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

04/11/2017

Navient Lawsuit Challenges Treatment of Loan Pre-Payment

Navient lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating Navient lawsuit claims by borrowers of student loans serviced by Navient that Navient wrongfully applied loan prepayments in a way calculated to avoid the reduction of loan principal.  By applying prepayments in such a way, borrowers end up paying for more during the life of their student loans than they would have had the prepayments been property applied. Navient is the largest student loan servicer in the United States, having succeeded SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae) in... Read More
03/30/2017

North American Bancard PayAnywhere Lawsuit

PayAnywhere Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by business owners who purchased the PayAnywhere credit card processing service offered by North American Bancard LLC.  Information gathered by Audet & Partners, LLP suggests that despite offering the PayAnywhere service as a fee-free service, both in promotional materials and in promises conveyed by sales representatives, the company did, in fact, begin charging monthly fees to customers who purchased the PayAnywhere service regardless of whether they actually ever used the system. In addition, information... Read More
03/12/2017

Toyota Electrical Problems Caused by Soy-Based Wiring Insulation

Toyota Electrical Problems

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims of Toyota electrical problems by owners of  Toyota vehicles who have reported recurring electrical failure.  Information has recently come to light that Toyota vehicles in model years 2012-2016 incorporated a soy-based wiring insulation that has been found to attract rodents. Rodents then work their way into the Toyota engines and gnaw on engine wiring, thus causing disruptions to the vehicle electrical system. Toyota owners who have discovered these electrical problems report that despite multiple requests,... Read More
02/19/2017

NFL Cheerleader Antitrust Lawsuit Investigation

NFL Cheerleader Antitrust Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that management and franchises of the National Football League have conspired for many years to artificially suppress compensation paid to NFL cheerleaders throughout the league.  While lawsuits have been brought on behalf of cheerleaders in recent years alleging failure to compensate cheerleaders at a legally-mandated minimum wage, this NFL cheerleader antitrust lawsuit alleges a far-reaching conspiracy that may subject the league to extensive monetary damages and penalties imposed by federal antitrust laws. The specific... Read More
12/22/2016

Wells Fargo Insurance Scam Investigation

Wells Fargo Insurance Scam

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims made by Wells Fargo customers that the company wrongfully enrolled them MyTerm low-cost life insurance policies, coverage of which was provided by Prudential Insurance.  This potential Wells Fargo insurance scam was recently reported in the New York Times.  The report suggests that as part of a partnership between Wells Fargo and Prudential, Wells Fargo employees may have signed up bank customers for Prudential insurance without the customers' knowledge or permission.  It has been... Read More
11/09/2016

Simonton Lawsuit Alleges Substandard Windows

simonton lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating allegations made by consumers that insulated glass windows manufactured by Simonton Building Products Inc. may be prone to internal condensation often leading to noticeable finger prints and smudges.  A pending legal action has taken aim at the following lines of Simonton windows: • Simonton Asure • Simonton Prism • Simonton Impressions • Simonton StormBreaker Plus • Simonton ProFinish • Simonton DaylightMax • Simonton Madeira • Simonton Lumera Consumers have further alleged that contrary to Simonton's website promotion of testing to "advanced AAMA Gold... Read More
09/16/2016

SoftSheen Lawsuit Alleges Hair Loss and Other Injuries

softsheen lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigation claims by increasing numbers of consumers that a hair relaxer manufactured by L'Oreal and sold under the SoftSheen brand, causes hair loss and a rash of other injuries.  Users of the SoftSheen Relaxer have alleged that the company promoted the product as a safe and effective solution for more full and silky hair, with an active ingredient of alma oil, also known as the gooseberry. The L'Oreal product, widely sold in retailers including CVS and Walmart,... Read More
09/13/2016

RV Refrigerator Lawsuit Alleges That Defects Lead to Explosions and Fire

RV Refrigerator Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by increasing numbers of consumers in an RV refrigerator lawsuit that refrigerators manufactured by Dometic Corporation are prone to explosions and fire damage.  It has been alleged that within the past twenty years, thousands of gas absorption RV refrigerators manufactured by Dometic have inexplicably combusted causing more than $100 million in property damage and personal injury claims. It is suspected that the defects in the RV refrigerators manufactured by Dometic include premature corrosion that... Read More
09/11/2016

Aloe Vera Lawsuit Alleges Lotions Actually Contain No Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating the viability of aloe vera lawsuits alleging false advertising by manufacturers and distributors of a range of aloe vera products.  Despite promoting aloe vera gel as containing pure aloe vera, independent laboratory tests suggest that, in fact, many of these products contain little or no actual aloe vera. Products being targeted for these claims include, but are not limited to, the following: • Up & Up Aloe Vera Gel manufactured and sold by Target; • Fruit of the Earth Aloe... Read More
08/23/2016

Olympic Rescue It Lawsuit

Rescue It Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed against PPG Industries, Inc. for it's manufacture, marketing, and sale of Olympic Rescue It! resurfacing products.  Numerous consumers report having relied on manufacturer representations that Rescue It! was a product of the highest quality, capable of resurfacing, sealing, and waterproofing all in one product. Unfortunately, many of these same consumers have complained that their decks are now seriously damaged due to the premature failure of Restore It!  Additional... Read More
08/02/2016

Express Scripts Lawsuit Alleges Company Stole Customers From Retail Pharmacies

Express Scripts Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by retail pharmacies that Express Scripts Inc. misappropriated patient prescription data obtained from retail pharmacies and used this information to divert customer accounts to Express Scripts.  As part of its pharmacy benefit management services to pharmacies, Express Scripts is routinely granted information to patient information to verify patient prescription eligibility.  But retail pharmacies are now alleging that Express Scripts has also used this information to determine when patients are due for refills.  It... Read More
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