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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • February 7, 2012

    FTC Warns App Marketers Of Potential FCRA Violations

    The Federal Trade Commission has warned the marketers of six mobile phone applications that provide background reports that their apps may violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act if they are used for employment, housing, credit or other similar screening purposes, the agency said Tuesday.

  • February 7, 2012

    Seafood Importer Must Pay $1M Over Fishy Labeling Practices

    A California seafood company was sentenced Monday to pay $1 million in fines and community service payments for knowingly selling mislabeled frozen fish fillets, as part of a federal investigation into companies that allegedly mislabel Asian catfish imports in order to skirt anti-dumping duties.

  • February 7, 2012

    RI Joins $25B Mortgage Relief Deal While Others Remain Unsure

    Rhode Island on Tuesday became the latest state to join a proposed settlement with major lenders that could provide $25 billion in relief to homeowners facing foreclosure, yet several key states remain on the fence about the deal.

  • February 7, 2012

    9th Circ. Questions Dismissal Of BofA False Ad Claims

    A Ninth Circuit panel expressed skepticism about Bank of America NA's argument Tuesday that the court should preserve a lower court's ruling that a California consumer's false advertising class action was preempted by federal law, despite a recent contrary appellate ruling.

  • February 7, 2012

    Bayer, Merial Flea Product Class Actions Merged In Ohio

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday centralized in Ohio six class actions claiming Bayer HealthCare LLC and Merial Ltd.'s Frontline and Advantage flea and tick products are ineffective and accusing the companies of running deceptive advertisements for those products.

  • February 7, 2012

    Homebuyers Sue Insurer Over Property Valuations

    Citizens Property Insurance Corp. on Tuesday became the target of a proposed class action that alleges the state-governed Florida home insurance organization illegally inflates property values of the homes it insures.

  • February 7, 2012

    EU Court Backs Media's Freedom To Cover Celebrities

    The European Court of Human Rights issued a pair of decisions Tuesday upholding the media's right to report on celebrities' private lives, rejecting a privacy claim by Monaco's Princess Caroline von Hannover and ruling German daily newspaper the Bild could cover an actor's arrest.

  • February 7, 2012

    Facebook To Further Lift Curtain On User Data Storage: Group

    Facebook Inc. has agreed to release more information regarding its storage of user data, a European watchdog group said Tuesday after a meeting related to Ireland's probe into the company's privacy practices.

  • February 7, 2012

    NYC Cabbies Lack Standing To Bring GPS Action: Judge

    A federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class action claiming New York City's use of GPS data to prosecute cab drivers violated their constitutional rights, saying the three plaintiffs were not currently facing any charges.

  • February 7, 2012

    Energy Drink Consumer Denied Class Cert. In False Ad Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday refused to certify a class action claiming Redline energy drink’s maker failed to disclose risks such as rapid heartbeat, deeming the plaintiff's attorneys inadequate to represent the class and calling their class certification motion “half-coherent" and "gibberish.”

  • February 6, 2012

    Motorola Admits Reselling Xoom Tablets With User Data

    Motorola Mobility Inc. on Friday revealed that personal information belonging to the former users of about 100 refurbished Xoom tablets may have been compromised after the company failed to properly clear the data prior to resale.

  • February 6, 2012

    US Courts Should Respect Foreign Data Privacy Laws: ABA

    In response to an increasing number of suits that involve data in other countries, the American Bar Association on Monday adopted a rule urging U.S. courts to respect foreign privacy laws when ordering discovery in civil litigation.

  • February 6, 2012

    Kraft, Hormel Shake Action Over Fat-Percentage Claims

    A Florida federal judge dismissed a putative class action against Kraft Foods Global Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp. on Friday, ruling consumers hadn't shown the companies' claims about their deli meats were misleading in measuring fat content by weight, not by calories.

  • February 6, 2012

    Baseball Fan Cries Foul Over Player-Endorsed Necklace

    Baseball hall-of-famer George Brett has said his company's Ionic necklaces can ease pain, improve concentration and help recovery from fatigue, but a putative class action filed in Iowa federal court Monday alleges the products don't work as advertised.

  • February 6, 2012

    Nissan Sideswiped By Faulty Loan Class Action

    A California woman on Friday clipped Nissan Motor Co. with a proposed class action claiming the company's financing arm had violated several state consumer protection laws when it provided her a faulty loan agreement and improperly repossessed and sold her car after she missed a payment.

  • February 6, 2012

    Foley Hires Fish & Richardson Class Action Expert

    Foley & Lardner LLP has recruited a leading class action litigator from Fish & Richardson PC to join its San Diego office as partner, boosting the firm's expertise in false advertising, unfair competition and intellectual property cases, Foley said Monday.

  • February 6, 2012

    9th Circ. Questions HSBC Credit Card Class Dismissal

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday grilled an attorney for HSBC Finance Corp. and Best Buy Co. Inc. on a judge’s dismissal of a consumer class action over advertising for store-branded credit cards, asking why a jury shouldn’t decide whether a reasonable consumer would’ve been misled.

  • February 6, 2012

    JPMorgan Reaches $110M Deal In Overdraft Fee MDL

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA on Friday became the latest bank to settle claims that it had breached customer contracts by charging exorbitant overdraft fees, posting notice of a proposed settlement that includes a $110 million payment to plaintiffs in the multidistrict case.

  • February 6, 2012

    Mead Johnson Can't Add Claims In Enfamil Coverage Row

    Mead Johnson & Co. on Friday lost a bid to lodge counterclaims against National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, PA in one of two lawsuits the insurer filed to avoid liability for false advertising damages stemming from suits brought by a rival and class of consumers over the nutrition company's Enfamil baby formula.

  • February 6, 2012

    Michaels' Insurer Sues Over Card Data Theft Coverage

    Arch Insurance Co. hit Michaels Stores Inc. with a coverage suit Friday alleging it had no obligation to defend or indemnify the arts and crafts retailer in several putative class actions over theft of consumer financial data from its stores.