Privacy

  • December 7, 2011

    Chicago Co. Accused Of Bogus Futures Investment Training

    U.S. futures regulators sued Chicago-based Pro Trading Course LLC and its principal on Wednesday, alleging they bilked unsuspecting investors out of nearly $1 million through false job ads and bogus training courses.

  • December 7, 2011

    Delta Dupes Clients On Lost Baggage Payouts: Suit

    A proposed class action launched Friday in Florida accuses Delta Air Lines Inc. of misleading passengers about its contractual obligation to pay up to $3,300 in reimbursements for lost or delayed baggage.

  • December 6, 2011

    Cablevision Sues Verizon Over Internet Speed Ad Claims

    Cablevision Systems Corp. sued Verizon Communications Inc. in New York federal court on Tuesday over a Verizon advertising campaign that Cablevision says makes intentionally false and misleading claims about the speed of its Internet service.

  • December 6, 2011

    Yahoo Wins $610M In Trademark Suit Over Lottery Hoax

    A New York federal judge on Monday awarded Yahoo Inc. $610 million in damages in its trademark infringement suit against scammers who used Yahoo marks to perpetuate an email lottery hoax.

  • December 6, 2011

    AmEx Can Arbitrate Discount Club Fraud Claims: Judge

    A New York federal judge on Monday agreed to allow American Express Co. to arbitrate the claims of two plaintiffs in a putative class concerning allegedly unauthorized charges to their bank accounts from a private equity-owned consumer discount club service.

  • December 6, 2011

    Class Cert. Bid Nixed In CRS Mortgage Debt Action

    A California federal judge ruled Monday that a proposed class action alleging Chase Home Finance LLC and debt collection agency Commercial Recovery Systems Inc. pressured homeowners for mortgage payments after they lost their homes could not be certified because the homeowners lacked commonality.

  • December 6, 2011

    BofA Accused Of Driving Mortgage Borrowers Into Default

    A Bank of America Corp. home loan servicing division on Monday was hit with a putative class action in California federal court for allegedly charging mortgage loan borrowers unjustified penalty fees that eventually drove them into default.

  • December 6, 2011

    Buyer Sour Over Ford Warranty In 9th Circ. Lemon Law Suit

    An attorney for a California Ford buyer asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to revive a putative class action claiming Ford Motor Services Co. violated the state’s auto “lemon law” by selling extended warranties that overlapped with the original manufacturer’s warranty.

  • December 6, 2011

    Insurer Can Dump Dating Site In Scam Suit: Wis. Court

    A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision that the Great Expectations dating service's insurer is not on the hook to defend a suit accusing the service of using myriad deceptive sales practices and preying on the elderly.

  • December 6, 2011

    Canada Clamps Down On Online Behavioral Advertising

    Canada's privacy commissioner released guidelines Tuesday telling companies that track Internet activity in order to deliver tailored advertisements that they should not keep tabs on children's online activities or use tracking technologies that individuals can't turn off.

  • December 6, 2011

    AGs Press Banks, Congress Over Mortgage Fraud

    Attorneys general for some of the states hardest hit by the mortgage bubble are putting pressure on banks accused of deceptive loan servicing and on Congress to hold them accountable, with California, Nevada and Massachusetts announcing investigations Tuesday.

  • December 6, 2011

    EU Official Presses US To Buck Up Data Protection

    A top European Union official on Tuesday criticized the U.S. over its data protection policies, saying that while EU officials "are doing [their] job,” the U.S.' envisioned voluntary guidelines may impair the flow of data across the Atlantic.

  • December 6, 2011

    Lucky, Sunglass Hut Latest To Face ZIP Code Actions

    Sunglass Hut Trading LLC and Lucky Brand Dungarees Stores Inc. were each hit with a putative class action Monday alleging they illegally required ZIP code information from consumers when purchasing goods, continuing a rash of California ZIP code litigation in recent months.

  • December 6, 2011

    Hartford Admitted Duty In ZIP Code Cases: Crate & Barrel

    Crate & Barrel said Monday that Hartford Fire Insurance Co. must defend it in several privacy class actions over its collection of customers' ZIP codes, arguing in Illinois federal court that Hartford has all but admitted its obligation by agreeing to defend one of the cases.

  • December 6, 2011

    Apple Buyer Urges 9th Circ. To Revive False Ad Action

    An attorney for a California computer buyer asked the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to revive putative class action claims that Apple Inc. falsely advertised its iBook G4 laptops as durable and rugged while knowing that thousands had defective logic boards.

  • December 6, 2011

    Jury Sides With Ocean Spray In Pom Advertising Suit

    A California federal jury on Tuesday found that Pom Wonderful LLC hadn't proven advertising and labels on Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.'s pomegranate-cranberry juice drink duped consumers into purchasing a beverage that contained a only a trace amount of pomegranate juice.

  • December 6, 2011

    Cybersecurity Experts Back Bill Creating Info-Sharing Org

    Witnesses, including an attorney for a civil rights group, told federal lawmakers Tuesday they largely supported legislation that would create a nonprofit organization for the sharing of cyberthreat information between the government and private sector.

  • December 6, 2011

    COPPA Needs Social Media Tweaks: FTC Commissioner

    The Federal Trade Commission's Julie Brill said at a conference Tuesday that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act remained vitally relevant in the Facebook age, but that reforms were necessary to ensure the statute remained effective as social media evolves.

  • December 5, 2011

    Calif. Appeals Court Nixes Faulty Nissan Odometer Suit

    A California appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision to toss a putative class action accusing Nissan North America Inc. of breaching contracts by marketing and producing allegedly faulty odometers, finding that the car manufacturer complied with state laws.

  • December 5, 2011

    Apple, AT&T Targeted In Latest Carrier IQ Class Action

    Delaware consumers hit software developer Carrier IQ Inc. and several major wireless and technology companies, including Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc., with a potential class action Friday alleging a Carrier IQ application secretly collected a range of smartphone users’ personal data without permission.