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California’s “Do Not Track” Bill Clears First Hurdle

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California is currently weighing legislation that would require websites to gain user permission before collecting data through cookies in what is believed to be the country’s first “Do Not Track” bill. SB 761 was introduced by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D – 27th District) and is sponsored by Consumer Watchdog, a California-based advocacy group. It passed […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am

Domain-Squatting Takes on New Meaning: ICANN Approves New Top-Level Domain Name

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Domain names have provided a good deal of fodder for the courts over the past few years. One need look only to the last year’s case law to find numerous examples of companies complaining about others’ use of domain names that divert or confuse customers. Usually the controversy arises when someone purchases a domain name […]

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Written by Dan Goldman

May 3rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Apple Sued Over In-App Purchases by Children

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Apple has been sued by a class of parents who claim the software giant is wrongfully profiting on in-app purchases within certain free applications.

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Written by Michelle Fabio

April 21st, 2011 at 9:37 am

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Updates on Courtney Love, ACLU-Amazon, and Taco Bell Lawsuits

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Legal news stories have a funny way of making headlines when they first happen and then quietly fading away — but here are three stories previously covered here with some noteworthy updates: Courtney Love to Pay $430,000 to Settle Twitter Lawsuit We first told you about this lawsuit in Courtney Love Sued Over Tweets. At […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

March 7th, 2011 at 3:13 am

Philip Morris Sees Revival of $10.1 Billion Lawsuit

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A 2005 $10.1 billion lawsuit against tobacco company Philip Morris USA is apparently headed back to court. A three-judge panel of the Fifth District Appellate Court in Mount Vernon, Illinois has unanimously ruled to remand the case to the trial court for further, unspecified proceedings. The class action, which includes more than 1 million people […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 28th, 2011 at 9:52 am

Apple Wins First Round of Alleged iPad Overheating Court Battle

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Remember the lawsuit claiming misrepresentation, breach of warranty, and fraud against Apple because some customers alleged the iPad overheats and shuts down when used outside? A federal judge in California has dismissed it with leave to amend because he found the allegations weren’t specific enough; plaintiffs can still file an amended complaint within 30 days […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 23rd, 2011 at 9:32 am

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Class Action Against Match.com Alleges Large Number of Fake Profiles

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Match.com, a popular dating website, is being sued by current and former users who allege, among other things, that the database is full of fake profiles invented to inflate user numbers — and the complaint claims that former employees of the multimillion dollar company back up the allegations. The lawsuit (PDF) alleges that “Match’s service […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 14th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Class Action Against MyLife.com Alleges “Spam-and-Scam” Practices

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A class action lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California alleges MyLife.com is nothing more than a scam that falsely tells potential users that others are searching for them in order to gain access to their bank accounts and online address books. The plaintiffs allege violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 10th, 2011 at 10:06 am

Taco Bell Has Beef with Lawsuit’s Claims

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Taco Bell was recently sued in a class action lawsuit, alleging that its use of the term “seasoned ground beef” or “seasoned beef” to describe the filling of many of its products constitutes false advertising — and the fast food chain isn’t taking the claims against it lightly. The lawsuit alleges that Taco Bell uses […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 2nd, 2011 at 9:41 am

Lead Found in Warner Brothers Drinking Glasses

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Drinking glasses bought at the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank have tested extremely high for lead and cadmium content — up to 1,000 times the federally accepted limit of lead in children’s products. There are no federal limits on cadmium in design surfaces, but the real question for federal authorities is whether these glasses are […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 23rd, 2010 at 7:40 am