The largest social media company in the world faces another legal battle. On Monday, April 16, 2018, US District Judge James Donato ruled in San Francisco federal court that a class action lawsuit could proceed with the allegation that Facebook illegally collected and stored its users biometric data without their permission.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced a high-profile lawsuit against Sutter Health for allegedly engaging in anticompetitive conduct that has driven up health care costs for patients and employers across the state. Sutter is one of the largest health care systems in California, and one study has shown that its hospital costs are 25% higher than other providers.
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Facebook Inc. was sued by its investors in San Francisco federal court over a claim that the social media company failed to uphold privacy for its users. Investors stated that they faced losses due to the company’s connection to a UK-based research firm, Cambridge Analytica, that collected data for 50 million users without their permission. The same research firm is also connected to President Donald Trump.
Senior United States District Judge Jack D. Weinstein of the New York Eastern District Court ruled on March 6th that virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, are commodities, and that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has authority along with other state and federal administrative agencies and civil and criminal courts over dealings in virtual currency.
The Ninth Circuit denied AT&T's motion to dismiss an action brought by the FTC to hold the communications company accountable for allegedly "throttling" consumer data. This practice may have affected 3.5 million consumers on 25 million different occasions.