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QUORA USERS FILE CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER DATA BREACH

A federal class-action lawsuit filed by Quora users accuses the social media company of exposing sensitive personal information of up to 100 million people to hackers, leaving the victims vulnerable to a wide range of potential cyber crimes and scams. WHAT IS QUORA? Quora is a question-and-answer platform where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by a community of users. Launched in 2010, the company was valued at approximately $1.8 billion in 2017 and now claims 300 million monthly unique users. On December 3, 2018, Quora acknowledged that user data were compromised as a result of unauthorized access by a malicious third...

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UPDATE: EDWARD JONES “REVERSE CHURNING” MISLED CLIENTS

Attorneys for former clients of Edward Jones accuse the investment services giant of failing to disclose key aspects of a new program that generated more than $17.2 billion in revenue, much of it at the expense of “small-town, middle-class, buy-and-hold investors” who were misled about high monthly fees. The allegations can be found in a recent court filing by Franklin D. Azar & Associates, opposing efforts by Edward Jones to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former clients, who claim that their assets were shifted into costly fee-based accounts as part of a “reverse churning” scheme. REVERSE CHURNING DEFINITION To understand reverse churning,...

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AZAR FIRM FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT OVER MARRIOTT DATA BREACH

A class action lawsuit filed against Marriott International over a massive data breach that compromised the personal information of up to 500 million people claims that the world’s largest hotel chain failed to address security flaws in an elite customer database for years, failed to notify affected guests for months after the breach was detected — and still hasn’t fixed the problem. The lawsuit, filed on December 13 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland by the law firm of Franklin D. Azar & Associates, names Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as defendants. Named plaintiffs...

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DO I NEED UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE?

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Driving defensively is something that students learn when they first take the wheel. You have to not only pay attention to your own driving, you have to anticipate the actions of other drivers and plan accordingly, giving yourself enough time and distance to react properly. The same holds true when it comes to purchasing auto insurance. Many motorists think they’re adequately covered if they have insurance that protects them in the event that they’re at fault in an accident. But if you really want to protect yourself and your assets from an economic crash, you have to anticipate the crazy things...

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AZAR FIRM SUES PG&E ON BEHALF OF CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE VICTIMS

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A class action lawsuit filed late last week on behalf of victims of the Camp Fire claims that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is responsible for sparking the deadliest wildfire in California history. Since it first erupted in Butte County on November 8, the Camp Fire has resulted in at least 77 deaths, burned more than 150,000 acres and destroyed more than 10,000 homes. Officials say the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but the lawsuit, filed by Franklin D. Azar & Associates and Garner & Associates, cites multiple reports of problems with a high-voltage power line operated by...

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HEALTH CONCERNS LEAD TO CRACKDOWN ON TEEN VAPING

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First, the good news. The number of adult Americans who smoke cigarettes has declined significantly in recent years, from 21 percent in 2005 to less than 16 percent in 2016. That represents a big drop in tobacco-related mortality, although smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country, accounting for 480,000 deaths a year. At least part of the reduction can be attributed to the development of better smoking cessation aids and programs, such as nicotine gum and patches. It’s also been suggested that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping could be a factor; the makers of...

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WHISTLEBLOWER CASES: EXPOSING FRAUD, RIGHTING WRONGS

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A few weeks ago the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it was paying substantial awards to two private individuals who had assisted the agency in a major enforcement action. One of the two received payment of $15 million; the other received $39 million. All of the money came from fines paid by a major company that had been caught violating securities laws. The SEC declined to reveal the identities of the two recipients. It didn’t reveal any details of the investigation, either, or the name of the major company that was involved, out of concerns that it would compromise...

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GOOGLE TRACKING LAWSUIT: LOCATION STORED W/O PERMISSION

A federal lawsuit claims that Google has generated millions in revenue by secretly storing location data of mobile phone users who believe they’ve opted out of such tracking. That lawsuit was filed October 19 in the Northern District of California by Franklin D. Azar & Associates and seeks class action status on behalf of iPhone and Android users nationwide whose location information was stored by Google despite their efforts to disable the service. HOW DOES GOOGLE SECRETLY STORE YOUR LOCATIONS? A mobile phone’s location is typically tracked by Google whenever the owner uses Google Maps or similar applications. Google’s support page claims that...

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CENTURYLINK LAWSUIT: RETIREMENT FUND INVESTORS SEEK CLASS ACTION STATUS

A motion filed in U.S. District Court in Denver asks a federal judge to grant class action status to a lawsuit against CenturyLink, claiming that the telecom giant mismanaged a retirement fund and cost beneficiaries millions in losses from bad investments. Bonnie Birse and Gerad Detwiler, the named plaintiffs in the suit, are seeking class action certification on behalf of thousands of other participants in the CenturyLink Dollars and Sense 401(k) Plan who invested in the underperforming fund over a five-year period, from April 2012 to the end of September 2017. CENTURYLINK LAWSUIT – A QUESTION OF PERFORMANCE At issue is the Active...

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AZAR FIRM SUES FACEBOOK OVER LATEST SECURITY BREACH

Facebook users affected by the social media giant’s latest security breach have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the company, claiming that a flaw that allowed hackers access to personal data has exposed millions of people to the risk of identity theft. The lawsuit was filed late last week in the Northern District of California by Franklin D. Azar & Associates on behalf of named plaintiffs in California, Colorado and New Jersey. The complaint seeks class action status on behalf of all Facebook users whose private information was compromised by the massive data breach. WHAT IS THE FACEBOOK BREACH? Facebook announced on...

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