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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 18, 2012

    FHFA May Bar Fraudsters From Fannie, Freddie Business

    The regulator overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will require the two failed mortgage giants to report any person or company they do business with that is convicted of fraud, and may bar the guilty companies from further transactions with the government-sponsored enterprises.

  • June 18, 2012

    Medicaid Patients Can't Sue Over Bill Disputes, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday did away with claims from patients in Florida who accused a hospital system of unlawfully billing them after receiving payment from Medicaid, saying individuals have no right to litigate over such disputes.

  • June 18, 2012

    Judge Pulls Plug On Class In LED Bulb False Ad Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday denied class certification to consumers who alleged manufacturer Lights of America Inc. exaggerated marketing claims about its light-emitting diode bulbs, but indicated he would support future certification for a narrower class.

  • June 18, 2012

    Fla. Judge Knocks Down Football Helmet Concussion Suit

    Easton-Bell Sports Inc. and Riddell Inc. have dodged allegations for now that they misrepresented the ability of their football helmets to prevent concussions, as a Florida federal judge Thursday tentatively dismissed a range of putative class action claims against the sports equipment manufacturers.

  • June 18, 2012

    BP, Conoco, Others Agree To $21.6M Deal In Hot Fuel MDL

    Six refiners and four retailers asked a Kansas federal judge Friday for preliminary approval of a $21.6 million agreement to settle claims in a multidistrict litigation alleging they illegally sold motor fuel without revealing or accounting for temperature expansion.

  • June 18, 2012

    High Court Asks DOJ Opinion On State-Federal HIPAA Case

    The Supreme Court asked the solicitor general on Monday to weigh in on a case pitting federal health privacy law HIPAA against state mandates that prohibit insurers charging members of the same group health plan different premiums.

  • June 18, 2012

    Classmates.com's $4.5M Privacy Deal Gets Reluctant Nod

    A federal judge in Washington state on Friday grudgingly approved a $4.5 million settlement from the owner of high school yearbook site Classmates.com over alleged deceptive emails and privacy violations, despite concerns that the award was ineffective and provided nearly no relief to class members.

  • June 15, 2012

    Privacy Code Of Conduct For Mobile Apps May Be Tall Order

    White House-led efforts to create voluntary privacy codes of conduct will start with the brave new world of mobile applications, a U.S. Department of Commerce agency revealed Friday, but experts said the complexities of the technology could prevent the multistakeholder process from yielding a legally enforceable code that the industry would back.

  • June 15, 2012

    NJ Assembly Panel Advances Data Breach Penalty Changes

    Legislation cleared by a New Jersey Assembly panel on Thursday would subject businesses and public entities to more clearly defined penalties if they fail to report security breaches of their computer systems that jeopardize personal information.

  • June 15, 2012

    NJ Suit Says Kix 'All-Natural' Claim Is Fraudulent

    Kix may be kid-tested and mother-approved, but General Mills Inc.'s claim that the breakfast cereal is "all natural" is hogwash, according a consumer fraud class action a California woman brought against the international food giant in New Jersey federal court Wednesday.

  • June 15, 2012

    Discover Told To Clarify Restrictions In Cash-Back Ads

    An advertising industry self-regulator told Discover Financial Services LLC on Thursday to spell out the restrictions of its “cash back” rewards in advertisements for its program, following Chase Bank USA NA’s complaint that the TV commercials hid critical eligibility requirements.

  • June 15, 2012

    Judge Ships Live Nation Scalping Case To Md. High Court

    A Maryland federal court on Thursday referred putative class allegations that Live Nation Entertainment Inc. illegally assesses service charges on its tickets to the state's highest court, saying that the suit raised questions of law appropriate for the state court.

  • June 15, 2012

    Judge Tosses Men's Journal Suit Over Calif. Privacy Law

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a proposed class action against Men's Journal LLC over violations of a state privacy protection law, finding the subscribers had failed to show they had suffered any actual injury because of the publication's policies.

  • June 15, 2012

    Atty Fees In $5.5M Nutella Deal Left Bad Taste, Consumers Say

    A $5.5 million settlement proposal over allegedly misleading ads for Ferrero USA Inc.'s Nutella spread has prompted a spate of objections from class members, who say it benefits plaintiffs' lawyers much more than it does them, ahead of a July 9 approval hearing in New Jersey federal court.

  • June 14, 2012

    UK Watchdog Rejects False Ad Claims Over EA Game Endings

    Britain's advertising watchdog on Wednesday rejected claims that Electronic Arts Ltd. misled players about the variety of possible outcomes to Mass Effect 3 and users' ability to shape these endings, allegations that mirror a consumer complaint recently brought to the Federal Trade Commission.

  • June 14, 2012

    Sylvania Can't Evade False Ad Suit Over Headlights

    A federal judge on Thursday denied most of Osram Sylvania Inc.’s motion to dismiss a proposed class action claiming the company misled consumers into buying its SilverStar headlights through false advertising.

  • June 14, 2012

    Pa. House Approves Bill To Extend Police Surveillance

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to amend the state's Wiretap Act to ease restrictions on law enforcement's ability to intercept communications in criminal investigations, despite privacy concerns over this expanded surveillance.

  • June 14, 2012

    Ameritox Wins Temporary Ban On Millennium Press Release

    Millennium Laboratories Inc. was ordered Thursday to take down a press release touting its win in a false advertising suit against a competing drug test company a day after the rival, Ameritox Ltd., asked a Maryland federal judge for an emergency restraining order.

  • June 14, 2012

    FTC Franchise Rule's Exemption Threshold Raised For Inflation

    The Federal Trade Commission has amended its franchise rule — the regulation governing the purchase and sale of franchises in the U.S. — to raise three exemption thresholds for inflation, the FTC said Thursday.

  • June 14, 2012

    NY AG Pens Legislation To Criminalize Robosigning

    New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Thursday introduced new legislation to define residential foreclosure fraud and impose harsh new criminal penalties on agents and managers who engage in robosigning and other dishonest practices.