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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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Will an Appeal Secure California Insurance Claim Help for Couple?

Will an Appeal Secure California Insurance Claim Help for Couple? February 9, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Yucaipa, CA A Yucaipa couple who thought they had purchased appropriate insurance and believed they were protected under California insurance law realized too late that the product they had bought was allegedly “junk insurance” and of little use to them in the face of a serious health issue.
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No Shell Game Settlements for Attorney Patrick Perotti

No Shell Game Settlements for Attorney Patrick Perotti February 4, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
Cleveland, OH Attorney Patrick Perotti has guided more than $25 million in unclaimed class-action settlement money to Ohio charities. His determination to make sure the leftover cash goes to the right place has earned him praise from non-profit groups and scorn from fellow class-action lawyers.
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How Do Online Car Dealer Kickbacks Work?

How Do Online Car Dealer Kickbacks Work? January 29, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Anaheim, CA For the average person who conducts online research to determine which car to buy, car dealer kickbacks are likely not high on the list of concerns. They are more worried about the price of the car, how reliable it is and any safety concerns related to the car, not worried about whether the online car referral site will receive a kickback if they buy a certain car. But allegations have been made about car dealer fraud, in which online referral companies reportedly received compensation for recommending specific dealerships to online automobile browsers.
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J&J Knew DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Would Fail

J&J Knew DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Would Fail January 23, 2013. By Lucy Campbell.
New York, NY Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) artificial hip replacement, the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR), was estimated to fail in approximately 40 percent of patients, based on data from its own internal analysis, made public for the first time this week. The document is one of hundreds of internal company documents expected to become public over the coming months, as the first of over 10,000 lawsuits by patients who received a faulty ASR implant gets ready to go to court.
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Kicking the Tires Shouldn’t Result in Car Dealer Kickbacks

Kicking the Tires Shouldn’t Result in Car Dealer Kickbacks January 19, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Sacramento, CA The internet has changed the way we shop, for everything from clothes, to appliances, to cars. But there are, at the same time, countless examples of car dealer fraud that encompass both the bonefide dealer looking to increase his sales through unsavory means, or individuals taking advantage of the convenience and technology offered by sites such as Craigslist and eBay, to dupe well-meaning consumers.
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California Car Kickbacks Alleged

California Car Kickbacks Alleged January 9, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA An online car referral company is alleged to have received illegal kickbacks from new and used car dealerships in exchange for referring customers to those automobile dealerships. These kickbacks would amount to several hundred dollars per vehicle if the customer purchased the car. Regulators in several states sent letters to car dealers stating that legal problems exist with this business model, and car dealer associations in other states, including California, say the practice may violate their state law.
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Home Warranty Lawsuits: Not All Appliances Created Equal

Home Warranty Lawsuits: Not All Appliances Created Equal January 8, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Minneapolis, MN When it comes to home warranty insurance, not all warranties and not all appliances are created equal. As with any type of insurance, customers claim that some home warranty companies practice bad faith insurance. Meanwhile, some appliance companies have been accused of misleading consumers about the nature of their appliances, putting customers at risk of having their insurance claim denied.
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Settlement Reached that Doctors Over-treated and Over-billed

Settlement Reached that Doctors Over-treated and Over-billed January 6, 2013. By Jane Mundy.

Thanks to a whistleblower complaint back in 2006, a settlement of almost $4 million was reached with the Justice Department over accusations that a community hospital in Ohio billed Medicare for unnecessary angioplasty procedures, a practice that also put patients’ lives at risk.

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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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