Privacy

  • August 5, 2011

    ADA Does Not Preempt Fliers’ Contract Suits: 9th Circ.

    The Airline Deregulation Act does not preempt breach of contract suits against airlines, the Ninth Circuit said Friday, reversing a district court's decision to toss a proposed consumer class action against a Delta Airlines Inc. subsidiary.

  • August 5, 2011

    Wash. AG Sues BofA Unit Over Foreclosure Practices

    Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna on Friday accused a Bank of America NA unit of conducting illegal foreclosures on thousands of homeowners and putting up roadblocks to saving residents' homes.

  • August 5, 2011

    Book Clubs Scam Customers With Hidden Fees: Suit

    Two companies that operate book-of-the-month clubs have been scamming customers with membership agreements that fail to mention the clubs' penalty fees, according to a consumer class action filed Thursday in California.

  • August 5, 2011

    DirecTV Fights Comcast's Bid To Pull NFL Package Ads

    DirecTV Inc. fought back Friday against rival Comcast Cable Communications LLC's bid to immediately block its allegedly false and competitively unfair advertisements for its NFL Sunday Ticket service, telling an Illinois federal court that the ads' statements are true and pose no emergency.

  • August 5, 2011

    Ex-Cisco Engineer Charged With Hacking

    A former Cisco Systems Inc. technical engineer was indicted Wednesday in California on hacking charges, the latest twist in a long-running case involving antitrust and copyright infringement claims between Cisco and the worker as well as a blocked extradition.

  • August 5, 2011

    Air Canada, United Fined Over Customer Disclosures

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday fined Air Canada $50,000 for not fully disclosing fees and taxes for passengers and United Airlines $20,000 for giving customers outdated details on compensation for lost, damaged or delayed bags.

  • August 4, 2011

    'Spam King' Nabbed By FBI On Facebook Fraud Charges

    A Las Vegas man who dubbed himself the "Spam King" was arrested by FBI agents Thursday in connection with criminal fraud charges in California federal court alleging he sent 27 million spam messages through Facebook Inc.'s servers.

  • August 4, 2011

    RCN, Paxfire Accused Of Intercepting Web Searches

    Internet service provider RCN Corp. and Paxfire Inc., which generates revenue from Internet searches, were hit with a proposed class action Thursday in New York accusing them of wiretap violations and breach of contract for secretly intercepting customers' Internet activity for profit.

  • August 4, 2011

    GNC, Others Targeted Over Weight-Loss Products

    General Nutrition Corp. and two dietary supplement makers were hit with a class action Wednesday in Pennsylvania claiming they duped consumers into buying products that contain trace amounts of a hormone long discredited as a weight-loss method.

  • August 4, 2011

    Obama Taps Ex-Microsoft Exec For Federal CIO

    A former executive at Microsoft Corp. will step up as the new head of the Obama administration’s Internet technology office, the White House announced Thursday.

  • August 4, 2011

    NY Indicts 6 In $1M JPMorgan Identity Theft Ring

    New York prosecutors on Thursday accused six members of an alleged identity theft ring of stealing private information and more than $1 million from at least 80 accounts at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • August 4, 2011

    Bacardi’s Havana Club Brand Not Misleading: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's ruling that Bacardi USA Inc.'s Havana Club-brand rum does not falsely advertise Cuba as the rum's place of origin, as had been alleged by rival alcoholic beverage distributor Pernod Ricard USA LLC.

  • August 4, 2011

    France Opens Apple Investigation Over IPhone Tracking

    France's privacy protection agency was reported Wednesday to be investigating Apple Inc. for allegedly tracking and storing the locations of iPhone users.

  • August 4, 2011

    Spotify, Others Sued Over Web Tracking

    Two California residents slapped a website analytics company and its customers, including digital music service Spotify USA Inc., with a proposed class action Monday alleging they track millions of consumers' Internet surfing habits using methods that circumvent privacy controls.

  • August 4, 2011

    Social Network Quepasa Sent Spam Texts, Suit Says

    A cellphone user brought a proposed class action Wednesday in Nevada federal court accusing a Latino social network company of sending spam text messages that could potentially drive up recipients' phone bills.

  • August 3, 2011

    Comcast Tries To Tackle DirecTV Over 'Free' NFL Package

    Comcast Cable Communications LLC hit rival DirecTV with a false advertising and unfair competition suit in Illinois federal court on Wednesday, accusing the satellite television company of incorrectly claiming that its NFL Sunday Ticket service was free of charge.

  • August 3, 2011

    BofA Accused Of Leaving Customers' Data Unprotected

    Bank of America Corp. and several foreign subsidiaries were hit with a putative class action Wednesday in Washington federal court claiming the bank fails to protect its customers' electronic data when it transfers calls overseas.

  • August 3, 2011

    Hospital Group Blasts HHS' Call For Access Reports

    The American Hospital Association urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday to withdraw a proposal that would allow patients to see who has accessed their health records, saying it goes too far in the name of privacy.

  • August 3, 2011

    Wellnx Strikes Deal In Diet Products Marketing Fraud MDL

    Dietary supplement developer Wellnx Life Sciences Inc. and other defendants in multidistrict litigation over alleged false labeling and advertising reached a settlement with consumers Wednesday in Massachusetts, agreeing to refund purchasers of the weight loss products at issue.

  • August 3, 2011

    Paul McCartney's Ex Accuses Mirror Of Hacking Phone

    Paul McCartney's ex-wife said Wednesday that a senior reporter for the Mirror Group Newspapers had admitted to hacking into voice mail messages from the rock legend in 2001, when CNN's Piers Morgan was editor of the Daily Mirror.