Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 9, 2011

    UK Banks Drop PPI Suit After Setting Aside Billions

    The British Bankers’ Association on Monday abandoned its fight to block retroactive regulations on personal payment insurance, as several U.K. banks — including Barclays PLC and HSBC Holdings PLC — put aside billions of pounds to settle related claims.

  • May 9, 2011

    HP Escapes Class Suit Over Nvidia Computer Chips

    A California federal judge on Friday threw out a putative class action claiming Hewlett-Packard Co. knowingly sold and failed to offer warranty services for defective computers equipped with Nvidia Corp. chips, saying the plaintiffs’ claims were released by a settlement in a related case.

  • May 6, 2011

    Airline Ticket Agents Fined For Code-Share Violations

    The U.S. Department of Transportation fined five airline ticket agents Friday for failing to adequately disclose to consumers that certain flights on their sites were being operated by a regional carrier on behalf of a major airline.

  • May 6, 2011

    Texas AG Wins Hold On Sale Of Supplement

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Friday he had obtained a temporary restraining order to block the sale of a dietary supplement that is allegedly being deceptively marketed to Hispanic consumers.

  • May 6, 2011

    Hartford Seeks To Avoid Covering Crate & Barrel Suits

    Hartford Fire Insurance Co. hit the owner of retailer Crate & Barrel with a lawsuit Thursday in Illinois to avoid covering the company in California putative class actions contending it wrongly requested customers' zip codes during credit card transactions.

  • May 5, 2011

    Movie Gallery, States Settle Debt Collection Suit

    The liquidating trustee of bankrupt Movie Gallery Inc. on Thursday reached a settlement in Virginia with all 50 states over the defunct movie rental chain’s hardnosed collection efforts and credit reporting campaign.

  • May 5, 2011

    Consumer Group Wants FTC Probe Of Google Gov't Services

    A nonprofit consumer advocacy group on Thursday urged the Federal Trade Commission to launch a probe into Google Inc.'s allegedly unfair and deceptive marketing of its cloud computing services to government entities.

  • May 5, 2011

    Conn. AG, CVS Settle Expired Products Suit

    Connecticut's attorney general on Thursday reached a settlement with CVS Caremark Corp. that prohibits the drugstore chain from selling expired merchandise, and rewards customers who find outdated products with a $2 coupon.

  • May 5, 2011

    P&G Can't Escape Align False Ad Action

    An Ohio federal judge on Wednesday mostly upheld a putative class action accusing The Procter & Gamble Co. of falsely claiming that its probiotic supplement Align promoted digestive health, nixing only an injunctive relief claim.

  • May 5, 2011

    K&L Gates Scores 10-Lawyer Team From Clifford Chance

    K&L Gates LLP has boosted its presence in Tokyo and beyond with the addition of 10 attorneys from Clifford Chance LLP, including three transactional, white collar and regulatory luminaries.

  • May 4, 2011

    House Panel Approves Bills To Modify Consumer Watchdog

    A House subcommittee on Wednesday advanced Republican-backed legislation that would amend the structure and scale back the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is scheduled to launch in July.

  • May 4, 2011

    Ala. Advances Bill To Nix Weight Gain Litigation

    Alabama moved one step closer Tuesday to becoming the latest state to pass legislation that would prevent consumers from filing lawsuits claiming that the food they purchased from restaurants and other food retailers made them gain weight.

  • May 4, 2011

    Judge Rejects Cobra Sex Supplement Class Cert. Bid

    A federal judge in California on Monday rejected a woman's bid to certify a class of consumers alleging Natural Balance Inc.'s Cobra Sexual Energy does not have the aphrodisiac effects advertised and poses an array of serious health risks.

  • May 3, 2011

    Facebook Ads Violate Minors' Rights, Suit Says

    A Brooklyn, N.Y., man slapped Facebook Inc. with a class action Monday, accusing the social networking giant of profiting from using the names and likenesses of his child and other minors in advertising without receiving permission from parents.

  • May 3, 2011

    US Regulators Clamp Down On Illegal STD Drugs

    U.S. regulators said Tuesday they had threatened legal action against more than a dozen websites selling unproven medications for sexually transmitted diseases, including Wartrol, Herpaflor, Viruxo, C-Cure and ImmuneGlory.

  • May 2, 2011

    Counterclaims Can't Trigger CAFA Removal: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that the Class Action Fairness Act doesn't allow a party joined to an action as a counterclaim defendant to remove the case to federal court, affirming the remand of a student loan dispute with class counterclaims.

  • April 29, 2011

    Ford Faces New Class Action Over Faulty Spark Plugs

    A new putative class action filed in Ohio on Thursday accuses Ford Motor Co. of negligently manufacturing and selling some of its most popular vehicles with defective spark plugs and refusing to properly notify consumers or cover the substantial replacement costs.

  • April 28, 2011

    Specific Media Ducks Class Action Over Web Privacy

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a putative class action alleging Internet advertiser Specific Media Inc. violated federal and state computer fraud and privacy laws, saying the complaint did not allege a concrete injury.

  • April 27, 2011

    Benjamin Moore Faces Class Suit Over Smelly Paint

    A California woman hit Benjamin Moore & Co. with a putative class action Monday in New Jersey federal court claiming its purportedly odorless, quick-drying paint emitted a foul smell and remained wet for months after being applied.

  • April 27, 2011

    Arbitration Contracts Can Ban Class Actions: High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a case over AT&T Mobility LLC customer contracts that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state laws that invalidate class action arbitration waivers, a decision that could spell doom for classwide arbitration, attorneys say.