Class Actions Blog

Judge rejects Wells Fargo’s repeated bids to compel arbitration

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by Steve Larson

FeeU.S. District Judge James Lawrence King ruled this week that Wells Fargo cannot force unnamed class members’ claims into arbitration in five lawsuits arising out of alleged improper re-ordering of overdraft fees that have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation in Florida.  The ruling came in three cases originally filed by Wells Fargo customers in Oregon, New Mexico, and Washington, as well as two cases that originated in Florida and California over the alleged conduct of Wachovia Bank NA, which Wells Fargo Bank NA later absorbed. Read more…

Consumers file class action regarding labeling on Body Fortress powder

Posted on: October 7th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionTwo Illinois residents have filed claims against health food supplement companies, NBTY Inc. and United States Nutrition, alleging that the companies falsely advertised the supposed benefits of their products. Named plaintiffs, Gherson Tovar and Larry Wiegard, claim that the labeling on the Body Fortress 100% Pure Glutamine Powder actively deceived consumers by boasting that the product assists in muscle growth, enhancement and recovery after a workout.  Plaintiffs point to many scientific studies to argue that any promotion of the Body Fortress product as a key part of muscle recovery is blatantly false. Read more…

RICO class action certified against State Farm over campaign cash to elect judge who ruled in insurer’s favor

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Keith Dubanevich

An Illinois federal judge has certified a class of policyholders who filed a RICO suit against State Farm and others that allegedly funneled money into a state judge’s election campaign to evade payment of a $1 billion judgment. On behalf of a class of almost 5 million policyholders, the plaintiffs allege that State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and others carried out a RICO enterprise to defraud the policyholders of a $1.05 billion judgment by using campaign contributions to elect a judicial candidate to Illinois’ top court to sway a vote on an appeal.

The judge in question, Lloyd A. Karmeier, won his race for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court in 2004 and less than a year later cast a vote in State Farm’s favor, overturning the $1.05 billion judgment. Read more…

Wells Fargo got away with setting up sham accounts for 5 years because of forced arbitration clauses

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by Steve Larson

fine printAccording to a story published in the Hill, Wells Fargo’s scandalous practice of secretly opening more than 2 million sham deposit and credit card accounts dragged on for at least five years, because Wells Fargo contract provisions blocked consumers from suing the bank in court. Read more…

Mylan hit with class action for EpiPen price gouging

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Steve Larson

Consumer ProtectionAn Ohio woman on Tuesday filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Ohio state court, claiming sharp price hikes for the company’s EpiPen device violated the state’s consumer protection law.  According to the lawsuit, Mylan has raised the U.S. price of EpiPen, which is used to treat life-threatening allergies, from less than $100 when it acquired the product in 2007 to more than $600, drawing criticism from parents, consumer groups and U.S. politicians. Read more…

Wen hair products offers to settle class action for $26 million

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by Steve Larson

cosmetic productsThe creator of Wen hair care products, and the products manufacturer, Guthy-Renker LLC, have proposed a $26.25 million settlement to end class action claims filed by women across the country who allege that the product, which is promoted as containing no harsh chemicals, left them with severe hair loss and bald spots. Plaintiffs claim that the hair care product left them with hair loss, breakage and rashes, arguing that the product contains caustic ingredients that cause follicle damage. Bolstering the plaintiffs’ position is the fact that the FDA has recently issued a safety alert for Wen products after receiving more than 127 adverse event reports from consumers who had problems with the product. Read more…

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