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

08/24/2015

Jeep Fire Lawsuit Investigation

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

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
05/26/2015

Herbal Supplement Lawsuit Investigation Targets Major Retailers

Herbal Supplement Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens and GNC have, for some time, sold "herbal supplements" that may have been falsely marketed and mislabeled as containing various amounts of medicinal or holistic herbs. The results of a recent study issued by the New York Attorney General ("NYAG") suggest that herbal supplements sold by these retailers most often failed to contain any of the primary ingredients indicated on the product labels.  Many tests conducted by... Read More
05/21/2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Threatens Small Businesses

Join the Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit On July 7, 2015, Audet & Partners, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, on behalf of businesses harmed as a result of the recent Santa Barbara oil spill. The pipeline rupture and oil spill in Santa Barbara County has posed significant threats to the environment, wildlife, and small businesses.  The company which owns the ruptured pipeline is Plains All American Pipeline,... Read More
05/19/2015

Dental Chains Come Under Scrutiny for Suspect Billing Practices

Dental Service Whistleblower Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating practices of several of the larger dental chains operating in the State of California which may have engaged in questionable billing practices and unwarranted services provided to low-income children.  These improper practices may have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in unwarranted Medicaid reimbursement. In addition to possibly inflating charges submitted to Medicaid for reimbursement, Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating the rendering of unnecessary dental services to low income children including: • Pulpotomies, or... Read More
05/05/2015

Ambulance Rides Deemed Unnecessary May Amount to Fraud

Ambulance Whistleblower Investigation Audet & Partners, LLP reports that nine Jacksonville, Florida area hospitals have agreed to multi-million dollar settlements to end charges that the defrauded Medicare by billing for medically unnecessary ambulance rides. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal suggested that this settlement totaling $7.5 million may have widespread national implications as for years hospitals have shuttled patients to and from facilities with minimal apparent regard for cost.  Costs borne by Medicare for ambulance rides was found to have... Read More
04/10/2015

Dietary Supplement Lawsuit Investigation Probes Hidden Amphetamine

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating widespread reports that dietary supplements purchased for several years at popular retailers contained hidden amounts of the amphetamine-like stimulant called BMPEA, or β-methylphenylethylamine.  IN 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA"), identified BMPEA in multiple supplements containing "Acacia rigidula" despite scientific evidence that BMPEA has never been identified or extracted from Acacia rigidula, a plant native to Texas. In recent years there has been mounting evidence of the dangers posed to humans by BMPEA.  In... Read More
04/08/2015

Felon Firings By Apple May Be Illegal

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by construction workers who claim to have been discharged from work on Apple's new Cupertino campus based solely on their status as previously convicted felons.  While for certain types of employment a prior felony conviction may bear some relevance to potential job responsibilities, this generally does not hold true for construction work and situations such as the recent felon firings at Apple. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on one worker, Kevin Yip, who... Read More
03/18/2015

Parking Heater Antitrust Lawsuit Investigation

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating potential claims by purchasers of parking heaters that the price of these units in the aftermarket may have been artificially and illegally inflated as the result of anticompetitive behavior by Espar, a prominent parking heater manufacturer. Espar recently pled guilty to charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice which alleged price-fixing and antitrust violations under the Sherman Antitrust Act.  The charges against Espar and its coconspirators alleged, among other things, a scheme that was... Read More
02/24/2015

Anthem Breach Leaves Children Especially Vulnerable

The recent data hack of Anthem subscriber information has left millions of children at risk of identity theft.  The Anthem breach exposed confidential information on more than 80 million individuals, including social security numbers. At particular risk are children who have been added to Anthem accounts maintained by their parents.  Children subscribers of Anthem often have yet to establish any credit history.  This absence of any historical credit information may make it far easier for criminals to open accounts with stolen... Read More
02/18/2015

Spark Energy Lawsuit Alleging False Advertising

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating several complaints from consumers regarding potentially fraudulent sales tactics of Spark Energy.  Consumers have alleged that although promised savings on their energy bills, within months after switching to Spark Energy, their energy bills suddenly skyrocketed, in some cases doubling, compared to rates charged by other local providers. Upon investigation, information suggests that Spark Energy may have implemented a sales program whereby it may have intentionally failed to disclose its plan to increase customer rates well beyond prevailing market rates... Read More
02/18/2015

XOOM Energy Lawsuit Investigation for False Advertising

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating several complaints from consumers regarding potentially fraudulent sales tactics of XOOM Energy.  Consumers have alleged that although promised savings on their energy bills, within months after switching to XOOM, their energy bills suddenly skyrocketed, in some cases doubling, compared to rates charged by other local providers. Upon investigation, information suggests that XOOM Energy may have implemented a sales program whereby it may have intentionally failed to disclose its plan to increase customer rates well beyond prevailing market rates after... Read More
01/26/2015

On-Call Employees Entitled to Compensation, Court Holds

On Call Employees Entitled to Pay Under California Law

The California Supreme Court has held that on-call employees are entitled to compensation for "downtime" spent awaiting assignments at an employer's request.  The class action lawsuits of Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions were brought in 2008 by approximately 1,500 security guards who alleged that the company’s policy on sleep-time and on call-compensation violated California minimum wage and overtime regulations. The Mendiola case involved two separate allegations. First, as a condition of their employment, the guards were required to patrol for 8 hours and maintain on-call... Read More
12/01/2014

Ambit Energy Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

Ambit Energy Class Action

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating several complaints from consumers regarding potentially fraudulent sales tactics of Ambit Energy.  Consumers have alleged that although promised savings on their energy bills, within months after switching to Ambit, their energy bills suddenly skyrocketed, in some cases doubling, compared to rates charged by other local providers. Upon investigation, information suggests that Ambit Energy may have orchestrated a scheme whereby it intentionally failed to disclose its plan to increase customer rates well beyond prevailing market rates after... Read More
11/20/2014

Oil and Gas Worker Overtime Lawsuit Investigation

Oil and Gas Worker Overtime Claims

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims on behalf of workers in the flourishing oil and gas industry for alleged overtime violations and a range of other employment-related violations. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has recently intensified its investigation of the employment practices of companies involved in oil and gas drilling and exploration.  These investigations have suggested the possibility of a widespread industry practice of companies involved in oil and gas projects to misclassify their workers as "independent contractors" rather... Read More
11/04/2014

Mobile App Spam Lawsuit Investigation

Mobile App Spam

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating consumer claims that various mobile apps, both for iPhone and Android, may be “hijacking” the address books of users and sending unsolicited text messages to user contacts inviting the contacts to download the app or otherwise take specific action that ultimately benefits the app developer or distributor. Mobile app spam lawsuits have been brought by consumers who have downloaded popular apps including Glide and Path.  In a practice coming to be called “spam-viting,” Glide, promoted as... Read More
11/03/2014

Windsor Pinnacle Select Windows Lawsuit Investigation

Pinnacle Select Windows Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by homeowners who have installed Windsor Pinnacle Select Windows that the Pinnacle Windows are prone to premature failure well within the product warranty period.  Consumers of Pinnacle Select windows have alleged that the windows permit water and moisture to seep inside the window unit leading to dangerous and costly damage to property including mold, premature rotting, and other structural issues. The nature of property damage that consumers are alleging resulted from faulty Pinnacle Windows... Read More
10/31/2014

Wrestler Concussion Lawsuit Investigation Against WWE

wrestler-concussion-lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating potential wrestler concussion lawsuit on behalf of professional wrestlers working for World Wide Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (“WWE”).  Wrestlers are claiming to have been subjected to scripted performances for many years that included repeated trauma and injury to the head and brain leading to serious long-term debilitating injuries, lost profits, premature retirement, medical expenses, depression, cognitive deterioration, and, in some cases, death and suicide. It is alleged that in carrying out WWE’s scripted performances, wrestlers were... Read More
10/30/2014

Dentastix Lawsuit Investigation Based on Alleged False Advertising

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that may form the basis of a class action lawsuit against Mars Petcare, parent company of Pedigree, the manufacturer of Dentastix dog treats.  For some time, Pedigree has been marketing Dentastix as facilitating "up to 80% tartar reduction" in dogs who chew Dentastix.  The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, however, has issued a public statement disputing the claimed efficacy of Dentastix.  The NAD has stated that in... Read More
10/01/2014

Opt-Out Lawyers in High-Stakes Litigation

As federal and state court rulings continue to strengthen roadblocks to class action certification, increasing numbers of in-house counsel are being left to decide on aggressive outside counsel to pursue high-stakes plaintiff's litigation as individual plaintiffs.   Faced with mounting hurdles to class action certification, for example in the context of antitrust price-fixing lawsuits, many in-house attorneys travel the road of inertia and opt to retain counsel for their litigation that has typically been strongly aligned with defense of claims... Read More