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A Home Warranty Insurance Story with a Twist

A Home Warranty Insurance Story with a Twist July 3, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Naples, FL The need for home warranty insurance is a given, to protect the homeowner from shoddy workmanship on the part of a contractor or subcontractor. To that end, much has been written about home warranty companies and corresponding lawsuits when home warranty companies stoop to bad faith insurance practices to the detriment of a homeowner facing sometimes serious issues through no fault of his or her own.
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Chula Vista Settles Class Action Lawsuit for Local Wireless Phone Tax with Refund to Taxpayers and Rate Reduction

Chula Vista Settles Class Action Lawsuit for Local Wireless Phone Tax with Refund to Taxpayers and Rate Reduction May 3, 2013. By LAS Staff Writer.
April 30, 2013 (Press Release) - A San Diego court has preliminarily approved a class action settlement between wireless phone users and the City of Chula Vista that includes $8 million being made available for funding for rebates and refunds of the city’s telephone user’s tax and payment of litigation expenses and attorneys’ fees. The lawsuit, Carla Villa, et al. v. City of Chula Vista, was brought by two Chula Vista residents on behalf of Chula Vista taxpayers and was filed by the San Diego law offices of CaseyGerry and the Newport Beach offices of Capretz & Associates. The City of Chula Vista disagrees with the lawsuit’s claim that certain aspects of the tax are unlawful, but, because the issues are complex and continued litigation would be expensive, the City believes it is in the best interest of its citizens to settle the case.
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Ladders Job Site a “Scam,” Say Subscribers

Ladders Job Site a “Scam,” Say Subscribers April 21, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
New York, NY: Documents in the class-action suit filed against TheLadders.com couldn’t be clearer. “From its inception until September 2011,” the complaint reads, “The Ladders job website scammed its customers into paying for its job board service by misrepresenting itself to be a ‘premium job site.’”
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A Tale of Two Home Warranty Insurance Claims

A Tale of Two Home Warranty Insurance Claims April 9, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Vancouver, BC Given the pace and variety of construction when it comes to new homes, home warranty insurance is a must. But just as a contractor can often be taken to task for shoddy workmanship, so too can an insurance company when they drop the ball, or at the very least keep the homeowner in limbo.
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Attorney Investigating Online Car Referrer

Attorney Investigating Online Car Referrer February 20, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA Attorneys and various state regulators have begun investigations into TrueCar, an online car referral website. Investigations revolve around whether TrueCar violated the law by accepting payment for referring customers to specific car dealers. If TrueCar did receive car dealer kickbacks, it may have violated consumer protection laws in California and other states.
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Retailing Giant “Targets” Your Cell Phone

Retailing Giant “Targets” Your Cell Phone February 18, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
Houston, TX If you’ve received an automated text message from Target recently, the retailing giant may owe you some money.
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When Home Warranties Go Wrong

When Home Warranties Go Wrong February 17, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Omaha, NE When homeowners purchase appliances, they often purchase home warranty insurance to protect themselves. After all, appliances can be expensive to replace - and can cause extensive damage when they break down. Getting a home warranty seems like a good idea, until the home warranty companies fail to honor their agreement and consumers find their insurance claim denied.
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S&P Faces Federal Lawsuit over 2008 Financial Crisis

S&P Faces Federal Lawsuit over 2008 Financial Crisis February 11, 2013. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC The federal government is seeking $5 billion in penalties from rating agency Standard & Poors (S&P) in a civil suit alleging consumer fraud. The lawsuit alleges that S&P defrauded investors by inflating ratings and understating risks associated with mortgage-backed securities.
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Washington Supreme Court Issues Far-Reaching Unanimous Opinion Protecting Consumers’ Right to Sue in Court

Washington Supreme Court Issues Far-Reaching Unanimous Opinion Protecting Consumers’ Right to Sue in Court February 10, 2013. By LAS Staff Writer.
Spokane, WA - On February 7, 2013, the Washington Supreme Court issued an important decision holding that companies cannot strip away consumers’ ability to sue them through the use of grossly one-sided arbitration clauses.
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Online Car Referral Bait and Switch: Old Tricks, New Technology

Online Car Referral Bait and Switch: Old Tricks, New Technology February 10, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA If you’re like most computer savvy people today, you’ll go online to research your purchases. Whether you intend to buy online or retail, the draw of the Internet translates to increased awareness and information for the consumer that can be brought to the fore when it comes time to make an educated purchase. As the late advertising guru David Ogilvy famously espoused, “an educated consumer is the best customer.” However, when it comes to car dealer kickbacks, that educated consumer suddenly becomes an unwitting victim.
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