Privacy

  • August 9, 2011

    Akerman Boosts Consumer Finance Team

    Akerman Senterfitt LLP announced Tuesday that it has opened a new office in Salt Lake City and bolstered its fast-growing national consumer finance practice by adding two former Van Cott Bagley Cornwall & McCarthy PC attorneys to its new outpost.

  • August 9, 2011

    Q&A With Kelley Drye's John Villafranco

    One of the big issues to watch right now is how the Federal Trade Commission is defining “competent and reliable scientific evidence” in support of advertising claims. The standard has clearly changed and has become more difficult to meet, says John Villafranco, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • August 9, 2011

    Acer Settles Class Action Over Windows OS On Laptops

    California-based computer manufacturer Acer America Corp. on Monday reached a preliminary settlement in a proposed class action accusing it of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty for intentionally misleading customers about the presence of a genuine Microsoft Windows operating system on its laptops.

  • August 9, 2011

    Comcast Loses Emergency Bid To Pull DirecTV NFL Ads

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday rejected Comcast Cable Communications LLC's bid for a temporary restraining order blocking DirecTV Inc. from running allegedly false advertisements for its NFL Sunday Ticket service, finding Comcast had not shown the ads caused irreparable injury.

  • August 9, 2011

    Stay Lifted In H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt False Ad Row

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday lifted a stay that had put a stop to a Lanham Act false advertising fight between rival tax preparers Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. and H&R Block Inc., the same day the judge confirmed Jackson Hewitt's plan to exit Chapter 11.

  • August 9, 2011

    South Korea Eyes Safeguards For Personal Data Online

    A South Korean communications watchdog reportedly announced Monday it would crack down on how websites can use subscribers' personal information, following a cyber attack that accessed the data of about 35 million citizens.

  • August 9, 2011

    Dykema Enters Southeast With Womble Carlyle Hire

    Dykema Gossett PLLC announced Monday it was opening a new office focused on financial services work in Charlotte, N.C., with the hire of a Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC compliance and consumer credit pro.

  • August 9, 2011

    Wells Fargo Escapes Suit Over Mortgage Modifications

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a putative class action accusing Wells Fargo Bank NA of breaching contractual agreements by misrepresenting the terms of its loan and mortgage modification programs and unlawfully foreclosing on homeowners’ property.

  • August 9, 2011

    Car Lender Recorded Customers' Phone Calls: Suit

    A California plaintiff filed a putative class action in state court on Monday accusing car title lender Wheels Financial Group Inc. of recording private telephone calls to customers without their consent or knowledge.

  • August 9, 2011

    H&R Block To Pay $9.8M To End Mortgage Bias Suit

    H&R Block Inc. agreed Monday to shell out $9.8 million and change the terms of $115 million worth of home loans as part of a settlement of the Massachusetts attorney general's claims that the company targeted black and Hispanic borrowers with marketing that pushed the sale of predatory products.

  • August 9, 2011

    Animal Drug Co. Hit With Junk Fax Class Action

    Animal health products maker Thomas Veterinary Drug Inc. was hit with a putative class action made available in Illinois state court Monday accusing it of faxing unsolicited advertisements for its products in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • August 9, 2011

    Zynga Dropped From Game Fees Suit

    A California consumer on Monday dropped Zynga Inc. from a proposed class action alleging it tricked players into buying virtual currency for its social networking games, after a federal judge sent their dispute to arbitration.

  • August 9, 2011

    Swift Faces Class Action Over Background Checks

    Three applicants who were ultimately denied employment by Swift Transportation Corp. slapped the trucking company with a putative class action Monday in Arizona federal court, claiming it obtained and used criminal background checks without proper notice or authorization, in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • August 9, 2011

    Sony Data Breach Suits Consolidated In Calif.

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Monday elected to consolidate 18 cases over Sony Corp.'s alleged failure to safeguard the personal and financial data of its online video game network customers into an MDL in California.

  • August 9, 2011

    Rise Of Personal Data Market Could Aid Class Actions

    While judges often toss data breach class actions on the grounds that privacy invasion alone does not cause economic harm, courts may begin to greenlight them as personal data becomes more valued and plaintiffs can attach a dollar figure to it, some experts say.

  • August 8, 2011

    Firms May Hesitate To Disclose Data Breaches: Panel

    While law firms face a greater risk of being hacked than ever in light of a recent spate of sophisticated data breaches, experts at a panel Saturday said they believed that firms wouldn't publicly disclose potential intrusions despite their ethical obligations.

  • August 8, 2011

    HHS Wants Input On Metadata Standards

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asked stakeholders Friday for feedback on metadata standards related to the nationwide exchange of electronic health information, including privacy elements.

  • August 8, 2011

    Check Cashing Co. Faces Class Action Over Data Theft

    An identity theft victim slapped a Southern California check cashing operation with a putative class action Friday, alleging it breached customer contracts and violated state law by negligently failing to protect personal information that was stolen as part of a computer robbery.

  • August 8, 2011

    JPML Consolidates Jiffy Lube Spam Text Actions

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Monday consolidated in California federal court several class actions against Jiffy Lube International Inc. and a franchisee over allegations that the companies sent spam text messages to consumers without their consent.

  • August 8, 2011

    Google Illegally Shares Android Users' Personal Info: Suit

    Two Alabama residents launched a class action Friday accusing Google Inc. of unlawfully accessing personal information from Android cellphones and sharing it with application developers and advertisers without users' permission, amounting to a breach of contract.