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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 decision‐maker, says Doug Meal, a partner with Ropes & Gray LLP specializing in data security breaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.