United States

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
02/25/2013

Partial Verdict of $3.35 Million Handed Down in First Transvaginal Mesh Trial

In the first jury verdict to rule on whether Johnson & Johnson (J&J)’s Ethicon unit failed to properly warn of the risks of the vaginal mesh implant, Linda Gross, a 47 year-old South Dakota nurse, today was awarded $3.35 million after having required eighteen (18) surgeries to correct problems experienced after a transvaginal mesh implant. In the verdict handed down in Atlantic City, New Jersey, jurors ruled that the company failed to warn the implanting surgeon of the very serious complications... Read More
02/19/2013

Miscarriage and Infertility Linked to Mirena IUD Prompt Lawsuits

At Audet and Partners, LLP, we are currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of women who have suffered complications from the Mirena IUD (Intra-Uterine Device).   Sadly, there have been cases linking the Mirena IUD to miscarriage and infertility. Now women across the United States who have suffered adverse complications after using the device are now speaking out. Mirena IUD Serious Injuries Serious complications have been linked to the Mirena IUD including: Infection Uterine Perforation Ectopic Pregnancy Miscarriage Ovarian Cysts Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Infertility Mirena IUD Lawsuits Bayer marketed it as... Read More
11/28/2012

Received an Unsolicited “Spam” Text Message? You Could Be Entitled to Damages

A recent national study suggests that nearly 75% of cell phone users that send and receive text messages have received unsolicited or "spam" text messages advertising or promoting products and/or services. Another study estimates that the number of unique commercial text messaging ad campaigns quadrupled in the first half of 2012, and that receipt of such messages increased 300% between 2011 and 2012. Consumers are protected from unsolicited commercial text messages by the Federal Act known as the Telephone Consumer... Read More
09/14/2012

Flushmate Recalls Flushmate® III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards

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(From CPSC, edited) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Name of Product: Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing System Units: About 2,330,600 in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada Manufacturer: Flushmate, of New Hudson, Mich., a division of Sloan Valve Company Hazard: The system can burst at or near... Read More
06/13/2012

NuvaRing Contraceptive Ring Lawsuits & Investigations

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NuvaRing is the trade name for a combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring manufactured by Merck (formerly Schering-Plough, formerly Organon), that is available by prescription. It is a flexible plastic (ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer) ring that releases a low dose of a progestinand estrogen over three weeks. It is considered to be a “third-generation” birth control method. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers, distributors, and marketers of the NuvaRing birth control vaginal ring, and recent court cases are now allowing these... 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
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
08/09/2011

Retailer “Finish Line” and Defendant “David Meyer” Sued Over Bathroom Video Taping.

Defendant Finish Line is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Indianapolis, Indiana. Finish Line is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel, and accessories. Currently, Finish Line owns and operates 660 stores in malls across the United States, including 44 stores throughout the state of California. On multiple occasions, between approximately December 2009 and April 2010, during regular business hours and while acting within the scope of his employment, Defendant Meyer secretly placed a concealed video camera... 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
03/02/2011

How to Find and Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or defective drug, one of the first things you should do (after getting medical treatment for the injury), is to contact an attorney. People who are harmed by defective products or defective drugs (or anything, for that matter) generally have certain legal rights, but those rights can sometimes be lost if the person who was harmed does not seek legal representation. Therefore, if you or a loved one was... Read More
11/05/2009

PRESS RELEASE: HUGE INVESTIGATION INTO PRICE FIXING OF CD AND DVD DRIVES: PRACTICALLY EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN UNITED STATES AFFECTED BY THIS ALLEGED PRICE-FIXING SCHEME

San Francisco, CA November 5, 2009:  It was recently disclosed that there is currently a worldwide investigation into violations of antitrust laws and other anti-competitive practices into the market for optical disk drives.  According to press reports, the U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony regarding its optical disc drive business in what could be the start of an investigation into the entire industry.In addition, a class action suit was recently filed naming Sony, along with numerous other... Read More