Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • June 26, 2012

    Citi, Others Must Face Most Claims In Bungled-Mortgage Suit

    A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Monday left intact much of a proposed class action against Citi Mortgage Inc. and two other companies accused of bungling foreclosure proceedings against homeowners amid the housing market’s collapse.

  • June 26, 2012

    Taco Bell Not Liable For 'Spam' Text Messages, Court Says

    Taco Bell Corp. can't be held vicariously liable for an allegedly unlawful text message marketing campaign conducted by an association of Chicago-area Taco Bell owners, a California federal judge said Monday in a ruling that wrapped up a putative class action.

  • June 25, 2012

    Calif. Panel Puts Brakes On Driverless Car Bill Vote

    A California panel on Monday decided to hold off on voting on a bill seeking to create safety and performance rules for operating driverless vehicles made by Google Inc. and other companies, after opponents raised liability and privacy concerns.

  • June 25, 2012

    Privacy Group Asks DHS To Halt Automated Targeting System

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center on Thursday urged U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend a system for profiling travelers to assess terrorism threats, saying it skirts protections afforded by the Privacy Act of 1974 and lacks appropriate data security safeguards.

  • June 25, 2012

    Bristol, Sanofi Sued Over Allegedly Deceptive Plavix Marketing

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis US LLC on Friday removed to federal court a California county's suit accusing the drugmakers of deceptively marketing their blockbuster blood thinner Plavix, causing government health care providers to overpay for the drug.

  • June 25, 2012

    Whole Foods Battles Subpoena Bid In Margarita Ad Case

    Whole Foods Market Inc. on Friday sought to stop its deposition in a putative class action accusing Skinny Girl Cocktails LLC of falsely marketing margaritas as “all natural,” saying as a holding company, it has no input in the day-to-day operations of Whole Foods stores.

  • June 25, 2012

    Newest Federal Data Breach Bill Strips States' Power

    The latest legislative effort to create a national data breach security and notification standard, introduced Thursday in the U.S. Senate, is likely to win support from businesses but face opposition from states whose stricter data protection laws would be preempted.

  • June 25, 2012

    Fidelity False Marketing Claims Time-Barred, Judge Rules

    A California federal judge Monday dismissed fraud and deceptive advertising claims from a class action accusing Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Co. and others of illegally marketing life insurance policies as investments, saying the plaintiff must amend his complaint to escape time limitations.

  • June 25, 2012

    Wells Fargo Exits Mortgage Loan Fee Case For $7M

    Wells Fargo Bank NA has agreed to settle for $7 million a proposed class action alleging a predatory lending scheme that involved charging “bogus and illegal” fees on high-cost mortgage loans, according to a motion filed in Missouri federal court Monday.

  • June 25, 2012

    Judge Pares Down Microsoft Phone Tracking Class Action

    A Washington federal judge on Friday nixed state consumer protection and privacy claims brought by a proposed class of customers alleging Microsoft Corp.’s software illegally tracked their locations, but allowed the suit to go forward on federal Stored Communications Act claims.

  • June 25, 2012

    High Court To Hear Comcast's Class Cert. Appeal Post-Dukes

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would consider whether its Dukes ruling meant substantive class questions must be answered before certifying a group of Philadelphia-area cable subscribers accusing Comcast Corp. of monopolistic behavior, a determination that could affect all class actions.

  • June 25, 2012

    Kraft Asks Judge To Quash Wheat Thins Mislabeling Suit

    Kraft Foods Global Inc. and subsidiary Nabisco Inc. pushed back Friday against a consumer class action alleging that a version of Wheat Thins crackers was falsely advertised as containing 100 percent whole grains, telling a California federal judge the claims were preempted by federal standards.

  • June 25, 2012

    Calif. Democrats Propose Statewide Foreclosure Reforms

    Democrats in California's state legislature have introduced a draft bill that would reform the state's mortgage industry in an effort to combat a continuing spate of foreclosures in the state, lawmakers announced Friday.

  • June 22, 2012

    Capital One Customers Win Class Cert. In Overdraft MDL

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday certified a class of Capital One NA account holders in multidistrict litigation accusing the banking company of illegally manipulating debit card transactions to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in excessive overdraft fees, in violation of its contracts and state consumer protection laws.

  • June 22, 2012

    EU Official Weighs In On Industry's Do-Not-Track Efforts

    A European Commission official on Thursday urged a working group charged with crafting a global do-not-track standard to ensure that the solution clearly explains the technology to users, adding to a chorus of regulators and lawmakers seeking to influence the ongoing self-regulatory process.

  • June 22, 2012

    NJ Assembly OKs Accident Victim Privacy Legislation

    Emergency responders in New Jersey would be barred from photographing those they are helping or disclosing photographs of such victims without their consent under privacy legislation that the state's Assembly overwhelmingly approved Thursday.

  • June 22, 2012

    FDA Tells Watson, Swedish Drugmaker To Pull Misleading Ads

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB to stop publishing allegedly misleading advertisements for their anemia treatment and cancer-related mucositis drugs, respectively, according to letters made public Thursday.

  • June 22, 2012

    GAO Tells HHS To Improve Oversight Of Patients' Drug Info

    The Government Accountability Office on Friday said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must strengthen its policies for helping entities protect Medicare beneficiaries’ prescription drug use information and for auditing those entities’ compliance with security requirements.

  • June 22, 2012

    DC Circ. Reopens Ex-Prosecutor's Privacy Case Over DOJ Leak

    The D.C. Circuit resurrected a former assistant U.S. attorney's Privacy Act case Friday, giving him a second shot at ferreting out the source of leaked information to the Detroit Free Press regarding a U.S. Department of Justice probe into his alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

  • June 22, 2012

    Mass. High Court OKs Foreclosures Without Mortgage Notes

    The Massachusetts Supreme Court on Friday found that lenders can foreclose on homeowners in the state even without possession of a mortgage note, overturning a lower court decision and allowing banks and other mortgage holders to breath a collective sigh of relief.