Consumer Protection and False Advertising Claims

Almost every state in the United States has a ‘consumer protection’ statute to protect consumers – and other businesses – from a variety of unfair and deceptive trade practices. In addition to state laws, federal laws including, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Billing Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, provide federal statutory rights for consumers. Usually, a consumer, including a business, will have potentially more than one claim to pursue, and at Audet & Partners, LLP our attorneys will apply years of experience to determine the best way to proceed and what law best serves the client, and, in most cases, the class members as whole.

Despite the best efforts of federal and state agencies to ‘protect’ consumers, these same agencies recognize that private enforcement of federal and state laws is critical in light of the lack of resources to prosecute every viable claim. Manipulative practices and false advertising will come in a variety of ways, but the end result is that a consumer has economically suffered by the wrongdoers conduct, including false advertising, loan fraud, misleading marketing, internet fraud, over billing and other schemes.

The attorneys at Audet & Partners, LLP have been at the forefront of protecting consumer’s rights, including pursuing false and misleading advertising claims throughout the United States. As the firm’s resume reveals, the firm has been involved in many of the largest class consumer protection cases over the past decade. At the same time, the firm has the reputation as an ethical, yet aggressive advocate for its clients. The results in fact, speak for themselves, and also reveal that the firm has avoided so called “coupon” settlements, and instead focused on ensuring that the recovery is tangible in both monetary and non-monetary relief, whether by trial or by settlement. While no guarantees will be made with respect to any client’s case, the firm is committed to justice in every case it accepts.

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If you believe you have been the victim of economic fraud or deceptive trade practice, connect with us by submitting a free case evaluation form on the right side of this page. If you believe a class action has been recently filed, we may also be able to provide you with an update on the case and our evaluation as to whether you may want to join the class action.


Consumer Protection and False Advertising Claims Investigations


10/12/2017

Home Depot Mahogany Lawsuit Alleges False Misrepresentation

Home Depot Mahogany Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by consumers as part of a Home Depot Mahogany Lawsuit that Home Depot falsely advertised and sold wood products as "premium" and "finest grade" mahogany that were, in fact, inferior grades of wood. Home Depot, which promotes its status on its corporate website as the "world's largest home improvement retailer," operates more than 2,200 physical locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in addition to a sprawling online presence at HomeDepot.com offering more... Read More
09/11/2017

CREE Light Bulb Lawsuit

Cree Light Bulb Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by consumers that manufacturers of CREE light bulbs provided false and/or misleading information about the expected life span of the bulbs in advertising and on CREE light bulb packaging.  Consumers are alleging that CREE overstated the life span of their LED bulbs relative to conventional, incandescent light bulbs.  In so doing, the company may have exacted a higher purchase price from consumers who otherwise may well have opted for cheaper conventional bulbs. LED bulb manufacturers have already been subject... Read More
08/15/2017

CVS Prescription Lawsuit Alleges Fraudulent Pricing Scheme

CVS Prescription Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating CVS prescription lawsuit claims on behalf of individuals who have purchased prescription medication from pharmacies at either Walgreens or CVS.  Information has recently surfaced suggesting that both Walgreens and CVS pharmacies have participated in a fraudulent scheme with pharmacy intermediaries that has resulted in: (1) consumers paying more for medication when using their insurance as opposed to paying cash; and (2) an illegal "clawback" of inflated co-pays which has acted as an improper revenue... Read More
07/25/2017

Student Loan Lawsuit Challenges Loans Sold by National Collegiate Student Loan Trust

Student Loan Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims in a student loan lawsuit that student loans held by the National Collegiate Student Loan Trust ("National Collegiate"), may not be collectible due to the National Collegiate's inability to prove the existence of enforceable debts.  The student loans that may be invalid were made to students more than a decade ago by various lenders. In a scheme similar to that employed the subprime mortgage industry almost ten years ago, large numbers of student loans... Read More
07/10/2017

Behr DeckOver Lawsuit Alleges False Advertising

Behr DeckOver Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by consumers in a Behr DeckOver lawsuit that the popular deck and patio resurfacing product was falsely advertised as being superior to far less expensive deck stains.  Behr DeckOver coating, which was exclusively sold by Home Depot stores, was sold at a price several times that of more traditional stains.Marketing materials, including websites of both Behr and Home Depot, heavily promoted DeckOver as vastly superior to traditional stains In an effort to justify the... Read More
05/23/2017

Visa Antitrust Lawsuit Investigation

Visa Antitrust Lawsuit

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating long-standing claims by merchants and business owners alleging antitrust violations against Visa as part of a Visa antitrust lawsuit.  Merchants have alleged an antitrust conspiracy among Visa and a long list of banks and financial institutions claiming that companies have worked to create an illegal scheme that effectively prevents merchants from passing along the true cost of credit card transactions to customers. Merchants and small businesses have noted contractual rules mandatorily enforced by Visa that effectively... Read More
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
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
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
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