A comprehensive collection of our active and recently settled cases and investigations

09/12/2014

Rocket Fuel Lawsuit Investigation Re: Ad Fraud

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Rocket Fuel, Inc. may have sold advertising inventory to customers possibly viewed more often by automated computer programs, or "bots," rather than by human beings.  In an expose published earlier this year, the Financial Times reported on a Rocket Fuel advertising inventory sold to Mercedes Benz that proved to consist largely of views by automated technology.  The Financial Times cited a report by Telemetry, a UK company specializing in detecting ad fraud, suggesting that 57% of the... Read More
07/21/2014

Luvena False Advertising Lawsuit Investigation

Luvena False Advertising Class Action

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims against the California drug manufacturer, Laclede, Inc. (“Laclede”) for personal and economic injuries to consumers arising out of the use and purchase of its line of prebiotic vaginal products. Laclede marketed, manufactured, and distributed the following Luvena products as part of its prebiotic vaginal product line: • Luvena Prebiotic Vaginal Moisturizer and Lubricant • Luvena Prebiotic Enhanced Personal Lubricant • Luvena Prebiotic Feminine Wipes • Luvena Prebiotic Daily Therapeutic Wash The Luvena package label and accompanying package insert advertises the following... Read More
07/10/2014

Trucker Meal and Rest Break Class Action Lawsuit

Trucker Meal and Rest Break Class Action Lawsuit

On July 9, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of thousands of truck drivers claiming they are owed significant back pay for missed rest breaks and meal breaks.  Prior to this opinion, courts had held that under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994, federal law regulating the trucking industry prevented state law from impacting drivers, or the business of trucking companies in any way.  On this... Read More
07/09/2014

Propane Price Fixing Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

Propane Price Fixing Class Action Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims from distributors and end users of refillable propane tanks distributed by Blue Rhino and Amerigas that these companies conspired to artificially inflate the price of propane more than 10% since 2008. Beginning in 2008, it is alleged that Blue Rhino and Amerigas, the two leading distributors of propane in refillable propane tanks, agreed to reduce the volume of their refillable propane tanks from 17 to 15 lbs., while maintaining current pricing.  This strategy resulted... Read More
07/08/2014

Fluidmaster Toilet Connector Lawsuit Investigation

Fluidmaster Defective Toilet Connector Class Action

Audet & Partners, LLP is currently investigating problems reported by consumers with toilet connectors manufactured by Fluidmaster, Inc.  Consumers have reported serious property damage resulting from faulty connectors that failed or ruptured prematurely.  Information has surfaced that the company may have known of the defects in these products, but chose to market these connectors despite this knowledge. Initially sold with a ten-year warranty, it is suspected that the company shortened the warranty period to five years once consumers began calling the... Read More
06/19/2014

Rustoleum Restore Defective Product Lawsuit

Rustoleum Restore Defective Product Lawsuit

Rustoleum® Restore® Lawsuit Investigation Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims on behalf of consumers who have purchased and used Rustoleum® Restore® resurfacing products on outdoor decks.  It has been alleged that the Restore® product, when applied to exterior decks may be prone to premature peeling and/or bubbling, leading to expensive repair costs for property owners. In one reported case, a homeowner alleged that he applied Rustoleum® Restore® to his outdoor deck in 2013, only to have significant peeling and bubbling begin... Read More
06/04/2014

E-mail Spam and Unsolicited Electronic Messages

E-mail Spam Lawsuits

Aligned with the maturation of the Internet as the primary medium through which people communicate, are increasingly sophisticated marketing strategies using e-mail as an invasive sales and marketing tool.  In response to the misuse of e-mail for unsolicited marketing purposes, California has remained on the forefront of states enacting legislation to punish and deter e-mail spammers. California law (Business and Professions Code § 17529.5) specifically states that a "person or entity" may not: (a) Initiate or advertise in an unsolicited commercial e-mail advertisement from... Read More
05/24/2014

VA Hospital Illegal Wait List Investigation

VA Hospital Illegal Wait Lists

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims on behalf of U.S. veterans and their families that a VA hospital in Phoenix illegally neglected to render necessary medical care to many veterans in a timely fashion, in many cases leading to serious personal injury or death. Federal regulations mandate that VA hospitals enter all new patients into a nationwide electronic wait system database designed to better ensure that all veterans receive care in a timely fashion.  It has been alleged, however, that... Read More
05/01/2014

Depakote and Birth Defects

Depakote Lawsuit Information Children born to women taking the commonly prescribed seizure medication Depakote (divalproex sodium) are more likely to have birth defects and other problems. Studies have demonstrated a strong link between Depakote and serious birth defects including Spina bifida, cleft palate, limb deformity, congenital cardiac defects, facial dysmorphism. Valproic acid, a well known anticonvulsant, is being used by psychiatrists increasingly to manage bipolar and other affective disorders. Because of the demographics of the population affected by such psychiatric conditions, more women... Read More
04/16/2014

Transvaginal Mesh Implants

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American Medication System(AMS) SETTLEMENT On April 30th, 2014 Audet & Partners, LLP  reached an agreement with AMS regarding resolution of its Mesh cases.  The firm represents hundreds of AMS mesh clients and was able to reach an excellent result for its AMS clients.  The firm expects to provide details regarding the settlement to its clients in the next few weeks, as well as to commence implementation of the settlement process with the goal of paying clients settlement amounts in the near... Read More
03/25/2014

Nibco PEX Products Breach of Warranty Investigation

Nibco PEX Lawsuit

Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating claims against Nibco, Inc. based on breach of warranty, misrepresentations, and potential fraud in connection with Nibco's design and/or manufacturing of its cross-linked polyethylene plumbing tubes, fittings, and clamps that form the company's "PEX" system.  Residential and commercial property owners who have incorporated the PEX system into their homes and buildings have complained of the following defects in design and/or manufacturing of the component parts: Nibco PEX Tubing Consumers have complained that the polyethylene tubing is... Read More
03/13/2014

Spam Text Lawsuit Brought Against PredictoMobile, LLC in California

Spam Text Class Action Lawsuit Against Presto Mobile

A class action lawsuit recently filed in Federal Court for the Northern District of California alleges that the New Jersey company, PredictoMobile, LLC violated the Telephone Consumer Protections Act ("TCPA") by sending unsolicited, or spam text messages to cell phones of consumers in the absence of their prior, affirmative consent. The federal complaint alleges that PredictoMobile sent consumers text messages urging them to participate in a survey. Over the past decade short message service (SMS) and multimedia message service (MMS) technologies... Read More
03/11/2014

Risperdal Lawsuits Stress Demonstrated Link to Enlarged Breast Tissue in Males

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Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims for serious personal injuries, including breast enlargement in males, tied to administration of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.  Commonly prescribed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and occasionally used off-label to address ADHD, Risperdal has been shown in several studies over the past fifteen years to be strongly linked to elevated levels of prolactin in males, a hormonal precursor to breast development and lactation in women. This condition, referred to as Risperdal Gynecomastia, is irreversible.... Read More
02/13/2014

Cisco Breach of Warranty Claims Tied To Defective Memory Chips

CISCO Defective Memory Chip Breach of Warranty Claims

Based on a recent disclosure, Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating potential claims associated with certain Cisco Network Devices. During Cisco's recent quarterly financial report, the company admitted that it expects to spend $655 million to address a problem with a defective memory chip installed in many of their network devices. The memory chips were all purchased from a single provider from 2005 to 2010 and contain a defect that can allegedly cause Cisco's network devices to shut down and... Read More
02/10/2014

NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement

NFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement

Attorney William Audet is now offering free case reviews to former NFL players with questions concerning pending multidistrict litigation against the National Football League for injuries related to concussions and/or head trauma. In August 2013, attorneys representing a class of approximately 4,500 former NFL players and their families negotiated a settlement with the NFL for a total amount of $765 million to be allocated as follows: • $657 million to players exhibiting specified cognitive injuries shown to have resulted from concussions and/or... Read More
02/03/2014

Pay-For-Delay Pharmaceutical Litigation

Pay For Delay Drug Litigation

In recent years, increasing scrutiny has been given to the practice of pharmaceutical manufacturers seeking to suppress the introduction of less expensive generic drugs into the market by artificial and potentially illegal means.  In some instances, the manufacturers of brand-name drugs will enter into anti-competitive  agreements with generic drug manufacturers pursuant to which the generic drugs will be withheld from the market for a predetermined amount of time.  Employing another tactic, the brand-name manufacturer may engage in sham patent litigation... Read More
01/30/2014

Mercury Payment Systems Illegal Credit Card Processing Fees Investigation

Mercury Payment Systems Illegal Fees

Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating claims that Mercury Payment Systems deceptively advertised the fees charged to merchants who use their service. Mercury Payment Systems offers credit and debit card payment processing for medium and small businesses. A recently filed complaint in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California alleges that Mercury Payments Systems falsely advertise and represent to merchants that the fees associated with their service are billed as "cost-plus" or "interchange-plus" fees. Institutions that issue credit... Read More
01/18/2014

Pella Windows Lawsuit Alleges Defective Design and Breach of Warranty

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A number of class action lawsuits have been filed against Pella Corporation, the manufacturer of the Architect and Designer Series windows. A complaint filed recently in United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois alleges that the Architect and Designer series windows sold by Pella are allegedly defective and prone to water leakage, and subsequent rotting. The alleged defect allows water to seep through the window’s cladding, exposing the interior wood to moisture. The wood exposed to this moisture... Read More
01/14/2014

Procurement Fraud

In 2013, the Justice Department continued to vigorously prosecute procurement fraud whistleblower cases. The Justice Department recovered $890 million, a record in this area, for qui tam cases related primarily to defense contracts. The allegations for fraud are most often based on false claims and corruption involving government contracts.  The department obtained a $664 million judgment against Connecticut-based defense contractor United Technologies Corp. (UTC).   A federal court found UTC liable for making false statements to the Air Force in negotiating the... Read More
01/14/2014

Adulterated Drugs

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The Department of Justice is actively pursuing criminal and civil whistleblower cases against pharmaceutical companies for manufacturing and distributing adulterated drugs. Pharmaceutical suppliers who supply adulterated drugs into the United States pose a serious health risk to the population at large. For instance, generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy USA Inc. paid $505 million to settle allegations of false claims to federal and state health care programs for adulterated drugs distributed from its facilities in India.  The settlement included $237 million in federal... Read More