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Credit Card Abuse Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Credit Card Abuse Comes in All Shapes and Sizes January 1, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Brooklyn, NY While the settlement may be worth CDN $8 million, the value to credit card holders affected by the agreement is worth about five bucks. On the other side of the credit card abuse ledger is a case that may easily translate to the largest antitrust case in US history.
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Consumers Unhappy with Home Warranty Companies

Consumers Unhappy with Home Warranty Companies December 10, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA Although they are not covered in the media as frequently as big insurance companies, home warranty companies have started to get the attention of customers and clients who say these companies also practice bad faith insurance. Among the tactics allegedly used by insurance companies—some of which have faced a home warranty lawsuit or two—are unfair denials of legitimate claims, refusal to pay for repairs that should be covered and instructing repair technicians to use the cheapest repair possible.
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California Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit Filed

California Bad Faith Insurance Lawsuit Filed November 30, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Yucaipa, CA A California bad faith insurance lawsuit has been filed against an insurance company, alleging the company committed insurance fraud by misleading clients. In addition to health insurance fraud claims, the lawsuit also alleges breach of contract on the part of the insurance company.
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“Unum Put Me One Day Away From Being Homeless”

“Unum Put Me One Day Away From Being Homeless” November 21, 2012. By Jane Mundy.
Fort Worth, TX You could say that giving someone with a heart condition one day’s notice that his long term disability benefits will be terminated is life-threatening. Yet Unum, (also known as Unum Provident and the largest health insurance provider in the US) did just that, according to Byron.
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A Year After Fatal Shooting, Bad Faith Insurance Plaintiff Still Waits for Her Money

A Year After Fatal Shooting, Bad Faith Insurance Plaintiff Still Waits for Her Money November 21, 2012. By Gordon Gibb.
Santa Ana, CA It wasn't enough that Sandi Fannin lost her husband, many of her friends and her business in a horrific shooting in the Golden State last fall. Now, according to a bad faith insurance lawsuit, Fannin is allegedly experiencing untoward delays and denials at the hands of her insurer, adding further heartbreak to an already devastating event.
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Securities Lawsuit Filed Against Wells Fargo

Securities Lawsuit Filed Against Wells Fargo November 18, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Columbus, NB A securities lawsuit has been filed against Wells Fargo, alleging the company misled managers of Nebraska Public Power District's (NPPD) retirement plan about the risks associated with an investment. The securities fraud lawsuit alleges Wells Fargo engaged in fraud, misleading statements and other deceptive practices when marketing its investment to NPPD.
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Allegations of Wrongdoing Made Against Home Warranty Companies

Allegations of Wrongdoing Made Against Home Warranty Companies November 17, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Dallas, TX With all the home warranty companies, extended warranty programs and insurance options, homeowners would be forgiven for thinking their homes and appliances were covered. After all, home warranty products offered by companies such as American Home Shield and First American Home Buyers are marketed as covering repairs and replacements to various appliances and systems in the home. But home warranty lawsuits allege claims made against home warranty programs can be difficult to get approved—mirroring many people's frustrations with insurance companies.
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Court Backs Stockbroker Arbitration Ruling

Court Backs Stockbroker Arbitration Ruling November 16, 2012. By Heidi Turner.
Atlanta, GA In a rare situation in which a stockbroker arbitration ruling has been appealed, a US court has backed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's ruling against Merrill Lynch. Arbitrations involving allegations of stock fraud and stockbroker misconduct are rarely appealed—usually the decision is considered binding—but in this case Merrill Lynch was allowed to appeal the decision. The US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, however, found that the arbitration panel's decision was justified.
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SuperStorm Sandy Investment and Insurance Fraud Scams

SuperStorm Sandy Investment and Insurance Fraud Scams November 8, 2012. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC Because hurricanes, floods and natural disasters of all kinds give rise to investment scams, Part 3 of our series on SuperStorm Sandy scams highlights information by the Security Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy on avoiding Hurricane Sandy investment scams.
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SuperStorm Sandy Home Repair and Car Scams

SuperStorm Sandy Home Repair and Car Scams November 7, 2012. By Lucy Campbell.
Newark, NJ Consumers and residents affected by Superstorm Sandy are being warned by state attorneys general, business and consumer groups and the Justice Department to be aware of consumer fraud scams. Today, Part 2 of our continuing series on Superstorm Sandy Scams focuses on home repair fraud and flood damaged car repair plans and sales.
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