Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 16, 2011

    Policyholder Says John Alden Skimped On Health Coverage

    A John Alden Life Insurance Co. policyholder filed a putative class action in Montana on Friday claiming the company underpaid its insureds on health care costs despite promising customers higher reimbursements.

  • May 13, 2011

    BSH Gets Suit Over Moldy Washing Machines Tossed

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed consumer class action accusing BSH Home Appliances Corp. of fraud over defective washing machines, but offered the plaintiffs a chance to amend several claims such as breach of express and implied warranties.

  • May 12, 2011

    Judge Sends Back Munchkin Claims Of Sippy Cup Lies

    A California federal judge Thursday, ruling on a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit brought by baby products maker Munchkin Inc. that alleged a competitor slapped trumped-up sippy cup patent markings on its products, ordered the company to amend its complaint.

  • May 12, 2011

    1st Circ. Says Insurer Isn't Liable In Cynosure Suit

    The First Circuit ruled Thursday that Cynosure Inc.'s insurer does not have to cover the manufacturer in a putative class action over its practice of sending so-called blast faxes to advertise its hair removal and skin rejuvenation products.

  • May 12, 2011

    Kinetic Unit Warned Over Breast Implant Marketing

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautioned a Kinetic Concepts Inc. subsidiary last week over its failure to properly respond to an inspection of the company's promotion of breast implant products and sponsorship of clinical studies, according to a regulatory filing Thursday.

  • May 12, 2011

    Judge Keeps HP Hard Drive Suit In Federal Court

    A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to send back to state court a putative class action against Hewlett Packard Co., Costco Wholesale Corp. and others over a portable hard drive that allegedly doesn't operate as advertised.

  • May 12, 2011

    No Proof Oreck Vacuum Kills 99% Of Germs, Suit Says

    A consumer slapped Oreck Corp. with a class action in Illinois federal court Tuesday, claiming the company falsely advertised that its Halo vacuum could substantially reduce the risk of flu and eliminate virtually all common germs and allergens.

  • May 11, 2011

    Nutella False Marketing Action To Remain In Calif.

    A California federal judge on Wednesday denied Nutella maker Ferrero USA Inc.’s bid to transfer to New Jersey federal court a putative consumer class action claiming the company falsely marketed its popular spread as healthy for children.

  • May 11, 2011

    Google Sets Aside $500M For DOJ Ad Services Probe

    Google Inc. said Tuesday that it has set aside $500 million to take care of a government investigation into its online advertising practices, slashing its net income for the first quarter of 2011 from $2.3 billion to $1.8 billion.

  • May 11, 2011

    Q&A With Sidley Austin's Thomas Hanrahan

    Listen, and ask the stupid question, says Thomas P. Hanrahan, head of the Sidley Austin LLP's Los Angeles litigation group and global co-chairman of the firm's complex commercial litigation practice.

  • May 10, 2011

    Lawmakers Demand Recall Of Formaldehyde Hair Products

    Ten members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked the Food and Drug Administration on Friday to immediately issue a recall of hair-straightening products with high levels of formaldehyde that they say pose health risks for stylists and consumers.

  • May 9, 2011

    LexisNexis Faces Class Action Over Worker Database

    Two women filed a putative class action in Pennsylvania last week claiming that LexisNexis Risk & Information Analytics Group Inc. labeled thousands of retail workers as thieves and distributed their personal data from a database in violation of federal law.

  • May 9, 2011

    UK Banks Drop PPI Suit After Setting Aside Billions

    The British Bankers’ Association on Monday abandoned its fight to block retroactive regulations on personal payment insurance, as several U.K. banks — including Barclays PLC and HSBC Holdings PLC — put aside billions of pounds to settle related claims.

  • May 9, 2011

    HP Escapes Class Suit Over Nvidia Computer Chips

    A California federal judge on Friday threw out a putative class action claiming Hewlett-Packard Co. knowingly sold and failed to offer warranty services for defective computers equipped with Nvidia Corp. chips, saying the plaintiffs’ claims were released by a settlement in a related case.

  • May 6, 2011

    Airline Ticket Agents Fined For Code-Share Violations

    The U.S. Department of Transportation fined five airline ticket agents Friday for failing to adequately disclose to consumers that certain flights on their sites were being operated by a regional carrier on behalf of a major airline.

  • May 6, 2011

    Texas AG Wins Hold On Sale Of Supplement

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Friday he had obtained a temporary restraining order to block the sale of a dietary supplement that is allegedly being deceptively marketed to Hispanic consumers.

  • May 6, 2011

    Hartford Seeks To Avoid Covering Crate & Barrel Suits

    Hartford Fire Insurance Co. hit the owner of retailer Crate & Barrel with a lawsuit Thursday in Illinois to avoid covering the company in California putative class actions contending it wrongly requested customers' zip codes during credit card transactions.

  • May 5, 2011

    Movie Gallery, States Settle Debt Collection Suit

    The liquidating trustee of bankrupt Movie Gallery Inc. on Thursday reached a settlement in Virginia with all 50 states over the defunct movie rental chain’s hardnosed collection efforts and credit reporting campaign.

  • May 5, 2011

    Consumer Group Wants FTC Probe Of Google Gov't Services

    A nonprofit consumer advocacy group on Thursday urged the Federal Trade Commission to launch a probe into Google Inc.'s allegedly unfair and deceptive marketing of its cloud computing services to government entities.

  • May 5, 2011

    Conn. AG, CVS Settle Expired Products Suit

    Connecticut's attorney general on Thursday reached a settlement with CVS Caremark Corp. that prohibits the drugstore chain from selling expired merchandise, and rewards customers who find outdated products with a $2 coupon.