Privacy

  • September 1, 2011

    9th Circ. Weighs NSA, Telecom Wiretapping Suits

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday weighed whether dozens of appeals challenging the U.S. government's alleged domestic electronic surveillance program — as well as various telecommunications companies' alleged complicity in that program — could move forward.

  • September 1, 2011

    Judge Tosses 3G Phone Actions Against Google, HTC

    A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed breach of warranty class actions against Google Inc. and HTC Corp. alleging that Google's Nexus One phone is incapable of the high-speed Internet connections it promises.

  • September 1, 2011

    Oil Demand Drove Gas Prices, Not Speculation, FTC Says

    The Federal Trade Commission issued a report Thursday putting most of the blame for the recent rise in gasoline prices on shifts in supply and demand for crude oil, not speculation in the futures market.

  • September 1, 2011

    Goldman Cleans Up Foreclosures As Fed Orders Review

    The mortgage arm of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has agreed to halt several controversial foreclosure practices, including the robo-signing of affidavits, as part of an agreement with New York allowing Goldman to sell the unit, the state banking agency announced Thursday.

  • September 1, 2011

    Colgate Lied About Softsoap's Germ-Killing Power: Suit

    An Illinois resident launched a putative class action Wednesday accusing Colgate-Palmolive Co. of falsely advertising the germ-killing power of its Softsoap Antibacterial hand soap as superior to other, less expensive liquid hand soap products.

  • September 1, 2011

    Q&A With King & Spalding's Phyllis Sumner

    A federal data breach law that preempts the approximately 40 state data breach laws would greatly simplify the process for companies that do business in multiple states, says Phyllis Sumner, a partner with King & Spalding LLP specializing in data privacy and security, and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern Districts of Illinois and Georgia.

  • September 1, 2011

    Dexatrim Maker Wins Dismissal Of Marketing Class Action

    A federal judge on Wednesday tossed a putative class action in Indiana accusing Chattem Inc. of deceptively marketing the weight loss pill Dexatrim as safe even though it contains a dangerous carcinogen, finding that consumers failed to demonstrate standing.

  • September 1, 2011

    McDonald's, Calif. Group Settle Outdoor Smoking Suit

    An attorney for a consumer group said Thursday his client had reached a settlement with McDonald's Corp. restaurants in California in its suit accusing the fast-food chain of exposing customers and employees to secondhand smoke in outdoor seating areas.

  • September 1, 2011

    Class Cert. Again Denied In Arizona Beverages Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday again denied class certification to a consumer alleging that Arizona Beverages USA LLC deceptively marketed its drinks as “all natural,” deeming the named plaintiff inadequate to represent the class.

  • September 1, 2011

    Toyota Can't Force Arbitration In Prank Ad Campaign Suit

    A California appeals court on Wednesday ruled that Toyota Motor Corp. could not force arbitration in the case of a woman who claims she was tricked into taking part in an emotionally distressing ad campaign for the Toyota Matrix.

  • August 31, 2011

    Microsoft Tracks Phone Users Without Consent: Suit

    Microsoft Corp. was hit with a class action Wednesday in Washington federal court accusing the computer and software giant of tracking consumers' locations through mobile devices in violation of their privacy settings.

  • August 31, 2011

    SunTrust Hit With Action Over Loan Fees, Foreclosures

    SunTrust Mortgage Inc. and its parent were hit Wednesday with a putative class action in Illinois federal court alleging the lender improperly assessed late fees and foreclosed on homes even though the plaintiffs say they complied with their contracts.

  • August 31, 2011

    Junk Faxing Atty Hit With $4.2M Class Judgment

    An Illinois federal judge awarded $4.2 million on Monday to a class of unwilling fax recipients who accused an estate planning attorney of sending them a purported newsletter that essentially functioned as an unsolicited advertisement.

  • August 31, 2011

    DirecTV's Bid To Nix Cancel Fee Action Put On Hold

    A California state judge on Wednesday delayed DirecTV Inc.’s bid to toss a class action alleging inadequate disclosure of early termination fees, waiting on the appeal of a ruling in a similar suit whose claims were found to be immune to waivers.

  • August 31, 2011

    Craigslist Beats Suit Over Customer Payment Data

    A California judge tossed a putative class action that accused Craigslist Inc. of violating a law that makes it illegal for merchants to record personal information when accepting credit card payments, ruling last week that the law did not apply to online transactions.

  • August 31, 2011

    FTC Returns $3.2M To Warranty Robo Call Scam Victims

    The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday it was refunding a total of about $3.2 million to consumers who bought fake auto warranties from robo calls allegedly engineered by Transcontinental Warranty Inc., a scheme to which two Transcontinental executives have pled guilty.

  • August 31, 2011

    Hedge Fund Manager Sues Wife For $25M Over Stolen Info

    New York risk arbitrager David Simon sued his wife and her divorce attorneys for $25 million on Monday, claiming they hacked into his home computer and stole confidential financial records, intellectual property and trade secrets belonging to his $100 million hedge fund.

  • August 31, 2011

    Nestle Waters Faces $50M Suit Over Delivery Late Fees

    Nestle Waters North America Inc. was targeted Wednesday in a $50 million putative class action alleging that the bottled water behemoth rips off delivery customers by ignoring its payment policy's grace period and levying exorbitant late fees.

  • August 31, 2011

    MyLife Fraud Class Action Withstands Bid To Dismiss

    A California federal judge refused Monday to dismiss a consolidated class action accusing MyLife.com Inc. of luring consumers with false claims that "someone" was looking for them and then overcharging them to use a service that never connected them to anybody.

  • August 31, 2011

    Q&A With Phelps Dunbar's Mary Ellen Roy

    The most important case in the area of the First Amendment and defamation law is the U.S. Supreme Court case of New York Times v. Sullivan, says Mary Ellen Roy, a partner with Phelps Dunbar LLP specializing in defamation defense, privacy law, First Amendment issues and reporter's privilege, among other areas.