Privacy

  • October 27, 2011

    Digital Film Expiration Date Dupes Buyers, Suit Claims

    Hollywood movie studios including Lions Gate Films Inc. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC were hit Monday with a proposed class action accusing them of failing to adequately notify consumers that digital copies of Blu-ray movies they bought had a short shelf life.

  • October 27, 2011

    Kaplan Wins TRO Against Ex-Directors In Trade Secrets Row

    Kaplan Inc. on Thursday won temporary restraining orders in a Florida suit against two ex-Kaplan University directors accused of violating contracts, along with computer fraud and trade secret laws, by stealing information about more than 750,000 prospective students.

  • October 27, 2011

    Del. AG Targets Mortgage Database Over Deceptive Info

    The state of Delaware filed suit on Thursday against Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., accusing the industry-created mortgage tracking service of deceiving consumers and fueling the national foreclosure crisis.

  • October 27, 2011

    NY Judge Keeps Sony’s Calif. Hacking Coverage Suit Alive

    A New York judge overseeing a suit brought by several insurers against Sony Corp. refused Thursday to force Sony to abandon its own suit in California seeking coverage for the slew of lawsuits it faces after hackers plundered its PlayStation Network for customer information.

  • October 27, 2011

    Sen. 'Alarmed' By MC, Visa Plans To Use Personal Data

    The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee asked Visa Inc. and MasterCard Worldwide on Thursday to fork over information about their reported efforts to use individual customers' purchase histories to create targeted online advertisements, calling the efforts “alarming.”

  • October 27, 2011

    LA Times Sued Over Unwanted Subscription Calls

    Los Angeles Times Communications LLC was hit with a proposed class action in California state court on Tuesday that accuses the newspaper publisher of violating federal law by using an automated dialer to harass prospective subscribers.

  • October 27, 2011

    Consumer Class Certified In Calling Card Fraud Action

    A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of consumers suing calling card distributor Krossland Communications Inc. for allegedly hiding fees and cheating its customers, many of whom were poor immigrants, out of phone minutes they bought.

  • October 27, 2011

    Canadian Privacy Watchdog Blasts Surveillance Bills

    Canada's privacy commissioner told the country's public safety head on Wednesday that the government had not justified the need for electronic surveillance bills that would allow it to access citizens' email and Internet Protocol addresses without a warrant.

  • October 26, 2011

    GameStop Wants Text Ad Suit Moved To Texas

    GameStop Corp. moved Tuesday to transfer a proposed consumer class action from California to Texas, arguing allegations that the company sent unsolicited text message advertisements to customers' cellphones would be more appropriately litigated there because of the parties' locations.

  • October 26, 2011

    Class Action Targets Trader Joe's 'All Natural' Foods

    A putative class action filed Monday in California accuses Trader Joe's Co. of falsely advertising that its cookies, apple juice and other products were all-natural even though they contained synthetic ingredients.

  • October 26, 2011

    ACLU Seeks US Docs Over Patriot Act Privacy Concerns

    The American Civil Liberties Union sued the government Wednesday in New York federal court, seeking a response to its Freedom of Information Act request for records pertaining to the U.S.' "secret" interpretation of a Patriot Act provision that allegedly raises privacy concerns.

  • October 26, 2011

    Soured Consumers Sue Smart Balance Over Milk Claims

    Consumers hit Smart Balance Inc. with a proposed class action in New Jersey last week, accusing the food-maker of lying about the amount of fat in its "Fat Free" milk.

  • October 26, 2011

    Calif. AG Goes After Bottles Touted As Biodegradable

    California's attorney general on Wednesday sued plastics company ENSO Plastics LLC and two bottled water companies that use ENSO's plastic bottles in state court, claiming they falsely marketed the bottles as being "biodegradable and recyclable."

  • October 26, 2011

    DOT Fines Lan Airlines For Violating Deceptive Ad Rules

    The U.S. Department of Transportation fined Chile's Lan Airlines $50,000 on Wednesday for failing to clearly disclose taxes and fees on its website in violation of DOT rules barring deceptive advertising in air travel.

  • October 26, 2011

    NY, Del. AGs Mull Criminal Charges Over Mortgage Abuses

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday he and his Delaware counterpart, Beau Biden, are considering bringing criminal charges against individual banks and bankers who committed mortgage abuses that contributed to the foreclosure crisis and fueled fraudulent securitization practices.

  • October 26, 2011

    Venable Adds DOJ Atty To Commercial Litigation Group

    Venable LLP has added experienced investigative attorney Janet C. Fisher, formerly of the U.S. Department of Justice, as a partner in its commercial litigation group in Washington, the firm said Wednesday.

  • October 25, 2011

    Mass. AG Tells FCC To Ban 3rd-Party Phone Charges

    The attorney general of Massachusetts called Monday for the Federal Communications Commission to ban third-party charges on landline and wireless phone bills, a more drastic measure than the one proposed by the agency in August.

  • October 25, 2011

    Federal Requests For Google User Data Jump 29%

    The number of user data requests Google Inc. received from the federal government in connection with criminal investigations jumped 29 percent over the first half of the year, from 4,600 to nearly 6,000, the Internet giant said in a report released Tuesday.

  • October 25, 2011

    Kaplan Says Ex-Directors Stole Student Recruiting Data

    Kaplan Inc. on Tuesday sought a temporary restraining order in a Florida suit claiming two former directors at its affiliate Kaplan University violated contracts, as well as computer fraud and trade secret laws, by stealing data about more than 750,000 prospective students.

  • October 25, 2011

    EU Court Says Celebs Can File Publicity Suits At Home

    A European Union court ruled Tuesday that plaintiffs accusing foreign website operators of infringing their publicity rights can bring suit in their home countries, upholding an actor's suit in France over a British newspaper's online article linking him to pop star Kylie Minogue.