Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • May 2, 2012

    H&R Block Says Insurer Must Pay Up For False Ad Settlement

    H&R Block Inc.'s suit alleging its excess insurer must cover the settlement of a false advertising suit brought by competitor Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. was removed Tuesday to Missouri federal court, which will decide whether H&R Block withheld essential information from the insurer.

  • May 2, 2012

    FCC Asked To Yank Fox Licenses After Hacking Scandal

    A government watchdog group asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to cancel News Corp.'s Fox broadcast licenses because of "significant character deficiencies," pointing to a recent finding by British lawmakers that top-level executives willfully ignored widespread phone hacking by employees.

  • May 2, 2012

    Costco's Recorded Calls Invaded Customer Privacy, Suit Says

    Costco Wholesale Corp. was targeted with a putative class action in California state court Tuesday accusing the retail warehouse company of violating state privacy law by recording customer phone calls without their consent, including calls in which consumers allegedly divulged personal information.

  • May 2, 2012

    Consumer Group Demands Google Street View Docs From FCC

    Consumer Watchdog asked the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to hand over all documents related to its probe into Google Inc.'s collection of private data through its Street View program, following revelations that Google might have known about the practice.

  • May 2, 2012

    GMAC Insurance Scheme Bilked Homeowners, Suit Claims

    GMAC Mortgage LLC was hit Monday with a putative class suit in New York alleging it received kickbacks from a hazard insurer that forced homeowners to obtain expensive policies, joining the ranks of top lenders to face such claims.

  • May 1, 2012

    Ill. Appeals Court Rejects Abbott's Bid To Move Class Action

    An Illinois appeals court on Tuesday denied Abbott Laboratories Inc.'s bid to move to another county a putative class action stemming from a $382 million government settlement over Abbott's Medicare fraud in the sale and marketing of nutrition products for patients with problems ingesting meals.

  • May 1, 2012

    Calif. Short Sellers One Step Closer To Avoiding Foreclosure

    A California bill that would prohibit banks from completing a foreclosure sale if they have already approved a homeowner’s short sale application in writing gained the unanimous support of a state assembly panel on Monday.

  • May 1, 2012

    Texas AG Fights State Farm Suit Over Gulf Coast Policies

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Tuesday vowed to continue to investigate State Farm Lloyds Inc.'s recent proposal to deny renewed coverage to 11,000 Gulf Coast homeowners despite the insurer's lawsuit protesting the civil subpoenas.

  • May 1, 2012

    Crayola Offers Refunds To Scrub Out Suit Over Bubble Stains

    Crayola LLC will provide refunds to customers and pay $950,000 in attorneys' fees and costs under a settlement approved Friday, ending a class action claiming the company deceptively marketed its Washable Colored Bubbles as "washable" when the product left long-lasting stains.

  • May 1, 2012

    'Willful Blindness' May Be News Corp.'s Legal Undoing In US

    A U.K. parliamentary committee's recent findings that top-level executives at News Corp. willfully ignored evidence of widespread phone hacking and bribery at its British newspapers highlight a culture of intentional ignorance that could bolster U.S. prosecutors' foreign corruption and wiretapping actions against the company as well as its employees, attorneys say.

  • May 1, 2012

    Big Biz Hails Obama's Order To Align International Regs

    Targeting a worldwide web of red tape, President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued an executive order seeking to standardize international regulations, winning cheers from the business community.

  • May 1, 2012

    Fed Says Durbin Amendment Led To Debit Card Fee Nosedive

    Fees that banks charge for use of their debit cards have been nearly halved since the Federal Reserve Board’s debit card fee restrictions — mandated by the so-called Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act — went into effect in October, the central bank said Tuesday.

  • May 1, 2012

    FHFA Chief Denies Hiding Info On Mortgage Principal Cuts

    Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Edward J. DeMarco on Tuesday rejected allegations from congressional Democrats that the agency hid studies showing that cutting the amount underwater homeowners owed on their mortgages would save taxpayers money.

  • May 1, 2012

    Citing Smith V. Bayer, 7th Circ. Allows Sears Dryer Suits

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday axed an injunction against class actions accusing Sears Roebuck & Co. of deceptively marketing faulty dryers, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Smith v. Bayer.

  • May 1, 2012

    Class Cert. Granted In Experian FCRA Suit Over Towing Debt

    A California federal judge granted class certification Friday to a group of plaintiffs alleging Experian Information Solutions Inc. disclosed consumers’ credit reports to a towing debt collection company in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • May 1, 2012

    Tennis Ball Co. Penn Serves Dunlop With False Ad Suit

    Head USA Inc. and affiliate Penn Racquet Sports Inc. fired off a false advertising suit against Dunlop International Ltd. in Connecticut federal court Monday alleging that Dunlop's claims about its tennis ball market hold, including that its product is the "World's No. 1 Ball," are misleading and must be barred.

  • May 1, 2012

    Millennium Says Ameritox Copied Lab Report Format

    Medical testing company Millennium Laboratories Inc. accused rival Ameritox Ltd. of trademark infringement and unfair competition in California federal court Monday, opening up yet another front in a heated legal war over alleged kickbacks to doctors and false marketing campaigns.

  • May 1, 2012

    Chattem Concealed Carcinogen In Dexatrim, Suit Says

    Drugmaker Chattem Inc. was struck with a putative class action Friday in California federal court accusing the company of falsely marketing its over-the-counter Dexatrim-brand weight loss pills as safe and effective while actively concealing a cancer-causing chemical ingredient.

  • May 1, 2012

    Ill. Hospital Tried To Swipe Patients' Settlement Cash, Suit Says

    Chicago-area hospital network NorthShore University HealthSystem was hit Monday with a proposed consumer class action by Illinois residents who allege the company refused to bill their insurance following a motor vehicle accident and instead tried to snag a cut of their personal injury settlements.

  • May 1, 2012

    PacBell Back On The Hook For Cramming In Calif.

    A California appeals court on Monday revived a putative class action claiming Pacific Bell Telephone Co. violated service agreements by including unauthorized charges on telephone bills, ruling the California Public Utilities Commission did not hold exclusive jurisdiction over the dispute.