Privacy

  • December 5, 2011

    Toyota Pushes For Arbitration In Defective Brake MDL

    An attorney for Toyota Motor Corp. asked a California federal judge on Monday to order several named plaintiffs to arbitrate their consumer protection law claims against the automaker in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective braking systems in certain Toyota and Lexis hybrid vehicles.

  • December 5, 2011

    EU To Increase Fines Under Privacy Law Changes

    The European Commission will reportedly fine companies as much as 5 percent of their global sales for failing to properly manage personal information under sweeping reforms to its privacy directive set to be unveiled next month.

  • December 5, 2011

    UK Plan To Share Patient Data With Drug Industry Draws Ire

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced a plan to make patient data from the National Health Service automatically available to private pharmaceutical companies for research, a move critics called a serious breach of privacy.

  • December 5, 2011

    Nixon Peabody Wins Over FDA Insider From Reed Smith

    Nixon Peabody LLP has snagged a Reed Smith LLP attorney with more than 18 years of inside experience at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, boosting expertise on regulations governing everything from off-label marketing to recalls, the firm announced last week.

  • December 5, 2011

    Sirius False Ad Action Axed Over NY Claims

    A California federal judge dismissed a proposed class action Thursday accusing Sirius XM Radio Inc. of charging customers more than it had promised in advertisements, ruling a Colorado resident could not bring a claim under New York consumer protection law.

  • December 5, 2011

    H&R Block Unfairly Pushes Refund Anticipation Loans: Suit

    H&R Block Inc. was hit Friday with a putative class action in Arkansas federal court claiming the company targets minorities and poor people with aggressive marketing of its refund anticipation products, which it then sells at exorbitant triple-digit interest rates.

  • December 5, 2011

    HP Printer Defect Opens Door To Hackers: Suit

    Hewlett-Packard Co. was targeted with a nationwide putative class action Thursday in California alleging that its printers have a software design defect that allows hackers to install malicious updates to access the printers' network and steal sensitive information.

  • December 2, 2011

    Lawmakers Press Tricare On SAIC Data Security Policy

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers asked military health care program Tricare on Friday about the security policies it had in place with contractor Science Applications International Corp. when the personal information of about 5 million patients was breached.

  • December 2, 2011

    Fraudster Who Helped In Google Probe Gets 6 Years

    A founder of an Internet electronics supplier who helped in investigators’ Google Inc. AdWords marketing probe, which was settled for $500 million, was sentenced Friday to a 70-month prison sentence for his role in a scheme that defrauded over 80 businesses.

  • December 2, 2011

    EU, Apple, Others Launch Child Internet Safety Coalition

    The European Commission and 28 major technology, media and online companies including Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. have formed a coalition aimed at making the Internet safer for children, the European Union announced Thursday.

  • December 2, 2011

    Syntec False Claims Class Bid Denied As FDA Closes In

    A California judge on Friday denied certification to a putative class of consumers accusing Syntec Inc. of making false claims about its dietary supplements, a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seized allegedly misbranded supplements from the company’s Wis. facility.

  • December 2, 2011

    Office Depot’s Bid To Duck ZIP Code Action Falls Flat

    A California federal judge on Thursday tentatively denied Office Depot Inc.’s bid to toss a putative class action claiming the office supply giant illegally collected credit card customers’ ZIP codes, brushing aside its argument that the plaintiffs hadn’t sufficiently stated a claim.

  • December 2, 2011

    UK Regulators To Probe Groupon’s Ad Practices

    The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading will launch an investigation into Groupon Inc. after its daily deals website was found to have repeatedly violated the U.K.'s advertising code, regulators announced Friday.

  • December 2, 2011

    Ad Regulator Tells Verizon To Halt FiOS 'No. 1' Claims

    An advertising industry self-regulator told Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday to stop asserting that its FiOS TV was rated first in high-definition picture quality, following Comcast Cable Communications LLC's complaint that the claim was unsubstantiated.

  • December 2, 2011

    SF Transit Agency Sets Policy On Cell Service Shutdowns

    A San Francisco transit agency adopted a policy Thursday limiting the shutdown of cellphone service in subway stations to “extraordinary circumstances,” a response to criticism of an August service shutdown designed to disrupt rumored demonstrations.

  • December 2, 2011

    Colgate Faces New Suit Over Softsoap Germ-Killing Power

    Colgate-Palmolive Co. was hit with another class action Friday alleging it lied to consumers about the germ-killing power of its Softsoap anti-bacterial hand soaps.

  • December 2, 2011

    Netflix Privacy Battle Shipped To Mediation

    A California federal judge on Friday ordered Netflix Inc. to proceed to private mediation in consolidated litigation accusing it of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act by storing the financial information and viewing history of a class of former customers who have canceled their accounts.

  • December 2, 2011

    GMAC Halts Some Mortgage Financing Amid Mass. Suit

    GMAC Mortgage LLC., a unit of Ally Financial Inc., will stop purchasing some types of mortgages in Massachusetts after being named, along with four other lenders, in a suit filed by the state's attorney general over allegedly improper foreclosure practices, GMAC said Friday.

  • December 2, 2011

    Samsung Lied About Fridges' Energy Efficiency: Suit

    A consumer slapped Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Lowe's Cos. Inc. with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court on Wednesday alleging the companies falsely touted certain Samsung refrigerators as Energy Star-qualified.

  • December 2, 2011

    Ann Taylor Wrongly Collects Customers' ZIP Codes: Suit

    A California consumer on Thursday accused AnnTaylor Retail Inc. of illegally collecting and storing ZIP codes of customers who use credit cards, seeking to represent a class of potentially millions of shoppers.