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09/17/2012

Blog About Flushmate III “Exploding Toilets” – http://explodingtoilets.com/

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The United States is recalling millions of faulty flushing mechanisms that have caused toilets to explode, creating “laceration risks” for toilet users. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the warning about the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System, which was sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores and to toilet manufacturers American Standard, Crane, Kohler, Eljer, Mansfield, St. Thomas and Gerber. Read more: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/16/news/la-exploding-toilets-prompt-recall-lawsuit-20120815 In the interest of providing more information to consumers about this litigation, investigation, and consumer recall, we have created... Read More
08/23/2012

Bank “Setoffs”

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“A bank has an equitable right to set off a matured debt, owed the bank by a depositor, against funds in the customer’s demand deposit account.” In plain English, this means that if you owe a bank money, they generally have a right to take that money out of your bank account to pay off the debt. This is known as the “right of set off,” or “right to set-off,” and is ancient English Common Law. However, this has resulted in cases where consumer bank... Read More
06/07/2012

da Vinci Surgical Robot Injuries

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According to published reports: "everal 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... Read More
04/20/2012

About Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella (Drospirenone) Litigation

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Some of the newest birth control pills -- Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella -- are the subject of over 1,000 lawsuits that claim the medications increase the risk of blood clots and stroke and cause other health problems in women who take them. Litigation focuses on Bayer Healthcare's failure to disclose the risks of taking these fourth generation combination birth control pills. Recent research regarding Yaz and blood clots prompted the FDA to require Bayer to add warnings to the drug... Read More
04/20/2012

Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, and Ocella Birth Control Pills

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Yasmin is the brand name for a birth control pill that is generically known as drospirenone.  It is also a treatment for moderate acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women.  It is produced by Bayer Healthcare.  Bayer Healthcare also manufactures “Yaz” birth control pills. The main difference between Yaz and Yasmin is in the level of estrogen contained in each pill compared to the level of progestins. Yasmin has brought Bayer Healthcare $487 million in sales in the US alone with $1.5... Read More
03/29/2012

Tower of Power Sues Warner Music Group Corp. Over Digital Royalties

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Popular music stars Emilio Castillo and Stephen Kupka,‭ ‬collectively and professionally known as Tower of Power,‭ ‬by and through‭ ‬their attorneys at Audet‭ & ‬Partners,‭ ‬LLP,‭ ‬a San Francisco,‭ ‬California-based trial law firm,‭ ‬and the Law Offices of Lopez‭ & ‬Associates,‭ ‬have filed a class action complaint‭ (‬Case‭ ‬#‭ ‬1531‭) ‬in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against‭ ‬Warner Music Group Corp. ‬The case arises out of the alleged failure of‭ ‬Warner Music‭ ‬to pay... Read More
03/29/2012

A Reminder About Employment Litigation / Employment Law

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Audet & Partners LLP has an Employment Litigation practice team that is ready to help those who may have suffered from discrimination in the work force. In fact, "employment litigation" is actually a very broad practice area, and encompasses 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... Read More
03/28/2012

Werner S2208 and S2210 Attic Ladder Investigation

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According to allegations in a recently filed class action complaint, certain Werner Attic Ladders may have dangerous defects. The attic ladders that are the subject of the class action are S2208 and S2210 pull-down attic ladders. According to the allegations in the complaint, these attic ladders are sold by Lowe's Home Centers. According to the complaint, Lowe's sold approximately 600,000 of these allegedly defective ladders, nationwide, up until 2008. Read... Read More
03/20/2012

Just A Reminder That Audet & Partners, LLP Now Has Two Free SmartPhone Apps!

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Audet & Partners, LLP has created not one, but two free smartphone apps for our clients, prospective clients, and members of the community. The first app that we have released is entitled Audet Law News Legal Information, and may be downloaded free at this site, or at the Apple or Android App Stores. Audet Law News is a free and simple smartphone application that will let you keep up with legal news that affects your family and your legal rights. Easily contact our... Read More
03/15/2012

Bank of America Home Loan Mortgage Modifications

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating allegations of wrongdoing connected to Bank of America “home loan modifications.” Based on information and belief, we are investigating allegations that Bank of America is mishandling such home loan modifications to existing home mortgages. According to our investigation, applicants are allegedly told to let their home loan (mortgage) lapse for three months to qualify for the program. Then, when the applicants attempt to qualify for the loan mod, they are told that they do not... Read More
02/29/2012

Popular Latina Music Star Graciela Beltran Sues EMI Music, Inc. Over Royalties

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Popular Latina music star Graciela Beltran, by and through her attorneys at Audet & Partners, LLP, a San Francisco,California-based trial law firm, and the Law Offices of Lopez & Associates, has filed a class action complaint (Case # CV121002) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against EMI Music, Inc. The case arises out of the alleged failure of EMI to pay the full royalty rates to artists such as Ms. Beltran on revenue generated from the licensing of... Read More
01/26/2012

Audet & Partners, LLP Launches New Accident Law Site

As part of our continuing commitment to our community, we have recently launched a new informational site for people who have been the victims of vehicle accidents. This free online resource is entitled Audet Accident Law Resources, and features a growing selection of free resources for people who have been in car/vehicle accidents. In addition to links to numerous legal and insurance resources, the site also features links to first aid information, and a growing list of local resources for different regions.... Read More
01/20/2012

William M. Audet Asked to Speak on Internet Privacy Issues

Audet & Partners, LLP founder William M. Audet will be speaking at an upcoming legal seminar on issues related to mobile web applications. The seminar is entitled DEVELOPING APPLICATIONS FOR MOBILE DEVICES: Legal, Business And Regulatory Developments, and further information about this seminar is here at this link. Designed for attorneys, business executives in the wireless, mobile device, applications development and venture capital industries, business consultants and governmental officials, this seminar will cover numerous topics, including the following: Industry update: Where is the technology heading? Platforms:... Read More
01/19/2012

Audet & Partners, LLP Launches New (and Free) Smart Phone App!!!

As attorneys, and as members of our communities, we feel that it is important that all people have access to legal resources. One issue has been that many folks simply do not know what to do, or who to contact, should they need legal help.  We are not an attorney referral service, however, we do often refer cases out to other qualified lawyers and firms, if the case is not something that our firm handles. As part of our commitment to educating the public about... Read More
12/23/2011

U.C.L.A. Health System Warns About Stolen Records

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA’s system of hospitals and clinics warned more than 16,000 patients that their personal information was on a computer hard drive stolen in the burglary of a doctor’s home, officials said Friday. The UCLA Health System sent letters to the 16,288 patients affected, warning them of possible identity theft and giving them contact information for a data security company the system has enlisted for help. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/us/ucla-health-system-warns-about-stolen-records.html Audet and Partners, LLP is currently investigating these claims. If you received... Read More
12/08/2011

AUDET & PARTNERS, LLP Filed a Class Action Complaint Against Sutter Health and Sutter Medical Foundation

AUDET & PARTNERS, LLP filed a class action complaint against Sutter Health and Sutter Medical Foundation (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Sutter”) in Sacramento County Superior Court  on December 5, 2011, for violations of the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), among other statutes. The case arises out of Sutter’s alleged failure to take adequate measures to properly protect its patients’ confidential medical information. Specifically, a desktop computer containing records regarding the medical diagnoses... Read More
11/21/2011

FDA Pulls Avastin From the Market

On Friday, November 18, 2011 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had pulled from the market the drug Avastin.  Avastin is used for treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer, however there is no evidence the drug is safe and effective for that use. Researchers said Avastin may increase a cancer patient's risk of having a fatal reaction to treatment when it is added to chemotherapy. Please visit our website www.Audetlaw.com for additional... Read More
11/03/2011

Re: Google Android Consumer Privacy Litigation

Audet & Partners, LLP, attorney William M. Audet was recently appointed as co-interim lead counsel in a class action case against Google involving allegations of invasion of privacy on behalf of the class of android users.  The firm was appointed by the Federal Court in the Northern District of California.  A copy of the Court’s order can be found here. For more information about the firm and its work protecting consumers, visit the firm’s website at... Read More
11/02/2011

William M. Audet has Been Named Super Lawyer for Northern California for the Third Straight Year

Attorney William M. Audet, founding partner of Audet &  Partners, LLP, a plaintiffs only litigation firm, was recently named Super Lawyer for Northern California for the third straight year.  The nomination is a merit based selection process.  In addition, Mr. Audet was recently recognized as a Top Attorney in Northern California for his work in Class Actions and Mass Torts. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a... Read More
11/02/2011

Update: Audet & Partners, LLP Opposes Private Arbitration Against The Finish Line, Inc.

Audet & Partners, LLP recently filed a lawsuit for invasion of privacy in Federal Court against The Finish Line, Inc., a nationwide sports apparel retailer. The Complaint alleges, inter alia, that the company’s manager in the Milpitas, California store set up a hidden video camera in the change room and restroom to secretly record female employees. Finish Line responded to the lawsuit by filing a motion to dismiss the case from Federal Court, and to force the  five current and... Read More