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A nonprofit suing Starbucks and other coffee sellers to force them to post cancer warnings on their products urged a California judge Monday to prevent disclosure of a mysterious letter from a “wayward” expert it had hired, saying the missive would create a “sideshow and a circus” that could cause a mistrial.
An Illinois federal judge on Friday refused to nix a putative class action accusing Shutterfly Inc. of violating the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting and storing face geometry scans, ruling that the statute covers data derived from photos and doesn't require consumers to allege actual damages.
A proposed class of consumers who allegedly received a restaurant company’s unsolicited advertisements via fax in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has asked a Michigan federal judge to grant preliminary approval to a $6.9 million settlement, saying the company has agreed through its insurers to pay valid class member claims.
Several private student loan holding trusts and their debt collector will pay nearly $22 million in fines and borrower reimbursements to head off lawsuits by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the agency accused them of suing thousands of people to collect debts that they couldn’t prove were owed.
New York’s bid to bring consumer credit reporting bureaus under the state’s exacting cybersecurity standards could plug some regulatory leaks that have been exposed after the colossal breach Equifax Inc. reported recently, experts say.