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July 2013 Archives

Woman Sues Equifax, Wins $18.6M for Credit Report Errors

An Oregon woman who sued Equifax, the credit bureau, has won an $18.6 million jury award for credit-report errors that went unfixed for years. But the award could be significantly reduced upon appeal.

Jurors found that Julie Miller's credit, reputation, and financial stability were damaged by Equifax's failure to correct mistakes in her credit report, despite her repeated complaints to the company, The Associated Press reports.

The award included punitive damages which accounted for roughly 99 percent of Miller's multimillion-dollar award.

Naked Juice to Pay $9M Settlement Over 'All Natural' Claims

Naked Juice has settled a class action claim for more than $9 million, in an attempt to put to rest the legal battle over its "All Natural" claims.

Naked Juice, owned by PepsiCo, still denies that its labels were false or misleading. But the company has agreed to redesign its labels and to stop describing its juices as "all natural," reports LA Weekly.

This isn't the first time a food or drink manufacturer has hit a wall with the word "natural," but perhaps this case will prompt the FDA to move on the issue.

S.C. Court: Baby Veronica's Adoptive Parents Should Get Custody

South Carolina's Supreme Court has awarded custody of Baby Veronica to her adoptive parents, and not her biological Cherokee dad. The ruling brings to a close a protracted and highly emotional legal battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 3-2 decision, the state court sent the case back to a family court with instructions to finalize Veronica's adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who live in Charleston.

The order comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to reverse and remand the South Carolina Supreme Court's earlier ruling, which had granted custody to Veronica's Cherokee Indian birth father, Dusten Brown, based on the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, reports Reuters.

Apple Conspired to Raise eBook Prices, Judge Rules

Apple lost a major battle over eBooks on Wednesday, after a federal judge ruled that Apple violated antitrust law by conspiring with publishers to raise eBook prices.

The company behind such technological successes as the iPad and MacBook was found to have played a "central role" in an eBook price-fixing scheme, one that was designed to undercut the major online bookseller, reports Reuters.

How will this new ruling effect eBook sales on iTunes or Apple's business in general?

Supreme Court Sends Indian Adoption Case Back to S.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court has sent a contentious adoption case back to South Carolina's Supreme Court.

In a 5-4 ruling, justices reversed the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision in the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. South Carolina's highest court had affirmed a lower court's ruling to award custody of the girl to her biological father, a Cherokee Indian who cited the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 in support of his custody claim.

But as Justice Samuel Alito explained, the Act does not apply in this case.