Consumer Protection

  • April 20, 2011

    NY Energy Cos. To Pay $2M Over Alleged Fraud

    Two related companies that sell electricity and natural gas to consumers through telemarketing and door-to-door sales will pay more than $2 million to settle deceptive marketing accusations, New York's attorney general announced Wednesday.

  • April 19, 2011

    US Cracks Down On Prescription Drug Abuse

    The Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled a plan to combat prescription drug abuse by requiring drugmakers to increase warnings about opioids like OxyContin and introducing new legislation to make additional training mandatory for doctors.

  • April 19, 2011

    FTC Sues To Shut Down Acai Weight-Loss Sites

    The Federal Trade Commission has asked federal courts in New York, Illinois, Georgia and elsewhere to stop a slew of companies from allegedly using fake news sites to sell acai berry weight-loss products, the watchdog said Tuesday.

  • April 19, 2011

    McDonald’s Tries To Fry Happy Meal False Ad Action

    McDonald’s Corp. urged a California federal court Monday to nix a putative class action that accuses the fast food giant of violating state consumer protection laws by using toys to market nutritionally poor Happy Meals directly to children.

  • April 19, 2011

    Vitran To Pay $2.6M For Snooping On Job Seekers

    Vitran Express Inc. agreed Tuesday to pay $2.6 million to settle Ohio class action claims that it secretly obtained criminal background checks on individuals seeking employment with the freight company, violating the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • April 19, 2011

    Funeral Trust Bilked $14M From Customers: Calif. AG

    A major California funeral trust came under fire from the state's attorney general Monday in a new action alleging the trust conspired to divert $14 million from funds intended for consumers who had paid for funeral services.

  • April 18, 2011

    Kraft, Hormel Sued Over Deli Meat Labels

    A putative class action filed Monday in federal court in Florida against Kraft Foods Inc. and Hormel Foods Corp. alleges that the companies' fat-free percentage claims on certain products mislead and deceive consumers.

  • April 15, 2011

    ISP Can't Be Forced To Filter For Piracy: EU Adviser

    A Belgian Internet service provider should not be forced to check all online traffic that passes through its network to block the sharing of copyrighted audio or video files, an adviser to the European Union's highest court said Thursday.

  • April 15, 2011

    Customers Pick Up Deal In Trash Hauling Antitrust Suit

    Hundreds of customers of two waste disposal companies can share in a $600,000 settlement from an antitrust suit against an incarcerated garbage czar who allegedly inflated prices and rigged bids for trash-hauling contracts, Connecticut's attorney general said Thursday.

  • April 14, 2011

    Green Mountain's Coffee Brewers Defective, Suit Says

    Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. and subsidiary Keurig Inc. were hit with a class action in New Jersey on Monday accusing them of misrepresenting the performance and durability of multiple single-cup brewing systems and failing to take adequate corrective measures.

  • April 13, 2011

    Apple Sued Over Fees For Virtual Products In Games

    Apple Inc. is exploiting children by charging exorbitant amounts of real money for fictional products as part of iPhone games aimed at kids, according to a proposed breach of contract and consumer protection class action filed Monday in California.

  • April 13, 2011

    Nestle Seeks To Junk Breakfast Drink False Ad Action

    A Nestle SA subsidiary on Tuesday moved to dismiss a California putative class action alleging the food giant misled consumers by advertising a dark chocolate breakfast drink as healthy because it contains antioxidants.

  • April 12, 2011

    Guacamole False Ad Suit Can Proceed, Judge Says

    The parent of Mexican food brand Mission Foods lost its bid Monday to dismiss a putative class action in California alleging the company misleadingly labeled a guacamole-flavored dip as guacamole and a bean dip as all natural.

  • April 12, 2011

    Daimler Sued Over Alleged Steering System Defects

    A Daimler AG unit was hit with a class action Tuesday in Alabama alleging it sold thousands of Freightliner heavy duty trucks with defective rack-and-pinion steering systems.

  • April 11, 2011

    Wells Fargo, QBE Face Suit Over Preset Policies

    Several Wells Fargo & Co. subsidiaries were hit with a proposed class action in Florida on Thursday alleging that the companies received kickbacks from QBE Insurance Group Ltd. for forcing mortgage owners to buy high-priced homeowner’s insurance after their policies lapsed.

  • April 8, 2011

    House Votes Down FCC Net Neutrality Rules

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved legislation to block the Federal Communications Commission from prohibiting discriminatory treatment of Internet traffic, a bill President Barack Obama has said he would veto if passed by the U.S. Senate.

  • April 8, 2011

    MDL Panel Keeps Quaker Trans Fat Actions Separate

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation refused Friday to consolidate four putative class actions in California and one in Illinois accusing Quaker Oats Co. of falsely marketing its products as healthful when they contain artificial trans fats.

  • April 7, 2011

    SEC Fines Brokers For Consumer Privacy Breach

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission levied fines Thursday against three executives of a defunct Florida broker-dealer for violating a 2000 consumer privacy law, marking the first time it has assessed penalties against individuals charged solely with violating Regulation S-P.

  • April 7, 2011

    House Begins Drafting CPSIA Revisions

    A U.S. House of Representatives panel began potential changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act on Thursday that could replace much-criticized portions of the 2008 law, which some say are necessary to protect children and others claim are unreasonably strict.

  • April 6, 2011

    Amway To Pay Up To $20M In Gift Card Class Action

    Amway Corp. said Tuesday it had settled a class action accusing it of illegally implying a redemption date on retail gift vouchers, agreeing to allow consumers to redeem up to $20 million in various categories of expired or discarded Ribbon Gift Cards.