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

07/26/2016

Nationstar Lawsuit Investigation Challenges Private Mortgage Insurance

Nationstar Lawsuit Private Mortgage Insurance

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by customers of Nationstar Mortgage that the company violated federal law by failing to remove Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) once borrowers' loan to value ratio dropped below a statutory threshold. It has been alleged that Nationstar violated the federal Homeowner Protection Act (HOPA) which was enacted in 1998 to specifically address problems being experienced by homeowners in cancelling PMI coverage.  Under HOPA, a mortgage provider is legally required to terminate a borrower's Private Mortgage Insurance when... Read More
07/18/2016

LED Light Bulb Lawsuit Investigation Alleges False Advertising

LED Light Bulb Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by consumers that manufacturers of LED light bulbs provided false and/or misleading information about the expected life span of the bulbs in advertising and on LED bulb packaging.  Consumers are alleging that manufacturers such as Phillips, Sylvania, General Electric, and Feit Electric overstated the life span of their LED bulbs relative to conventional, incandescent light bulbs.  In so doing, the companies may have exacted a higher purchase price from consumers who otherwise may well... Read More
07/12/2016

Debt Collector Lawsuit Alleges Violations of State Usury Laws

Debt Collector Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to review a lower Federal court opinion that held private debt collectors subject to New York State interest laws even when the debt firms had shown that the debt was acquired from a national bank.  Earlier this year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S Solicitor General's Office had argued that state usury laws, or the maximum lenders can legally charge for interest... Read More
06/16/2016

Quaker Oats Lawsuit Alleges False Advertising

Quaker Oats Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that have come to light related to Quaker Oats products being advertised as "100% Natural" and "eco-friendly."  The following Quaker products are alleged to have included false and/or misleading representations as being "100% Natural" and/or "eco-friendly": • Quaker Oats Old-Fashioned; • Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute; and • Quaker Steel Cut Oats These products labeled as "100% Natural Whole Grain" also include packaging containing, by way of example, the following language: "As part of a heart-healthy diet, the... Read More
06/16/2016

Theranos Lawsuit Alleges Fraud and Misrepresentation

Theranos Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP in investigating claims by consumers who purchased Theranos blood tests from Walgreens.  In May 2016, it was disclosed by Theranos that its testing methodology and technology were inaccurate.  At that time, Theranos informed regulators that Theranos had voided "all" of the Company's blood-testing results from its Edison machines, as well as many tests run on other machines from 2014 and 2015. At market inception, Theranos had heavily promoted its blood testing protocol as a far less invasive... Read More
06/08/2016

Aesthetician Pay Must Now Include “Non-Productive” Time

Aesthetician Pay Lawsuit

For years, aestheticians have effectively been denied compensation for "down time" spent performing work-related functions, or simply waiting, between appointments.  Effective January 2016, a new California law requires employers to compensate employees, including aestheticians, for time spent under the employer's "control" including time not spent providing actual aesthetic services to clients. Termed "piece-rate" compensation, California Labor Code Section 226.2 now requires aesthetician pay of a separate hourly wage for "nonproductive" time worked by aestheticians, as well as separate payment for rest and recovery... Read More
06/08/2016

Massage Therapist Pay Must Now Include “Non-Productive” Time

Massage Therapist Pay Lawsuit

For years, massage therapists have effectively been denied compensation for "down time" spent performing work-related functions, or simply waiting, between appointments.  Effective January 2016, a new California law requires employers to compensate employees, including massage therapists, for time spent under the employer's "control" including time not spent providing actual therapeutic services to clients. Termed "piece-rate" compensation, California Labor Code Section 226.2 now requires massage therapist pay of a separate hourly wage for "nonproductive" time worked by massage therapists, as well as separate... Read More
05/24/2016

CPVC Class Action Alleges Conspiracy to Hide Fire System Dangers

CPVC Class Action

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating potential claims on behalf of condominium homeowner's associations and other property owners that manufacturers and distributors of CPVC piping, widely used in sprinkler systems, was defectively prone to erosion, presenting serious danger to property owners in the event of fire.  In addition, it is suspected that these dangers were widely known for years within the industry but were withheld from property owners.  This defect is considered not to be remediable, and will likely require... Read More
05/23/2016

Lava Ultimate Lawsuit Investigation Against 3M

Lava Ultimate Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP has launched a Lava Ultimate lawsuit investigation stemming from claims by dentists against 3M and the marketing of its line of Lava Ultimate dental products.  Heavily promoted when introduced to the market in 2011 as a revolutionary "chairside" solution to longstanding challenges faced by dentists in performing indirect restorations, it did not take long after this market introduction for dentists to notice that the Lava Ultimate was debonding at an alarmingly high rate. It is suspected that 3M knew, or... Read More
05/22/2016

Generac Generator Lawsuit Investigation

General Generator Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by purchasers of Generac generators that the Generac's Guardian Series generators were defectively designed and, as a result, prone to oil leaks and premature engine failure.  Additionally, there is evidence that despite knowledge of this problem, Generac failed to inform its customers of this problem while the units were still within the product warranty period of at least two years. As a result both of the defective design of Generac's Guardian Series generators, and the... Read More
03/11/2016

Credit Card Reader Lawsuit

EMV Credit Card Chip Lawsuit

  Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims on behalf of small merchants and retailers seeming from fees and charges incurred in connection with transition to the new EMV chip-based point of sale (POS) transaction system recently implemented by major U.S. card issuers. In recent years, prominent financial institutions and credit card issuers including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Bank of America, Chase, Citibank, PNC and Wells Fargo issued new credit cards containing EMV chips to customers requiring merchants to install new equipment... Read More
02/25/2016

Kraft Grated Cheese Lawsuit Investigation

grated cheese lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP has filed a class action lawsuit related to the sale of  "100% Grated Parmesan Cheese" products.  Information has come to light suggesting that these products are not, in fact, 100% Parmesan, but rather are laced with significant amounts of non-cheese additives including an anti-clumping agent derived from wood pulp.  While a lawsuit is currently pending against Kraft, it is also believed that adulterated grated cheese has been sold by retailers including WALMART and JEWEL-OSCO. A recent article published... Read More
02/10/2016

Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Lawsuit Investigation

Hertz Gold Plus Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by members of Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program the Hertz unfairly, and potentially illegally, modified the terms of the Gold Plus program in a way that eliminated already-accrued points.  Many of these already-accrued points resulted from engagement in a range of activities, many of which did not involve the renting of a vehicle. In the past, terms of the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Program had expressly stated that accrued points would be retained "as... Read More
01/21/2016

ADT Lawsuit Alleges Failure to Obtain Alarm Permits

ADT Class Action Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating potential ADT lawsuit claims on behalf of California property owners who have purchased alarm systems through ADT Security Services, Inc. ("ADT").  Under California law commonly known as the "Alarm Company Act," every agreement for monitoring, servicing and installing an alarm system exceeding $250 must disclose to buyers any potential alarm permit fees that may be required in local jurisdictions. Purchasers of ADT systems are alleging that ADT's failure to either pay required permit fees, or inform... Read More
11/19/2015

Tuna Lawsuit Investigation Alleges Antitrust Conspiracy

Tuna Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims on behalf of small, independent grocers that the three largest producers of packaged seafood products ("PSPs") in the United States conspired to artificially inflate the cost of canned tuna over the past several years.  This investigation comes on the heels of a antitrust probe launched by the United State Department of Justice ("DOJ"). If the price-fixing allegations against tuna producers are true, then small, independent grocers may potentially realize damages based on artificially inflated tuna prices... Read More
11/17/2015

Public Storage Insurance Scam Investigation

Public Storage Insurance Scam Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by customers of Public Storage that the company may have engaged in illegal activity by charging excessive premiums for self-storage, without disclosing that a significant portion of the premiums were being diverted directly to Public Storage.  This practice likely runs afoul of consumer laws and regulations in many states that require transparency of companies engaging in similar practices. Despite having knowledge that self-storage insurance is generally unnecessary for renters with other types of insurance... Read More
09/20/2015

VW Emissions Lawsuit

VW Emissions Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that Volkswagen may have installed software on several diesel models as a means of cheating on VW emission tests conducted by U.S. regulators.  The actions of VW have been declared "illegal and a threat to public health" by Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. The EPA initially became concerned about VW emissions after pollution analysts in Europe noted suspicious emission problems emanating from various VW models.  On... Read More
09/17/2015

TimberSIL Lawsuit Investigation Based on Premature Rotting

TimberSIL Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that TimberSIL wood, used extensively in New Orleans home reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina, is now beginning to show signs of extensive, premature rotting.  A traditional wood alternative, TimberSIL is a wood composite fortified with glass.  The material was marketed as being especially friendly to the environment as it omits chemicals that might otherwise slow the rate of decay. Now, in addition to problems being reported in New Orleans, property owners in several states are... Read More
08/24/2015

Jeep Fire Lawsuit Investigation

Jeep Fire Danger Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating Jeep fire lawsuit claims from owners of Jeep SUVs manufactured in the past twenty-five years that these vehicles were/are dangerously prone to fire damage. For several years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating the following Jeep vehicles for possible defects that may present an unreasonable fire danger: (1) Chrysler Jeep Cherokee manufactured between 1993 and 2004; and (2) Jeep Liberty manufactured between 2002 and 2007. The serious danger inherent in these Jeeps results from placement... Read More
07/14/2015

American Water Heater Product Defect Investigation

American Water Heater Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that residential gas water heaters manufactured by American Water Heater Company may have been constructed of substandard materials leading to premature rupturing and, ultimately, to significant water damage in customer homes. Research into the construction of gas water heaters manufactured by American Water Heater Company suggests that the manufacturer used plastic drain valves, instead of brass or steel, leaving water heaters especially vulnerable to premature failure and extensive interior water damage. If you purchased a... Read More