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08/21/2013

Whistleblower Protection Afforded by Federal Law Limited by Fifth Circuit

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A whistleblower is usually an individual who works for a private company involved in business with the government or a government employee who witnesses some sort of inappropriate or even illegal conduct. Usually, when a whistleblower reports this type of conduct to its employer under a federal law, that federal law contains anti-retaliation provisions to protect the employee. With specific regard to whistleblowing, Under the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, at least five federal trial... Read More
02/19/2013

Domino’s Pizza Drivers Decertified in Class Action for Tips

Recently the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decertified the Domino’s Pizza Drivers class action lawsuit brought by 1,600 delivery drivers against the company for wrongfully denying them tips in violation of the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act. We are currently evaluating claims by hospitality workers, such as Domino’s Pizza delivery drivers, who have had gratuities wrongfully withheld from them. Workers may have the right to bring a class action lawsuit for violation of wage and hour laws or... Read More
08/24/2012

Websites Allegedly Use Kids as Marketers

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McDonald's, General Mills, Subway, Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network could all be violating online privacy rules designed to protect children. On Wednesday, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and other consumer, privacy and children's advocacy groups plan to file five separate complaints against the companies with the Federal Trade Commission. The organizations allege that the businesses are engaging in marketing practices clearly at odds with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The rules limit the... 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
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
03/20/2012

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
02/27/2012

Audet & Partners, LLP Launches Auto Accident Injury Smart Phone Application

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Audet & Partners, LLP is proud to announce the release of our newest smart phone application. Audet Accident Law is a fast and free app that allows you to learn your legal rights as an auto accident victim. This simple application also contains news and information about our legal services, and links to an extensive selection of online resources for accident victims, drivers, passengers, and family members. The app also contains links to external resources about first aid, finding a lawyer, and... Read More
02/03/2012

Audet & Partners, LLP to Launch Second SmartPhone App

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The law firm of Audet & Partners, LLP is proud to announce the upcoming launch of yet another cutting-edge smartphone application.  This app will be available for users of both iPhone and Android devices, and should be live within just a few days. Our first app was designed as a general resource for people who are looking for a consumer attorney, and our second app will be more focused on the needs of accident victims, and their families. As with our... 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
01/19/2012

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
07/12/2011

New William Audet Biography Featured in SuperLawyers 2011

The Law Firm of Audet & Partners, LLP is proud to announce that partner William M. Audet has again been selected to be featured in SuperLawyers Magazine.  Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research. Rising Stars names the state's top up-and-coming attorneys. Super Lawyers magazine is published in all 50 states and reaches more than 13 million readers. Here is Mr. Audet's profile: Clients Come First. The... Read More
02/19/2010

A Big, Fat Pimple for Accutane: $25 Million Loss for Roche

A Big, Fat Pimple for Accutane: $25 Million Loss for Roche: "An Atlantic City, N.J., jury has socked Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Holding AG with another big verdict involving its potent acne medication Accutane, this one to the tune of $25.16 million.That's how much the jury on Feb. 16 ordered the company to pay Andrew McCarrell, a computer technician from Birmingham, Ala., who took Accutane in his 20s and consequently developed inflammatory bowel disease, ultimately forcing him to have his... Read More