Airbnb Inc. hit the city of Boston with a federal lawsuit Tuesday over its recently passed regulations on short-term rentals, saying the new rules run afoul of state and federal law and would require the online rental marketplace to dramatically alter its business model or else risk the city’s “draconian” sanctions.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider how much deference to give the Federal Communications Commission’s view of what counts as an “advertisement” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, in a dispute that could impact the judiciary’s power to interpret agency rules.
Williams-Sonoma can't avoid a proposed class action alleging that certain lotions, soaps and other products it sells are misleadingly labeled as natural, despite containing synthetic ingredients, a California federal judge ruled on Friday, rejecting the upscale retailer's argument that no reasonable consumer would be deceived by the labeling.
A British advocacy group is urging European privacy regulators to investigate Equifax, Oracle, Acxiom and several other data brokers and ad-tech companies for allegedly exploiting millions of people's personal data in violation of the bloc's stringent General Data Protection Regulation.
Volkswagen said Friday that a Florida federal judge properly dismissed multiple counts from a proposed consumer class action alleging it sold CC model sedans with suspension defects, so there’s no need to grant consumers’ motion to revisit the ruling.
An Indian textile manufacturer urged a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to dismiss it from a proposed class action over allegedly inflated thread counts on bedding and linen products sold at Marshalls, HomeGoods and other TJX Companies Inc. stores, saying the court lacks jurisdiction over it.
Comments poured in Friday at the Trump administration's deadline for weighing in on the Commerce Department's privacy regime, with trade groups calling for uniform standards and consumer advocates pushing for a baseline federal privacy law.
A group of airline passengers has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review claims that Delta Air Lines Inc. and AirTran Airways Inc. colluded to tack on fees for first-checked bags, after the allegations were rejected by the Eleventh Circuit.
Uber Technologies Inc. was fined $750,000 by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday because the ride-hailing giant failed to investigate or promptly suspend drivers suspected of driving under the influence.
Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. told a California federal judge that the participant leading a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action against the company failed to remedy deficiencies in his breach of fiduciary and monitoring duty allegations, urging the judge to again toss the claims.
Timeshare owners have asked a Florida federal court to sanction Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc. in a proposed class action claiming the timeshare company and its insurer duped them into invalid real estate deals with Orange County's help, saying it intentionally withheld "massive amounts" of documents during discovery.
The Federal Communications Commission is interested in keeping its net neutrality deregulation order on the books as it navigates D.C. Circuit challenges to the regime, but it’s not necessarily seeking a broader ruling that its approach is the only permissible way to classify broadband, the agency's general counsel told a Washington, D.C., audience Friday.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, pointed to President Donald Trump’s criticism of high drug prices to ask for White House support for their latest version of a bill aimed at outlawing most so-called pay-for-delay deals between brand drugmakers and their would-be generic competitors.
Hyundai is refusing to honor the limited warranty for certain Sonata vehicles by wrongly asserting proof of regular maintenance is necessary for repairs, according to a putative class action lawsuit filed in South Carolina federal court.
A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit has sided with Boiron Inc., affirming its victory in a suit brought by buyers who claimed the company’s homeopathic pills did not provide relief for flu symptoms and that the company falsely advertised the pills’ capabilities.
More than two dozen tax preparers, travel agencies and other businesses in New Jersey have been slammed with notices of violation seeking more than $300,000 in civil penalties over claims they defrauded consumers by offering immigration assistance services they were not authorized to provide, authorities said Friday.
Cyber policies are increasingly incorporating coverage for the hefty fines and liabilities that are likely to arise from the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, but legal and regulatory pronouncements in vital jurisdictions may stymie these efforts and open the door for unprecedented coverage battles, experts say.
MoneyGram International Inc. will pay $125 million after breaching its agreements with government agencies in Pennsylvania and Illinois federal courts following claims that its agents ran international mass marketing and consumer fraud schemes, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
A lawyer whom MoneyGram International Inc. hired to collect third-party debts breached his duty to protect client data by leaving sensitive documents unattended in a “tricked-out Hummer” that was stolen from a hotel parking lot, according to a suit filed in New Mexico federal court Wednesday.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., laid out some of her plans for the House Financial Services Committee if she’s selected to chair it, saying that she’d focus on issues like consumer protection and financial innovation while also getting tough on oversight of the White House and regulatory agencies.
The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.
As sales of “premium” pet food have increased in recent years, so has the number of consumer class actions filed against pet food manufacturers, specifically those involving claims that marketing and labeling pet foods as “natural” is false and misleading, say Steven Hwang and Cassandra Abernathy of Perkins Coie LLP.
The Democratic Party is expected to take control of the House of Representatives next year, which will dramatically increase the congressional investigations risks for the private sector. Prime targets include pharmaceutical, financial services and technology companies, says Brian Smith of Covington & Burling LLP.
A new California law requires specific types of cybersecurity protections for internet-connected devices. But the proliferation of state-based internet of things requirements could hinder efforts to develop and implement uniform national standards, says Laura Stefani of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law restricting the use of automated online “bot” accounts. The law was drafted in part to help prevent election interference through the propagation of fake news, but it will also impact businesses that use bots to communicate with customers, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
It's not very surprising that the first enforcement action under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation was directed at a North American advertiser. The GDPR is a global law, and advertisers and social networks, wherever they are located, will be among the early targets, says Christian Auty of Much Shelist PC.
The Federal Trade Commission, which once dominated the playing field on many consumer protection issues, appears poised to reclaim a more active role in connection with financial products and services, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Varela v. Lamps Plus that the Federal Arbitration Act displaces contractual interpretation rules likely would vacate the Eleventh Circuit's recent JPay decision, says James Bogan of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.
In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.