Articles by Christie Smythe

Lawsuits Against Facebook Pile Up Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook Inc. finds itself in the eye of a rapidly building legal storm over the disclosure of user data to political research firm Cambridge Analytica. Lawsuits are piling up from users and investors. U.S. lawmakers are calling on Chief Executive …

Facebook User Sues Over Personal Data Release to Cambridge Analytica

A Facebook Inc. user sued the social network and a data research firm that played a role in the election of President Donald Trump alleging that her privacy was violated when information on some 50 million users was improperly disclosed. …

Kobe Steel Can Expect Spate of Lawsuits for Its 10 Years of False Data

Kobe Steel Ltd.’s legal problems are just beginning in wake of the company’s disclosure that it falsified data for years about the durability of aluminum and copper used in airplanes, trains and vehicles. The Japanese company, which supplies many of …

Target Settles 2013 Data Breach Claims with Banks

Target Corp. will pay about $39 million to banks and credit unions to resolve losses from a 2013 holiday- season data breach, as retailers and financial institutions continue to grapple with the costs of major hacker attacks. Financial institutions sued …

New York AG Urges Tech Firms to Act Responsibly as Business Models Evolve

New York State’s top lawyer told technology-firm executives he will “bring the full force” of his office against companies that mistreat their workers or cheat consumers. Speaking to entrepreneurs and executives gathering in Manhattan, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on …

Judge Allows Class Action by Banks Against Target Over Data Breach

Hundreds of banks and credit unions can band together to pursue damages from Target Corp. over a 2013 hacking attack that compromised as many as 40 million payment cards. The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson in St. …

N.Y.’s ‘Annoyance Lawyer’ Sues Uber Over Anti-De Blasio Robocall Campaign

An attorney who calls himself the “Annoyance Lawyer” sued Uber Technologies Inc. over its robocall campaign attacking New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over his proposal to limit the number of drivers. Todd C. Bank sued on behalf of recipients …

EEOC Charges UPS No-Beard Policy Violates Muslim Workers’ Religious Rights

United Parcel Service, Inc., the nation’s largest package delivery company, violated federal law by discriminating against workers and job applicants whose religious practices conflicted with its uniform and appearance policy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has charged in …

Greenberg Says Bailout Lawsuit About Government Overstepping Its Bounds

Maurice “Hank” Greenberg said that his partial victory in a lawsuit tied to American International Group Inc.’s bailout isn’t enough, and that he’s seeking financial damages to hold the government accountable. “Our Constitution is a sacred document,” the former chief …

How Greenberg’s Lawyer, Boies, Won AIG Bailout Battle

During the trial, David Boies was his usual mildly rumpled and mostly unpretentious self, peering over his reading glasses, padding around in his hallmark black suede slipper-shoes and smiling his way to victory in a case that put the U.S. …