Consumer Protection

  • September 14, 2011

    Olive Oil Cos. Dodge False Labeling Class Actions

    Colavita USA LLC and other olive oil makers on Tuesday escaped two consolidated putative class actions in Florida federal court alleging the companies falsely labeled their oils as extra-virgin and charged top dollar for products that were low quality.

  • September 14, 2011

    Judge OKs Talent Management Co.'s Hacking Suit

    A California judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss talent management firm Roar LLC’s lawsuit against one of its former agents and competitor Crysis Management for purportedly hacking into its computers and stealing trade secrets.

  • September 14, 2011

    Pandora Privacy Suit Coordinated With Google MDL

    A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that a proposed class action accusing Pandora Media Inc. of violating its users' privacy should be coordinated — but not consolidated — with multidistrict litigation claiming Google Inc. disclosed private information culled from Android phones.

  • September 14, 2011

    Q&A With Covington's Henriette Tielemans

    The current applicable law provisions for the EU Data Protection Directive lead to controversy and unexpected results, causing additional burdens for companies and regulators, without bringing any real benefit, says Henriette Tielemans, co-chairwoman of Covington & Burling LLP's global privacy and data security practice group.

  • September 14, 2011

    Size Of Costco Shrimp Trays Fishy, Atty Tells 2nd Circ.

    An attorney for a proposed class of consumers asked the Second Circuit on Wednesday to revive allegations that Costco Wholesale Corp. reaps as much as $40 million a year by skimping on the advertised amount of shrimp in party trays.

  • September 14, 2011

    Judge Greenlights Deal In Baby Sex Test Row

    A California federal judge on Monday approved a settlement in a nationwide class action against IntelliGender LLC, which agreed to pay $10 to each person who bought its Gender Prediction Test and received an inaccurate result for an unborn baby’s gender.

  • September 14, 2011

    Hunton & Williams Snags Privacy Pro For London Office

    Hunton & Williams LLP said Tuesday it had lured the former head of U.K.-based Pinsent Masons LLP's privacy practice over to its London office, boosting the expertise of its privacy practice group and think tank.

  • September 14, 2011

    Samsung Faces Class Action Over Blu-Ray Laptop Fees

    Samsung Electro-Mechanics America Inc. was hit with a putative class action Tuesday in California state court alleging the company forces purchasers of its notebook computers to pay an additional upgrade fee to view Blu-ray discs, a function purportedly included with the products.

  • September 13, 2011

    Airline Security Measures For Children Streamlined: DHS

    Children under 12 may soon be able to go through airport security without taking off their shoes or receiving invasive pat downs from U.S. Transportation Security Administration officers, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Tuesday.

  • September 13, 2011

    Consumers Seek Class Cert. In Smucker False Ad Suit

    A proposed class of J.M. Smucker Co. customers moved for certification Monday in a suit accusing the company of using buzzwords such as “all-vegetable” and “wholesome” to market what are actually unhealthy products full of hydrogenated oils.

  • September 13, 2011

    7th Circ. Will Rehear Parking Ticket Privacy Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a putative class action against Palatine, Ill., announcing it would rehear en banc a suit alleging the Chicago suburb violates the Driver's Privacy Protection Act by disclosing personal information on parking citations.

  • September 13, 2011

    1st Amendment Bars Sugar Makers' Suit: Corn Industry

    A corn industry trade association fought sugar producers' false advertising claims in California federal court Tuesday, arguing that ads attempting to rebrand high fructose corn syrup as a natural alternative to sugar are protected under the First Amendment.

  • September 13, 2011

    P&G Hit With Class Action Over Toothpaste Dispenser

    A putative class of consumers on Thursday hit Procter & Gamble Co. with breach of warranty and false advertising claims in California federal court, saying its “Neat Squeeze” Crest dispensers leave users unable to push out a significant amount of the toothpaste.

  • September 13, 2011

    Facebook Hires Covington Atty As Privacy Director

    Facebook Inc. said Tuesday it had hired the co-chair of Covington & Burling LLP's privacy and data security practice to serve as its director of privacy, and added a former White House staffer as its head of public policy.

  • September 13, 2011

    Ryder Sued Over Fuel Charge Estimations

    Ryder Truck Rental Inc. was slapped with a proposed class action in Maryland federal court Tuesday alleging it overcharged customers for fueling their rental trucks by rounding up fractions to the nearest gallon without disclosing the estimation to customers.

  • September 13, 2011

    EU Says Members Must Boost Child Protections Online

    European Union member states are not doing enough to protect minors using the Internet and video games, the European Commission said Tuesday.

  • September 13, 2011

    TD Ameritrade Settles Data Breach Suit For Up To $6.5M

    TD Ameritrade Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay up to $6.5 million to settle a class action in California accusing the online broker of improperly allowing third parties to access customer information.

  • September 13, 2011

    Hacker Steals 40K Credit Cards' Info From Vending Co.

    Vacationland Vendors Inc. said Monday that a cyberattack had compromised 40,000 credit and debit cards used during a nearly 2 1/2-year period on vending machines it supplied to resorts in Wisconsin and Tennessee.

  • September 13, 2011

    Bag Makers Settle Suit Over Warring Enviro Claims

    A designer of reusable shopping bags has settled plastic bag manufacturer Hilex Poly Co. LLC's unfair competition suit claiming it falsely advertised its reusable bags as much more environmentally friendly than plastic bags, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • September 13, 2011

    Foley Adds Insurance Litigator From Ropes & Gray

    Foley & Lardner LLP said Monday it had snagged an insurance litigation pro with a knack for representing clients in environmental coverage disputes and data breach matters from Ropes & Gray LLP, expanding the firm's Boston office.