Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 10, 2011

    Novo Settles Drug Marketing Claims For $26.7M

    Novo Nordisk Inc. announced Friday that it would pay $26.7 million to resolve federal investigations and False Claims Act lawsuits in New York and Maryland brought by former employees and a physician over the marketing of its drugs for bleeding disorders and diabetes.

  • June 9, 2011

    Senate Panel Approves Bill To Fight Seafood Fraud

    A Senate panel Wednesday voted to approve the Commercial Seafood Consumer Protection Act, a bill designed to strengthen federal seafood safety programs and combat seafood fraud.

  • June 9, 2011

    FDA Takes First Step Toward Regulating Nanotechnology

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced draft guidance about the use of nanotechnology by industries the agency regulates, calling it the “first step” in determining whether products contain the emerging technology.

  • June 9, 2011

    Hartford Wants Off Hook For Credit Card Info Actions

    Hartford Fire Insurance Co. sued Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. in New Jersey last week, arguing that it shouldn't have to cover the clothing retailer for putative class litigation alleging improper collection of customers' personal information during credit card transactions.

  • June 8, 2011

    Medical Food Makers Settle False Advertising Suit

    Brookstone Pharmaceuticals LLC on Tuesday settled a false advertising and unfair competition suit that alleged the drugmaker had falsely claimed to be selling a generic medical food with the same benefits as one developed by Pamlab LLC.

  • June 8, 2011

    American National To Pay $9M To End Class Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily approved a settlement of more than $9 million between American National Insurance Co. and a class of seniors who alleged the insurer charged them hidden costs on annuities.

  • June 8, 2011

    Consumer Wins Class Cert. In Walnut Label Suit

    A California federal judge granted class certification Tuesday in a suit alleging Diamond Foods Inc. misleadingly promotes its walnuts as capable of promoting heart health, rejecting the packaged food company's contention that the named plaintiff lacked standing.

  • June 7, 2011

    Class Action Over Sprint 4G Network Tossed

    Sprint Nextel Corp. on Tuesday escaped a putative class action accusing the company of falsely claiming its smartphones offer 4G wireless service after a California federal judge ruled he lacks personal jurisdiction over the company.

  • June 6, 2011

    Consumer Claims Polaroid TVs Pose Fire Threat

    A consumer launched a putative class action Monday against Polaroid Corp. in Minnesota federal court, claiming the company’s liquid crystal display TVs contain design flaws that cause them to break and in some cases smoke or catch fire.

  • June 6, 2011

    Beacon Hit With Class Suit Over Ignored Insurance Claims

    A Louisiana woman filed a putative class action in Florida federal court on Monday accusing automotive insurer Beacon Industries Worldwide Inc. of systematically decreasing and failing to pay policyholders’ claims made under deficiency waiver contracts.

  • June 3, 2011

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Tying Suit Against NBC, Others

    The Ninth Circuit refused Friday to revive a proposed class action trying to force television programmers and pay-TV providers to sell channels individually, ruling the plaintiffs had not accused the companies of harming competition.

  • June 3, 2011

    FDA Puts Squeeze On Elderberry Juice Maker

    Federal authorities on Friday seized elderberry juice products made by Wyldewood Cellars Inc. at the behest of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has accused the winery in Kansas federal court of making unproven claims that the juice can treat or cure diseases.

  • June 2, 2011

    Buyers Say TWS Misbranded HomeMaker OJ As Pure

    Consumers slapped TWS Marketing Group with a proposed nationwide class action Thursday in Alabama federal court, claiming the Florida-based company lied that its HomeMaker Premium orange juice was not made from concentrate.

  • June 1, 2011

    Epson Can Keep Quinn Emanuel As Counsel: Judge

    A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected efforts by putative class action plaintiffs suing printer maker Epson America Inc. over ink cartridges to disqualify its counsel, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, and an expert witness retained by the firm.

  • June 1, 2011

    Hydroxycut MDL Claims Fall Short, Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Tuesday partially granted Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc.’s bid to drop claims in the multidistrict litigation against the company over alleged health problems caused by dietary supplement Hydroxycut, but allowed the plaintiffs to amend their complaint.

  • May 31, 2011

    Gamers Sue Sony Over Hacking Of PlayStation Network

    Two users of Sony Corp.'s popular PlayStation Network filed class actions against the technology giant Tuesday in California over a hacker attack that recently brought the online gaming service down for more than a month.

  • May 31, 2011

    US Asked To Weigh In On Cellphone Radiation Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court asked the solicitor general Tuesday to weigh in on whether reviving a putative class action accusing several cellphone providers of failing to shield users from allegedly hazardous radio frequency emissions would undermine federal regulatory responsibilities.

  • May 27, 2011

    Jobless Calif. Law Grad Sues School For $100M

    Taking a common gripe to the courtroom, a law school graduate with more than $150,000 in debt and no job filed a $100 million putative class action against her school Thursday in California, saying the school lied about its alumni success.

  • May 27, 2011

    Thompson Hine Nabs Hunton & Williams Litigator In DC

    Thompson Hine LLP said Thursday that the firm had lured to its Washington office a Hunton & Williams LLP litigator who focuses on consumer protection and competition issues.

  • May 27, 2011

    Calif. Appeals Court Tosses Fiji Green Ad Suit

    A California appeals court on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action accusing Fiji Water Co. LLC of deceptively promoting its water as environmentally sound and superior to other bottled waters.