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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 30, 2012

    NY Rep Calls For End To Force-Placed Insurance 'Kickbacks'

    Democratic New York Assemblywoman Barbara Clark on Tuesday introduced a bill that would bar mortgage servicers from taking "kickbacks" for providing force-placed insurance business.

  • May 30, 2012

    Verizon To Pay $10M To Settle Consumers' Late-Fee Suit

    Consumers who said Verizon Wireless ran afoul of California law by slapping them and other customers with late fees asked a federal judge Tuesday to grant preliminary approval to a $10 million class action settlement aimed at wrapping up the nearly 5-year-old case.

  • May 29, 2012

    UK Mulls Probe Of Google Street View, Australia Declines

    The British privacy regulator revealed Tuesday that it may reopen its investigation into Google Inc.'s collection of personal data through its Street View service based on new information about Google's knowledge of this practice, while the Australian watchdog declined to take a similar step.

  • May 29, 2012

    Political Polling Calls A Scam, Class Action Says

    A man who said he got unwanted telemarketing calls from The Berkley Group Inc. launched a class action in Florida on Friday, accusing the company of ringing people up with bogus political polling questions and breaking its promises to reward them for answering.

  • May 29, 2012

    High Court To Weigh Costs Trigger In Debt Collection Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act allows General Revenue Corp. and similar prevailing defendants to recover costs if a suit isn't brought in bad faith and for harassment purposes.

  • May 29, 2012

    NY Lawmakers Agree To Beef Up Anti-Telemarketing Law

    New York legislative leaders, citing a growing tide of complaints over prerecorded calls that come from other states and state law that doesn't have the teeth to stop them, agreed Tuesday to extend more forceful anti-telemarketing penalties to out-of-state callers.

  • May 29, 2012

    Starbucks Drinkers Seeing Red Over 'Bug Dye,' Suit Says

    Starbucks Corp. was slapped with a putative class action in California on Friday that accused the company of failing to alert consumers that it used red dye made from crushed beetle carcasses in certain food and beverage products.

  • May 29, 2012

    Dewey & LeBoeuf Files For Bankruptcy

    Following the defection of more than half its partners, debt-ridden Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP filed for bankruptcy Monday night, marking one of the largest law firm collapses in U.S. history.

  • May 25, 2012

    Lawmakers Push Twitter To Reveal Tracking Practices

    Two House Republicans prodded Twitter Inc. on Friday to disclose more information about its data collection and tracking practices, citing concerns over the company's implementation of new tailored suggestions despite its recent commitment to the Internet industry's do-not-track initiative.

  • May 25, 2012

    U Of Ill. FOIA Suit Belongs In State Court, 7th Circ. Says

    The Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that state court is the proper venue for the Tribune Co.'s attempt to force the University of Illinois to reply to its state Freedom of Information Act request regarding the school's admissions scandal, a request the school argues is barred by federal privacy law.

  • May 25, 2012

    Lawmakers Press DOJ To Reopen Google Street View Probe

    A pair of House Democrats on Thursday sounded the latest call for the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen its probe into Google Inc.'s collection of private information through its Street View service, following revelations that Google may have misled lawmakers and regulators.

  • May 25, 2012

    Class Says JPMorgan Made Them Buy Excessive Flood Coverage

    A class of homeowners sued JPMorgan Chase & Co. affiliates JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and Chase Insurance Agency Inc. in New York on Thursday, accusing them of forcing homeowners to buy more flood insurance than they needed.

  • May 25, 2012

    P&G Sued Over Olay 'Anti-Aging' Skin Care Claims

    The Procter & Gamble Co. was hit with a proposed class action in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday over allegedly false and misleading claims related to its line of so-called anti-aging Olay skin creams.

  • May 25, 2012

    FTC's Credit Report Notices Covered By FCRA, Judge Says

    A Washington federal judge has found that the Federal Trade Commission's enforcement of credit score disclosure requirements was within its authority under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, despite the National Automobile Dealers Association's challenge to the rules, the government said Thursday.

  • May 25, 2012

    Social Media Privacy Law Clears Calif. Senate

    The California State Senate on Friday passed a law that would bar employers and colleges from demanding access to Facebook profiles, Twitter feeds and other social media accounts of employees and students, sending the bill to the state Assembly.

  • May 25, 2012

    Ohio Latest To Float Bill On Workers' Facebook Passwords

    An Ohio state senator on Thursday said she has introduced legislation that would bar prospective or current employers from requiring workers to provide access to private electronic accounts like Facebook, following a similar trend by lawmakers in several other states.

  • May 25, 2012

    Wal-Mart Withholds Background Check Info, Suit Says

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was on Thursday sued in New Jersey federal court by a proposed class of potential workers who allege the retail giant violated consumer protection law by failing to properly disclose information related to the criminal background checks it runs on job applicants.

  • May 25, 2012

    Reach Of High Court's GPS Ruling Expanded In Ky. Drug Bust

    A Kentucky federal judge overseeing a criminal drug case recently excluded critical evidence that police collected after attaching a GPS device to the defendant's vehicle without a warrant, extending the reach of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision deeming such surveillance unconstitutional.

  • May 25, 2012

    3rd Circ. Snubs Appeal in Arizona 'All Natural' Drink Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday blocked a move to appeal a New Jersey federal judge's order denying certification to a class of consumers seeking to stop Arizona Beverage Co. and others from touting that nearly 30 Arizona brand beverages are "all natural."

  • May 24, 2012

    CFPB Lays Out Rules For Extending Reach Beyond Banks

    The federal government's consumer finance watchdog on Thursday described how it plans to bring nonbank companies offering potentially risky financial products under its regulatory umbrella, putting retailers, prepaid card operators and others on notice that they could be subject to additional scrutiny.