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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • December 23, 2011

    FCRA Preempts State Law Claims Against Chase: 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Friday backed the dismissal of a consumer's state common law tort action against JPMorgan Chase Bank NA for allegedly giving false information to a credit reporting agency, agreeing that the claims are preempted by federal law.

  • December 23, 2011

    Intelius Puts Deceptive Enrollment Suit To Bed

    A federal judge on Wednesday allowed Intelius Inc. to proceed with a settlement with plaintiffs in a proposed class action accusing the public records company of deceiving consumers by automatically enrolling them in a sex offender report subscription program when they bought other services.

  • December 23, 2011

    Camera Maker Sues Rival Over Ex-Exec's Email Hacking

    Movie camera maker Red Digital Camera on Wednesday launched a trade secret and unfair competition suit in California against rival Arri Inc. and a former Arri executive who pled guilty in September to hacking the email of another competitor, Band Pro Film & Digital.

  • December 23, 2011

    Conde Nast, Men's Journal Violate Calif. Privacy Law: Suit

    Two separate proposed consumer class actions filed Thursday in California court accuse magazine publishers Conde Nast and Men's Journal LLC of failing to comply with a state law requiring companies to disclose whether they share customers' personal information.

  • December 23, 2011

    I Can't Believe It's Not Properly Labeled Butter: Suit

    Supermarket chain Kroger Co. and Challenge Dairy Products Inc. were slapped with a proposed class action in California state court Wednesday by a consumer who claims Challenge purposely mislabels its dairy spreads to trick customers into thinking they are buying butter.

  • December 22, 2011

    TaxMasters Class May Have To Arbitrate After Concepcion

    A proposed consumer class accusing TaxMasters Inc. of violating the Truth In Lending Act may face arbitration after the Third Circuit on Thursday ordered a district court to reconsider its finding that the arbitration clause used in TaxMasters contracts was unconscionable, citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

  • December 22, 2011

    Overheating iPad Class Action Shut Down For Good

    A California federal judge on Thursday terminated a putative class action accusing Apple Inc. of misleading consumers that the iPad could function outdoors without interruption, dismissing the suit for the third time and barring the plaintiffs from amending their complaint again.

  • December 22, 2011

    Aussies Issue Updated Broadcaster Privacy Guidance

    Australia's media regulator on Thursday released new guidelines to help broadcasters steer clear of privacy breaches when dealing with minors, sensitive private details, material posted on social networking sites, and other thorny issues.

  • December 22, 2011

    Weis Misled Shoppers About Keurig Cartridge Contents: Suit

    A Maryland resident launched a putative class action in federal court Thursday accusing the maker of certain single-serving cartridges for Keurig Inc. coffee makers and grocery store Weis Markets Inc. of tricking consumers into believing that the cartridges could brew fresh coffee.

  • December 22, 2011

    Privacy Group Sues DHS For Info On Social Monitoring

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, seeking to force the agency to reveal information about a new program to monitor social media sites, collect information from users and share it with other agencies.

  • December 22, 2011

    JPML Merges 5 TCPA Actions Against Collection Agency

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated five Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions aimed at debt collection agency Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC, which allegedly used an automated system to call debtors' cellphones without their consent.

  • December 22, 2011

    Sony Faces Action Over Movie, Video Game Records

    Two Sony Corp. units are facing a potential class action by a New York man who alleged Wednesday that the companies are illegally holding onto millions of customers’ movie and video game purchase and rental histories and using them in marketing.

  • December 22, 2011

    9th Circ. Backs Dismissal of Apple False Advertising Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court's dismissal of a class action against Apple Inc., ruling that Apple had no obligation to disclose an alleged defect in one of its laptop models and that advertisements touting the computer's durability were not legally binding.

  • December 21, 2011

    Merrick Exits $60M Credit Card Data Breach Suit

    Credit card processor MSI Merchant Services Inc. on Wednesday resolved its $60 million suit against Merrick Bank Corp. over a 2005 incident that compromised the personal data of more than 40 million credit card customers.

  • December 21, 2011

    Homeowner's Predatory Lending Suit Against Citi Revived

    A California appeals court on Wednesday revived a Mexican immigrant's suit accusing Citibank NA of predatory lending, ruling the homeowner had presented enough evidence to pursue claims that refinancing loans requiring roughly $12,000 in monthly payments were “unconscionable.”

  • December 21, 2011

    Australia Warns Vodafone Of Fines Over Privacy Failures

    Australia's telecommunications regulator said Wednesday that two Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd. companies had violated the country's telecom protections code by poorly shielding customer data from breaches, and threatened fines of up to AU$250,000 (US$252,000) for similar violations in the future.

  • December 21, 2011

    Judge Pulls The Plug On Coffee Machine Class Action

    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters on Tuesday escaped a proposed New Jersey class action accusing it of misrepresenting the performance and durability of multiple single-cup brewing systems and failing to take adequate corrective measures.

  • December 21, 2011

    BofA To Pay $335M In Countrywide Discrimination Deal

    Bank of America Corp. on Wednesday agreed to pay $335 million to settle claims that Countrywide Financial Corp. discriminated against African-American and Hispanic borrowers during the height of the housing boom, marking the largest fair-lending settlement in history.

  • December 21, 2011

    BMO Harris Bank Settles Overdraft Fee Suit For $9.4M

    Bank of Montreal's BMO Harris Bank NA has agreed to settle for $9.4 million its part in Florida multidistrict litigation accusing numerous banks of breaching contracts by charging customers unfair and excessive overdraft fees, according to a court notice filed Tuesday.

  • December 21, 2011

    Irish Probe Spurs Changes In Facebook's Europe Network

    Facebook Inc. agreed Wednesday to update transparency and user controls in its European network, after a three-month audit by the Irish data protection agency raised concerns about the addition of facial-recognition software to the site and its use of user data for targeted ads.