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Payday Lender Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Spam
A payday lender from Chattanooga, Tenn. is facing a lawsuit after he spammed thousands of people with unwanted text messages. The lawsuit, which recently gained class-action status, contends that the defendant's business violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by spamming consumers with random text messages that contained offers for payday loans. Class-action status was granted this week to anyone who received a text message from the defendant's business concerning payday loans.
Ellis Smith, Chattanooga Times Free Press 03/28/2014
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School Pays $70K to End Student's Facebook Lawsuit
A Minnesota school district is paying $70,000 to end a lawsuit by a former student who was forced to give up her Facebook password to school officials. School officials made the girl give up her password after reports that she posted a negative comment about a teacher's aide and had a sexual conversation with a male student. After the ordeal, the student withdrew from the public school and began home-schooling.
Carol Kuruvilla, New York Daily News 03/27/2014
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Mediation Talks in Lawsuit Against Tech Companies
Apple Inc, Google Inc and two other Silicon Valley companies may be close to settling a lawsuit alleging that the tech companies conspired to drive down employee wages. The 2011 lawsuit began when the tech companies allegedly agreed not to hire each other's employees in order to drive down employee salaries. According to a hearing in federal court on Thursday, the companies and the plaintiffs have met in mediation on a daily basis in an effort to settle the lawsuit. The class-action lawsuit is scheduled for a trial in May.
Dan Levine, Reuters 03/27/2014
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Gov't Safety Agency Missed Cobalt Clues
For years, the U.S. government's auto safety watchdog sent form letters to worried owners of the Chevrolet Cobalt and other General Motors small cars, saying it didn't have enough information about problems with unexpected stalling to establish a trend or open an investigation. The data tell a different story. An Associated Press review of complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that over a nine-year period, 164 drivers reported that their 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts stalled without warning. That was far more than any of the car's competitors from the same model years, except for the Toyota Corolla, which was recalled after a government investigation in 2010.
TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN, Yahoo News 03/28/2014
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Oil Sector Not Sharing Information About Rail Cargoes
The U.S. oil sector is not sharing important information about oil-by-rail shipments sought by regulators seeking to prevent the kinds of fiery derailments that have occurred in recent months, according to the Department of Transportation.
Reuters, Reuters 03/28/2014
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