Monthly Archives: September 2016

Class-Action Lawsuits Filed Over Yahoo’s Data Breach


In late 2014, information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts was stolen, making it one of the largest data breaches in history. Names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted security questions and answers may have been breached.

According to Mercury News, it takes an average of 191 days to identify a data breach and 58 days to contain it. However it took Yahoo nearly two years to identify the breach. Yahoo announced the data breach on Thursday, but it is rumored the company knew about the breach as early as August.

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Lawsuits Spread Like Wildfire


Two lawsuits were filed recently concerning Oregon wildfires that could have been prevented. Disregarding a ban, a family of three built a campfire in extremely dry conditions. While one of the campers slept, the campfire grew into a 200-acre inferno. The state spent $892,000 to extinguish the forest fire, which the family will be held responsible to pay. One of the campers claimed that this fire was an “’unfortunate act of nature.’” The state of Oregon disagreed with his statement.

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Class Action Against MasterCard UK

Master that

MasterCard is facing a lawsuit for 14 billion pounds ($19 billion) from up to 46 million people throughout Britain for charging excessive fees between 1992 and 2008. The case was brought up by Walter Merricks, former chief financial services ombudsman and advised that MasterCard charged unlawfully high fees to stores when shoppers utilized their debit or credit cards, these fees were then passed on to the consumers. “MasterCard has behaved disgracefully in this. They have not had the reasonableness to accept that what this was doing was damaging UK consumers.”

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Lawsuits Filed in Response to Hepatitis A Outbreak Growing

Not as fresh as you may think

As of August 25, 2016, there are several lawsuits and one class action lawsuit due to be filed on behalf of individuals who caught Hepatitis A from frozen strawberries imported from Egypt, that were served at a café called the Tropical Smoothie Café.

One plaintiff, Constantinos A. Raptis had consumed multiple strawberry smoothies from the popular café in early August and had started to become ill. Some of the symptoms that he suffered were aches, headaches, nausea, stomach pain, chest pain, and dark colored urine. These symptoms are all signs of hepatitis A.

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