Legal News Articles - Consumer Fraud
February 3, 2016. By LAS Staff Writer.
Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2016) (Press Release): Walmart® (WMT) has a significant advantage in marketing its goods through global name recognition and consumer perceived credibility. Consumers place their confidence in, and rely on the global giant’s credibility, especially when the retailer is an authorized retailer of a particular product. But, sometimes that confidence may be misplaced.Read [ Counterfeit Duracell Batteries Purchased on Walmart.com ]
January 30, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Sacramento, CA: The passage of California’s automatic-renewal law in 2010 and the rise in class-action lawsuits that have resulted is indicative of a transition by an increasing number of retailers and service providers to a model that was once the bastion of the magazine industry. And while service providers appear to finally be getting the message that terms need to be communicated to the consumer in a clear and conspicuous manner, more and more consumers are turning to the courts and filing a California Auto-Renewal Lawsuit after getting dinged with charges of which they were unaware of or never agreed to, or so it is alleged.Read [ Automatic Renewals Are a Runaway Freight Train, but Lawsuits Are Fighting Back ]
January 23, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
New York, NY: Even if you think banks make huge profits off the various fees they charge their customers - including overdraft fees - you might still be surprised to learn just how much money the banks make. According to CNNMoney and SNL Financial, the three largest banks earned more than $6 billion in 2015 just from their ATM and overdraft fees. That’s despite new laws that regulate how and when banks can charge overdraft fees.Read [ Report: Banks Make $6 Billion Off of Fees ]
January 22, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
New York, NY: A Frontline documentary exploring the Herbal Supplement industry suggests herbal supplements may not contain the ingredients consumers think they’re buying. The documentary, which aired on PBS on January 19, is the latest in a string of investigations into how herbal supplements are made and marketed, including lawsuits filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Justice Department against various herbal supplement makers.Read [ Frontline Investigates Herbal Supplement Industry ]
January 17, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: They are easily the bane of every consumer: the automatic or auto-renewal program. Originally intended in the most optimistic terms as a convenience for the consumer, reality has suggested otherwise with scores of consumers hit with charges for goods or services they didn’t want, had understood to be a one-time-only purchase, or were not properly informed of opt-out terms in a clear and concise manner. The problem has left many a consumer filing an Auto-Renewal Lawsuit.Read [ Auto-Renewal Lawsuits on the Rise ]
January 14, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Credit Union Excessive Fees Lawsuits Could Be “Tip of the Iceberg” ]
Lakeland, FL Credit unions are increasingly coming under fire for excessive overdraft fees, in the same way that major banks have been taken to task for misdeeds such as reorganizing transactions to maximize fees. In October plaintiff Martha Towner filed a Credit Union Excessive Overdraft Fees lawsuit alleging 1st MidAmerica Credit Union charged overdraft fees improperly.
January 7, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
New York, NY: People dealing with chronic pain from arthritis might be tempted to believe a specialty clothing could help prevent severe pain and inflammation. But as Tommie Copper lawsuits suggest, wanting to believe something doesn’t make it true. Further, companies can’t prey on consumers by making up claims about the health benefits of their products without adequate science to back those claims up. As the FTC’s Tommie Copper false advertising lawsuit and settlement show, there are watchdogs to make sure companies can prove the claims they make.Read [ Tommie Copper Settlement Announced, Other Lawsuits Pending ]
January 6, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: It was four days before Christmas when a major, multimillion-dollar settlement was announced in a California healthcare fraud whistleblower lawsuit involving alleged kickbacks and other incentives to doctors in exchange for additional business.Read [ Healthcare Fraud Cost Pharmaceutical Almost $150 Million in Settlements ]
January 4, 2016. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Manufacturers of transvaginal mesh have been issued with final orders from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that strengthen the data requirements for surgical mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) transvaginally, or through the vagina. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of these devices alleging mesh erosion, infection, pelvic pain and urinary problems.Read [ FDA Reclassifies Transvaginal Mesh As High Risk Medical Device ]
December 29, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
St. Paul, MN: An excessive bank overdraft fees lawsuit and resulting settlement has been embroiled in an extended legal conflict not between the defendant bank and its customers, but rather an ongoing dispute between US Bancorp (US Bank NA, US Bank) and two of its insurers. The issue is how much of the $55 million settlement agreed to by US Bank would be paid by its insurers, if any.Read [ US Bank Hoping to Recoup Portion of $55 Million Settlement from Insurers ]
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- VW Car Dealerships Hurting This Holiday Season Sue Volkswagen Group By Jane Mundy (Dec-19-15)
- It’s Not Just the Banks Charging Excessive Overdraft Fees By Heidi Turner (Dec-18-15)
- Energy Drink Reportedly Linked to Man’s Heart Attack By Heidi Turner (Dec-16-15)
- Dating App’s Premium Package Has Unfair Cancellation Process—Suit Alleges By Brenda Craig (Dec-14-15)
- Lawsuit Filed against Gay Dating App By Brenda Craig (Dec-12-15)
- Tommie Copper Settlement Announced, More Deceptive Advertising Lawsuits Forthcoming By Gordon Gibb (Dec-5-15)
- Sexual Enhancement Dietary Supplements Found to Have Secret Ingredients By Heidi Turner (Nov-30-15)
- Woman Says Energy Drinks Ruined Her Life By Heidi Turner (Nov-29-15)
- “There Are Fees for Everything but Breathing the Air” By Gordon Gibb (Nov-25-15)
- Lawsuit Uncovers Governor Had State Workers Develop Maps for Personal Oil Holdings By LAS Staff Writer (Nov-10-15)
- The Class-Action Ban-Wagon and What It Means to Consumer Protection Laws By Gordon Gibb (Nov-8-15)
- HSBC Overdraft Lawsuit Nets $30 Million Settlement By Heidi Turner (Nov-6-15)
- Anthem Blue Cross to Pay $8.3 Million to Settle Lawsuits By Heidi Turner (Nov-4-15)
- Healthcare Fraud Whistleblowers to Split $38 Million By Gordon Gibb (Nov-2-15)
- Despite Concerns about Energy Drinks, Restaurants Begin Sales By Heidi Turner (Oct-30-15)
- Financial Institutions Told to Halt Overdraft Fees on College Cards By Heidi Turner (Oct-29-15)
- GNC under Scrutiny Again Over Herbal Supplement Ingredients By Gordon Gibb (Oct-24-15)
- Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Results in $115 Million By Heidi Turner (Oct-23-15)
- Volkswagen Made Several Versions of Defeat Devices By Lucy Campbell (Oct-20-15)
- “I Might Have to Start Stripping to Pay My ER Overcharges Bill” By Jane Mundy (Oct-17-15)
- Monster Energy Drinks Safety Designation Easily Obtained By Gordon Gibb (Oct-14-15)
- Class Action Alleging Excessive Bank Overdraft Fees Can Go Ahead By Gordon Gibb (Oct-13-15)
- $100M Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Injury Settlement Reduced By Lucy Campbell (Oct-12-15)
- Texas County Is First Government Agency to Sue VW for Environmental Harm By The National Trial Lawyers (Oct-1-15)
- Los Angeles Credit Union Sued Over Lack of Consent, Overdraft Fees By Gordon Gibb (Sep-30-15)
- Attorney: Volkswagen Owners Could Suffer Tremendous Financial Impact By Heidi Turner (Sep-30-15)
- Car Sellers in Class Action against VW Germany By Brenda Craig (Sep-29-15)
- Clean Diesel Technology Claim Deceived Millions of VW Owners By Brenda Craig (Sep-28-15)
- Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit Reportedly Settled By Heidi Turner (Sep-25-15)
- VW Owners File $1 Billion Suit By Brenda Craig (Sep-24-15)
- Volkswagen Facing Nationwide Lawsuit Over Environmental Emissions Deception By Lucy Campbell (Sep-22-15)
- New Herbal Supplement Targeted by Investigation By Heidi Turner (Sep-22-15)
- Emergency Room Overcharges Lawsuit Filed By Jane Mundy (Sep-20-15)
- Auditor Recommends Reauthorizing Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act By Heidi Turner (Sep-17-15)
- Foreign Massage Therapists Win First Round Against Private College in Class Action Lawsuit By LAS Staff Writer (Sep-15-15)
- Class Action Upheld in Overdraft Fees Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Sep-12-15)
- Calls for More Regulation in Wake of Energy Drink Deaths By Gordon Gibb (Sep-12-15)
- Lawsuits Say Monster Drinks Lead to Devastating Brain Injury By Brenda Craig (Sep-11-15)
- Energy Drink Lawsuits: Understanding Caffeine By Heidi Turner (Aug-27-15)