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

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 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
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
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

transvaginal-mesh

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
03/11/2014

Risperdal Lawsuits Stress Demonstrated Link to Enlarged Breast Tissue in Males

Risperdal Lawyers

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
02/03/2014

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