Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • August 3, 2011

    Cell-Tek To Settle Junk Fax Fight For $1.8M

    A consumer plaintiff asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday for final approval to settle for $1.8 million a class action claiming Cell-Tek LLC violated Telephone Consumer Protection Act by faxing unwelcome advertisements.

  • August 3, 2011

    Germany Gets Tough On Facebook’s Facial Recognition

    A German data protection agency is giving Facebook Inc. two weeks to change or remove its facial recognition feature for the country’s users, saying it violates German and European privacy laws.

  • August 3, 2011

    Sen. Wants Answers On Scope Of Surveillance Law

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Tuesday he would obstruct efforts to pass an intelligence bill that extends the federal government's surveillance powers, insisting he wanted proof the government was not eavesdropping on Americans.

  • August 2, 2011

    Takeda Accused Of Hiding Diabetes Drug's Cancer Link

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. was hit Tuesday in California with what is expected to be the first of thousands of suits accusing the company of failing to warn consumers that taking its diabetes drug Actos could lead to an aggressive form of bladder cancer.

  • August 2, 2011

    Citi Ducks Suit Over Loan Modification Policy

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a putative class action over a Citigroup Inc. mortgage unit's loan modification policy, saying the plaintiff failed to adequately support claims for breach of contract and fraud.

  • August 2, 2011

    Health Plan Cos. Take $2.4M Hit In Marketing Fraud Case

    Two bankrupt companies accused of offering a fraudulent discount medical plan disguised as health insurance were hit Tuesday in Massachusetts state court with $2.4 million in restitution, civil penalties and attorneys' fees.

  • August 2, 2011

    U.K. Watchdog Reveals New Adviser Fee, Platform Rules

    The U.K.'s Financial Services Authority on Monday unveiled new rules requiring independent financial advisers to disclose fees they receive for steering clients to certain funds.

  • August 2, 2011

    Amusement Park Co. Hit With Credit Card Receipt Action

    The operator of the Idlewild and Soak Zone amusement park in Pennyslvania was hit with a customer's proposed class action on Tuesday alleging his credit card receipt from the park illegally showed his card's expiration date.

  • August 2, 2011

    News Corp. Tabloid Victimized By Hack Attack

    News Corp.'s U.K. unit confirmed Tuesday that a cyber attack on the website of its tabloid The Sun has compromised the private information of readers who took part in the paper's competitions and polls.

  • August 2, 2011

    J&J Unit Seeks To Nix Listerine False Marketing MDL

    A Johnson & Johnson unit asked a Florida federal judge on Tuesday to toss multidistrict litigation against it, asserting that its Listerine Total Care mouthwash was not fraudulently marketed because, contrary to the plaintiffs' claims, it does fight plaque above the gum line.

  • August 2, 2011

    Food Co. Ends Insurance Fight Over Pom False Ad Suit

    Fresherized Foods Inc. settled a dispute Tuesday in California seeking to recoup from Continental Casualty Co. the costs of defending and settling a suit claiming Fresherized used Pom Wonderful LLC's advertising concept to market pomegranate juice.

  • August 2, 2011

    US Says States Should Have Final Say On Insurance Rates

    A U.S. official told a Senate panel Tuesday that states should have primary power to review insurance premium rate increases, the same day a government report revealed that some states conduct only cursory reviews of rate changes.

  • August 2, 2011

    Facebook Seeks Dismissal Of Parents' Class Action

    Facebook Inc. on Monday asked a federal court in Illinois to dismiss a putative class action accusing the social networking giant of violating state law by using the names and photographs of children for advertising purposes without their consent.

  • August 1, 2011

    Microsoft Tweaks Geolocation Service To Protect Privacy

    Microsoft Corp. said Monday it had taken measures to prevent easy access to data that could be used to track down exactly where laptops, cellphones and other Wi-Fi devices have been at specific times.

  • August 1, 2011

    Epson Ink Waste Class Action Mostly Scrapped

    A California federal judge on Friday threw out most of a putative class action against Epson America Inc., saying the printer maker had no duty to tell customers its ink-jet printers were less efficient than other brands.

  • August 1, 2011

    Consumer Action Over Nestle Drink To Proceed

    Nestle Healthcare Nutrition Inc. on Monday largely lost a bid to throw out a putative consolidated class action in New Jersey alleging it lied about the health benefits of Boost Kid Essentials, a popular children’s drink containing nutritional supplements.

  • August 1, 2011

    Dow Jones Says Readers Can't Justify Contract Suit

    Dow Jones & Co. Inc. on Monday said two class actions in New York brought by Wall Street Journal online subscribers should be tossed for failing to specify how the company breached a contract when it stopped providing free access to Barron's Online.

  • August 1, 2011

    News Corp. Faces New British Hacking Probe

    U.K. police announced Saturday that they had opened a probe into allegations of computer hacking at shuttered tabloid News of the World, weeks after phone hacking allegations engulfed its parent company News Corp.

  • August 1, 2011

    Calif. Appeals Court Denies Class In LendingTree Suit

    A California appeals court on Friday affirmed a trial court's decision denying class certification to LendingTree LLC customers who alleged the online lending exchange did not provide a bidding process as promised and instead directed consumers to its own lender, Home Loan Center.

  • August 1, 2011

    Ballard Spahr Snags Consumer Financial Services Atty

    Ballard Spahr LLP announced Monday that it had added consumer financial services attorney Christopher J. Willis to its Atlanta office during what it described as a transformative time in the industry because of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.