Class Actions

07/15/2013

Granite Ridge Roofing Shingles

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  Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating claims that Granite Ridge architectural shingles manufactured by Gerard Roofing Technologies ("Gerard"), a division of Metals USA, Inc., are defective and fail to perform in accordance with the 50-year product warranty issued by the manufacturer.  In one claim, a homeowner's association of a 25-building condominium complex in Texas paid nearly $1 million for installation of a Granite Ridge roofing system.  The installation of the Granite Ridge panels was installed under the supervision of a... Read More
07/15/2013

Georgia-Pacific PrimeTrim Building Trim

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Audet and Partners, LLP is investigating claims that PrimeTrim, a synthetic building molding product manufactured, marketed, and sold by Georgia-Pacific often fails to perform up to warranty standards and marketing representations touting the product as more durable than traditional lumber.  To the contrary, many owners of buildings that have incorporated PrimeTrim have allegedly found that PrimeTrim has shown signs of deterioration, rotting, swelling, buckling, delamination, water absorption, warping and/or bulging well before the expiration of the 30-year express warranty provided... Read More
07/02/2013

Dollar General Employment Class Action

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Audet and Partners, LLP has filed a class action against Dollar General Corp. (“Dollar General”) in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Case No. 3:13-cv-00652, alleging violations of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as specific employment statutes within the State of Tennessee. The lead plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that while working between 32-40 hours per week, they were given meal breaks but as supervisory “keyholders” they were not allowed to leave... Read More
04/19/2013

Stericycle, Inc. Excessive Billing

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Stericycle, Inc., a publicly-traded company with revenue swelling 14.1% in 2012 to $1.96 billion, maintains an expansive network of medical waste transport vehicles, collection sites, and treatment facilities in the United States and 11 international markets.  Stericycle's extensive customer base includes hospitals, laboratories, physician practices, dental offices, long-term care facilities, blood banks, veterinarians, and other generators of biohazardous waste. Following the enactment of the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988, Stericycle was formed in 1989.  Since becoming a publicly-traded company in... Read More
02/25/2013

Force-Placed Insurance Lawsuits

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CLASS ACTIONS CONTINUE TO BE FILED FOR FRAUDULENT FORCE-PLACED INSURANCE Over the past year, state and other governmental agencies have uncovered a long standing fraudulent practice where lending institutions such as Banks and mortgage companies were receiving kickbacks from insurance carriers in order to be awarded force-placed insurance contracts. These insurance policies are placed on a home by the lender when a property owner’s own insurance is cancelled, lapsed or is deemed insufficient and the homeowner fails to secure a replacement... Read More
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
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
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
12/17/2011

WeatherBest Composite Decking Investigation

Please be advised that  a class action settlement was recently approved by the Honorable Joseph C. Spero of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.... 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