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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.

  • Turlock Irrigation District Unpaid Overtime
    Turlock Irrigation District Unpaid Overtime
    February 7 2006

    Two power control center operators have filed a lawsuit and are seeking class action status on behalf of employees alleging unpaid overtime. People who have worked for the district since January 11, 2003 and have been classified as exempt from...

  • Toxic Car Chemicals
    Toxic Car Chemicals
    February 7 2006

    Chemicals Phthalate and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) have been used in a variety of consumer products, and most recently consumer groups have found these chemicals in car interiors. Consumer groups worry that these chemicals are toxic and...

  • Pacific Shellfish
    Pacific Shellfish
    February 6 2006

    Following up on repeated violations, the FDA files a lawsuit against Pacific Shellfish Inc. with the intent to close the seafood processing plant. Authorities performing inspections in 2004 and 2005 found unsanitary conditions and bacteria...

  • International Business Machines Unpaid Overtime
    International Business Machines Unpaid Overtime
    January 31 2006

    Three current and former workers have filed a suit in United States District Court and seek class action status alleging that IBM did not pay overtime to thousands of rank-and-file employees, computer installers and maintenance workers...

  • Scholastic, Inc. Unsolicited Goods
    Scholastic, Inc. Unsolicited Goods
    January 31 2006

    Consumers filed a proposed nationwide class action lawsuit against the children's books publisher for allegedly duping unsuspecting consumers into a scheme to purchase unsolicited books and educational items. Scholastic allegedly used its...

  • Ameriprise Identity Theft
    Ameriprise Identity Theft
    January 31 2006

    --> Ameriprise Financial recently informed its clients and staff that a computer containing unencrypted company records was stolen in December. This announcement concerns its employees and customers due to the potential risk of identify theft and...

  • Ford Motor Corporation and the United Auto Workers Union
    Ford Motor Corporation and the United Auto Workers Union
    January 30 2006

    Retired hourly workers are seeking class action on behalf of all retirees, arguing that Ford Motor Co. and the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) did not have the right to cut benefits on behalf of retirees who do not pay union dues and were not...

  • State of Minnesota Health Impact Fee
    State of Minnesota Health Impact Fee
    January 30 2006

    A lawsuit was filed in Minneapolis on behalf of three smokers who are seeking class action status for all of the state's smokers. A judge declared illegal the 75-cent charge on each pack of cigarettes for "health impact fee" and the smokers...

  • Visa and MasterCard Price Fixing
    Visa and MasterCard Price Fixing
    January 26 2006

    U.S. retailers are possibly filing a class action suit accusing Visa and Mastercard and several major banks of price-fixing that could cost the credit card industry more than US $100 billion in damages. This suit is the latest in a series of 47...

  • Philip Morris USA Marlboro Lung Canger Screening
    Philip Morris USA Marlboro Lung Canger Screening
    January 23 2006

    A group of Marlboro smokers filed a lawsuit seeking class action status in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, against Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA, stating that the company should pay for annual screening tests that detect...

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