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No Need to “Renew” Their Angst: Auto-Renewal Plaintiffs Remain Vigilant

No Need to “Renew” Their Angst: Auto-Renewal Plaintiffs Remain Vigilant February 11, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
San Diego, CA: Promoters of automatic renewals tout the convenience of ensuring continued service for busy consumers who otherwise might forget to renew a valued service on their own. Critics, however, counter that service providers are taking advantage of technology and online commerce to milk additional revenues from unsuspecting consumers. Little wonder many turn to an Auto-Renewal lawsuit.
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200 Women File Class Action Law Suit Against Celebrity Hair Care Product WEN

200 Women File Class Action Law Suit Against Celebrity Hair Care Product WEN February 5, 2016. By The National Trial Lawyers.
More than 200 women in 40 states who used WEN Hair Care have filed a class action law suit against the conditioning hair care system and its creator, celebrity stylist Chaz Dean. The women who joined the class action suit in November 2015 experienced rashes, irritation, hair breakage, and extreme hair loss after using the infomercial-driven product.
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Healthcare CEO Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Healthcare CEO Files Whistleblower Lawsuit February 5, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Roseburg, OR: As one healthcare fraud lawsuit is settled, another healthcare whistleblower lawsuit has been filed alleging a worker was fired for reporting improper payments. The lawsuit was filed by the former CEO of a healthcare provider, and alleges the plaintiff was fired for reporting fraudulent Medicare payments.
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Cigna Faces Two New Denied Disability Lawsuits

Cigna Faces Two New Denied Disability Lawsuits February 4, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Pittsburgh, PA: A woman injured in a car accident has filed a denied disability insurance lawsuit against Cigna, alleging the company improperly denied her disability claim. Meanwhile, a man in Louisiana has also filed a lawsuit against Cigna, also alleging he was improperly denied his long-term disability.
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Counterfeit Duracell Batteries Purchased on Walmart.com

Counterfeit Duracell Batteries Purchased on Walmart.com 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.
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Automatic Renewals Are a Runaway Freight Train, but Lawsuits Are Fighting Back

Automatic Renewals Are a Runaway Freight Train, but Lawsuits Are Fighting Back 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.
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Report: Banks Make $6 Billion Off of Fees

Report: Banks Make $6 Billion Off of Fees 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.
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Frontline Investigates Herbal Supplement Industry

Frontline Investigates Herbal Supplement Industry 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.
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Auto-Renewal Lawsuits on the Rise

Auto-Renewal Lawsuits on the Rise 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.
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Credit Union Excessive Fees Lawsuits Could Be “Tip of the Iceberg”

Credit Union Excessive Fees Lawsuits Could Be “Tip of the Iceberg” January 14, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
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.
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