Class Action Investigations

Class Action Investigations

Consumer complaints under attorney investigation; no lawsuits filed yet. When certain consumer complaints affect a larger number of individuals, an attorney may begin a class action investigation. The number of people affected in order to begin an investigation can and will vary depending on the nature of the product in question and the complaint involved. For example, a serious auto defect can lead to a loss of many lives and prompt a class action investigation based on a small number of complaints; a mislabeled food product might be recalled but not result in actual injury to anyone and, therefore, not prompt a class action investigation. If an attorney determines there is cause for legal action, a class action investigation can lead to a class action lawsuit being filed.

  • First Hawaiian Bank Overdraft Fees
    First Hawaiian Bank Overdraft Fees
    June 23 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: Despite consumer protection laws designed to prevent abusive practices on the part of the financial industry, there are still some unethical practices that consumers fall prey to. These include issues with overdraft fees. Many...

  • Bank of Hawaii Excessive Overdraft Fees
    Bank of Hawaii Excessive Overdraft Fees
    June 22 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: In 2016, Bank of Hawaii was accused of unfairly assessing overdraft fees in an excessive overdraft fees class action lawsuit. The complaint alleged that the Bank of Hawaii charged overdraft fees on accounts that had enough funds...

  • People's United Bank Excessive Overdraft Fees
    People's United Bank Excessive Overdraft Fees
    June 20 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: In 2017, an excessive overdraft fees class action lawsuit was filed against People's United Bank, over allegations it systematically assesses overdraft fees on transactions when there is enough money in the checking account to...

  • Union Bank Excessive Overdraft Fees
    Union Bank Excessive Overdraft Fees
    June 20 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: Union Bank settled an excessive overdraft fees class action in 2011, for $35 million. The bank was one of 30 banks facing allegations of manipulating the order of debit card transactions so they could deplete customers’...

  • Bank of The West Excessive Overdraft Fees
    Bank of The West Excessive Overdraft Fees
    June 15 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: Although Bank of the West settled an excessive overdraft fees class action in 2012, for $18 million, complaints are still being made that the bank charges excessive and unfair overdraft fees. In the lawsuit, customers alleged...

  • Unpaid Overtime Law Being Tested In Chipotle Class Action Lawsuit
    Unpaid Overtime Law Being Tested In Chipotle Class Action Lawsuit
    June 8 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: An employee at Chipotle Mexican Grill has filed an unpaid overtime law class action lawsuit after the restaurant chain reversed its decision in 2016 to pay workers overtime. The Chipotle decision also flies in the face of the new...

  • Class 1 Recall of HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller Issued
    Class 1 Recall of HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller Issued
    May 24 2017

    Washington, DC: Following reports of 70 incidents in which the Abbott-Thoratec HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller has malfunctioned after an exchange, a Class 1 recall has been issued for the device. The 70 incident reports include...

  • Zillow Zestimates Allegedly Misrepresent Property Values
    Zillow Zestimates Allegedly Misrepresent Property Values
    May 24 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: Zillow, a real estate website that provides estimates of property values, is facing allegations of consumer fraud, based on Zillow’s Zestimate valuation tool which allegedly misrepresents properties’ real market values. A...

  • Studies Raise Concerns for Risk of Bladder Cancer From E-Cigarettes
    Studies Raise Concerns for Risk of Bladder Cancer From E-Cigarettes
    May 19 2017

    Santa Clara, CA: Data from new studies now show there may be a link between vaping e-cigarettes and bladder cancer. Researchers presenting their findings at the 112th Annual...

  • Abbott Recalls Coronary Catheters
    Abbott Recalls Coronary Catheters
    May 16 2017

    Santa Clara,CA: Abbott has issued recalls of its defective coronary catheters models: NC Trek RX Coronary Dilatation Catheter, NC Traveler Coronary Dilatation Catheter, and NC Tenku RX PTCA Balloon Catheter. The...