CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCY MUST GIVE CONSUMER REPORT

Have you been denied housing or employment because of a background report?  Federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, prohibits consumer reporting agencies from prohibiting users (such as prospective landlords) from sharing the background report with the potential tenant if the background report was used in whole or in part to make the decision.  15 U.S.C. [...]

FACTA CLASS ACTION SETTLED AGAINST DICKINSON THEATRES INC.

A Kansas City move theatre company has settled a FACTA class action lawsuit.  Dickinson Theatres, Inc. was accused of violating federal law in a class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit alleged the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) as amended by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) when the move theatre printed customers' [...]

REGIONS BANK 401K PARTICIPANTS AT RISK FOR ID THEFT – ERNST & YOUNG LOSES JUMP DRIVE

Current and former employees of Regions Bank are being mailed data loss notification letters concerning a recent data loss.  According to the data loss notification letters from Regions Bank and Ernst & Young, a jump drive containing Regions' 401K participants' personal identifying information was lost in the mail.  The jump drive was purportedly encrypted, but [...]

$110 MILLION OVERDRAFT CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT WITH JP MORGAN CHASE FOR OVERDRAFT FEES

J.P. Morgan Chase has agreed to settle a $110 million class-action lawsuit filed by customers over the way the bank charges debit card fees. The lawsuit targeted the bank's practice of ordering transactions by largest to smallest, instead of chronologically, so as to maximize the amount of overdraft fees. As part of the settlement, Chase [...]

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED OVER STRATFOR DATA BREACH – THOUSANDS OF CREDIT CARD NUMBERS STOLEN

Geopolitical analysis company Stratfor has been hit with a lawsuit this week after a computer hacker stole information on thousands of the company's customers. The lawsuit, filed by Stratfor users, claims that information on 90,000 credit card accounts were stolen, as well as 75,000 people's personal information. The lawsuit is seeking more than $50 million in [...]

ROCKYOU DATA BREACH CLASS ACTION POISED FOR SETTLEMENT

When Alan Claridge's personal information was compromised in the breach of data from RockYou in 2009, he sued the company for damages. Last week, after two years in litigation, a settlement was proposed -- and legal experts say it might prop the door open for more lawsuits. According to the proposed settlement agreement, the judgment in Claridge's [...]

SUPREME COURT & BIG BUSINESS CRUSH CONSUMER RIGHTS

Are consumer class actions banned by the US Supreme Court ruling in Concepcion?  Here's an excerpt from an excellent article detailing how the Concepcion ruling is affecting consumers all over the US. If it seems easier lately for companies to add small fees on your bills and harder for you to get your money back, [...]

CONSUMER FILES CLASS ACTION AGAINST MICHAELS FOR DATA BREACH

Brandi F. Ramundo has filed a nationwide class action against Michaels after a massive data breach.  Ms. Ramundo claims Michaels should've protected her personal identifying information (PII) from hackers.  Ms. Ramundo's checking account was raided by hackers who stole $1,300 from her.  Ms. Ramundo is seeking statutory, compensatory and punitive damages and injunctive relief, including an order directing Michaels to pay for credit monitoring [...]

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT ALLEGES DISNEY’S EMPLOYEE ID CARDS PUT EMPLOYEES AT RISK FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Disney has been named in a class action lawsuit, according to Linda Coady, Westlaw Journal Employment.  The plaintiffs allege Disney's employee identification cards put them at risk for identity theft because the ID cards required by Walt Disney Co. include a bar code that includes its employees’ Social Security numbers.    The personal identifying information (PII) is easily accessible by using a low [...]

CLASS ACTIONS FILED AGAINST SONY FOR PLAYSTATION DATA BREACH

Sony Playstation 's recent data breach has resulted in several class actions.  At least 25 class action lawsuits have been filed against Sony.  The class action lawsuits have been filed in various U.S. federal courts all over the US.  The class action complaints allege Sony negligently guarded its customers' PII.  The class action lawsuits also [...]