Privacy

  • September 30, 2011

    U. Of Ill. Tells 7th Circ. Privacy Law Blocks FOIA Request

    An attorney for the University of Illinois on Friday told the Seventh Circuit the school was exempt under federal privacy law from granting the Tribune Co.'s Freedom of Information Act request for dirt on the school's purportedly shady admissions process.

  • September 30, 2011

    Credit Repair Co. Settles Class Action For $12.5M

    Credit repair firm Lexington Law on Thursday agreed to pay up to $12.5 million in in-kind services to settle proposed class action claims in California that it illegally blocked clients from directly contacting the credit bureaus.

  • September 29, 2011

    Stanford Hospital Faces $20M Action Over Data Breach

    Stanford University's hospital was hit Wednesday with a $20 million proposed class action over the recently revealed data breach that allowed the names, diagnoses and account numbers of 20,000 emergency room patients to be posted on a public website for nearly a year.

  • September 29, 2011

    Discover Faces FDIC Action Over Product Marketing

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is bringing an enforcement action against Discover Financial Services over its marketing of fee-based products, according to the bank's quarterly report released Wednesday.

  • September 29, 2011

    Sunday Mirror Dodges UK Soccer Star's Privacy Suit

    A British high court on Thursday threw out Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United's privacy case against the Sunday Mirror over an article about an alleged extramarital affair, ruling the newspaper's freedom of expression trumped the soccer star's right to privacy.

  • September 29, 2011

    Kraft Buyers Lose Class Bid In Cracker False Ad Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday refused to certify a nationwide class of consumers who allege Kraft Foods Inc. placed misleading labels on six of its cookie and cracker products that allegedly misrepresented the foods' wholesomeness.

  • September 29, 2011

    Irish Data Privacy Chief To Audit Facebook's Activities

    Ireland’s privacy regulator is launching an audit of Facebook Inc.’s activities outside the U.S. and Canada after receiving complaints about how the social networking giant handles users’ information, the Irish government said Thursday.

  • September 29, 2011

    Baker Hostetler Snags Marshall Dennehey Data Breach Pro

    Baker Hostetler announced Tuesday that it had lured an experienced privacy and data security partner from Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to its New York office.

  • September 29, 2011

    Sony Not To Blame For Hacking, Aussie Watchdog Says

    Australian regulators said Thursday an investigation into a cyber attack that exposed the personal information of about 77 million Sony PlayStation users had not uncovered any privacy law violations by a Sony affiliate on the continent.

  • September 29, 2011

    Tricare Data Breach Compromises 5M Patients' Records

    Tricare, a health care program for active and retired military members, revealed Thursday that a data breach earlier this month had compromised the personal information of approximately 4.9 million beneficiaries who had received care in Texas since 1992.

  • September 29, 2011

    Bayer Settles False Ad Suit Over Rival Acne Med

    Bayer HealthCare AG unit Intendis Inc. on Wednesday settled a lawsuit accusing River’s Edge Pharmaceuticals LLC of issuing false statements about a prescription acne medication and inaccurately passing it off as a generic version of the plaintiff's competing treatment.

  • September 29, 2011

    New Facebook Features Violate FTC Act, Watchdog Says

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center pressed the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday to investigate new Facebook features that allegedly share users' personal information on the site in a more public manner than was promised under a previous privacy policy.

  • September 29, 2011

    Countrywide Data Thief Gets 8 Months In Prison

    A California federal judge sentenced a former Countrywide Financial Corp. employee Tuesday to eight months in prison and ordered him to pay $1.2 million in restitution for illegally downloading thousands of the mortgage lender’s customer files and selling them to other loan officers.

  • September 29, 2011

    FDA Warns Eye Doctors Again Over Laser Surgery Ads

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week put eye doctors on notice again about misleading promotional and advertising practices regarding the dangers of vision-correcting laser eye surgery, threatening regulatory action if the improper marketing materials aren't fixed.

  • September 29, 2011

    Logitech Settles Over Anti-Bacterial Keyboard Claims

    Computer accessories company Logitech Inc. has agreed to pay $261,000 to settle allegations that it made unsubstantiated health claims about some of its keyboards by marketing them as anti-bacterial, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

  • September 29, 2011

    Q&A With Poyner Spruill's Elizabeth Johnson

    My client was a disabled orphan who needed a pair of glasses for school but could not apply Social Security benefits because someone had used his Social Security number to gain employment — I learned that there are very real harms from identity theft beyond the frustration of paperwork, says Elizabeth Johnson, leader of Poyner Spruill LLP's privacy and information security practice.

  • September 28, 2011

    Naked Juice Squeezed By Suit Over All-Natural Claims

    Juice-maker Naked Juice Co. and corporate parent PepsiCo Inc. were hit with a putative class action Tuesday in California federal court by a woman who claims the company misled customers to believe their products contain 100 percent natural ingredients.

  • September 28, 2011

    Contact Lens Claims Preempted By FDA Regs: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action targeting Advanced Medical Optics Inc. over allegedly misleading marketing practices for a recalled contact lens solution, but said the lower court erred in ruling the plaintiffs lacked standing.

  • September 28, 2011

    Middleman Can Sell Drivers' DMV Info: 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's ruling that West Publishing Co. could obtain drivers' personal information from motor vehicle departments for the purpose of reselling it to legally authorized parties, rejecting claims from a proposed class of Illinois drivers.

  • September 28, 2011

    Philip Morris Can't Appeal Light Cig Suit: Ill. High Court

    Illinois' top court on Wednesday rejected Philip Morris USA Inc.'s bid to appeal a decision reviving a class action over the tobacco giant's alleged deceptive marketing of light cigarettes five years after the state's high court threw out a $10 billion verdict in favor of plaintiffs.