Class Actions

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
05/23/2016

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
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
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
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
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
12/12/2013

Lumber Liquidators Investigation

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Flooring Customers File Class Action Suit Against Lumber Liquidators For Deceptive Sales Practices A November 2013, shareholder lawsuit filed against Lumber Liquidators has alleged that the company has been illegally harvesting lumber from China. Subsequently a class action lawsuit has been filed in Virginia federal court. The class action lawsuit alleges that Lumber Liquidators engaged in a scheme to illegally import into the United States and falsely advertise and sell, Chinese flooring that fails to comply with the relevant and applicable... Read More
12/12/2013

23andMe, Inc. Class Action Lawsuit

23andMe Class Action Audet and Partners False Advertising Lawsuit

Class Action Lawsuit Against 23andMe Alleges False and Misleading Advertising and Misappropriation of Personal Genetic Data A number of class action lawsuits has been filed against the genetic testing company 23andMe for false and misleading advertising and for misappropriating personal genetic information of their customers. On November 22, 2013 the FDA issued a warning letter to 23andMe alleging that the company's marketing materials violated federal laws by making medical claims that have never been federally approved and asked the company... Read More
12/05/2013

Kolbe Windows Breach of Warranty Investigation

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating consumer complaints that windows manufactured by Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co., Inc. ("Kolbe") are prone to premature, chronic air and/or water penetration following residential and commercial installation.  Consumer complaints also include Kolbe falsely advertising its windows as requiring little or no maintenance and Kolbe's failure to properly honor its express warranties after becoming aware of alleged product defects and associated problems experienced by consumers. Kolbe's alleged product defects, its alleged false representations, and its failure... Read More
11/24/2013

AZEK Decking False Advertising Investigation

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating potential claims for false advertising on behalf of consumers who purchased AZEK Decking products.  AZEK manufactures an alternative to natural wood decking made from the synthetic material PVC. AZEK markets and advertises their PVC decking as low maintenance and able to avoid the typical drawbacks seen in traditional wood and composite decking, such as staining, scratching, splitting and moisture related problems. Nevertheless, customers are finding out that they aren’t getting what they were promised.... Read More