Playboy Publications Privacy Michigan Settlement

Playboy Enterprises, Inc. is settling a class action alleging that it violated Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act. According to the complaint, it disclosed information about its customers’ magazine subscriptions to outside parties.  Read more

Cover of Old Playboy Magazine, with Marilyn Monroe

YouTube, Google Collection and Using Minors’ Info Massachusetts Class Action

“Certain YouTube channels are plainly directed to children under the age of thirteen,” says the complaint for this class action. In fact, it claims that Google, the owner of YouTube, is collecting and exploiting information on minors for gain. The complaint alleges violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  Read more

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UPMC Websites Send Patient Info to Third Parties Pennsylvania Class Action

UPMC owns and operates health care properties in Pennsylvania. It also operates online sites and encourages patients to participate in them. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that UPMC uses these sites to share patient information with other parties, thus breaching patient confidentiality and violating wiretapping laws, among other things.  Read more

UPMC Building in Pittsburg Skyline

Talbots Sale of Customers’ Personal Info Without Consent Virginia Class Action

May companies who have customer information sell it to others without permission? The complaint for this class action alleges that The Talbots, Inc. sold personally identifying information about customers to list brokers like NextMark, Inc., which in turn sold the information to other parties. This exposed them to mail, telemarketing, and other aggressive sales approaches.  Read more

Talbots Store in Mall

Shell Oil 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Duties ERISA Class Action

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governs retirement plans and other benefits at large companies and specifies that plan administrators and trustees have a fiduciary duty to act for the exclusive benefit of plan participants. In this class action, the complaint alleges that Shell Oil Company and various other defendants, some associated with Fidelity  Read more

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IBM Collection and Sharing of Facial Geometry BIPA Class Action

Biometric identifiers are being used increasingly to identify people. Fingerprints and hand scans are now common. This class action involves facial geometry. The complaint alleges that International Business Machines Company (IBM) violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) when it scanned the facial geometry of about a million faces from photographs and built a  Read more

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Motel 6 Guest Info to ICE Washington Settlement

The lawsuit settled by this consent decree was brought by the Attorney General of the State of Washington against Motel 6 Operating, LP and G6 Hospitality, LLC. The complaint alleged that certain Motel 6 locations shared guest information, such as names, driver’s license numbers, and dates of birth with the US Department of Homeland Security  Read more

Bonnier Magazine Michigan Privacy Settlement

Bonnier Corporation is resolving a class action alleging it violated Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) with—oddly—magazine subscriptions. The complaint alleges it disclosed information about its magazines’ subscribers, without their permission, to third parties.   Read more

Square Medical Invoices Sent to Wrong Parties Class Action

How would you feel if an invoice for your medical services was sent by the processor, in an unsecured e-mail, to a friend of yours? This seems like an odd and inexplicable event. Still, the complaint for this class action alleges that Square, Inc. sent the private information of the plaintiff in this case to  Read more

Keyboard, Stethoscope, and Medical Records

Kiplinger’s Sharing of Subscriber Information Michigan Privacy Class Action

Michigan’s Preservation of Personal PrivacyAct (PPPA), before its amendment on July 31, 2016, prohibited companies from sharing Personal Reading Information from the subscribers and purchasers of their publications. The complaint for this class action alleges that the Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. at that time shared subscriber information with third parties in violation of the law.   Read more

Cover of an Issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance