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You're Losing Your Right to Sue Big Companies, One TOS at a Time

To celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, we recently highlighted a few quick actions that consumers can take to protect themselves. But the sad fact is that the most potent consumer protection tool -- the class-action lawsuit -- may soon be all but extinct.

Papa John's Class-Action Lawsuit Puts More Heat on Pizza Chain

First, Papa John's CEO John Schnatter drew a harsh backlash from liberal pizza lovers over his suggestion that health care reform was going to force him to reduce employees' hours. Then on Tuesday, he was hit with a $250 million class-action lawsuit over text message advertisements.

Are Online Travel Deal Sites Ripping You Off?

Travel sites like Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and Priceline say they'll get you the best deals -- but are we being played? A new lawsuit alleges they not only don't offer the best prices, but actually conspire with hotel chains to fix prices and prevent competitors from offering cheaper rooms.

The Financial Landscape: Wins for Wal-Mart, Utilities

The Supreme Court kept up its corporatist streak Monday, handing down two key decisions that were certain to please the Chamber of Commerce. The first helped Wal-Mart quash a massive class action sex discrimination suit; the second stopped states from suing power companies over greenhouse gas emissions.

How an Oil Baron's Heir Cleaned Up a Slimy Internet Scam

For the past decade, a few clever companies have been running an online scheme that tricked consumers into joining so-called membership clubs and charged their credit cards without their consent. But thanks to Sen. John Rockefeller, the era of this $1.4 billion con is coming to an end.

Financial Meltdown Accountability: Bring On the Class Actions!

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's report concludes that ineffective regulators and big banks were the primary causes of the financial meltdown. Next stop: Government and class action lawsuits to recoup some of what we all lost, and (please please please) criminal charges against the worst offenders too.

Bank of America Sued Over Home Loan Modifications

Bank of America's persistent failure to modify home loans has resulted in the inevitable: a consumer class action lawsuit. Last week, Susan Fraser of Missouri filed suit on behalf of herself and other qualified homeowners whom the bank failed to give permanent loan modifications to.

Most FedEx Ground Drivers Lose in Class-Action Case

Right now, millions of Christmas presents are zooming around the country in FedEx trucks -- driven, one might think, by FedEx employees. However, it turns out the employment status of those drivers depends on which state they are working in, and according to a judicial ruling issued Tuesday, most are independent contractors.

Jury Rejects Bank's 'Meltdown Defense' in Fraud Case

In a case with wider implications for the financial industry, jurors in a class-action securities fraud suit found that BankAtlantic Bankcorp was liable to shareholders for about $42 million for making false statements about the bank's real estate portfolio and net income.

Madoff Investors Sue SEC for Incompetence

A Boston-based law firm announced a lawsuit Friday against the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of investors conned by Bernie Madoff. The suit brought by Kacheroo Legal Services seeks class-action status, and if it goes forward, it will be the first such suit ever.

Google Toolbar Spurs Another Privacy Lawsuit

Google has been slapped with another privacy lawsuit, this time over its toolbar, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. A New York man alleges the toolbar software transmits users' Internet activity to the company, and misleads people into believing they can prevent that transmission.

Shareholders Sue Toyota Over Recall- Induced Stock Slide

Toyota may have repaired most of the cars it recalled for unintended acceleration problems, but it hasn't repaired its stock price, and U.S. shareholders have filed a class-action lawsuit against the automaker for failing to disclose what it knew about the defects.

A Victory Against False Advertising in Relacore Lawsuits

The N.J. Supreme Court gave a win to advocates of truth in advertising this week when it ruled that lawsuits against the maker of dietary supplement Relacore could go forward as a class action. Considering the way such lawsuits work, gaining that status is almost as important as the final verdict.

Legal Briefing: DOJ Gets Tougher on Foreign Bribery

A dedicated team of prosecutors will be going after large-scale foreign corruption, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Sunday. Main Justice reports this effort comes on top of the stepped-up prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.