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Courts Score Card: More Class Action Losses For Big Business?

POSTED: William PinilisApril 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Class Action, Legal

Is the class action tide finally turning in favor of the little guys? It looks like it.  Consumer and worker advocates pursuing class actions are having a better-than-expected term at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Class-Action Supporters Get A Huge Victory When The Supreme Court Upholds $5.8 Million Award Against Tyson Foods

POSTED: William PinilisApril 5, 2016 at 10:10 AM / Class Action, Consumer News, Legal

In March, The Supreme Court ruled that some class action lawsuits filed by consumers or workers can be based on statistical averages rather than actual data.

Lawsuit Claims Starbucks is Under Filling Its Lattes

POSTED: William PinilisApril 4, 2016 at 12:27 PM / Class Action, Consumer News, Legal

You may not be getting what you pay for when you order your morning latte from Starbucks. A new class-action lawsuit claims that Starbucks "knowingly and systematically" serves customers drinks that are falsely advertised as being larger than they are.

Telemarketer in Trouble for 1.3 Million Illegal Robocalls

POSTED: William PinilisMarch 17, 2016 at 11:29 AM / Consumer Rights, Legal

The Department of Justice has filed suit against a telemarketer that hounded consumers about solar panels. His companies made about 1.3 million robocalls to people trying to pressure them into buying solar panels even though they were on the Do Not Call list.

The CFPB has Fined Citibank Over Illegal Debt Collections and Sales

POSTED: William PinilisMarch 14, 2016 at 9:42 AM / Legal, Banking

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered Citibank to pay a $3 million penalty and provide nearly $11 million in consumer relief or refunds in a settlement over illegal debt sales and debt collection practices. The New York-based bank violated the law by selling credit card debt with inflated...

Are You Signing Away Your Parent’s Right To Sue Their Nursing Home?

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 25, 2016 at 12:04 PM / Consumer Rights, Consumer News, Forced Arbitration, Legal

When elderly parents are no longer able to make medical decisions for themselves, their children are frequently named medical proxies. But does this authority over a parent’s medical care carry over to signing legally binding contracts? And are you signing away your parent’s right to sue their nursing home?

Lumber Liquidators Floors Cancer Risk is 3 Times Higher Than Previously Reported

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 24, 2016 at 10:42 AM / Consumer News, Legal

The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention says they miscalculated the amount of formaldehyde emitted from some of Lumber Liquidators' laminated floor products. The risk of cancer is three times higher than the CDC previously estimated, and it strongly urged customers to take steps to reduce exposure to...

Toyota Motor Credit to Pay Nearly $22 Million for Discriminatory Lending

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 4, 2016 at 10:44 AM / Class Action, Consumer News, Legal

Toyota Motor Credit will pay $21.9 million in restitution to settle a discrimination-lending lawsuit. It will also change its policies to make it harder for dealers to mark up interest rates for minority car buyers.

Martin Shkreli: The Most Hated Man in America

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 24, 2015 at 2:10 PM / Fraud, Legal

Last week F.B.I. agents arrested Martin Shkreli, the outlandish businessman at the center of the drug industry’s price-gouging scandals; he was arraigned in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on securities fraud and wire fraud charges.

It Is Time To End Forced Arbitration

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 30, 2015 at 1:05 PM / Forced Arbitration, Arbitration Clauses, Legal

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, many agreements and contracts we sign as consumers come with a forced arbitration clause hidden in the fine print. Forced arbitration limits consumers’ ability to band together in a class action lawsuit if a company has wronged them. Rather than having a case heard in...

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