Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • September 29, 2011

    Tricare Data Breach Compromises 5M Patients' Records

    Tricare, a health care program for active and retired military members, revealed Thursday that a data breach earlier this month had compromised the personal information of approximately 4.9 million beneficiaries who had received care in Texas since 1992.

  • September 29, 2011

    Bayer Settles False Ad Suit Over Rival Acne Med

    Bayer HealthCare AG unit Intendis Inc. on Wednesday settled a lawsuit accusing River’s Edge Pharmaceuticals LLC of issuing false statements about a prescription acne medication and inaccurately passing it off as a generic version of the plaintiff's competing treatment.

  • September 29, 2011

    New Facebook Features Violate FTC Act, Watchdog Says

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center pressed the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to investigate new Facebook features that allegedly share users' personal information on the site in a more public manner than was promised under a previous privacy policy.

  • September 29, 2011

    Countrywide Data Thief Gets 8 Months In Prison

    A California federal judge sentenced a former Countrywide Financial Corp. employee Tuesday to eight months in prison and ordered him to pay $1.2 million in restitution for illegally downloading thousands of the mortgage lender’s customer files and selling them to other loan officers.

  • September 29, 2011

    FDA Warns Eye Doctors Again Over Laser Surgery Ads

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week put eye doctors on notice again about misleading promotional and advertising practices regarding the dangers of vision-correcting laser eye surgery, threatening regulatory action if the improper marketing materials aren't fixed.

  • September 29, 2011

    Logitech Settles Over Anti-Bacterial Keyboard Claims

    Computer accessories company Logitech Inc. has agreed to pay $261,000 to settle allegations that it made unsubstantiated health claims about some of its keyboards by marketing them as anti-bacterial, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

  • September 29, 2011

    Q&A With Poyner Spruill's Elizabeth Johnson

    My client was a disabled orphan who needed a pair of glasses for school but could not apply Social Security benefits because someone had used his Social Security number to gain employment — I learned that there are very real harms from identity theft beyond the frustration of paperwork, says Elizabeth Johnson, leader of Poyner Spruill LLP's privacy and information security practice.

  • September 28, 2011

    Naked Juice Squeezed By Suit Over All-Natural Claims

    Juice-maker Naked Juice Co. and corporate parent PepsiCo Inc. were hit with a putative class action Tuesday in California federal court by a woman who claims the company misled customers to believe their products contain 100 percent natural ingredients.

  • September 28, 2011

    Contact Lens Claims Preempted By FDA Regs: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action targeting Advanced Medical Optics Inc. over allegedly misleading marketing practices for a recalled contact lens solution, but said the lower court erred in ruling the plaintiffs lacked standing.

  • September 28, 2011

    Middleman Can Sell Drivers' DMV Info: 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's ruling that West Publishing Co. could obtain drivers' personal information from motor vehicle departments for the purpose of reselling it to legally authorized parties, rejecting claims from a proposed class of Illinois drivers.

  • September 28, 2011

    Philip Morris Can't Appeal Light Cig Suit: Ill. High Court

    Illinois' top court on Wednesday rejected Philip Morris USA Inc.'s bid to appeal a decision reviving a class action over the tobacco giant's alleged deceptive marketing of light cigarettes five years after the state's high court threw out a $10 billion verdict in favor of plaintiffs.

  • September 28, 2011

    EU Must Limit Police Access To User Data: Privacy Groups

    European Digital Rights and other privacy groups called for the European Commission to specify the circumstances in which police could access private information under a data retention directive, prodding the commission Monday to define what it meant by “serious crime.”

  • September 28, 2011

    Q&A With Wiley Rein's Kirk Nahra

    We need to develop state or national health information exchanges, and, while protecting privacy, not let vague and imprecise concerns about privacy prevent the accomplishment of these important societal goals, says Kirk Nahra, chairman of Wiley Rein LLP's privacy practice.

  • September 28, 2011

    Free Press Takes FCC To 1st Circ. Over Net Neutrality

    Media reform group Free Press filed a petition Wednesday in the First Circuit seeking review of the Federal Communications Commission's recently published net neutrality rules, arguing they don't go far enough to preserve openness for mobile broadband.

  • September 28, 2011

    Sprint Asks High Court To Hear Termination Fee Fight

    A unit of Sprint Nextel Corp. asked the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month to review a California appeals court's decision invalidating fees Sprint charged a class of consumers for early termination of contracts, saying federal law preempted the plaintiffs' claims.

  • September 28, 2011

    Reebok To Pay Customers $25M Over Toning Shoe Claims

    Reebok International Ltd. agreed Wednesday to pay $25 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission case in Ohio accusing the company of falsely advertising that its EasyTone and RunTone shoes tone their wearers' legs and buttocks.

  • September 28, 2011

    Dean Foods Lied About Milk's Brain Benefits: Suit

    A California resident launched a putative class action Tuesday accusing Dean Foods Inc. and WhiteWave Foods Inc. of falsely marketing their DHA-fortified organic milk products as being able to support brain health in children and adults.

  • September 28, 2011

    BofA Ignored Countrywide's Bad Mortgage Practices: Suit

    A Bank of America Corp. shareholder alleged Wednesday in New York federal court that the company’s top brass knew of alleged robosigning of foreclosures and a host of other mortgage-related irregularities when it acquired Countrywide Financial Corp. but ignored them, exposing it to major liabilities.

  • September 28, 2011

    Williams-Sonoma Dodges ZIP Code Collection Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class action claiming Williams-Sonoma Stores Inc. violated customers' privacy rights by requiring ZIP codes to complete credit card transactions, finding the plaintiffs had sued under an inapplicable law.

  • September 27, 2011

    Facebook Updates Cookies Over Privacy Concerns

    Facebook Inc. made changes to its services after an Australian blogger pointed out on Sunday that the social media company can track its users through cookies even after they've logged out of Facebook.