Privacy

  • May 4, 2011

    Ala. Advances Bill To Nix Weight Gain Litigation

    Alabama moved one step closer Tuesday to becoming the latest state to pass legislation that would prevent consumers from filing lawsuits claiming that the food they purchased from restaurants and other food retailers made them gain weight.

  • May 4, 2011

    Judge Rejects Cobra Sex Supplement Class Cert. Bid

    A federal judge in California on Monday rejected a woman's bid to certify a class of consumers alleging Natural Balance Inc.'s Cobra Sexual Energy does not have the aphrodisiac effects advertised and poses an array of serious health risks.

  • May 3, 2011

    Facebook Ads Violate Minors' Rights, Suit Says

    A Brooklyn, N.Y., man slapped Facebook Inc. with a class action Monday, accusing the social networking giant of profiting from using the names and likenesses of his child and other minors in advertising without receiving permission from parents.

  • May 3, 2011

    US Regulators Clamp Down On Illegal STD Drugs

    U.S. regulators said Tuesday they had threatened legal action against more than a dozen websites selling unproven medications for sexually transmitted diseases, including Wartrol, Herpaflor, Viruxo, C-Cure and ImmuneGlory.

  • May 2, 2011

    Counterclaims Can't Trigger CAFA Removal: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that the Class Action Fairness Act doesn't allow a party joined to an action as a counterclaim defendant to remove the case to federal court, affirming the remand of a student loan dispute with class counterclaims.

  • April 29, 2011

    Ford Faces New Class Action Over Faulty Spark Plugs

    A new putative class action filed in Ohio on Thursday accuses Ford Motor Co. of negligently manufacturing and selling some of its most popular vehicles with defective spark plugs and refusing to properly notify consumers or cover the substantial replacement costs.

  • April 28, 2011

    Specific Media Ducks Class Action Over Web Privacy

    A California federal judge on Thursday dismissed a putative class action alleging Internet advertiser Specific Media Inc. violated federal and state computer fraud and privacy laws, saying the complaint did not allege a concrete injury.

  • April 27, 2011

    Benjamin Moore Faces Class Suit Over Smelly Paint

    A California woman hit Benjamin Moore & Co. with a putative class action Monday in New Jersey federal court claiming its purportedly odorless, quick-drying paint emitted a foul smell and remained wet for months after being applied.

  • April 27, 2011

    Arbitration Contracts Can Ban Class Actions: High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a case over AT&T Mobility LLC customer contracts that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state laws that invalidate class action arbitration waivers, a decision that could spell doom for classwide arbitration, attorneys say.

  • April 26, 2011

    Plaintiff Wants Docs In Walnut False Ad Action

    The plaintiff in a putative class action in California accusing Diamond Foods Inc. of falsely promoting its walnuts as heart-healthy said Tuesday that the company is hiding behind attorney-client privilege in refusing to turn over certain documents and witnesses.

  • April 26, 2011

    High Court Mulls Vt. Limits On Use Of Drug Data

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a fight over a Vermont law curbing commercial use of pharmaceutical prescription data, with justices asking if the law was meant to thwart the sale of brand-name drugs.

  • April 25, 2011

    Baxter, CSL Look To Nix County's Blood Plasma Suit

    Baxter International Inc. and CSL Ltd. asked an Illinois federal court Friday to nix a California county's putative class action accusing the blood plasma product makers of colluding to drive up prices.

  • April 25, 2011

    No Proof For Bayer's Probiotics Claims, Suit Says

    A customer slapped Bayer HealthCare LLC with a class action Friday in California federal court accusing the company of falsely and deceptively advertising the benefits of its Phillips Colon Health probiotic supplements.

  • April 22, 2011

    Kellogg Food Donation Deal Unfair To Class: Customer

    A Kellogg Co. customer said Friday that she has appealed to the Ninth Circuit to block the company's plan to settle a false advertising class action by giving charities $5.5 million worth of food.

  • April 22, 2011

    Calif. Nets $17M For Seniors In National Western Case

    The California Department of Insurance said Friday it would distribute a total of $17 million to senior citizens who purchased National Western Life Insurance Co. annuities, after settling a class action over the insurer's alleged deceptive and unfair business practices.

  • April 22, 2011

    Chase Pays $56M To End Military Foreclosure Suit

    A JPMorgan Chase & Co. mortgage unit on Thursday lined up a $56 million settlement that ends a class action in South Carolina over its aggressive mortgage and foreclosure practices against active members of the military.

  • April 22, 2011

    Toys R Us Can't Hush-Hush Infant Monitor Privacy Suit

    An Illinois federal judge let consumers proceed Monday with a class action against Toys R Us Inc. and an infant products manufacturer over claims that a baby monitor's signal can be picked up by other receivers, compromising privacy.

  • April 22, 2011

    Judge Scraps Twitter IP Hearing In WikiLeaks Case

    A Virginia federal judge said Wednesday he would rule on the parties' filings in an appeal brought by WikiLeaks supporters challenging a ruling that the U.S. can access Internet Protocol information from their Twitter accounts as the government seeks to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

  • April 22, 2011

    New Balance Shoe Suit Sent To Ark. State Court

    A federal judge in Arkansas on Thursday remanded to state court a putative class action accusing New Balance Inc. of falsely marketing athletic shoes that purported to tone leg muscles through normal wear.

  • April 22, 2011

    Kaye Scholer Nabs Winston & Strawn Litigator

    A Winston & Strawn LLP partner who has represented Philip Morris USA Inc. in consumer fraud and product liability trials is moving to the Chicago office of Kaye Scholer LLP, the firm announced Thursday.