A wide coalition of industry groups and consumer and community activists on Monday told the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that a broad definition of “qualified mortgage” was necessary to boost the collapsed housing market.
Hearst Communications Inc. asked a California federal court Friday to dismiss a consumer's putative class action alleging the publishing behemoth violated the state's Shine the Light law by failing to make data-sharing practice disclosures, saying the plaintiff misread the law and has no standing.
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday fined Google Inc. $25,000 for hindering the agency’s investigation of the company’s collection of personal data sent over unsecured Wi-Fi networks as part of its Street View service, but stopped short of calling the practice unlawful.
The Federal Reserve on Friday urged a judge to toss a suit by retailers challenging the level at which it has set debit card transaction fees, saying the level was reasonable and didn't overstep the Fed's authority to set the limits granted by the Dodd-Frank Act.
California lawmakers are on deck to consider several pieces of legislation beginning Monday that propose to safeguard homeowners from unfair mortgage and foreclosure practices.
Courts are struggling to apply the Constitution's Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures to new technologies like GPS tracking and smartphones — and coming up short — a panel at an American Bar Association conference on e-discovery in government investigations agreed Friday.
The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers admitted Thursday that its domain registration system had suffered a glitch that allowed some users to view private information about one another, which could give competitors an edge in the domain-bidding process that has now been pushed back a week.
A California federal judge ruled Wednesday that a proposed class action against CytoSport Inc. accusing the creators of the Muscle Milk brand of misrepresenting the nutritional value of its ready-to-drink products and protein bars could proceed on one factual claim.
Florida-based Memorial Healthcare System has fired two employees who could face criminal charges for inappropriately accessing confidential details on about 9,500 patients to file phony tax returns, a spokeswoman for the system said Friday.
Seafood company Bumble Bee Foods LLC was hit with a proposed class action Thursday in California federal court accusing it of misleading consumers about the health benefits of its products containing omega-3.
The French direct marketing association on Tuesday weighed in on how website operators should implement challenging new rules to gain user consent for cookies, updating previous guidance to address how companies should inform users about targeted advertising cookies.
A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday refused to certify a class of consumers seeking to block Arizona Beverage Co. and others from touting that nearly 30 Arizona brand beverages were "all natural," finding the named plaintiff could not represent the group.
Credit Control Services Inc., hired by bankrupt Movie Gallery Inc. to collect overdue late fees, asked a judge Thursday for permission to investigate the onetime video rental giant and its liquidating trustee over an alleged breach of contract and possible smear campaign against the collector.
British Columbia's privacy commissioner pushed provincial lawmakers on Wednesday to require companies to disclose data breaches to the government, as the federal legislature considers a privacy bill with a similar mandate.
Screening companies frequently include incorrect and misleading information in criminal background reports that employers often use when evaluating job applicants, according to a Wednesday report urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission to take action.
New Jersey civil enforcement efforts amassed $150 million in settlements and judgments last year in disputes related to consumer and securities fraud, environmental damage and debt recovery, the state announced Thursday.
The Federal Trade Commission has for the first time requested information on Internet marketing and data collection practices from Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., MillerCoors LLC and a dozen other companies as it reviews voluntary industry guidelines for curbing alcohol advertising to underage consumers, the agency announced Thursday.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday said that banks and other institutions it regulates will be held responsible when companies they contract with violate consumer protection laws.
Two consumers have filed a proposed class action made public Wednesday, accusing fine clothing retailer Jos. A. Bank of engaging in widespread deceptive advertising by perpetually marketing its products as “on sale” when in fact they are always offered at a discount rate.
Facebook Inc. said Wednesday it would allow users to retrieve more of the information the company keeps about them, adopting a recommendation made by Ireland's data protection agency following an audit of the site's privacy practices.