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

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
11/17/2015

Public Storage Insurance Lawsuit

Public Storage Insurance Scam Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP has initiated a class action lawsuit on behalf of customers of Public Storage.  Public Storage customers that purchased self-storage insurance in California between 2010-2016 may have been charged illegally excessive premiums for self-storage insurance.  Information suggests that Public Storage fraudulently failed to disclose to customers that a significant portion of the premiums collected for this insurance were being wrongfully diverted directly to Public Storage.  This practice likely runs afoul of consumer laws and regulations in many states that require transparency of... 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
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
05/21/2015

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Threatens Small Businesses

Santa Barbara Oil Spill 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, LP, which has been cited for at least... Read More
11/03/2014

Windsor Pinnacle Select Windows Lawsuit

Pinnacle Select Windows Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP has brought a class action lawsuit on behalf of homeowners who installed Windsor Pinnacle Select Windows that the Pinnacle Windows.  Customers have alleged that Windsor 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... 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
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
07/08/2014

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