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Brenda Craig

Brenda Craig is a freelance writer specializing in writing legal and financial articles for the web.

  • Financial Choice Act Threat to Consumer Litigation say Critics
    Financial Choice Act Threat to Consumer Litigation say Critics
    June 19, 2017

    Washington, D.C. Good chance that the bill known as the Financial Choice Act slipped by many Americans when it passed through Congress on June 8, 2017. However, advocacy groups and lawyers involved in consumer litigation and class action lawsuits definitely noticed. They see a world of hurt on the horizon for Americans that run up against the power of big corporations.

  • Trump Muslim Ban Aims to Expel Muslims from the US says Lawsuit
    Trump Muslim Ban Aims to Expel Muslims from the US says Lawsuit
    February 7, 2017

    Troy, MI Members of the Michigan Muslim community have launched a lawsuit arguing that the travel restrictions imposed on citizens from seven countries with Muslim majorities is unconstitutional. The complaint, filed in Virginia in Federal Court, argues President Trump’s Executive Order titled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” will have dire consequences for them as individuals and stigmatize them for years to come.

  • Bayer Accused of “Mommy Tracking” in Gender Discrimination and Employment Suit
    Bayer Accused of “Mommy Tracking” in Gender Discrimination and Employment Suit
    December 19, 2016

    New York, NY The Bayer Corporation, a global pharmaceutical behemoth, is accused of discriminating against a pregnant female employee and sidelining another female executive once vaulted as a star employee in a gender discrimination and employment law suit.

  • Climate Change Litigation Likely to Spill Over
    Climate Change Litigation Likely to Spill Over
    October 17, 2016

    Everett, MA A New England team of environmental lawyers from the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is taking ExxonMobil to court to force the oil giant to upgrade its storage facilities in Everett, Massachusetts.

  • “Just For Men” Haircolor Sparks Class-Action Suit
    “Just For Men” Haircolor Sparks Class-Action Suit
    June 8, 2016

    Ottawa, ON: The temptation to use hair dye to trim a few years off of your appearance is universal. So, in the fall of 2013, a Canadian man from Ottawa, Ontario, purchased and began using a well-known Just For Men hair dye product, marketed as Men H-45 Dark Brown Shampoo-in Haircolor.

  • Canadians Becoming Class-Action Friendly
    Canadians Becoming Class-Action Friendly
    April 25, 2016

    Ottawa, ON: Lawyer Jeff Orenstein is kind of a legal pioneer in Canadian legal circles. He first got involved with class-action law 11 years ago in 2005 while working with another law firm. Orenstein then decided to set up shop for himself and in 2010, he opened the Consumer Law Group headquartered in Ottawa.

  • NFL Fans Fight Back against DirecTV’s “Package Deal”
    NFL Fans Fight Back against DirecTV’s “Package Deal”
    February 4, 2016

    Costa Mesa, CA NFL fan Thomas Abrahamian has had enough of what is being described as the NFL/DirecTV’s “anti-competitive” and “collusive” agreements that force football aficionados to purchase overpriced NFL Sunday Ticket TV packages and buy access to games they don’t want to see.

  • Got Phone Spammers? Here's What to Do
    Got Phone Spammers? Here's What to Do
    November 11, 2015

    Lancaster, CA: Despite the fact that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) clearly states that unwanted texts and cell phone calls are illegal, violations of the act happen all the time.

  • Keyless Cars and Carbon Monoxide
    Keyless Cars and Carbon Monoxide
    October 21, 2015

    Santa Monica, CA: Keyless cars have been on the market since 2003 but the dangers associated with them are fast overtaking the advantages, according to the litigation documents. They have been linked to everything from easy theft to dangerous and deadly cases of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Out-of-Date Tires Can Be Deadly
    Out-of-Date Tires Can Be Deadly
    October 19, 2015

    Santa Monica, CA: California lawyer Chris Spagnoli, from the firm of Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, has gone to war with car companies and tire makers many times throughout her career. She is now seeing a new and deadly problem. Those tires on your vehicle may have very few miles on them and look fine, but if they are more than six years old, they may be on the road to a catastrophic automotive failure.

  • Did TransUnion’s Website Mislead Consumers?
    Did TransUnion’s Website Mislead Consumers?
    February 21, 2015

    Washington, DC A small but significant court case is shedding light on the issue of consumer rights in the burgeoning world of online sales and, secondly, bringing TransUnion’s “credit score” marketing and sales strategy into question.

  • Why the Courts Should Know What Pharmaceutical Reps Tell Doctors
    Why the Courts Should Know What Pharmaceutical Reps Tell Doctors
    April 28, 2014

    Houston, TX The story of the drug Vioxx speaks volumes about the way drug companies market their products to consumers and to the doctors that ultimately prescribe those drugs.

  • Courts Slow to Understand Data Breaches
    Courts Slow to Understand Data Breaches
    January 31, 2014

    Boston, MAData thieves are constantly on the prowl - slipping in through unlocked doors and then helping themselves to untold bytes of valuable information that they can profit from. Over the last 10 years, the numbers of cyber theft reports have skyrocketed, and barely a day goes by now without hackers busting though a data security system.

  • Zoloft Users Allegedly Duped by Pfizer
    Zoloft Users Allegedly Duped by Pfizer
    March 17, 2013

    New Orleans, LA Some 20 million prescriptions for the antidepression drug Zoloft are written in the US every year. Now a new class-action lawsuit alleges that pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has known for years that the drug does little to nothing to relieve the symptoms of depression and is demanding that Pfizer provides refunds to hundreds of thousands of Zoloft users.

  • Glass Particles in Pills Totally Unacceptable Says NJ Attorney
    Glass Particles in Pills Totally Unacceptable Says NJ Attorney
    January 31, 2013

    Rochelle Park, NJ A New Jersey attorney, Barry Gainey, has filed a motion asking the court to direct Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals to immediately recall 41 defective lots of the drug Atorvastatin and issue full refunds to all consumers who purchased the tainted medication. “Prescription drugs have to meet a standard,” says Gainey. “These did not meet the standard so it has to be a total recall. We don’t wait until someone has a significant problem.”

  • Tassimo Buyers Frothing Mad at Starbucks
    Tassimo Buyers Frothing Mad at Starbucks
    February 29, 2012

    Okemos, MI What did Starbucks know and when did they know it? Starbucks has dropped its Tassimo coffee maker deal with Kraft Foods and switched over to the Keurig single-cup system, leaving hundreds of thousands of Tassimo owners with a machine that will no longer work with Starbucks single-serve coffee cups. Consumers are crying fraud!

  • GM Failed to Deliver on Warranty, Says Suit
    GM Failed to Deliver on Warranty, Says Suit
    September 23, 2011

    Bloomfield Hills, MI General Motors is under fire in a national class-action suit for allegedly failing to honor its so-called bumper-to-bumper warranty and replace defective spindle rods. A class-action suit filed against GM says defective spindle rods caused customers to replace the tires on the vehicles, and rendered potentially hundreds of thousands of 2007 and 2008 Chevy Impalas unsafe to drive.

  • Rice Farmers Receive Historic Compensation for GMO Contamination
    Rice Farmers Receive Historic Compensation for GMO Contamination
    August 26, 2011

    Birmingham, ALBayer Cropscience has agreed to pay rice farmers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi a total of $750 million in an historic settlement after an experiment genetically modified type of rice escaped from one of its test fields and contaminated US crops.

  • SuperMedia Faces Overtime Class Action
    SuperMedia Faces Overtime Class Action
    July 26, 2011

    Dallas, TX Many employees know their rights and are more likely than ever to take their employer to task under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). No surprise to Baron & Budd attorney, Allen Vaught, who is handling a "steady flow" of wage and hour disputes on behalf of aggrieved workers.

  • Gas Royalty Payback Equals $3.4 Million
    Gas Royalty Payback Equals $3.4 Million
    July 12, 2011

    New York, NY A group of landowners in the southwestern part of Virginia has settled a natural gas royalties lawsuit with Chesapeake Appalachia for $3.4 million—the first in a series of lawsuits filed against natural gas producers accused of similarly underpaying.

  • Plaintiffs Sue Oreck over Its Tarnished Halo Vacuum
    Plaintiffs Sue Oreck over Its Tarnished Halo Vacuum
    June 1, 2011

    Chicago, IL Consumers are hauling the Oreck company over the carpet for selling them vacuum cleaners equipped with an ultra-violet light that purportedly could kill 99 percent of all viruses and flu germs that might be lurking on household floors. Now, a national class action launched by Keogh Law in Chicago is aimed at recovering the substantial amount of money for many thousands of consumers across the US who laid out $600 each to buy the Oreck Halo vacuum.

  • Lawsuit Fights Back against Aggressive Debt Collectors
    Lawsuit Fights Back against Aggressive Debt Collectors
    May 31, 2011

    Houston, TX A class-action suit alleging aggressive and illegal debt collection practices against Encore Capital Group and its agents lifts the lid on a growing problem for consumers struggling to pay bills. "A lot of people call lawyers for help not because they want to get rich in a lawsuit, but because they don't know where else to turn," says consumer attorney Aaron Radbil from the firm of Weisberg & Meyers. "They have got debt collectors who are harassing them, debt collectors who won't leave them alone. These people have real problems and they deserve to be treated fairly."

  • AT&T Overcharging Customers on the "Download," Says Suit
    AT&T Overcharging Customers on the "Download," Says Suit
    May 23, 2011

    Miami, FL Miami-based attorney Barry L. Davis says testing results show that AT&T iPhone and iPad customers are consistently being overcharged for data usage and has filed a potential multi-million dollar consumer class action against AT&T. "We didn't want to get involved in a lawsuit and filing against AT&T unless we were absolutely correct," says Davis. "So we spent a lot of money making sure that if we were going to take on AT&T, we had everything lined up before we even filed the lawsuit."

  • DIRECTV Customers One Step Closer to Justice Says Attorney
    DIRECTV Customers One Step Closer to Justice Says Attorney
    April 29, 2011

    San Francisco, CA A California court has granted class-action status to a potentially multi-million dollar class-action suit against DIRECTV. Customers allege that they were charged as much as $480 in early cancellation fees in violation of California consumer law.

  • Fitness Club Slow to Refund Cancellations
    Fitness Club Slow to Refund Cancellations
    April 28, 2011

    Cleveland, OH Upscale health and fitness center, Urban Active, makes it easy to sign up, but very tough to leave. Attorney James DeRoche, from the Cleveland firm of Seaman Garson, calls Urban Active's marketing and sales approach "aggressive," to say the least.

  • Life Partners Class Action
    Life Partners Class Action
    April 26, 2011

    Dallas, TX Waco-based financial company Life Partners did not play fair with investors and is guilty of both breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, according to a class-action suit filed by Dallas attorney James Craig Orr from the firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson. If the allegations prove true, hundreds of people who bought something called "life settlements" investments from the company are likely owed thousands and thousands of dollars.

  • Consumerinfo.com "Way over the Line," Says Attorney
    Consumerinfo.com "Way over the Line," Says Attorney
    April 13, 2011

    Minneapolis, MN The American consumer is daily bombarded with TV and Internet ads urging people know their credit score. But as it turns out, that information is a little harder to get than some of those ads lead people to believe.

  • Social Security Hit with Class Action
    Social Security Hit with Class Action
    April 5, 2011

    Norwell, MA Dealing with government can be frustrating. Just ask any of the approximately 3 million Americans who deal with the Social Security Administration (SSA) every year, or attorney Victor Arruda who handles thousands of social security claims for Americans across the US.

  • Groupon Becomes "Lawsuit of the Day"
    Groupon Becomes "Lawsuit of the Day"
    March 29, 2011

    Washington, DC The Groupon company has quickly emerged on the scene as a major marketer of discount coupons over the last few years, but consumers are getting frustrated with fine print and have launched a potentially multi-million dollar class action aimed at recovering their money.

  • CIGNA Healthcare Said Female Employee "Too Aggressive"
    CIGNA Healthcare Said Female Employee "Too Aggressive"
    March 22, 2011

    Washington, DC Given the economic conditions in the US, this is not a good time to put your livelihood on the line, but attorney David Sanford believes that the class-action suit against CIGNA Healthcare and Bretta Karp's story of biased performance reviews and promotions denied at CIGNA will inspire others at the giant healthcare provider to come forward as well.

  • Clearwire a Broadband Ponzi Scheme Says Suit
    Clearwire a Broadband Ponzi Scheme Says Suit
    March 22, 2011

    New York, NY Millions of Americans have signed up with Clearwire, an Internet subscriber service based in Washington state that promises lightning fast performance, but attorney Peter Seidman from the firm of Milberg LLP in New York says many of those subscribers are severely disappointed with what they get.

  • Arizona's Photo Radar Lawyer
    Arizona's Photo Radar Lawyer
    February 5, 2011

    Scottsdale, AZTraffic court judges may not be big fans of attorney Michael Kielsky, but his clients love him. Since Kielsky began fighting photo radar tickets in 2009, he has successfully squashed tickets for about 85 percent of his photo radar clients.

  • Damage to Your Credit Rating Is a Personal Injury
    Damage to Your Credit Rating Is a Personal Injury
    December 13, 2010

    Fullerton, CA If your credit rating has been damaged because of someone else's actions—it's as if you sustained a personal injury. It's an injury to your reputation and it can compromise your lifestyle just as much as losing an eye or a leg.

  • R.J. Reynolds Guilty of Unbridled Deceit Says Attorney
    R.J. Reynolds Guilty of Unbridled Deceit Says Attorney
    December 3, 2010

    Tallahassee, FL Attorney James Gustafson has just finished up a huge and historic wrongful death suit against R.J. Reynolds. A Florida jury awarded $8 million in compensatory damages and another $72 million in punitive damages to Diane Webb, whose father, James Cayce Horner, smoked up to two packages of cigarettes a day until he died of lung cancer.

  • Potent Victory for Former Wal-Mart Workers
    Potent Victory for Former Wal-Mart Workers
    November 15, 2010

    Irvine, CA After a four-year battle, 232,000 former Wal-Mart workers will finally get the money owed to them. The attorney who represented the members of the class action, Louis Marlin, describes the litigation as "an extremely hard road and hard-fought case."

  • Foreclosure a Nightmare for Clients Says Attorney
    Foreclosure a Nightmare for Clients Says Attorney
    November 13, 2010

    Indianapolis, IN A very clear picture emerges of the heartbreak facing hundreds of thousands of Americans as you listen to attorney Richard Shevitz from the firm of Cohen & Malad. Shevitz has filed a class action against Countrywide and Bank of America on behalf of a couple from rural Indiana, who were tossed out of their home in the foreclosure crisis gripping America.

  • Undisciplined Seizure of Homes Sparks Suit
    Undisciplined Seizure of Homes Sparks Suit
    November 3, 2010

    Newark, NJ This ultimately has more to do with the parts of the banking system being in a mess, rather than with malice. Nonetheless, damage is being done, according to attorney Lawrence Friscia. His firm, which is primarily a real estate and consumer advocacy firm, is now handling dozens of foreclosure cases. Friscia began to notice some similarities. "We noticed a certain pattern developing, and process matters," says Friscia. "And I think the process that is due to a big bank is also due to a small client."

  • That's When the Penny Dropped—'Koua Fong Lee's Lawyer Says Toyota Liable'
    That's When the Penny Dropped—'Koua Fong Lee's Lawyer Says Toyota Liable'
    October 28, 2010

    Eagan, MN After spending three years in prison, Kuoa Fong Lee is now trying to reacquaint himself with his family and pull his life back together, says Brent Schafer, the attorney who realized last January that Lee was likely the victim of a wrongful conviction for vehicular homicide. "He can't forget about what happened to him," says Schafer, "every night when he goes to bed, he can't believe he is actually free."

  • Confidential Letters Show Sales Staff Thought Hormone Drug Was Dangerous
    Confidential Letters Show Sales Staff Thought Hormone Drug Was Dangerous
    October 24, 2010

    Montgomery, AL Attorney Ted Meadows spends a good part of his work day preparing litigation against Wyeth, the Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical giant that manufacturers and markets Prempro, the controversial hormone replacement therapy connected to, among other things, breast cancer in older women.

  • Baby Sleep Positioner Suit Demands Sales Stop
    Baby Sleep Positioner Suit Demands Sales Stop
    October 21, 2010

    Chicago, IL Parents who bought baby "sleep positioners" believing they were safe are now suing the companies that sold them, demanding that sales of the product end and the "positioners" be destroyed. "They want the marketing and sales of these to cease and desist," says veteran attorney Stewart Weltman who is handling the Illinois class action suit.

  • Ohio Court Ruling Means Redux Trial Goes Forward
    Ohio Court Ruling Means Redux Trial Goes Forward
    October 20, 2010

    Cleveland, OH A US Appeals Court decision to reinstate the claim against the makers of the controversial diet drug Redux is a significant victory for the family of the late Mary Buchanan and the rights of countless other consumers, according to the attorney for the family of the late Mary Buchanan. "I hope this decision means we are one step closer to the Buchanan family getting the justice they deserve," says Ben Anderson from Anderson Law Offices in Cleveland.

  • Students Sue Everest College in Salt Lake City
    Students Sue Everest College in Salt Lake City
    October 15, 2010

    Washington D.C. A lawsuit against Everest College in Salt Lake City reveals yet more problems for students attending for-profit colleges. Three surgical technology students allege that they were misled about the school's accreditation, transferability of credits and the cost of the program.

  • Moms Sue Similac for Beetles in Baby Formula
    Moms Sue Similac for Beetles in Baby Formula
    September 30, 2010

    New Orleans, LA Attorney Stephen Kreller applauds Abbott Laboratories' voluntary recall of thousands of packages of powered baby formula after beetles and beetle larva was found in Similac. However, judging from the number of calls coming into Kreller's office after he filed a Similac defective product class action, the company needs to do more than provide mothers with product vouchers.

  • When is a Window Warranty Not a Window Warranty?
    When is a Window Warranty Not a Window Warranty?
    September 25, 2010

    Santa Monica, CA Leaky windows may sound like a minor household issue with an easy fix, but they can be a nightmare. Holding window manufacturers to their warranties can be an even bigger nightmare. Attorney Paul Stevens from the firm Milstein, Adelman & Kreger has handled four class actions against window manufacturers—the most recent of which involves Weather Shield and its defective Vision 2000 vinyl slider windows.

  • Chalk Another One Up for the Little Guy
    Chalk Another One Up for the Little Guy
    July 30, 2010

    Atlanta, GA: Turns out you can fight city hall and win. An Atlanta businessman who alleged the city was guilty of awarding lucrative advertising contracts to a competitor with political connections has been awarded $17.5 million dollars in damages.

  • Vegas Condo Chaos
    Vegas Condo Chaos
    July 28, 2010

    Las Vegas, NV Attorney Shahram Shayesteh says his clients just want their money back. As they see it, they put their money down six years ago and they still don't have the Vegas condos that were slated for completion in 2007. "It's been five years since they turned over their deposits to the builder and now Deutschebank is saying the project won't be completed until July 2011," says Shayesteh. "That's six years of our clients having their money tied up!"

  • You Won—Now How Do You Get the Money?
    You Won—Now How Do You Get the Money?
    July 25, 2010

    San Diego, CA Despite what many people think, litigation losers don't always hand you a check right away. "Some lawyers are skilled at asset investigation, but many aren't," says Steve Weihe from Premier Judgment Recovery Specialists in San Diego. "The fact is that many firms are so bogged down with uncollected judgments that lawyers are happy to have us work on these."

  • Google Drive-by Scoops Personal Info
    Google Drive-by Scoops Personal Info
    May 26, 2010

    Portland, OR In the course of creating its super photo map of the world, Google admits that it may have inadvertently grabbed your wi-fi signals when its truck passed by your house. Exactly what information was vacuumed up is not likely to become clear until attorney Brooks Cooper meets with Google in an examination for discovery process in a potential class action suit against Google for alleged invasion of privacy and theft of data.

  • Mike and Ike Candy Spills the Beans on School Webcam Spying
    Mike and Ike Candy Spills the Beans on School Webcam Spying
    May 19, 2010

    Trevose, PA An Pennsylvania school pushed invasion of privacy to whole new level when it used a remote control device to take pictures of students in their own homes with school-issued laptop webcams. The remote activation feature was supposed to be used as a tracking device in case of theft. "They had the capability to activate the cameras but they started using it for purposes well beyond the original intent," says attorney Mark Haltzman.

  • Red Hot 'Red Hat' Attorney
    Red Hot 'Red Hat' Attorney
    December 2, 2009

    Atlanta, GA Business litigation lawyer Jeffrey Horst had his work cut out for him when Georgia socialite Vicki Stewart walked into his office with a bone to pick. A book written by a friend of hers had recently rocketed onto the New York Times bestseller list and Stewart wanted to sue the author and the publisher for libel. "It was the first time I had ever taken anything like this on," says Jeffrey Horst. "Initially I thought, 'well, this is going to be a tough case.' We knew they had deep pockets on the other side and St. Martin's Press was going to go to matt over this."

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