Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • November 21, 2012

    'Storage Wars' Star Wins Injunction In Bogus Porn Suit

    A California federal judge granted an injunction bid Tuesday by a regular on the A&E reality show “Storage Wars” who filed an invasion of privacy, consumer fraud and Lanham Act suit accusing a porn purveyor of fabricating a video purporting to feature her.

  • November 21, 2012

    Atty Says Alabama E-Filing Fees Are Unconstitutional

    An Alabama attorney has launched a putative class action in federal court that accuses the contractor for the state courts' electronic filing system of unconstitutionally coercing lawyers to pay credit card convenience fees in order to e-file civil matters.

  • November 21, 2012

    Google Dodges Putative Class Action Over Tags Promotion

    A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a putative class action alleging Google Inc. improperly charged users for what was supposed to be a free trial of its Tags marketing service, saying the plaintiffs do not qualify as consumers under California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

  • November 21, 2012

    CFPB Must Improve Data Security Systems, Fed Report Says

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau still needs to develop a “comprehensive information security strategy” and more closely monitor contractors that handle sensitive data, a Tuesday report said, highlighting a concern for companies that provide reams of sensitive data to the new agency.

  • November 20, 2012

    Judge Gives Tentative OK To 7 Deals In Hot Fuel MDL

    A Kansas federal judge on Tuesday preliminarily approved seven amended settlements in multidistrict litigation against companies that allegedly sold gas without revealing or accounting for temperature expansion, but declined to sign off on Exxon Mobil Corp.'s amended deal.

  • November 20, 2012

    Wi-Fi Location Ruling Offers Path For Evaluating New Tech

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled last week that police officers did not violate the Fourth Amendment when they tracked down a suspected child-pornography distributor through his use of an unsecured Wi-Fi network, a decision attorneys say shows the likely path other courts will take in applying prior U.S. Supreme Court privacy determinations to new technology.

  • November 20, 2012

    Chertoff Tapped For NYSE Probe Into SEC Tech Security Lapse

    NYSE EuroNext has hired Michael Chertoff, the former U.S. secretary of homeland security and current senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, to investigate potential security breaches following a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission report finding that SEC employees failed to properly protect technology used to audit exchanges, NYSE confirmed on Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2012

    Calif. Court Exposes Hole In 9th Circ. Food Labeling Ruling

    A California federal court ruled earlier this month that nutritional mislabeling claims against The Hershey Co. are not preempted by federal law, giving consumers a way around a landmark Ninth Circuit decision that threatened to foreclose the mass of food labeling suits filed in the state.

  • November 20, 2012

    Top House Democrat Urges Grid Security Bill Action

    A top House Democrat called on the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Republican chairman on Tuesday to corral GOP support and pass an electrical grid security bill the pair co-sponsored, saying physical and cyber threats to power infrastructure were increasing.

  • November 20, 2012

    LegalZoom Says Rival Falsely Markets Services As Free

    LegalZoom.com Inc. announced Tuesday that it is suing rival legal document services company RocketLawyer.com Inc. in California for false marketing and unfair competition over its use of the word “free” in advertising, saying access to its services can require fees or memberships.

  • November 20, 2012

    European Lawmakers Push For New Credit Card Payment Rules

    The European Parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution to standardize rules for credit card companies throughout Europe by establishing a digital single market that will simplify cross-border credit card, Internet and mobile payments in the European Union.

  • November 20, 2012

    EU Data Protection Reform Will Spur Suits, Facebook Says

    Facebook Inc. has told an Irish watchdog that the proposed overhaul of the European Union's data protection regime would spark court battles, discourage foreign companies from setting up shop in the region and ultimately provide citizens with fewer safeguards, according to documents released Saturday.

  • November 20, 2012

    Ex-News Corp. Editors Charged With Bribery In Hacking Probe

    Onetime News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and former editor Andy Coulson were charged with conspiring to pay public officials for information, the latest move amid vast phone-hacking allegations against Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., British prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2012

    DOD, Tricare Claim No Harm, No Foul In Data Theft Case

    The U.S. Department of Defense and Tricare Management on Thursday urged a Washington judge to toss multidistrict litigation over a data breach that affected 4.9 million Tricare beneficiaries, claiming the plaintiffs suffered no actual injury from the breach.

  • November 20, 2012

    EU and US Vow To Increase Internet Security

    The United States and the European Union vowed Monday to increase cybersecurity awareness campaigns worldwide, collaborate with industry leaders and push for more public-private partnerships to address Internet security concerns and curb online crimes, particularly child exploitation.

  • November 20, 2012

    Business Watchdog Loses Bid To Nix False Ad Class Action

    A California appellate court Monday rejected the Better Business Bureau of the Southland's attempts to dismiss a homeowner advocacy group's false advertising class action alleging the BBB demanded fees to boost "unbiased" business ratings, saying the nonprofit can’t evade the suit on free speech grounds.

  • November 20, 2012

    NAD Tells GreenPan To Kill 'Eco-Friendly' Ad Claims

    The National Advertising Division said Monday that nonstick cookware maker GreenPan Inc. should stop claiming in advertisements that its products are "eco-friendly," siding with rival cookware maker DuPont Co. in its challenge to GreenPan's marketing.

  • November 20, 2012

    Insurers Say Exclusions Bar Coverage In TCPA Class Action

    National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford and Continental Casualty Co. on Monday asked a federal judge to find they have no duty to cover plaque maker That’s Great News LLC in a proposed class action over its alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • November 20, 2012

    Buffalo Bills Say TCPA Doesn’t Apply In Fan’s Text Suit

    The Buffalo Bills football franchise asked a Florida federal judge Monday to toss a putative class action claiming the team sent fans thousands of unsolicited text messages, arguing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act doesn’t apply because the plaintiff agreed to receive the messages.

  • November 19, 2012

    Google Privacy Pact Nod Highlights Privacy Law Void

    Before approving the Federal Trade Commission's record $22.5 million privacy settlement with Google Inc. on Friday, a California federal judge wrestled with whether the proposal represented a proper remedy for a company caught deceptively tracking consumers online, showing that judges need more clarity from legislation and case law on how to evaluate such deals, attorneys say.