny and increasing government regulation of data-mining tactics often seen as an invasive of consumer privacy.
A governmental transparency advocacy group sued the D.C. Council in Washington Tuesday, alleging that its denial of a Freedom of Information Act request to release work-related emails sent or received via council members’ personal email accounts poses a threat to government accountability.
A New Orleans Saints fan lodged an $80 million putative class action against the National Football League in Louisiana federal court on Monday, claiming the NFL diminished the value of Saints tickets by unfairly penalizing players and coaches for allegedly participating in a program that rewarded knocking out opponents.
A Maryland federal judge on Friday ordered Wells Fargo Bank NA to bear the costs of producing documents in two class actions claiming it, Prosperity Mortgage Co. and others created a front organization to circumvent consumer protection legislation and gain kickbacks from loans.
Capital One Bank USA NA was hit with a putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday that claims the bank knowingly used false and inapplicable credit card agreements to pursue debt collections against its cardholders.
The $150 billion private student loan market is plagued by poor servicing practices mirroring those that undermined the mortgage industry, a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau watchdog said Tuesday, asking the Obama administration to explore whether reforms that benefited homeowners might also help college graduates.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear an appeal in a dispute over whether government agencies must respond to requests under the state’s new Right To Know Law that seek electronic access to records when the records require redaction of personal information.
The Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. and Mary Kay Inc. asked a California federal judge on Monday to let them appeal recent decisions in two putative class actions alleging they failed to properly disclose their animal testing practices, saying the rulings put too broad a disclosure duty on manufacturers.
A former Merrill Lynch employee's allegedly threatening call to a co-worker provides an exemption to an Illinois ban on eavesdropping, the Seventh Circuit said Tuesday, affirming a lower court's dismissal of a suit claiming that the call was unlawfully recorded.
The U.K. on Tuesday blocked the extradition of a seriously ill British man reportedly wanted for years by U.S. authorities for hacking into military computers, citing human rights concerns.
An Australian regulator announced Tuesday that it had launched federal court proceedings against a Hewlett-Packard Co. subsidiary for violating the country's consumer protection law, accusing HP of making false representations to consumers and retailers about repairs and replacements for faulty products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it has told Avon Products Inc. to review how it markets several of its anti-wrinkle creams and products on its website because it potentially violates the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.