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

11/21/2012

Mexico Class Action Filed Against British Petroleum

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Between April and July 2010, it is believed that the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig resulted in leakage of some 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In a subsequent effort to cosmetically reduce the appearance of oil on the water surface, BP covered the oil spill with 1.9 million gallons of Corexit, an oil dispersant known to be mutagenic to fish. Now, more than two years after the spill, studies are demonstrating that zooplankton -... Read More
11/19/2012

Defective Central Air Conditioning Units Sold by Goodman and Amana

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Audet and Partners, LLP has brought a class action lawsuit based on claims that Goodman and Amana manufactured and sold air conditioner units since 2008 that failed to conform to reasonable consumer expectations based on express product warranties.  In the air conditioner class action lawsuit, it is alleged that central air units were sold during this time containing defective evaporator coils prone to premature rupture.  This defect commonly leads to leakage of the refrigerant Freon causing the units to seize up... Read More
11/15/2012

Spam Text Lawsuits

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Spam Text Lawsuits   Audet & Partners, LLP has been on the forefront of the issue of not only privacy protection, but abuse by corporations of new technologies, including abusive and costly spam texting.  Spam texting is not just an annoyance, but is in many cases, illegal and in violation of federal and state law.  At Audet & Partners, LLP, we investigate claims relating to spam texting to determine whether these laws have been violated and what can be done to not... Read More
11/14/2012

Mirena IUD Lawsuits

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Mirena IUD, manufactured by Bayer, was approved by the FDA in 2000 as a contraceptive device recommended to women who have had at least one child. This small, t-shaped plastic device is inserted by a health care professional and can be left in place for up to five years. Among its marketing strategies for the Mirena IUD, Bayer held “Mirena Parties” for “busy moms” in connection with the social networking site Mom Central. At these gatherings, a representative from Mom Central... Read More
09/14/2012

Alleged “Flushmate III” Exploding Toilets

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After people were injured by "exploding toilets" the Consumer Products and Safety Commission ordered a recall of over 2.3 million Sloan Flushmate III toilets.  This was a very popular toilet because of its of its powerful flush.  However, the system apparently wasn't strong enough to withstand the air and water pressure it created, causing the tank lid to rise and shatter the tank.  There have already been over 300 flushmate problems reported involving toilets that have burst causing plumbing and... Read More
06/12/2012

Unpaid Overtime

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Introduction: Every year, employers fail to pay employees millions of dollars in collective overtime. An employer's failure to pay proper wages or overtime can result in an award of damages equal to the unpaid wages or overtime, an equal amount in liquidated damages, and pre-judgment interest. If you have not been paid for working overtime, or have not been compensated the amount owed to you, contact our law firm now to protect your legal rights. Your Rights: Every employee in the United States... Read More
06/07/2012

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits

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Several hospital burn lawsuits involving the “da Vinci Surgical Robot” claim that a number of patients have suffered serious burns. One New York father filed a wrongful death hospital burn lawsuit after his daughter died as a result of burns caused by the robot. The lawsuit claims that the da Vinci robot caused burns to an artery and intestines when his daughter was having a hysterectomy in a Bronx hospital in August 2010. She died two weeks later. According to the... Read More
06/05/2012

Whistleblower / “Qui Tam”

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Whistleblower Lawsuits   A whistleblower is an employee, former employee, or member of an organization, especially a business or government agency, who reports misconduct to people or entities that have the power and presumed willingness to take corrective action. The misconduct may be a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. The term "whistleblower" derives from the practice of English bobbies, who would blow their whistles when they noticed the... Read More
03/29/2012

Employment Law and Litigation

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We represent clients through all phases and types of employment litigation and law, ranging from individual cases to broad-scale class and collective actions. We handle claims of employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, wrongful termination, whistleblower/qui tam, and other employment-related torts. As you may know, employment law and litigation is the large body of law that governs the employer-employee relationship, including individual employment contracts, the application of tort and contract doctrines, and a large array of statutory... Read More
12/17/2011

GAF Timberline Shingles

A class action lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of purchasers of GAF Timberline shingles. The filed lawsuit alleges that GAF shingles, marketed as 30 and 40 year shingles, have a high failure rate after only 4 to 6 years. If you purchased GAF Timberline shingles for your home, and they are deteriorating prematurely, please contact the law firm of Audet and Partners at 800.965.1461 to speak to an attorney.  If you wish, you may instead fill out the simple and confidential... Read More
12/17/2011

Uponor / Wirsbo Plumbing System Lawsuit

Class action lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Uponor / Wirsbo "PEX" plumbing sytems, and Uponor / Wirsbo fittings used in residential construction: Uponor, the manufacturer of Uponor PEX and fittings has been sued. Uponor / Wirsbo plumbing systems and fittings may allegedly fail prematurely causing leaks and water damage to your property. At least one expert evaluation has found that Uponor / Wirsbo fittings may have a manufacturing defect that can cause corrosion. Corrosion can result in leaks and... Read More
08/23/2011

BP “Rampart” Organic Shingles

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BP (Building Products of Canada) "Rampart" Organic Shingles BP Organic shingles are supposed to last for 25 years.  According to numerous published complaints, these shingles may only last for between 2 to 12 years.    Here are samples of typical complaints about these shingles:   http://www.roofery.com/shingles/reviews/bp/2/   "My roof was installed in 1997. The shingles have bald spots, cracking and curling."   "I installed the shingles with a guaranty of 25 years and after 9 years the shingles started to warp. "   "After only 10 years, the 25 year shingles... Read More
07/08/2011

Asiana Airlines Plane Crash

  Audet & Partners, LLP wishes to extend it sympathy and concern for those affected by the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013. 7月6號韓亞航空214班機墜機事件三藩市律師行Audet and Partners, LLP 向這宗意外中的受害者和家屬致以深切慰問   If you wish to speak with an experienced attorney regarding this accident, please feel free to contact us at (800) 345-4125, or request a free, no-obligation consultation by completing and submitting the confidential inquiry form on the right side of this page. We offer assistance in... Read More
06/17/2011

California IOU Class Action Filed

UPDATE 7/29/2009 - WE HAVE FILED A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT REGARDING THESE CALIFORNIA IOUs. The suit seeks injunctive and declaratory relief on behalf of those who have been issued California IOUs. More details to come, please keep watching this page. Confronted with a large budget impasse, the State of California is now issuing millions of dollars worth of “I.O.U.”s. In addition to creating a major inconvenience for consumers, these I.O.U.s are also creating problems for small businesses that contract with the state... Read More
06/12/2011

Privacy Litigation

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In our modern world, we disclose personal information to a myriad of government and commercial entities.  Every time you sign up for a website, or fill out an online or paper form, you are usually divulging personal information.  Twenty years ago, this was not a large problem.  But now it is. .   Corporations, government offices, and even small local businesses often maintain huge databases which contain your private information.  Although there are both federal and state laws in regards to the... Read More
04/06/2011

James Hardie Siding

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James Hardie fiber cement siding is marketed as lasting for a certain number of "years."  But according to allegations in a recent class action lawsuit, it may not last that long.  In fact, according to the allegations in the complaint, the James Hardie cement siding has certain manufacturing defects.  Products involved may include: "Hardie Fiber-Cement" HARDIEPLANK HZ10 HARDIEPANEL HZ10 HARDIESHINGLE HZ10 HARDIESOFFIT HZ10 These alleged defects cause the fiber siding to crack, warp, and shrink.  These alleged defects apparently cause it to pull away from its fasteners, in certain... Read More
12/01/2010

Certainteed WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding

UPDATE: CertainTeed Corporation and Class counsel for building owners who have CertainTeed fiber cement siding installed have reached a proposed class action settlement. The proposed settlement would provide $103.9 million to building owners from across the United States. Currently, both sides are awaiting final approval of the Settlement from the Court. For updates, settlement information and documents or to request a claim form please see the settlement website: http://www.certainteedfibercementsettlement.com/hc/en-us According to a recently filed lawsuit, "Certainteed WeatherBoards" cement siding has been... Read More
10/09/2010

San Bruno Fire Resources / Lawsuit Information

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CASE UPDATE: 9/17/2010 - AUDET & PARTNERS, LLP FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IN THE SAN BRUNO EXPLOSION AND FIRE CASE.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE FILED LAWSUIT / COMPLAINT. HERE IS OUR PRESS RELEASE CONCERNING THE SUIT. Selected Press Coverage of the Class Action Lawsuit Against PG&E: San Bruno man sues PG&E over pipeline explosion (San Jose Mercury News) PG&E sued over San Bruno fire (San Mateo Daily Journal) San Bruno Breaking news: Resident suing PG&E (Examiner.com) Regulators increase pressure on PG&E over pipelines (Los... Read More
10/09/2010

JM Eagle PVC Pipe

A class-action lawsuit was recently filed behalf of property owners potentially seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from JM Eagle for allegedly supplying substandard polyvinyl chloride (“PVC”) pipe for potable water systems, and other applications. The lawsuit asks the court to certify a nationwide class action on behalf of all persons or entities who installed the allegedly substandard JM Eagle pipe. The filing seeks reimbursement of all sums paid by the class members to JM Eagle, and for all other damages... Read More