Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 27, 2012

    Cranberry Co. Demands Defense In Ocean Spray Slander Row

    Decas Cranberry Products Inc. asked a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to declare that Union Standard Insurance Co. owes it $215,000 for defense coverage in an underlying suit by Ocean Spray Cranberry Inc. claiming Decas made false and slanderous claims about the rival.

  • June 27, 2012

    EU Could Rain On Cloud Strategy With Too-Tight Data Rules

    A European Union commissioner on Monday continued to push for a pan-European strategy for protecting information stored in the cloud, an initiative that attorneys say will win support if it sheds strict international transfer rules contained in the bloc's recently proposed data protection overhaul.

  • June 27, 2012

    Judge Skims Smart Balance 'Fat Free' Milk Case

    A New Jersey federal judge Monday trimmed a putative class action accusing Smart Balance Inc. of misrepresenting the amount of fat in “fat free” milk, tossing claims of consumer fraud but allowing the plaintiffs to pursue breach of warranty claims.

  • June 27, 2012

    Judge Won't Rethink Wells Fargo Loan Modification Suit

    A California state judge on Wednesday refused to revive a class action accusing Wells Fargo Bank NA of misrepresenting the terms of its loan and mortgage modification programs and unlawfully foreclosing on homeowners’ property, concluding again that the modificiation agreements were unenforceable.

  • June 27, 2012

    Washington Post Granted Access To Clemens Jurors' Names

    A Washington federal judge on Wednesday granted The Washington Post's request for access to the names of the jurors who acquitted former Major League Baseball pitching ace Roger Clemens of lying to Congress about his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

  • June 27, 2012

    Best Buy Settles, Promising Clearer Price-Match Policy

    A New York federal judge signed off on a settlement Wednesday between Best Buy Stores LP and a class of consumers that had accused the retail giant of consistently failing to honor its guarantee to match competitors' prices.

  • June 27, 2012

    HTC Must Weather Smartphone Tracking Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Tuesday said that an HTC Corp. unit and AccuWeather Inc. must face a proposed nationwide class action claiming the companies stiffed consumers by developing and distributing an app that needlessly tracked their locations.

  • June 27, 2012

    Homeowner Protection Bills Win Calif. Panel's Approval

    A California conference committee passed two bills Wednesday that ban so-called dual-track foreclosures and robosignings by lenders and advance the passage of the state's proposed Homeowner Bill of Rights, which aims to protect homeowners from foreclosure fraud.

  • June 27, 2012

    Pa. Lawmaker Latest To Float Bill To Curb Drone Use

    A Pennsylvania Democratic state representative on Tuesday became the latest lawmaker to unveil legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before using domestic drones, amid widespread privacy and security concerns over the intrusiveness of this surveillance method.

  • June 27, 2012

    FDA Moves Forward On Study Of Drug Ad Offers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it had received the go-ahead to research the effects of promotional offers in direct-to-consumer prescription drug print advertising, a study the agency first proposed nearly two years ago.

  • June 27, 2012

    House Bill Would End 'Frivolous' ATM Class Actions

    A key U.S. House of Representatives committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would eliminate what supporters call frivolous lawsuits by repealing a requirement that ATMs have both a placard informing consumers about transaction fees and a warning on the machine's video screen.

  • June 26, 2012

    NJ Extends State's Wait To Seize Unused Gift Card Funds

    New Jersey lawmakers on Monday passed legislation extending from two years to five the period the state must wait to claim funds from dormant gift cards sold within its borders — an 11th-hour compromise on efforts for an outright repeal of a 2010 law making the funds seizable.

  • June 26, 2012

    International Financial Fraud Sting Nets 24 Arrests

    Law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad have arrested 24 people in an international sting operation targeting Internet credit card fraud and other financial crimes, the FBI said Tuesday.

  • June 26, 2012

    Comcast Case Gives Justices A Chance To Expand On Dukes

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to review whether plaintiffs pursuing an antitrust class action against Comcast Corp. needed to provide admissible evidence that damages could be assessed on a classwide basis before certification will give the justices an opportunity to build on their landmark Dukes decision, attorneys said.

  • June 26, 2012

    Alaska Medicaid To Shell Out $1.7M Over HIPAA Security Case

    Alaska’s Medicaid agency will pay $1.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act related to theft of a portable hard drive possibly containing protected health information, the first such settlement of its kind, federal officials said Tuesday.

  • June 26, 2012

    Law Firm's Foreclosure Filing May Be FDCPA Breach: 6th Circ.

    A law firm may have run afoul of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when it filed foreclosure proceedings against a homeowner even though its client hadn't yet taken ownership of the mortgage, the Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

  • June 26, 2012

    PNC Bank To Hand Over $90M To Exit Overdraft Fee MDL

    PNC Bank NA on Tuesday agreed to fork over $90 million to settle a class action claiming it used a computer software scheme to illegally collect hundreds of millions of dollars in excessive overdraft fees.

  • June 26, 2012

    Calif. Judge Applies ZIP Ruling Retroactively In OfficeMax Suit

    OfficeMax North America Inc. can’t block courts from retroactively applying to a proposed class action the California Supreme Court's decision banning retailers from asking for customers' ZIP codes during credit card transactions, a California federal court ruled Monday.

  • June 26, 2012

    Wyndham Hotels Sued By FTC Over Data Breaches, Fraud

    Wyndham Worldwide Corp.'s failure to adequately secure hotel guests' personal information led to three breaches and millions of dollars in fraud losses, the Federal Trade Commission alleged in a suit filed Tuesday that echoed claims the agency has previously asserted against Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.

  • June 26, 2012

    LexisNexis Still Faces Claims It Misreported Workers' Info

    A Pennsylvania federal judge again refused to toss a proposed class action claiming LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc. illegally distributed damaging information about retail workers to current and potential employers, rejecting the company’s argument that new allegations were time-barred.