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Ford Expands Drivers Air Bag Recall Nationwide

Last month, NHTSA demanded that Takata and the five automakers recall driver’s inflators across the nation. Takata and Chrysler have refused and could face legal action. BMW says it’s still evaluating the demand. … In documents filed with NHTSA, Takata refused to do a national recall, saying it’s not supported by testing data. The company also said NHTSA didn’t have the authority to order a parts supplier to do a recall, and that only automakers can conduct them.

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SDPD Sued Over Cellular Tracking Tech

“This isn’t just a technology that focuses on the subject of the investigation,” [First Amendment Coalition Attorney Kelly Aviles] said, “it [sweeps up] information from all of our cellphones.” … David Loy, the legal director for ACLU of San Diego and the Imperial Counties, used even stronger language to describe the technology. “It’s essentially a form of mass surveillance and that’s extremely troubling, and the public has the right to know if that is how, in fact, the San Diego Police Department is employing this technology,” Loy said.

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CFPB Lawsuit: Sprint Made Millions Off Consumers Acting As A “Breeding Ground” For Bill-Cramming

The CFPB reports that most affected Sprint customers were initially targeted by the third-party products online. “Consumers clicked on ads that brought them to websites asking them to enter their cellphone numbers,” officials with the CFPB say in a news release. “Some merchants tricked consumers into providing their cellphone numbers to receive ‘free’ digital content and then charged for it. Many others simply placed fabricated charges on bills without delivering any goods or communicating with consumers.”

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CFPB: College Credit Card Agreements On Decline; Debit, Prepaid Card Agreements Increase

Now, instead of signing onto agreements for the more regulated credit cards, [banking institutions and colleges] are focusing on debit and prepaid cards, which generally have fewer consumer protections. In fact, a report from the Government Accountability Office earlier this year found there were at least 852 schools that had agreements with companies to market debit or prepaid cards to students in 2013.


Jury Sides With Apple In iPod Antitrust Case

Plaintiffs’ lawyer Patrick Coughlin said his team wanted jurors to evaluate only the new security codes that limited downloads to the iTunes store, effectively blocking competing programs like RealNetworks’ Harmony. But instead, jurors considered whether those features, taken together with other new offerings in iTunes 7.0 such as games and movies, improved the user experience, making the plaintiffs’ case a tougher sell, Coughlin said. He vowed to appeal the case.