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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • October 13, 2011

    BofA Wrongful Foreclosure Class Action Gets The Boot

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Thursday tossed a putative class action claiming Bank of America Corp. and two subsidiaries violated consumer protection laws by threatening to foreclose on homes for unpaid mortgage payments despite evidence the homeowners made the payments.

  • October 13, 2011

    Verizon Introduces Geo-Targeted Ad Program

    Verizon Communications Inc. is changing its privacy policy to accommodate a new advertising program that will allow businesses to target consumers based on their physical address, but will let customers opt out of the program.

  • October 13, 2011

    Q&A With Goodwin's David Goldstone

    In the face of the regular drumbeat of public outcry after high-profile security breaches, courts will feel increasing pressure not to require a plaintiff consumer to allege specific economic harm to maintain a lawsuit. Regulators should be cautious of the impact new regulations may have on class actions, says David Goldstone, a partner in Goodwin Procter LLP's privacy and data security practice.

  • October 13, 2011

    Ad Execs Urge Congress To Stay Flexible On Online Privacy

    Online advertising executives on Thursday sought to convince a House subcommittee that new legislation on consumer privacy was not a “single-bullet” solution and that industry self-regulation and consumer education remained vital.

  • October 13, 2011

    ConAgra GMO False Marketing Actions Joined In Calif.

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday consolidated in California six proposed class actions against ConAgra Foods Inc. accusing it of misleadingly labeling cooking oils as 100 percent natural when they were made from genetically modified plants and grains.

  • October 13, 2011

    Quaker False Marketing Suit Over Trans Fat Survives

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a suit accusing Quaker Oats Co. of falsely marketing food with trans fats as healthful, ruling that a proposed class representative had alleged sufficient injury to bring the suit.

  • October 12, 2011

    Bayer, Merial Hit With $32B Class Suit Over Flea Meds

    A dog owner in New York filed a $32 billion putative class action Wednesday alleging Bayer HealthCare LLC and Merial Ltd. regularly make false and deceptive claims in advertisements for their Advantix and Frontline flea and tick pet products.

  • October 12, 2011

    3rd Circ. Sends Cop's Shower Privacy Suit To Jury Trial

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday said a Pennsylvania deputy sheriff's claim that her superiors violated her 14th Amendment privacy rights by videotaping her in a decontamination shower should be heard by a jury, reversing a lower court's decision.

  • October 12, 2011

    Q&A With Ropes & Gray's Doug Meal

    When a data security breach puts payment card data at risk of compromise, that kicks into operation various card brand rules that are administered by the card brands themselves, but they should be administered by a truly impartial decisionā€maker, says Doug Meal, a partner with Ropes & Gray LLP specializing in data security breaches.

  • October 12, 2011

    DHS Could Halt Data Sharing Program Over Privacy Flaws

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed Wednesday it was considering turning off part of a counterterrorism data search program after the U.S. Government Accountability Office cautioned that police agencies could use it to access unauthorized private information.

  • October 12, 2011

    Frontier Accused Of Stacking Bogus Fees On Internet Bills

    A putative class of Frontier Communications Corp. customers sued the telecommunications provider Tuesday in Minnesota federal court, claiming they were improperly charged taxes and fees on their high-speed Internet service bills.

  • October 12, 2011

    Feds Accuse Fla. Man Of Celebrity Email Hacking

    A Florida man was arrested on federal charges Wednesday for allegedly hacking into the personal email accounts of several celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis.

  • October 12, 2011

    JPML Merges Robocalls Claims Against Encore

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday consolidated in California four proposed class actions accusing debt collection company Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries of illegally making automated calls to debtors' cellphones without their consent.

  • October 12, 2011

    Food Industry Slams Bid To Limit Ads Targeting Kids

    Lawmakers and food industry representatives on Wednesday attacked a proposal to ask manufacturers to voluntarily stop marketing unhealthy foods to children, despite a Federal Trade Commission official's assurances that the agency would consider exempting advertising aimed at teenagers.

  • October 12, 2011

    Sony, Others Face Class Suits Over Phone Bill Cramming

    A New York consumer hit Sony Corp. and two digital media retailers with a pair of putative class actions last week, alleging they billed customers of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. for music and other media downloads they didn’t make.

  • October 12, 2011

    Countrywide Borrowers Lose Class Bid In Toxic Loan Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a class of half a million Countrywide Financial Corp. borrowers, saying their varied allegations that the mortgage lender steered them into toxic loans didn't have enough in common.

  • October 12, 2011

    Insurer Seeks To Arbitrate Baby Monitor Coverage Suit

    Lexington Insurance Co. asked a Rhode Island federal judge on Tuesday to force Summer Infant USA Inc. to arbitrate a dispute over coverage for an underlying class action accusing the infant products maker of selling baby monitors that compromise privacy.

  • October 12, 2011

    Tricare, DOD Face Suit Over Theft Of 5M Patients' Data

    Four of the more than 4.9 million Tricare beneficiaries who had their personal information stolen in September slapped the military health care service and the U.S. Department of Defense with a proposed class action Tuesday over the massive data breach.

  • October 12, 2011

    VeriSign Seeks Power To Shut Websites Without Court OK

    Internet domain registration company VeriSign Inc. on Monday proposed a system that would allow it to shut down "abusive, nonlegitimate sites" without necessarily obtaining court orders first.

  • October 12, 2011

    Insurers Could Be Off Hook In Calif. ZIP Code Suits

    Insurers might not have to pay coverage for the recent rash of ZIP code litigation in California if courts decline to view the collection of personal information as an invasion of privacy or choose to enforce exclusions that were only recently put in place, attorneys say.