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Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 5, 2012

    No Magic Can Save Disney Health Label From Scrutiny

    The Walt Disney Co. pointed to the public good when it announced Tuesday it would ban children's junk food ads and post labels on food and beverages vouching for their nutritional value, but that won't stop regulators and consumer groups from scrutinizing its claims that a product is healthy, experts say.

  • June 5, 2012

    Kardashians Say They Aren't At Fault For False Diet Pill Ads

    Reality television darlings the Kardashian sisters and a group of retail pharmacies urged a New York federal judge Monday to dismiss them from a putative class action alleging false advertisement of a caffeine-based weight loss product, arguing they weren't liable for claims the product's manufacturer made.

  • June 5, 2012

    Alberta's Privacy Cop To Contest Union's Surveillance Tactics

    Alberta, Canada's privacy overseer said Monday that she will appeal an Alberta court's ruling that the province's personal information statute is unconstitutional because it opposes the right to expression of a union that videotaped people who crossed a picket line.

  • June 5, 2012

    GM Financial Pays $388M To Settle Calif. Repo Suit

    General Motors Financial Company Inc., formerly AmeriCredit Financial Services, on Friday agreed to pay $388 million to settle claims that AmeriCredit violated California state law by failing to properly notify thousands of borrowers before selling their repossessed cars.

  • June 5, 2012

    Michaels' Insurer Sues Over Data Breach Coverage

    Michaels Stores Inc. was hit Friday with a lawsuit by XL Insurance America Inc. that claims the insurer has no obligation to indemnify the retailer against putative class actions over the theft of financial data from stores in more than 20 states.

  • June 4, 2012

    NY AG Taps Ex-Prosecutor To Lead MBS Probe

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed Monday that he had hired a former federal prosecutor to run the office's investigation into banks' practices in putting together mortgage-backed securities during the housing bubble.

  • June 4, 2012

    Vt. Joins Push To Strengthen Consumer Protections

    Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell on Friday heralded a series of recent legislative enactments that align the state with a national push to provide consumers with enhanced protections from deceptive marketing, security breaches, faulty products and other harmful business practices.

  • June 4, 2012

    Dodd-Frank Critics May Not Embrace CFPB Oversight Deal

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and federal banking regulators on Monday laid out how they will coordinate supervision of large banks and credit unions under Dodd-Frank reforms, but the agreement may not go far enough to ease industry concerns that they will be in for a severe increase in oversight. 

  • June 4, 2012

    Software Helps Insurers Lowball Claims, Report Says

    The Consumer Federation of America released a report Monday detailing how insurance companies can easily manipulate computer programs to underpay injury claims by millions of dollars, calling on regulators to probe potential abuses.

  • June 4, 2012

    Amazon Gets Cookie Privacy Suit Booted For Good

    A federal judge in Washington state dismissed with prejudice a putative class action Thursday against Amazon.com Inc. over its use of Internet cookies to gather users’ personal information without their permission, sinking a final attempt by plaintiffs to put a dollar amount on their privacy.

  • June 4, 2012

    Ikea Pushes For Narrower Class In ZIP Code Suit

    Ikea USA West Inc. on Friday urged a California federal court to narrow a certified class of all consumers whose ZIP codes were collected by the company, a request that could affect future classes under the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.

  • June 4, 2012

    Bankers Urge 3rd Circ. To Limit Mortgage Rescission Suits

    Three groups representing mortgage lenders urged the Third Circuit on Friday to enforce a three-year statute of limitations on lawsuits brought against mortgage lenders for failing to recognize loan agreements as null, arguing the statute prevents the industry from being burdened with endless litigation.

  • June 4, 2012

    Comcast, Time Warner Stash Ex-Customer Info, 2 Suits Say

    A pair of nearly identical proposed class actions filed Thursday against Time Warner Cable Inc. and Comcast Cable Communications Inc. in California accuse the cable providers of illegally retaining customers’ personal information long after their subscriptions were canceled.

  • June 4, 2012

    Ex-Paul Hastings Atty's Firm DQ'd From Avon Class Action

    A California federal judge on Friday disqualified all plaintiffs' attorneys in a proposed false advertising class action against Avon Products Inc., ruling one of them had learned too much inside information while defending Avon as a partner at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • June 4, 2012

    Hilton Pulls Plug On 1-800-HAMPTON Privacy Class Action

    A California federal judge on Monday threw out a class action accusing Hilton Worldwide Inc. of violating state privacy laws by recording phone calls to 1-800-HAMPTON, saying customers could not reasonably believe their hotel reservation calls wouldn’t be overheard or recorded.

  • June 1, 2012

    US Pushes 9th Circ. To Allow GPS Tracking Despite Jones

    The federal government urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to uphold its right to track suspects’ vehicles using GPS technology without a warrant, despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the surveillance technique.

  • June 1, 2012

    Microsoft 1st To Unveil Default Do-Not-Track Browser

    The next version of Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer will become the first Web browser to block online tracking by default, the company announced Thursday, in a move that attempts to answer the Federal Trade Commission’s call to strengthen consumer protection in that space.

  • June 1, 2012

    Express Scripts, Walgreens End Contract, False Ad Fight

    Walgreen Co. and Express Scripts Inc. on Friday ended their legal battle over Walgreens' alleged false advertising during their stalled negotiations for the renewal of a multibillion-dollar pharmacy provider contract, saying they may still be able to reach an agreement.

  • June 1, 2012

    Financial Industry Backs House Cybersecurity Bill

    The financial services industry on Friday threw its support behind a controversial U.S. House of Representatives bill that backers say would encourage the government and private companies to share information on cyberthreats, including the sharing of private customer identification.

  • June 1, 2012

    Cuomo Signs Bill To Tighten Mortgage Licensing Loophole

    Unscrupulous mortgage lenders exploiting a banking law loophole to make unlicensed, unregulated home loans to vulnerable borrowers are the targets of a measure signed into law Friday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.