Google Inc. and TeleTech Services Corp. are facing a putative class action, removed to California federal court on Wednesday, alleging they recorded Google customer service phone calls without informing people or getting their consent.
A federal judge on Wednesday certified a class of plaintiffs accusing snow equipment maker TrynEx Inc. of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited faxes, rejecting TrynEx's argument that the plaintiffs' lawyers had engaged in professional impropriety and couldn't serve as class counsel.
An automatic-door manufacturer is claiming that Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. must cover a $17.7 million settlement it reached with Domino Plastics Co. Inc. in an underlying class action over unsolicited junk faxes, according to a suit removed to Illinois federal court Tuesday.
Southwest Airlines Co. was hit Tuesday in California federal court with a second proposed class action alleging the company violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by failing to truncate the expiration date of payment cards on electronically printed receipts.
YouTube LLC on Monday launched its first legal challenge to a controversial new Russian law that allows the country’s officials to blacklist online content it considers harmful or dangerous to children, saying the regulators are unreasonably targeting material intended as entertainment.
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP and litigation boutique Sanford Heisler LLP were hit with a malpractice suit Monday by a former Seagate Technology engineer who said misconduct by two attorneys exposed him as a whistleblower in a suit over a nondisclosure agreement, costing him job prospects.
Debt collector NCO Financial Systems Inc. was targeted in a putative class action in California federal court Friday alleging that it illegally records cellphone conversations in which personal finance and other sensitive information is discussed without consumers' consent.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Inc.'s marine life theme park in San Diego solicits visitors to disclose their ZIP codes during credit card transactions despite privacy laws that bar such requests, a customer says in a proposed class action removed to federal court Thursday.
An online shopper lodged a $500 million putative class action in California federal court Thursday accusing media and home goods retailer Buy.com Inc. of illegally requiring its customers to provide their telephone numbers in order to complete credit card purchases on its website.
Ferragamo USA Inc. and computer retailer PC Mall Inc. were hit with proposed class actions Monday accusing the companies of violating California's credit card privacy law by asking customers for personal information and then using it for marketing purposes.
Facebook Inc. sued app developer Profile Technology Ltd. for breach of contract in California federal court Friday, alleging that it copied and improperly stored Facebook users' information and has tried to profit by making it accessible to others on its website.
Apple Inc. on Thursday received more time to respond to revamped class action allegations in California federal court that the company violated mobile device users' privacy by allowing apps to pull information from their address book and photo collections without permission.
Photo-sharing app maker Hipster Inc. was hit with a proposed class action Wednesday that alleges the company illegally obtains users’ personal information and a list of personal contacts contained on their phones without their permission.
The San Francisco-based operator of the Path social networking application settled U.S. Federal Trade Commission allegations Friday that it deceptively collected personal information from users' mobile address books and violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting information from underage users without parental consent.
A credit card user claiming that a Target Corp. affiliate is violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making automated debt collection calls to her cellphone several times a day lodged a putative class action against the company Tuesday in California federal court.
A proposed class of 1 million consumers sued Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. in Kansas federal court Monday over an October cyberattack that exposed sensitive information about those who requested insurance quotes from the company.
A dozen U.K. consumers have launched a landmark privacy case accusing Google Inc. of unlawfully monitoring their browsing history by secretly placing tracking cookies on Apple Inc.'s Safari browser, they announced Sunday, echoing claims resolved by the company in a recent Federal Trade Commission settlement.
A Florida privacy advocate asked a New York federal court Monday to stop the New York City Police Department from using high-tech imaging scanners that peer through clothing to identify unlawful concealed weapons, claiming the devices violate his Fourth Amendment rights.
Target Corp. was hit Friday in Oklahoma federal court with a proposed nationwide class action that alleges the retailer sends unsolicited text messages to consumers’ cell phones in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Three men were hit with conspiracy charges over their roles in the global spread and use of the potent Gozi virus that stole personal bank account information and infected more than 40,000 computers in the U.S., prosecutors said Wednesday.
A survey of local rules for courthouses with available Wi-Fi has shown that no courts expressly prohibit the use of Internet by lawyers to gain information about the venire. Interestingly, at least one appellate court has held that it was error not to allow counsel to access the Internet during jury selection, say Derek Sarafa and William O'Neil of Winston & Strawn LLP.
California’s Right to Know Act of 2013 — the first legislation of its kind in the U.S. that applies the broader European type of transparency — permits an individual to obtain full disclosure upon request of personal information held by a company about the individual. The act may create significant compliance implications and litigation risks for businesses throughout the country, say Katherine Ritchey and Mauricio Paez of Jones Day.
The vague language of the China cyber-espionage provision in the continuing resolution to fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year might be problematic because it could potentially apply to any part of a company’s supply chain. The provision also raises potentially significant international trade issues, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells LLP.
Companies whose businesses involve the collection or use of consumers’ personal information should keep an eye on the Seventh Circuit, which may be poised to trigger U.S. Supreme Court review of Edwards v. First American Corp. — an important Ninth Circuit decision favoring privacy advocates, say Anthony Lupo and Karen Ellis Carr of Arent Fox LLP.
Mobile marketing is one of the important privacy trends for companies to pay attention to this year. There are five ways companies that are interested in implementing compliance programs can stay out of regulatory enforcement or class actions, say attorneys with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.
While many organizations maintain data breach incident response plans designed to meet regulatory and contractual requirements, few consider the intellectual property implications of breaches. An IP incident response plan can help preserve legal rights and protect IP from being swept away in the rising tide of data breaches, say Carol Anne Been and Andy Blair of Dentons.
Early neutral evaluation usually asks a retired judge to consider one party’s case, as if preparing to rule on summary judgment or presiding over a bench trial. Effective evaluation can supply a reality check on a case — it gives the lawyer the gift of seeing the case as others see it, says James Rosenbaum, a panelist with JAMS and former U.S. district judge for the District of Minnesota.
While the updated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security regulations impose many new requirements on the health care industry, there is no direct and very little indirect impact on the life settlement industry, says Brian Casey of Locke Lord LLP.
When a person is arrested with a cellphone on him, law enforcement officers will likely want to search the phone’s contents. Courts have focused on different issues in determining whether to allow a warrantless cellphone search, and there is no standard analysis, say Bridget Rohde and Sara Crasson of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.