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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • January 27, 2012

    Calif. Atty Can't Dodge Memory Supplement Defamation Suit

    A California appeals court ruled Thursday that a Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley PC attorney who released a YouTube video trashing a memory supplement cannot use a state statute designed to protect against meritless and harassing litigation to dismiss a defamation case, affirming a lower court's ruling.

  • January 27, 2012

    BofA Loan Relief Terms Block Probe: Ariz. AG

    Arizona's attorney general asked a state judge earlier this month to stop Bank of America Corp. from forcing borrowers looking for loan relief to sign confidentiality and nondisparagement agreements, claiming the practice impedes a state investigation into the bank's loan modification program.

  • January 27, 2012

    Sony Broke Ad Rules After 3-D TV Dispute With LG: NAD

    The Counsel of Better Business Bureaus’ advertising arm on Thursday cited Sony Electronics Inc. for violating the advertising industry’s self-regulatory rules by touting the outcome of a deceptive advertising dispute with LG Electronics USA before it became public.

  • January 27, 2012

    FDA Reopens Comments On Drug Ad Rule In New Study's Wake

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday reopened the comment period for its proposed amendments to its regulations on direct-to-consumer TV and radio ads for prescription drugs, citing the entry of a new consumer perception study into the discussion.

  • January 27, 2012

    HP Faces Class Action Over Computer Power Supplies

    Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday removed to California federal court a putative class action alleging that various models of the company's lines of Slimline and Pavilion computers were deceptively marketed and sold with inadequate power supplies.

  • January 27, 2012

    Iowa Court To Weigh Workers' Privacy In Open Records Suit

    The Iowa Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to consider whether a local school district erred under the state's open records act in rejecting the American Civil Liberties Union's request for specific information about disciplinary action taken against two school employees allegedly involved in an improper “locker room strip search” of five teenage girls.

  • January 27, 2012

    Regions Latest To Be Nailed With Overdraft Fee Action

    Banking company Regions Financial Corp. was hit Friday in Georgia federal court with a proposed class action by debit card holders that accuses the bank of illegally assessing and collecting excessive overdraft fees, joining a number of banks who have recently faced similar allegations.

  • January 27, 2012

    Twitter's New Censorship Policy Draws Backlash

    Twitter users organized protests Friday after the company announced it would consider censoring content on a country-by-country basis based on local speech restrictions.

  • January 27, 2012

    Insurance Watchdog Investigating Lap-Band Centers: Aetna

    Aetna Inc. is cooperating with a California insurance department probe into possible fraud against its members by medical centers affiliated with 1-800-Get-Thin that perform weight loss surgery using Allergan Inc.’s Lap-Band, the insurer confirmed Friday.

  • January 26, 2012

    Discover's Costs In FDIC Action Could Exceed $100M

    Discover Financial Services on Thursday said its liability from a planned Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. enforcement action over its marketing of fee-based products could "materially exceed" $100 million.

  • January 26, 2012

    SEC Targets US Trading Firms Over $2M In Hacking Losses

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday accused four U.S electronic trading firms of allowing an alleged Latvian hacker the access to make unauthorized trades in U.S. securities markets that cost U.S. brokerages more than $2 million in losses to their customers.

  • January 26, 2012

    Ad Regulator Says LG Should Pull 3-D TV Claims

    An advertising industry self-regulator announced its findings Thursday that LG Electronics USA should stop using certain consumer perception claims in ads for its Cinema 3-D Television and 3-D glasses after Sony Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics America Inc. argued the claims were unsupported.

  • January 26, 2012

    Google's Online Pet Game Creates Unfair Accounts: Suit

    Google Inc. on Thursday removed to California federal court a class action accusing it of creating unfair terms of use for its online SuperPoke! Pets game, which allow the company to shut down users' accounts without reason.

  • January 26, 2012

    Insurer Tries To Dodge Coverage In Robosigning Actions

    An insurance company asked a Virginia federal judge Monday to void its obligation to insure a client law firm in class actions accusing the firm of running an illegal “foreclosure factory” where attorneys robosigned each others' names to affidavits in foreclosure proceedings.

  • January 26, 2012

    Lawmakers Take Google To Task Over New Privacy Policy

    Members of Congress on Thursday called on Google Inc. to explain how its new privacy policy works, saying the company hasn’t made clear how it will protect user information or allow users to block data collection.

  • January 26, 2012

    DOJ Must Turn Over Docs In $700M Superfund Suit: Judge

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over documents in a Freedom of Information Act request by companies fighting a $700 million suit over cleanup of the Lower Fox River Superfund site, finding communications between attorneys were not privileged.

  • January 26, 2012

    Waiora Anti-Aging Supplement Is Just Water: Class Action

    A putative class of consumers on Wednesday hit supplement maker Waiora LLC with a suit in Florida federal court, alleging the company sold a mineral-enhanced anti-aging product that, in reality, contained little more than water.

  • January 26, 2012

    Data Brokers Must Be More User-Friendly — Or Else: FTC

    Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill called on data brokers Thursday to give consumers greater access to the information they collect, suggesting they could face enforcement actions similar to those the agency has brought against Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. if they don’t.

  • January 25, 2012

    Uncertainty Looms Around Obama's Mortgage Initiative

    In the State of Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama proposed to tackle lingering problems in the real estate market by helping underwater homeowners refinance and prosecuting reckless lenders, but it’s too soon to tell whether the measures stand a chance of making an impact, experts said.

  • January 25, 2012

    EBay's Priority Search Listing Service Failed: Suit

    An electronics manufacturer launched a putative class action Monday in California federal court accusing eBay Inc. of breaching its contract by promoting and selling a service to make ads more visible even though it did not function as promised.