Legal News Articles - Consumer Fraud
March 29, 2014. By Heidi Turner.
Read [ Keeping Track of a Bad Faith Insurance Claim ]
San Diego, CA When it comes to reasons why people experience denied disability insurance, the list can be long. Sometimes, a California insurance claim is denied for legitimate reasons. But all too frequently, denials are the result of bad faith insurance, when the insurer acts with disregard for its policyholders and the contracts they have signed. In such cases, lawsuits have been filed - some by policyholders and some by regulators - to force the insurance company to uphold its end of the contract.
March 26, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
Read [ Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settled for $11.1 Million ]
Atlantic City, NJ A 47-year old nurse has been awarded a total settlement of $11.1 million in her Ethicon Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh (TVM) personal injury lawsuit. Linda Gross testified during the trial that following her initial surgery to implant the device, she had 18 subsequent unsuccessful revision procedures. She has described her life after surgery as a “living hell,” alleging that she and thousands of other women have been used as “guinea pigs” by the vaginal mesh maker, Johnson & Johnson.
March 22, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Landmark Ruling Threatens Internet Payday Loan Loophole ]
Las Vegas, NV A landmark legal ruling appears to have stripped away any perceived immunity by Internet payday loan vendors who have, until now, operated under the premise of protection through an affiliation with a Native American tribe. The ruling, affirmed this month by a Nevada federal judge, provides the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with almost limitless power to pursue cases involving online payday lending, and other alleged infractions, against individuals or enterprises so affiliated.
March 21, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
Read [ J&J Wins Reversal of $1.2B Risperdal Settlement ]
Washington, DC Johnson & Johnson has won a reversal of a $1.2 billion settlement of a consumer fraud action concerning the marketing of Risperdal. On Thursday, an Arkansas Supreme Court reversed the earlier ruling which concluded that J&J had improperly marketed its anti-psychotic drug and concealed the its health risks.
March 12, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
Read [ Families Suing GM Because Recall Comes Too Late ]
New York, NY Further to a recent massive General Motors recall involving certain model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles, at least one family who lost a child as a result of the defect is suing GM.
March 3, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Plaintiffs Seeking $22 Million in Home Warranty Insurance Lawsuit ]
San Diego, CA The thrust and intent behind home warranty insurance is to protect the parties involved from defects in workmanship and materials. New construction is usually accompanied by coverage warranting against defects from initial occupation until an agreed period of termination, at which time many homeowners will seek out home warranty companies vending extended warranty coverage, should hidden defects come to the fore later in a structure’s initial life cycle.
March 1, 2014. By Jane Mundy.
Read [ Hounded by Swedish Medical Center for ER Overcharges Payment ]
Denver, CO Not long after having a biopsy for possible breast cancer, Deirdre checked into the Swedish Medical Center - she was concerned about a possible infection. “First, my wife and I asked about costs because we heard about emergency room overcharges but never got an answer,” says Thom. “Swedish also said they don’t overcharge so imagine our anger when we received their outrageous emergency room charges!”
February 27, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
A recent Supreme Court decision involving a lawsuit brought against Arrow Financial Services LLC over alleged nuisance phone calls has put other similar businesses and telemarketers on notice. The high court’s decision effectively allows people who are annoyed by nuisance phone calls to sue in state and federal courts.Read [ Following Suit: Telemarketing Lawsuit Update ]
February 25, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ WW II Veteran Denied Disability Insurance for 28 Long Years ]
Oakland, CA A 90-year-old veteran of World War II who first applied for disability payments in 1986 and has since been made to deal with denied disability insurance countless times has finally, after 28 long years, reached the light at the end of his tunnel. But it’s been a long road for the military veteran who once stood amongst the ruins of Hiroshima not long after the atomic bomb was dropped. He even drank thirstily from a nearby well amidst the rubble.
February 18, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Read [ Banks Accused of Aiding and Abetting Predatory Internet Payday Loans ]
Four Oaks, NC Victims of Internet payday loan proprietors and the predatory interest rates they charge have a friend in the US Justice Department. As various states have taken matters into their own hands and launched Internet payday loan lawsuits against Internet lenders, the feds have launched their own initative. Dubbed “Operation Choke Point,” the investigation is not directly targeting the lenders themselves, but rather the banks that allow them to process their exorbitant fees in the first place.
- Victim: “Get an Attorney before ER Overcharges Bankrupt You” By Jane Mundy (Feb-12-14)
- California PTSD Sufferer Denied Disability Insurance By Gordon Gibb (Feb-9-14)
- Consumers with Home Warranties Find Repairs Hard to Come By By Heidi Turner (Feb-4-14)
- ER Overcharges for Services Not Rendered By Jane Mundy (Jan-27-14)
- Veterans Denied Disability Insurance and Treatment May Appeal By Gordon Gibb (Jan-22-14)
- Internet Payday Loan Lawsuit Filed Just before Christmas By Gordon Gibb (Jan-17-14)
- Hospital Overcharging Comes in Many Forms By Gordon Gibb (Jan-14-14)
- Consumers Concerned About Junk Insurance By Heidi Turner (Jan-12-14)
- Plaintiff to State Supreme Court Over Home Cladding Issue By Gordon Gibb (Jan-9-14)
- Denied Disability Insurance: The Devil in the Fine Print By Gordon Gibb (Dec-27-13)
- Home Warranties Leaving Policyholders Out of Pocket By Heidi Turner (Dec-27-13)
- How About an Internet Payday Loan at 5,853 Percent Annual Interest? By Gordon Gibb (Dec-14-13)
- California Insurers Told to Allow Speech Therapy By Heidi Turner (Dec-13-13)
- Follow the Money Says Elder Fraud Attorney By Brenda Craig (Dec-1-13)
- Bizarre Tale of Attempted Murder, Mayhem, Bankruptcy and Bad Faith Insurance By Gordon Gibb (Nov-30-13)
- The Glucosamine Game and Your Pets By Brenda Craig (Nov-29-13)
- Idaho Cracking Down on Internet Payday Loans By Gordon Gibb (Nov-29-13)
- State Cracks Down on Denied Disability Insurance for Autistic Kids By Gordon Gibb (Nov-28-13)
- ER Overcharges—No Rhyme or Reason By Jane Mundy (Nov-11-13)
- Do the Monster Math: Monster Energy Drinks By Jane Mundy (Oct-31-13)
- Attorney Files ER Overcharges Class-Action Lawsuit By Jane Mundy (Oct-29-13)
- GSK to Face Avandia Racketeering Class Action Lawsuits By Lucy Campbell (Oct-29-13)
- Plaintiff Seeks Damages Under California Insurance Law By Gordon Gibb (Oct-29-13)
- Canadian Sues, While US Disco Diva Says “I Will Survive” in Court By Gordon Gibb (Oct-22-13)
- Inflated Emergency Room Charges: Is Common Sense on Life Support? By Gordon Gibb (Oct-17-13)
- ER Overcharges “Sickening” By Jane Mundy (Oct-10-13)
- Arkansas Attorney General Launches Internet Payday Loans Lawsuit By Gordon Gibb (Oct-9-13)
- Young Monster Drink Nation Not Conditioned to Super-Caffeine: Professor By Gordon Gibb (Sep-28-13)
- When It Comes to Home Warranty Companies, Not All Are Created Equal By Heidi Turner (Sep-27-13)
- Court Rules in Favor of Denied Disability Insurance Plaintiff By Gordon Gibb (Sep-27-13)
- Swindled Seniors: Former California Judge to Be Sentenced, Florida Lawsuit Continues By Gordon Gibb (Sep-23-13)
- Internet Payday Loans: A Lavish Lifestyle Funded by Fleecing Innocent Consumers By Gordon Gibb (Sep-22-13)
- Are Energy Drink Companies Downplaying the Risks? By Heidi Turner (Sep-20-13)
- Internet Payday Loan Companies Under Attack by Regulators By Heidi Turner (Sep-13-13)
- California Insurance Regulations Mean Lawsuits Can Be Filed, Depending on the Circumstances By Heidi Turner (Sep-11-13)
- Monster Caffeine Levels: When Too Much Energy Isn’t Good for You By Gordon Gibb (Sep-8-13)
- Swedish Medical Centers Face ER Overcharging Class-Action Lawsuit By Lucy Campbell (Sep-4-13)
- More Experts Speak Out against Energy Drinks By Heidi Turner (Aug-31-13)
- Are Monster Caffeine Levels Akin to a Jekyll-and-Hyde Personality? By Gordon Gibb (Aug-30-13)
- Regulators Looking at Banks’ Roles in Internet Payday Loans By Heidi Turner (Aug-27-13)