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