Witnesses insisted to a U.S. House subcommittee on Thursday that a bill to force asbestos trusts to disclose information about the claims they receive does not compromise claimants' privacy, though one attorney contended the measure was a sop to companies facing asbestos-related suits.
A federal judge on Wednesday certified a class of Arkansas drivers who accuse a Utah-based company of illegally purchasing personal information from the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicles and reselling it to marketers and criminals.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday said that it planned to bring forward a proposal that could limit transaction fees that banks and mortgage brokers charge consumers when they purchase homes.
A pair of Democratic senators pledged at a hearing Wednesday to continue to push forward with broad online privacy legislation backed by the Obama administration and the Federal Trade Commission, despite opposition from a Republican senator and the newest FTC commissioner.
An environmental group launched a Freedom of Information Act suit Tuesday to obtain records from White House meetings with utilities, industry and special interest groups during reviews of four major Clean Air Act rules.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced legislation that would limit the overdraft fees banks can charge consumers and the number of times those fees could be assessed, among other changes.
A group of House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced companion bills that would bar employers from demanding access to workers' password-protected accounts on sites such as Facebook as a condition for employment.
Two high-ranking members of the Senate Finance Committee are investigating whether drug companies used their deep pockets to encourage influential medical organizations to downplay the addiction and overdose risks of opioid painkillers, the pair announced announced Tuesday.
Facing multidistrict litigation and government probes stemming from allegations that Carrier IQ Inc. secretly gave smartphone users' personal data to phone companies, the software company announced Tuesday that it had appointed a former Verizon Communications Inc. privacy expert as its general counsel.
Twitter Inc. fought back Tuesday against a New York state criminal court ruling that the Manhattan district attorney could subpoena the Twitter account of an arrested Occupy Wall Street protester, arguing that the holding violated federal privacy law and deprived the user of his ownership rights.
Jiffy Lube International Inc. was hit with a putative class action Tuesday alleging it tells customers at its California car service centers that their vehicles need oil changes more frequently than necessary, in violation of the state's false advertising and consumer remedies laws.
The Netherlands on Tuesday adopted net neutrality legislation preventing Internet providers from interfering with user activity, becoming the first European country to enact net neutrality provisions and only second in the world after Chile.
A California woman slapped Internet services provider EarthLink Inc. with a proposed class action on Tuesday, alleging the company illegally invaded consumers’ privacy when it recorded telephone conversations between its employees and members of the public.
Chicago's commuter rail system on Tuesday was hit with a putative class action alleging that it deceptively markets and sells limited-use tickets with expiration dates of less than five years in violation of Illinois' consumer fraud law.
A California federal judge last week set a September 2013 trial date for a consolidated putative class action in multidistrict litigation accusing Apple Inc. and several others of violating consumer privacy laws by offering smartphone apps that allegedly track user data.
Attorneys for consumers who sued AT&T Wireless Services Inc. over connectivity charges defended a class action settlement worth up to $250 million before the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday, saying plaintiffs will be forced to arbitrate claims individually if an objecting class member has her way.
A judge in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday consolidated five consumer protection class actions against Gerber Products Co. and Nestle USA Inc. over the allegedly improper marketing of probiotic baby formula and baby food.
Internet marketing company Clickbooth.com LLC filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Florida federal court accusing kids email service provider ZooBuh Inc. of using the CAN-SPAM Act to file frivolous lawsuits and build a "litigation factory" for personal financial benefits.
In a bid to foster competition, New York's Republican-controlled state Senate voted Tuesday to prevent the state from regulating Voice over Internet Protocol rates, bypassing Democrats who said the state should preserve its option to impose rules protecting consumers.
A federal judge on Tuesday tossed Verizon Communications Inc. and OnStar LLC’s lawsuit accusing several health plan providers of making illegal robocalls, saying consumer protection laws designed to deal with the issue don’t apply to companies.