Privacy

  • September 23, 2011

    Mo. House OKs Changes To Teacher Social Media Ban

    The Missouri House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday that would repeal controversial language in the state's so-called Facebook law that bars teachers from having private conversations with students on social networking sites.

  • September 23, 2011

    Loan Servicer Chases Shady Foreclosures, Suit Claims

    A California homeowner slapped Aurora Loan Services LLC with a putative class action Wednesday, accusing the company of illegally selling off homes through foreclosure by hiding the fact it has taken over as the creditor on mortgages for those properties.

  • September 23, 2011

    5 Charged With $172M Canadian Telemarketing Scam

    Canadian competition regulators announced Thursday that five people and four Montreal-based companies were facing criminal charges over an allegedly deceptive telemarketing operation that generated more than $172 million in sales and targeted businesses in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Central America.

  • September 23, 2011

    Marketer Can't Arbitrate Deceptive Enrollment Class Action

    Adaptive Marketing LLC on Wednesday lost its bid to force arbitration of a putative class action in Washington state accusing it and Intelius Inc. of deceiving consumers by automatically enrolling them in a sex offender report subscription program when they bought other reporting services.

  • September 23, 2011

    Care 1st Faces Patient's Suit Over Lost Data

    A Care 1st Health Plan member launched a proposed class action in California state court Wednesday accusing the managed care organization of failing to encrypt members' private medical information on a computer disk that was misplaced.

  • September 23, 2011

    UPMC Denies Insurer's False Ad Campaign Claims

    In a bid to dismiss Highmark Inc.'s false advertising and breach of contract suit, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Thursday argued that the insurer had failed to describe any false statements it had made as part of an alleged campaign to steal Highmark's customers.

  • September 23, 2011

    Q&A With Patton Boggs' Matthew Berry

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Jones will be significant because it will address the ongoing debate over whether traditional concepts of privacy should be modified to take account of technological changes, says Matthew Berry, a partner with Patton Boggs LLP specializing in technology, communications and privacy issues.

  • September 23, 2011

    Deceptive Keyword Suits Push Limits Of False Ad Claims

    Courts and regulators are likely to expand traditional false advertising law to cover the purchase of misleading online keywords, as they continue to grapple with a new breed of cases accusing advertisers of electronically linking unsubstantiated descriptive words to their products, attorneys say.

  • September 23, 2011

    CORRECTED: Former Band Pro Exec Cops To Hacking Rival's Email

    A former executive of camera equipment company Band Pro Film & Digital Inc. pled guilty Thursday in California federal court to hacking into his ex-boss' email shortly after moving to a rival vendor.

  • September 22, 2011

    2 More Telemarketers Charged In $30M Time-Share Fraud

    Two more men were indicted in Illinois federal court Wednesday for their roles in a two-year time-share resale scam that prosecutors say swindled more than 22,000 people out of roughly $30 million. 

  • September 22, 2011

    Costco Gets Initial Nod For Class Deal In Hot Fuel MDL

    A Kansas federal judge on Thursday gave preliminary approval to an amended settlement class regarding defendant Costco Wholesale Corp. in a multidistrict litigation alleging deceptive retail practices for selling fuel at a specified price without adjusting for temperature.

  • September 22, 2011

    Car Dealers Target FTC Over Credit Score Reporting Rule

    The National Automobile Dealers Association on Thursday sued the Federal Trade Commission in Washington federal court, claiming the commission's rules implementing credit score disclosure requirements went beyond Congress' intent in the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • September 22, 2011

    Home Depot Markets Fake Saltillo Tiles As Real: Suit

    A pair of Texas consumers allege in a putative class action removed to federal court Thursday that Home Depot USA Inc. and its supplier have conspired to falsely market terra-cotta tiles made from foreign clays as authentic Saltillo tiles.

  • September 22, 2011

    Facebook Dodges Child Privacy Class Action Over Ads

    A California judge on Thursday dismissed class claims that Facebook Inc. violated state laws by posting ads featuring the names and likenesses of minor users without first getting their parents’ permission, finding the allegations were preempted by federal law.

  • September 22, 2011

    Insurers Escape Coverage For $8M Fax Spam Settlement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday that Maryland Casualty Co. and Cumberland Mutual Fire Insurance Co. had no duty to cover an $8 million settlement between Express Products Inc. and a class of businesses that said they were bombarded by unwanted faxes.

  • September 22, 2011

    B&N's $14M Borders IP Buy Held For Privacy Concerns

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday refused to approve bankrupt Borders Group Inc.'s plan to sell its intellectual property to former rival Barnes & Noble Inc. for $13.9 million, citing privacy concerns related to the transfer of customer lists.

  • September 22, 2011

    StubHub, Phillies Sued Over Ticket Resale Policies

    StubHub Inc. and the Philadelphia Phillies were hit with a putative class action in California federal court last week accusing the companies of unfairly withholding the original value of tickets bought through StubHub's resale marketplace.

  • September 22, 2011

    Alleged Hacker Arrested For Sony Data Breach

    A suspected member of hacking collective LulzSec was arrested Thursday for allegedly helping to attack the computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and steal confidential information.

  • September 22, 2011

    Only 1st Domain Registration Counts Under ACPA: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that only the initial registration of a Web domain counts as a “registration” under anti-cybersquatting law, finding that GoPets Ltd. can't assert an interest in gopets.com because the company didn't exist when the domain was first registered.

  • September 22, 2011

    Judge Merges Spam Suits Over Google Group Texts

    A California federal judge on Thursday consolidated two proposed class actions against Google Inc. and its partner in a group text messaging service that consumers claim illegally spams consumers.