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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 22, 2012

    Senators Slather Scorn On FDA After Sunscreen Label Delay

    Feeling burned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to delay strict labeling rules for sunscreen, New York lawmakers urged the agency Monday to reverse course and quickly end "deceptive practices" in the industry before another summer ends.

  • May 22, 2012

    Lack Of Injury Dooms $4.2M Junk Fax Ruling, 7th Circ. Hears

    An estate planning attorney accused of sending unsolicited advertisements to a class of fax recipients told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that the $4.2 million judgment against him should be reversed, saying the plaintiffs needed to show an actual injury.

  • May 22, 2012

    Senator Says Cybersecurity Bill An 'Overreaction'

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., blasted the U.S. Senate's proposed cybersecurity bill as an “overreaction” Monday, saying it would allow the government to collect individuals' private information from companies without sufficient oversight.

  • May 22, 2012

    Ifrah Lures Privacy Expert From Thompson Hine

    Ifrah Law PLLC has picked up a former Thompson Hine LLP partner with expertise on privacy, e-commerce and media matters, the Washington-based firm announced Monday.

  • May 21, 2012

    DEA Rule Changes Would Trample Privacy Rights, EPIC Warns

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center on Friday blasted rule changes proposed by the Drug Enforcement Administration that the group said would allow the DEA to unfairly skirt a number of provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974.

  • May 21, 2012

    Avon Urges Judge Not To Let Its Former Counsel Rep Foe

    Avon Products Inc. urged a California federal judge Monday to disqualify the law firm of a plaintiff pursuing class action allegations over purportedly false animal testing claims, saying one of its lawyers learned confidential information defending Avon when he worked at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • May 21, 2012

    GAO Gives Mixed Report On CFPB Practices

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office shined a light Monday on shortcomings in accounting and information security practices at the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau but concluded the agency’s lapses were generally minor.

  • May 21, 2012

    FTC Picks Up Privacy Legal Scholar As New Policy Adviser

    The Federal Trade Commission has tapped Paul Ohm, a University of Colorado Law School associate professor specializing in privacy matters, to serve as a senior policy adviser on consumer protection and competition issues in mobile markets and online, the school said Monday.

  • May 21, 2012

    NY Borrowers Overcharged $500M For Insurance, Expert Says

    The force-placed insurance market is characterized by reverse competition, where two dominant insurers have incentive only to raise rates, an expert told New York regulators Monday, estimating Empire State homeowners have been gouged out of $500 million since 2004 as a result.

  • May 21, 2012

    J&J Customers To Appeal Benecol False Ad Ruling

    A proposed class of Johnson & Johnson customers will ask the Third Circuit to revive a lawsuit claiming that J&J misrepresented the health benefits of Benecol, a butter and margarine substitute, a court document filed Monday said.

  • May 21, 2012

    Continental Frequent Fliers Won't Get Day In High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a putative class action, dismissed by the Sixth Circuit, against Continental Airlines Inc. brought by frequent flier members alleging the airline charged more miles than advertised for reward tickets and breached contracts.

  • May 21, 2012

    Pom Juice Ads Were Misleading, FTC Judge Says

    A Federal Trade Commission administrative judge said Monday that Pom Wonderful LLC had made false and misleading claims that its pomegranate drinks could fight diseases, but refused to force the company to seek government preapproval for future ads.

  • May 21, 2012

    Suit Chews Out Kraft, Cadbury Over Sugarless Gum Ads

    Kraft Foods Global Inc. and Cadbury Adams USA LLC were hit Thursday with a putative class action in California claiming they misled customers about the healthfulness of their "sugar free" or "sugarless" gum, breath mints and hard candies.

  • May 21, 2012

    High Court To Hear US Foreign Surveillance Law Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear the government's challenge to a Second Circuit decision finding that attorneys, human rights advocates and others have standing to dispute a law that allows federal agencies to eavesdrop on international communications without individual warrants.

  • May 18, 2012

    Pepsi Exits False Ad Suit Over SoBe 'All Natural' Labels

    South Beach Beverage Co. Inc., maker of SoBe drinks, and its parent PepsiCo Inc. on Friday won the dismissal of a California putative class action alleging they falsely claim that SoBe's 0 Calories Lifewater drinks are "all natural."

  • May 18, 2012

    5th Circ. Says Concepcion Dooms Student's Arbitration Award

    The Fifth Circuit said Friday that arbitrators may not conclude that two parties have agreed to class arbitration unless there is a contractual basis for doing so, citing AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion in vacating an arbitrator’s award in a putative class action accusing a for-profit college of misrepresenting its certifications.

  • May 18, 2012

    House Passes Defense Bill, Staving Off Automatic Cuts For Now

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2013 defense spending bill Friday, continuing support for the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects, limiting green energy investment, restricting drone surveillance and defusing the threat of sequestration in the absence of a deficit deal.

  • May 18, 2012

    Federal Attack On Calif. Mortgage Overhaul Spurs Debate

    A federal home loan regulator’s criticism of California’s mortgage reform proposals is fueling a debate between opponents who claim the legislation could increase litigation for lenders and supporters who argue the measures are necessary to better protect borrowers from losing their homes.

  • May 18, 2012

    Facebook Users Attack Data Use Changes Amid IPO

    A European consumer group on Thursday countered Facebook Inc.’s recently revised user agreement by proposing changes that would enhance users’ access and control over their data, as thousands lodged comments to potentially trigger a user vote on the newly public company’s updated policy.

  • May 18, 2012

    Investors 'Like' Facebook, But They'll Still Sue

    In going public Friday, Facebook Inc. earned a staggering $104 billion valuation and made its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, an even richer man, but the social network also opened itself to significant shareholder scrutiny and potential lawsuits tied to its initial disclosures and controversial privacy policy, experts say.