Symantec Can’t Duck Action Over Antivirus Software Add-On

Law360, New York (March 14, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT) -- A proposed class action against Symantec Corp. can proceed because sufficient evidence exists to support claims the company duped consumers into buying an unnecessary add-on to its popular Norton AntiVirus software, a Minnesota federal judge ruled Monday.

California-based Symantec and Minnesota-based online retailer Digital River automatically added “download insurance” to the shopping carts of customers making Internet purchases, according to the ruling.

The purported purpose of the insurance, according to the complaint, was to allow the download of purchased software for up to one year after...
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