Consumer Protection

Mercury Insurance Inks $41M Deal To End Illegal Fee Claims

Mercury Insurance Co. has agreed to pay California authorities more than $41 million to resolve a long-running legal battle centering on allegations that its brokers tacked illegal fees onto auto policyholders’ premiums, the Golden State’s Department of Insurance announced on Tuesday…

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Major Chip Makers Duck Antitrust Conspiracy Claims, For Now

Samsung Electronics Co., Micron Technology Inc. and SK Hynix Inc. scored a win on Tuesday when a California federal court threw out most of a proposed class action brought by consumers who alleged the chip makers colluded to fix prices on dynamic random-access memory, a key component in many digital devices…

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Facebook Must Face Trimmed Messenger Data Scraping Suit

A California federal court on Thursday kept alive a proposed class action claiming Facebook scooped up Android users’ call and text logs without permission and then sold the data to advertisers, but the judge warned that the users don’t have a “guaranteed path to victory”…

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9th Circ. Wants Feds’ Take On Counties’ VW Emissions Fight

The Ninth Circuit has asked the federal government to weigh in on whether the Clean Air Act keeps state and local authorities from going after Volkswagen, affiliates Audi of America LLC and Porsche Cars North America Inc., and auto parts maker Robert Bosch LLC for allegedly tampering with vehicle emission controls…

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