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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • March 5, 2012

    FTC Officials Clash Over Whether To Cut 2013 Budget

    Federal Trade Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch encouraged a House panel Monday to slash the agency's requested $300 million budget for 2013 due to the transfer of some of its powers to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, over the objections of Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

  • March 5, 2012

    GOP Lawmakers To Float Cybersecurity Bill In House

    Reps. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., plan to introduce legislation this week to boost cybersecurity and require federal telecommunications and cybersecurity contractors to keep the government abreast of cyberthreats, spokesmen for the representatives said Monday.

  • March 5, 2012

    Agencies Exempt From Va. Anti-Fraud Act In Climate Suit

    The Virginia Supreme Court held on Friday that the University of Virginia and other state agencies do not have to comply with the attorney general's request for documents in investigations involving government funds, nixing a probe into possible fraud in the grant applications of a former university climate change scientist.

  • March 5, 2012

    CFPB To Handle All Complaints Regarding Student Loans

    The nation's new consumer financial protection watchdog on Monday said it would begin taking complaints related to private student loans, adding a fourth industry to the government complaint department.

  • March 5, 2012

    11th Circ. Forces Arbitration In Regions Bank Overdraft Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday found that a proposed class of Regions Financial Corp. customers must arbitrate their claims that Regions and its banking unit Regions Bank charged them expensive overdraft fees, reversing a lower court's ruling.

  • March 5, 2012

    2nd Circ. Halts Some NY Rules On Atty Ad Disclaimers

    The Second Circuit on Monday overturned part of a New York state requirement that lawyers advertising professional certifications include a particular disclaimer, saying sections of the rule are unconstitutional encroachments on free speech.

  • March 5, 2012

    Class Action Targets Unwanted Pizza Hut Text Messages

    A proposed class action filed in Florida on Saturday alleges Pizza Hut of America Inc. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages to people as part of an advertising campaign.

  • March 5, 2012

    Wal-Mart In CFPB Sights As Regulator Clarifies Powers

    When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wraps up its review of which entities it will oversee, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is likely to be included under that umbrella, much to the delight of banks and consumer advocates who say the world's largest retailer provides the same services as a bank without the rules.

  • March 5, 2012

    Retailers Say Fed Ignored Congress In Debit Fee Rule

    Retailers challenging the Federal Reserve Board's restrictions on debit card fees on Friday said that the central bank went against Congress' intent in deciding how fees would be determined, and should not receive a deferential judicial review.

  • March 5, 2012

    Hain Says Federal Law Preempts Calif. Organic Standard

    The Hain Celestial Group Inc. sought Friday to end a proposed class action protesting the marketing of Jason and Avalon Organics cosmetic products as organic, claiming the suit relies heavily on a California standard that is preempted by federal law.

  • March 5, 2012

    Google Mass Texts Aren’t Protected Speech, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss a proposed class action claiming a Google Inc. group texting service illegally spammed consumers, rejecting the Internet services giant's argument that the First Amendment protected the texts.

  • March 5, 2012

    Sen. Tells FTC To Probe Google, Apple Phone Apps

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged the Federal Trade Commission on Sunday to investigate apps on Google Inc. and Apple Inc. phones that secretly copy users' photos, videos and address books and leak them to marketers.

  • March 2, 2012

    Calif. Council Merges 13 Cases Over Sutter Health Data Leak

    The Judicial Council of California has combined 13 putative class actions against Sutter Health over an October data breach that allegedly compromised the privacy of more than 4 million patients' electronic data, according to a notice filed Wednesday.

  • March 2, 2012

    FTC To Ramp Up Privacy Protections In Big Data Arena

    Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Friday called on data brokers to be more transparent about the use and retention of so-called big data, but stopped short of saying whether data mining sources like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. would be subject to the same level of scrutiny.

  • March 2, 2012

    EPIC Challenges Education Department's Privacy Law Tweaks

    Nonprofit advocacy group the Electronic Privacy Information Center sued the U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday, accusing it of violating privacy rights by making illegal amendments to federal law that would expand the amount of publicly disclosed student information.

  • March 2, 2012

    Kardashians Face False-Advertising Suit Over Diet Product

    Reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her sisters face a proposed class action filed Thursday for allegedly endorsing a caffeine-based weight loss product and participating in misleading advertisements about its safety and efficacy.

  • March 2, 2012

    Study Finds Attys Use 'Expert' Sites To Lure Clients

    A U.S. Chamber of Commerce group released a study Wednesday that highlighted plaintiffs lawyers' online marketing tactics, which include creating websites presented as sources of expert information in particular litigation-prone subject areas, but provide little or no disclosure of their firm.

  • March 2, 2012

    EU Court Asked To Mull Google Users' Right To Be Forgotten

    Spain's National Court has asked the European Union's highest court to weigh in on whether residents in Spain could make Google Inc. exclude third-party websites with information about them from its search results, the Spanish court said Friday.

  • March 2, 2012

    FCC To Review Wireless Service Shutdown Regulations

    The Federal Communications Commission sought input Thursday on when authorities should be allowed to block wireless service for public safety reasons, in the wake of a service shutdown last year in San Francisco designed to disrupt rumored protests.

  • March 2, 2012

    Law360 Privacy & Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2012 Privacy & Consumer Protection editorial advisory board.