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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.