Equifax is reportedly close to reaching a $700 million settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies over its massive data breach in 2017.This figure would also go towards resolving a consumer class-action lawsuit against the company, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday afternoon.The Equifax data breach allowed hackers to steal the personal information of 147.7 million Americans from its servers, including Social Security numbers and home addresses.A House Oversight Committee report (PDF), released Dec. 2018, called the breach "entirely preventable," saying Equifax didn't take steps to prevent it and also wasn't ready to handle the aftermath.The settlement could be announced Monday, the Journal reported, with the amount also to be used to create a fund to compensate consumers for any harm caused by the data breach.Equifax had no comment, while the FTC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
A French court says ' no ' to the claims of the companies who built and inspected the olycksfärjan the M/S Estonia ferry accident, police said.the 852 people died when the passenger ferry sank in the Baltic sea.The defendant in a civil case, it is a French classification society Bureau Veritas, which certified the Vessel, and the German yard of Jos, L Meyer-Werft, which was building for her.The two companies ran the risk of damages in the mångmiljonklassen.the Trial was held in april in the French city of vincennes, which is 23 years after the lawsuit was filed by lawyer Henning Witte.more than 1,000 relatives of the victims of the disaster, was supported by the application.
It may be a good idea for you to hire a professional interior designer to help you make your house feel like a home.The benefits of hiring a designer are practically limitless.However even though Do-it-Your-Self home renovations are a popular trend and are fun to try; this style of renovating usually ends with a home owner balancing an extremely long renovation, contractors not showing up, unforeseen stress of unexpected bills or perhaps the most dreadful event one could imagine, a tiring lawsuit that could linger on for months.One of the beauties of interior design is that it's a moveable feast: a bold, striking interior with radical design features might appeal to you when you are in your twenties, but you may feel differently about design when you're in your thirties or forties.Your life circumstances may have changed - you may have married, for example, or you may have children - and this will certainly have an impact on the way in which you choose to design your home's interior.The next step is to consider who will be using the space.Your interior design should take their age, character and occupation into consideration.A bright, vibrant design may not be suitable for a studious or serious person, for example.
as Of the date depends on the company who built and inspected the will be held responsible for the disaster, and the relatives of the victims will receive compensation.For nearly 25 years, was killed 852 persons in the M/S Estonia sank in the Baltic sea.The defendant in a civil case, it is a French classification society Bureau Veritas, which certified the Vessel, and the German yard of Jos, L Meyer-Werft, which was building for her.The two companies are liable in damages in a mångmiljonklassen.it's Unclear how many of the clients who are left behind.the Trial was held in april in the French city of vincennes, which is 23 years after the lawsuit was filed by lawyer Henning Witte.
Makes you proud to be BritishThe Ministry of Defence has slipped £10m of British taxpayers' money into Serco's back pocket to settle a legal challenge over the award of a £525m Fire and Rescue services contract to rival outsourcer Capita.Capita won the MoD tender in June last year but the project – which includes running 53 fire stations in the UK and on MoD sites in Cyrpus and the Falklands Islands for a 12-year period – was suspended for a whole year after Serco stepped in and launched a protracted legal battle over the tender, the details of which are not public."We have now mutually agreed an out-of-court settlement £10m which provides better value for money for the taxpayer than an uncertain and costly court case," said MoD Minister of State Tobias Ellwood.He said the MoD's Accounting Officer has commissioned an independent review to learn from the "complex procurement", led by Tony Pulter, a non-executive director at the Department for Transport.As part of its award, 560 MoD civil servants, mostly firefighting personnel, will be TUPEd across to Capita.
Gigi Hadid was sued earlier this year over a paparazzi photo she posted to Instagram that she was accused of not having the image rights to.The lawsuit was dismissed on Thursday because the paparazzi agency that took the photo hadn't received a copyright registration by the time it had filed the lawsuit against Hadid, according to court documents viewed by Business Insider.Hadid's argument that the photo was an example of "fair use" had the potential to shake up the legality of celebrities and fan accounts using the Instagram reposting feature.The copyright-infringement suit against Hadid was dismissed on Thursday, according to court documents viewed by Business Insider.The New York district judge dismissed the case because the plaintiff — a paparazzi agency called Xclusive-Lee — failed to secure the official copyright registration for the photo by the time it filed the lawsuit.The ruling was based on a US Supreme Court case that was decided in March, WWD reported.
When the U.S. women’s national soccer team brought home its fourth—and second consecutive—World Cup title earlier this month, the celebration couldn’t help but serve as glaring reminder of another battle the team has not yet won: the fight over equal pay.In March, all 28 members of the USWNT filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation over making less than their male counterparts.That’s despite the men’s national team not even qualifying for the World Cup last year, and women’s games generating more revenue in the U.S., according audited financial statements from the U.S. Soccer Federation obtained by the Wall Street Journal.On Sunday, Secret, the women’s deodorant brand owned by Procter & Gamble, donated $529,000 to the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, which translates to $23,000 for each player.The brand announced the move in a full-page New York Times ad (designed by Berlin Cameron with creative lead from Secret).Equal pay is a buzzy topic, particularly given the USWNT’s World Cup win.
American manufacturing giant, Apple, has been at the hub of a couple of lawsuits for many years.If it is not in court with other manufacturers, then it will be there with users.The company has often been accused of tampering with the batteries on its devices.In 2018, Apple had to replace over 11 million iPhones because of battery issues.Now, a Quebec High Court grants local residents to file a class-action lawsuit against Apple because of battery issues.According to media reports, the batteries in the iPhone and other products did not reasonably reach the nominal battery life.
A federal magistrate judge has recommended that Andrew Anglin, publisher of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, pay more than $14 million in damages for organizing an anti-Semitic "troll storm" against Montana real estate agent Tanya Gersh.Judge Jeremiah Lynch called Anglin's conduct "egregious and reprehensible" and said Anglin should be ordered to remove any posts from the Daily Stormer that encourage readers to contact Gersh and her family.Lynch's recommendation was issued Monday and still has to be approved by US District Judge Dana Christensen, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which represented Gersh in the case.A decision is expected after 14 days."A clear message has been sent to Anglin and other extremists: No one should be terrorized for simply being who they are, and no one should ever be afraid for being who they are," Gersh said in a release from the SPLC on Monday."This lawsuit has always been about stopping others from enduring the terror I continue to live through at the hands of a neo-Nazi and his followers, and I wanted to make sure that this never happens to anyone else."
Sod the law on compo payouts, says Vos, you still did wrongOne of Britain's most senior judges has warned Google over its attempts to squeeze out of a £3bn data protection lawsuit by claiming some people might have consented to the adtech monolith's lawbreaking.The warning came as barrister Anthony White QC argued Google's case in the Court of Appeal this morning.One of White's arguments against a not-quite-class-action lawsuit brought against Google on behalf of, allegedly, 4.4 million iPhone users, is that some people might have actively wanted to receive targeted ads.As we reported yesterday, the Safari Workaround used by Google to plant ad-tracking cookies on iPhones in the early 2010s was explicitly designed to bypass Apple's privacy controls in Safari.White's legal argument rested on the fact that Richard Lloyd's legal team, which is claiming between £1bn and £3bn in total from Google under the Data Protection Act 1998, has not asked around to find out if any of its estimated 4.4 million potential claimants were actually OK with receiving targeted ads.
AT was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday accusing it of selling customers’ real-time location data to third parties like credit agencies and bail guarantors, along with bounty hunters and stalkers, without having customer consent.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP are representing three AT customers in the class action suit against AT and other data aggregation companies, explicitly singling out LocationSmart and Zumigo.“The location data AT offered up for sale is extremely precise and can locate any of its wireless subscribers in real-time, providing a window into the intimate details of their lives: where they go to the doctor, where they worship, where they live, and much more,” said Abbye Klamann Ognibene, an associate at Pierce Bainbridge, said in an EFF press release.The press release points to an investigation by Motherboard from earlier this year that alleged major mobile networks like AT, T-Mobile and Sprint were selling access to customers’ location data to entities such as bounty hunters, car dealerships, or landlords.Tuesday’s lawsuit by the EFF alleges that AT violated the Federal Communications Act and engaged in deceptive practices.the EFF also said that AT, Zumigo and LocationSmart violated constitutional, statutory, and common law rights to privacy under California state law.
Private equity firm Blackstone has reached a deal to acquire the in-app advertising platform Vungle.The deal, announced Monday by the companies, will expand Vungle’s presence in the mobile gaming space.According to CEO Rick Tallman, selling to Blackstone will allow the company to “further accelerate Vungle’s mission to be the trusted guide for growth and engagement, transforming how users discover and experience mobile apps.”Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the deal said Blackstone paid $750 million in cash.As a part of the deal, Vungle also reached an undisclosed settlement agreement with co-founder Zain Jaffer, who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company in March.Vungle fired Jaffer in 2017 soon after he was arrested on charges that were later dropped.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing AT and two data aggregation services over the sale of customers' location data.In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in US District Court for the Northern District of California, the EFF alleges that AT sold customers' real-time location data to credit agencies, bail bondsmen and other third parties "without the required customer consent and without any legal authority."AT -- along with Version, T-Mobile and Sprint -- came under fire earlier this year after a Motherboard story revealed that major mobile carriers were still selling customer location data to third parties.Carriers offered location data for legitimate services, such as fraud prevention and emergency roadside assistance, but the information was frequently abused by data buyers to track people.AT in January said it would cut off all location aggregation services by March.The lawsuit, filed on behalf of three AT wireless customers, also singles out data aggregators LocationSmart and Zumingo.
AT was sued by the Electronic Frontier Foundation today for selling customer location data to third parties, after controversy erupted earlier this year over wireless carriers’ data practices.The digital activism group filed the proposed class action suit today on behalf of AT customers in California.The suit also named two other companies, LocationSmart and Zumigo, which have acted as data aggregators, collecting location information and selling it to third parties for commercial use.“AT has knowingly breached its duties to protect Plaintiffs’ sensitive location data in order to profit from it,” the suit reads.The suit stems from recent investigations into how AT and other wireless carriers share the sensitive data.A New York Times article last year found that law enforcement has used the data to track phones without a court order.
The man who tried and failed to run a not-a-data-protection-class-action-honest-guv lawsuit against Google in England's High Court is having another crack at it in the Court of Appeal.Richard Lloyd, a one-time director of consumer rights org Which?, is appealing against the High Court's judgment from last year which halted his multi-billion pound case against Google before it got out of the starting blocks.In the appeal, which is being heard this week, Lloyd's barrister, Hugh Tomlinson QC, hopes to convince three senior judges that the High Court was wrong to rule that the 4.4 million people Lloyd claims to represent hadn't suffered "damage" from Google as defined in law."The claimant's case, put shortly, is that a combination of data protection law and the long established representative action procedure can provide an effective remedy for mass breaches of data protection rights where, in practice, as the judge recognised, neither individual claims nor a group litigation order are practically viable," Tomlinson told the Court of Appeal this morning.Three judges will decide the appeal: the president of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court, Dame Victoria Sharp (boss of Mr Justice Warby, the judge who made the original ruling); the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Geoffrey Vos; and Lord Justice Davis.I fully understand the difference between loss and damage but I don't see how you can reason from saying 'There's a bad breach', which some say they had cared about, and some who had suffered loss."
They wanted my take on a theory, newly circulating online, that offered a resolution to one of the most alluring digital mysteries of the past decade, the real identity (or identities) behind the persona of Satoshi Nakamoto.I’d obsessively catalogued his life, from his early history as an encryption coder; through his creation of an online prescription drug business worth hundreds of millions of dollars; to his diversification into smuggling, weapons, and violence; to his 2012 capture by, and cooperation with, the Drug Enforcement Agency.I’d distilled hundreds of interviews and tens of thousands of pages of records into a 400-page book, The Mastermind, detailing Le Roux’s epic rise and fall.But now the messages about Le Roux kept coming, driven by 4chan and Hacker News threads churning over a tantalizing new clue—a footnote in one filing in a multibillion-dollar federal lawsuit in Florida.His company nChain—backed by former online gambling mogul Calvin Ayre—has created an alternative to bitcoin called “Bitcoin Satoshi Vision.”The lawsuit drawing Paul Le Roux into this morass was filed in 2018 by Ira Kleiman, the brother of Dave Kleiman—Wright’s friend, fellow computer security guru, and business partner who died in 2013.
The fake-Facebook-ad-spotting service goes live today, backed by a £3m donation to Citizens Advice coughed by the social network as a result of legal action from MoneySavingExpert scribe Martin Lewis.Lewis settled out of court after hurling a defamation sueball at Facebook for failing to remove ads for "get-rich-quick" scams that used his face.He successfully claimed the fake ads were damaging his reputation.From today, your nan can get personal guidance from Citizens Advice Scams Action if they fear they are being, or have been, scammed due to a Facebook advert.Users will also be able to flag adverts they consider dodgy.These reports will now be dealt with by a Facebook ops team, which will tell coppers about trends it has tracked.
A group of Venezuelans that moved to the US to “start a new life” are suing a $30 million cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme that allegedly backed its coins with real diamonds.On Friday last week, a group of Venezuelans submitted a lawsuit claiming they were fraudulently promised massive returns on investments into the supposed diamond-backed cryptocurrency, Argyle Coin, Law360 reports.The perpetrators, Jose Angel Aman, Harold Seigel, and his son Jonathan Seigel, were reportedly running two diamond companies – Natural Diamonds and Eagle Financial – and an associated cryptocurrency business that offered the diamond-backed digital assets.According to the report, the perps defrauded over 300 investors.Natural Diamonds said it would buy and cut raw diamonds to sell on for a 24-percent return.The Venezuelans initially invested in Eagle Financial, which also leveraged Seigel’s reputation as a supposed diamond expert to trade high-end diamonds.
Facebook has launched a tool for UK users to report ads they suspect of being scams.The feature can be accessed by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of each ad on Facebook, then selecting ‘Report ad’, then ‘Misleading or scam ad’ and finally: ‘Send a detailed scam report’.So if you want to think of it as a reporting ‘button’ it’s a button that actually requires four presses to function as intended…Once a scam ad report has been filed, the feature will alert a dedicated internal ops team at Facebook that is tasked with handling reports — so will be reviewing reports and removing violating ads.The new consumer safety feature follows a defamation lawsuit filed in April last year by consumer advice personality, Martin Lewis, who had become exasperated by the volume of scam ads misappropriating his image on social media to try to trick users into parting with their savings.Facebook also agreed to donate £3M worth of support in cash and Facebook ad credits to UK consumer advice charity, Citizens Advice, to fund the setting up of a Citizens Advice Scams Action (Casa) service — which has also launched today.
Private equity giant Blackstone said it has agreed to acquire Vungle, a mobile video ad company.The companies also said that a lawsuit involving founder Zain Jaffer has been settled.The parties did not disclose the amount, but sources familiar with the matter said the acquisition price was more than $750 million.Vungle’s in-app video ad technology is used by publishers of more than 60,000 mobile apps, including those from Rovio, Zynga, Pandora, Microsoft, and Scopely, among others.Jaffer, who started his first company at age 14, founded Vungle in 2011.Jaffer’s suit noted that a former Vungle board member, Anne-Marie Roussel, publicly stated that she resigned from the board due to ethical concerns related to the way Jaffer was terminated, complaining that the board dismissed Jaffer “based on presumption of guilt” and ignoring that “we live in a democracy where [a] key legal right is presumption of innocence” and a defendant is innocent until proven guilty.