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Heidi Turner

Heidi Turner has been a contributor since 2006. As a freelance writer, she has had her work published in various news outlets and magazines. In her spare time, Heidi entertains her four cats and travels as much as her budget allows. You can visit Heidi at www.heiditurner.ca

  • Johnson & Johnson Loses $55M Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit
    Johnson & Johnson Loses $55M Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit
    May 18, 2016

    St. Louis, MO: As Johnson & Johnson is ordered to pay $55 million in a talcum powder side effects lawsuit, more lawsuits are being filed alleging certain talcum powders are actually dangerous products linked to ovarian cancer. The $55 million award is the second large award handed out in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits in recent months.

  • Federal Trade Commission Filed Gerber Good Start Suit in 2014
    Federal Trade Commission Filed Gerber Good Start Suit in 2014
    March 3, 2016

    Washington, DC: Consumers may have filed their own Gerber Good Start lawsuits but back in 2014, it was the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that initially filed suit against the baby food maker, alleging the company made unsubstantiated claims about the health benefits of Gerber Good Start Gentle baby formula.

  • Consumers Sue Gerber Over Good Start Claims
    Consumers Sue Gerber Over Good Start Claims
    February 16, 2016

    Los Angeles, CA: Consumers who filed a lawsuit against Gerber over claims it made in marketing its Good Start baby formula were handed a small victory when the judge in the suit tentatively certified the lawsuit as a class action. The Gerber Good Start lawsuit alleges consumers were misled into buying the baby formula by false claims made in the company’s marketing of the product. Gerber also faces a different lawsuit alleging the company violated the Unlawful Trade Practices Act in its marketing of Gerber Graduate Puffs.

  • New Lawsuit Filed against Gerber
    New Lawsuit Filed against Gerber
    December 24, 2015

    Portland, OR: While Gerber already faces a lawsuit concerning its Good Start baby food, a new lawsuit has been filed against Gerber, this time focused on its Graduate Puffs. The lawsuit claims Gerber misled consumers into buying Graduate Puffs by including fruits and vegetables in the label that do not actually exist in the product. This lawsuit is separate from the Good Start lawsuit, which alleges Gerber misled consumers into thinking its baby food could prevent allergies in infants despite a lack of data to back up that claim.

  • Spokeo Lawsuit Heard by Supreme Court
    Spokeo Lawsuit Heard by Supreme Court
    November 23, 2015

    Washington, DC: The US Supreme Court has heard arguments in the Spokeo lawsuit, which alleged Spokeo published false and misleading information about people without the victims’ knowledge or consent. The lawsuit was filed by Tom Robins, who alleged Spokeo published false information about him and marketed this information to employers while he was looking for work.

  • Gerber Good Start Gentle Formula Lawsuit Filed
    Gerber Good Start Gentle Formula Lawsuit Filed
    November 10, 2015

    Porter Ranch, CA: A lawsuit has been filed against Gerber, alleging the company falsely marketed its Good Start Gentle infant formula. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Oula Zakaria and seeks class-action status, alleges that not only did Gerber illegally market Good Start Gentle infant formula as reducing the risk of food allergies and skin problems, it also falsely represented to consumers that the product was endorsed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  • Lawsuit Filed against eBay, PayPal for Infringement and RICO Violations
    Lawsuit Filed against eBay, PayPal for Infringement and RICO Violations
    August 24, 2015

    Bel Air, CA A lawsuit has been filed against eBay, PayPal and various eBay sellers for trademark infringement and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) linked to the sale of fake products on eBay.com. The plaintiff, who has registered trademarks for various products including iPhone cases and iPhone watch cases, alleges that as many as 2,000 eBay sellers, including the sellers named as defendants in the lawsuit, are using its trademark to sell fake products. The lawsuit claims eBay and PayPal knowingly and deliberately facilitate and profit from the sale of counterfeit products.

  • Armored Truck Attorney: Court Rulings Open Eligibility for Lawsuits
    Armored Truck Attorney: Court Rulings Open Eligibility for Lawsuits
    April 23, 2015

    Miami, FL Recent rulings involving overtime for truck drivers may result in an increase in overtime lawsuits being filed. Specifically, McMaster v. Eastern Armored Services resulted in a ruling for the plaintiff that because the plaintiff was at the wheel of a non-commercial vehicle for almost 50 percent of the time spent working, she should be paid overtime. Ben Stewart, of Stewart Law Group, says the rules governing interstate wage and hour rates are complicated.

  • GranuFlo Lawsuits Extend to DaVita Healthcare
    GranuFlo Lawsuits Extend to DaVita Healthcare
    July 21, 2013

    Denver, CO Problems with GranuFlo side effects and NaturaLyte side effects have now extended beyond Fresenius Medical Care centers to include DaVita Healthcare medical centers. Initially, concern was focused on Fresenius because that is the company that makes both GranuFlo and NaturaLyte, and because the Fresenius medical centers were the ones that initially received memos about dosing concerns with the solutions.

  • Attorney: Debt Collection Harassment Laws Protect Consumers from Undue Harassment
    Attorney: Debt Collection Harassment Laws Protect Consumers from Undue Harassment
    February 7, 2013

    Miami, FL Consumers who have been victims of threatening debt collection practices may want to consider calling a lawyer to deal with debt collector harassment. Even in cases where consumers owe money - and not all debt collection harassment involves creditors who are rightfully owed - there are certain actions debt collectors can and cannot take in contacting debtors, and those actions are guided by state and federal law.

  • California Supreme Court Rules Company Violated Song-Beverly Act
    California Supreme Court Rules Company Violated Song-Beverly Act
    June 30, 2012

    Los Angeles, CA Retailers in California that store customer personal information when completing a credit card transaction could face a Song-Beverly Credit Card Act lawsuit. Following a 2011 ruling from the Supreme Court of California, even the collection and storage of a customer's zip code could be a Song-Beverly Act privacy violation. Already, numerous Song-Beverly class action lawsuits have been filed against retailers alleging they inappropriately took and stored the personal information of customers.

  • Attorney Diane Nygaard: MF Global Clients Face Deadline to File Claims
    Attorney Diane Nygaard: MF Global Clients Face Deadline to File Claims
    March 8, 2012

    Chicago, IL Clients who had money frozen and are considering an MF Global lawsuit should check their client agreements. According to Diane Nygaard, a securities and commodities attorney at Kenner Schmitt Nygaard, LLC, clients affected by MF Global securities fraud will likely have to file an arbitration, which is actually good news, because it means claimants will not have to wait until bankruptcy is over before receiving their MF Global funds. But it also means that time is of the essence for clients to file a claim.

  • MF Global Clients Can Still Recover Money through Arbitration
    MF Global Clients Can Still Recover Money through Arbitration
    February 7, 2012

    Kansas City, MO A newly released trustee's report regarding the alleged MF Global securities fraud appears to dash hope of MF Global clients recovering their missing money, but Diane Nygaard (pictured), a securities and commodities attorney at Kenner Schmitt Nygaard, LLC, says clients can still recover their money through arbitration. Customer arbitrations, especially group arbitrations, are most likely to be successful in recovering customers' funds.

  • Attorney: MF Global Clients Unlikely to Recover Money without Arbitration
    Attorney: MF Global Clients Unlikely to Recover Money without Arbitration
    January 23, 2012

    Kansas City, MO Despite the efforts of the FBI, the Department of Justice attorneys and investigators from the SEC, CFTC and NFA, the $1.2 billion of customers' funds missing from MF Global securities have not been found. Recent reports indicate the funds have likely gone abroad, possibly indicating MF Global securities law violations. According to Diane Nygaard, a securities and commodities attorney at Kenner Schmitt Nygaard, LLC, customers of the MF Global securities firm have only three avenues to try to recover the 28 percent of their money that they have not yet received.

  • UK MF Global Clients Get Money Back
    UK MF Global Clients Get Money Back
    January 9, 2012

    New York, NY Clients of MF Global may have let out a celebratory cheer when they read about the $1.2 billion being returned to the company's clients. Unfortunately, that money is going to MF Global securities clients in Europe, not those in the United States. That means that victims of alleged MF Global securities fraud will likely still have to file an arbitration to recover their missing money, according to Diane Nygaard, a securities and commodities attorney at Kenner Schmitt Nygaard, LLC.

  • Attorney: MF Global Clients Can File Arbitration to Obtain Lost Money
    Attorney: MF Global Clients Can File Arbitration to Obtain Lost Money
    December 29, 2011

    Kansas City, MO Clients who were affected by the MF Global bankruptcy and have had their funds frozen may be eligible to file an arbitration against the company to recover lost money. Diane Nygaard, a securities and commodities attorney at Kenner Schmitt Nygaard, LLC, says among those affected by the MF Global transactions are farmers, who were hedging their crops. They, and others who invested with MF Global, may have to file an arbitration if they hope to see their money again. In fact, an arbitration might be their best hope of seeing their money.

  • Welder's Disease: Manganism Linked to Welders
    Welder's Disease: Manganism Linked to Welders
    October 18, 2011

    Tacoma, WA Among health risks faced by people in various occupations, Welder's Disease is probably not among the most recognized. Many people, welders included, do not know that a link has been made in some studies between welding and Manganism, also called Welder's Disease. At least one welding injury lawsuit has been found in favor of the plaintiff, who alleges he suffered serious health effects after being exposed to welding fumes.

  • FDA Issues Dosing Guidelines for ESA Medications
    FDA Issues Dosing Guidelines for ESA Medications
    July 2, 2011

    Washington, DC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new dosing guidelines for ESA (Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents) when the medications are used to treat anemia in patients who have chronic kidney disease. The new dosing guidelines come because FDA has information suggesting that Aranesp side effects and Procrit side effects, when used in patients with chronic kidney disease, could include an increased risk of cardiovascular events.

  • Public Citizen Warned about Desogestrel
    Public Citizen Warned about Desogestrel
    April 22, 2011

    Vancouver, Canada Women who take birth control containing desogestrel may not be as concerned about desogestrel side effects as women who take other forms of birth control. After all, there has not been a lot of media coverage concerning oral contraceptives that contain desogestrel. But back in 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration was petitioned to take desogestrel birth control products off the market, due to the risk of venous thrombosis. More recently, a study has found an increased risk of gallbladder disease in women who use desogestrel-based birth control.

  • Internet Fraud Scams Victims Out of Money
    Internet Fraud Scams Victims Out of Money
    December 25, 2010

    Columbus, OH The FBI has issued a new warning to consumers to be wary of Internet fraud, including Internet scams and email fraud. According to the FBI, consumers could be victims of an email scam, in which con artists send e-mails to obtain consumers' personal information. That information can then be used to commit identity theft.

  • The Trouble with Elidel
    The Trouble with Elidel
    December 12, 2010

    Baltimore, MD For people dealing with eczema, medications such as Elidel probably seemed like a great treatment. Unfortunately, Elidel side effects, linked in animal studies to Elidel cream, may mean the risks of Elidel outweigh its benefits.

  • Lawsuit Questions Similac Recall
    Lawsuit Questions Similac Recall
    November 17, 2010

    San Diego, CA A lawsuit filed in the wake of the Similac recall questions the conduct of Abbott Laboratories, maker of Similac baby formula. The Similac formula recall was announced after beetles and larvae were found in an area of a Similac formula production plant.

  • Similac Lawsuits Filed
    Similac Lawsuits Filed
    November 1, 2010

    Seattle, WA Parents who were stunned by the recent Similac recall have now filed lawsuits against the maker of Similac baby formula, alleging tainted Similac formula is responsible for infant health problems. Abbott Laboratories Inc, maker of Similac, now faces a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that thousands of children were sickened by Similac infant formula.

  • New York Bus Crash Kills Four
    New York Bus Crash Kills Four
    September 11, 2010

    Salina, NY A bus crash involving a double-decker bus occurred in central New York, killing four people and injuring others. The bus had left Philadelphia on September 10 and was destined for Toronto, with stops in Syracuse and Buffalo. According to The Associated Press (09/11/10), the bus, which was off-route at the time of the accident, was too high to make it under a low clearance bridge.

  • Lawsuit Filed after PERA Cuts Passed
    Lawsuit Filed after PERA Cuts Passed
    March 19, 2010

    Denver, CO A class action lawsuit has been filed against the state of Colorado on behalf of the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). The lawsuit seeks to overturn the Colorado PERA solvency plan that reduced the annual pension adjustment for PERA members.

  • FDA Reviews Avandia Safety Data
    FDA Reviews Avandia Safety Data
    February 25, 2010

    Washington, DC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing data from a long-term study regarding Avandia. The study, nicknamed RECORD (Rosiglitazone Evaluated for Cardiovascular Outcomes and Regulation of Glycemia in Diabetes), was designed to evaluate how safe rosiglitazone (Avandia) is for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Eighty-Two-Year-Old Sues SunTrust Over HELOC
    Eighty-Two-Year-Old Sues SunTrust Over HELOC
    September 26, 2009

    Atlanta, GA When it comes to having their accounts messed with—accounts like the SunTrust Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) account—some people have decided that they are just not going to take it any more. One such person is an 82-year-old woman, who says her SunTrust HELOC was suspended and SunTrust never explained to her why.

  • Seniors Scared Into Deferred Annuities
    Seniors Scared Into Deferred Annuities
    September 25, 2009

    Pittsburgh, PA One the surface, they may seem like good investments: annuities can provide a stream of income for people in their retirement years. However, there are often a number of factors that complicate annuity plans, making them unsuitable for certain investors. Selling annuities to those investors could constitute annuity fraud.

  • Allianz Accused of Selling Unsuitable Annuities
    Allianz Accused of Selling Unsuitable Annuities
    September 19, 2009

    Minneapolis, MN It has been a few years since Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America was first accused of selling unsuitable annuities to clients. In that time, the insurance company has settled claims that it misled investors about Allianz annuities and Allianz bonuses. Several lawsuits were filed against Allianz, including lawsuits filed by the California Department of Insurance and the Attorney General of Minnesota.

  • Home Owners Angry About HELOC Changes
    Home Owners Angry About HELOC Changes
    September 14, 2009

    San Jose, CA They are the latest people allegedly affected through no fault of their own by the current recession: people who had a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC account) at financial institutions that are now freezing or decreasing those HELOC accounts. At least one lawsuit has been filed against SunTrust Bank alleging that the firm decreased a client's SunTrust HELOC without proper justification. However, it appears that clients with a SunTrust Bank HELOC are not the only ones who have seen their HELOC accounts affected.

  • Attorney Speaks About SunTrust HELOC
    Attorney Speaks About SunTrust HELOC
    September 4, 2009

    Orlando, FL People with a SunTrust Home Equity Line of Credit who received notice that their SunTrust HELOC account was being frozen, suspended or decreased might have thought that there was nothing they could do about the matter. However, Jeffrey Krinsk, managing partner at the law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk, says the opposite is true. At least one SunTrust HELOC client has now filed a lawsuit against the financial firm, alleging SunTrust acted improperly by suspending her line of credit, without justification.

  • Rite Aid Faced Previous Overtime Lawsuit
    Rite Aid Faced Previous Overtime Lawsuit
    July 9, 2009

    Washington, DC Assistant store managers say they are not being properly paid Rite Aid overtime for work they do over 40 hours a week. And this is not the first time Rite Aid pharmacy stores have faced allegations that they did not properly pay employees for overtime hours. In 2001, Rite Aid faced claims and wound up settling the lawsuit.

  • Rite Aid Faces Allegations of Employee Mistreatment
    Rite Aid Faces Allegations of Employee Mistreatment
    June 30, 2009

    New York, NY A Rite Aid annual shareholder meeting became the site of a worker's rally, denouncing forced Rite Aid overtime and other practices employees say are "abusive, disrespectful and illegal" according to a June 26 article by the American Federation of Labor (AFL). Although Rite Aid faces allegations of unpaid overtime regarding its assistant managers, it is alleged that union-busting tactics have employees asking shareholders to change how the company is run.

  • Rite Aid Overtime: A Fine Line Between Assistant Manager and Hourly Employee
    Rite Aid Overtime: A Fine Line Between Assistant Manager and Hourly Employee
    June 8, 2009

    Lancaster, CA It is not unusual to hear employees say they are not being paid fairly for hours worked, so it is no surprise to hear about Rite Aid overtime and the company's alleged unfair overtime compensation. People who work at Rite Aid stores as assistant managers say Rite Aid overtime and Eckerd overtime are not properly compensated.

  • Former Rite Aid Assistant Manager Shares His Story
    Former Rite Aid Assistant Manager Shares His Story
    May 29, 2009

    Holmesville, OH Although Jim M. worked as a Rite Aid Assistant Manager 20 years ago, more recent complaints about the company are coming to light. According to an article in Labor Notes, a warehouse in Lancaster, California, which houses merchandise destined for Rite Aid stores and also employs over 550 employees, has become the center of a massive employment dispute.

  • Rite Aid Assistant Manager Claims Treatment Not Right
    Rite Aid Assistant Manager Claims Treatment Not Right
    May 12, 2009

    Gloversville, NY David B says he was a Rite Aid assistant manager who knows all about Rite Aid overtime. He says he worked a lot of overtime, without receiving any overtime pay. Although David was classified as an assistant manager, he still did many non-managerial duties, which means he may have been eligible for overtime wages. David says his overtime hours resulted in him missing out on spending important time with his family.

  • Clearwire Contract Extensions Not So Clear
    Clearwire Contract Extensions Not So Clear
    May 11, 2009

    Sparks, NV It is one thing to be charged Clearwire early termination fees when you cancel a contract early—before the contract has expired. It is another thing entirely to be charged Clearwire cancellation fees when you have already been told that your contract has ended. Dave H. says he was told his Clearwire contract had ended months ago, only to be told a month later that it had not. In fact, he was told he extended his contract. Now, Dave is stuck trying to decide what action, if any, to take.

  • Rite Aid Allegedly Wrong in its Treatment of Employees
    Rite Aid Allegedly Wrong in its Treatment of Employees
    May 1, 2009

    Pittsburgh, PA Count Rite Aid among the companies that face a lawsuit alleging they did not properly pay employees for overtime hours. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Rite Aid assistant managers, who say they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay. The Rite Aid overtime lawsuit seeks compensation for unpaid overtime and liquidated damages.

  • Clearwire Early Termination Fees Charged Despite "Terrible" Service
    Clearwire Early Termination Fees Charged Despite "Terrible" Service
    April 19, 2009

    Saint Paul, MN People who have signed up for Clearwire Internet service are complaining that they got less than they bargained for. They say that the Clearwire service is terrible and they are charged ridiculous Clearwire early termination fees for canceling a service that they can barely use. Bruce G. (not his real name) says his Clearwire problems began immediately after the service was set up. Now, he is being charged over $500 for Clearwire fees for service that he says was inconsistent.

  • Customer Blamed for Clearwire Billing
    Customer Blamed for Clearwire Billing
    April 10, 2009

    Corpus Christie, TX David F. signed his Clearwire Internet service contract in May or June of 2008. He says that the service was terrible, resulting in his decision to cancel the Clearwire service. Even though he agreed to pay the Clearwire early termination fees, David discovered he was still charged for 2 extra months after he canceled the service. Worse, he says the company blamed him for the extra charges.

  • Nissan Infiniti Owners Angry About Brakes
    Nissan Infiniti Owners Angry About Brakes
    April 2, 2009

    Atlanta, GA When you purchase a new car, you want to know that everything is in good working order and that there will be no problems, such as brake defects to worry about. Unfortunately, Nissan Infiniti G35 owners have discovered that there are big problems with their vehicle's brakes, causing them to wear out far too quickly. Some owners have filed a lawsuit, alleging that their Infiniti brakes have cost them money—both for replacement parts and because the car's resale value dropped significantly.

  • Customers Blue About AmEx Blue Cash Card
    Customers Blue About AmEx Blue Cash Card
    March 27, 2009

    Montvale, NJ When you chose your credit card company, you probably looked at a number of factors, including whether or not the company had a rebate program, before you made your choice. American Express Company offered its customers the Blue Cash Card as one option. The AmEx Blue Cash Card was supposed to give consumers money back based on how much they spend—but customers are now investigating an AmEx lawsuit, alleging the company did not live up to its rebate promises.

  • Study Finds BPA in Soft Drinks
    Study Finds BPA in Soft Drinks
    March 6, 2009

    Ottawa, Canada Tests conducted by Health Canada have found Bisphenol A (BPA) in at least 84 percent of canned soft drinks sold in Canada. Bisphenol A is a controversial chemical—while some experts argue that it is harmless at low doses, others say that even small amounts of the chemical can be very harmful, especially to infants and children.

  • Total Body Formula: Supplements not Always Safe
    Total Body Formula: Supplements not Always Safe
    August 6, 2008

    Atlanta, GA Have you ever lost a fingernail? By all accounts it is a very painful occurrence, one that leaves your nailbed exposed and you at a higher risk of infection. People who have used Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula nutrition supplements that were contaminated with high levels of chromium and selenium have suffered not only through losing their fingernails, but also their toenails and their hair.

  • Total Body Supplement Totally Toxic
    Total Body Supplement Totally Toxic
    July 29, 2008

    Athens, GA They took Total Body Formula to improve their health, but many people found their health went seriously downhill since taking the supplement. The reason for their decline is unsafe levels of selenium and chromium in some lots of Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula. Now, even months after the supplement was recalled, many people are still recovering from their illness and wondering how this could have happened in the first place.

  • AIG: "The New Enron"
    AIG: "The New Enron"
    July 25, 2008

    New York, NY Another day, another large company allegedly violating ERISA laws. This time, the company in question is AIG (American International Group Inc.). AIG faces multiple lawsuits regarding its handling of employee investments.

  • Total Body Formula: Concern about Permanent Damage
    Total Body Formula: Concern about Permanent Damage
    July 18, 2008

    Whiting, NJ Like so many other people exposed to contaminated Total Body Formula Sandra T. (not her real name) had no idea that her health problems were caused by the supplements. In fact, it took awhile for her to be diagnosed with a selenium overdose. Luckily, some of her symptoms of selenium poisoning have abated, but she suffered serious side effects before she stopped taking Total Body supplement.

  • Investors Lose Big with Citigroup Hedge Funds
    Investors Lose Big with Citigroup Hedge Funds
    June 27, 2008

    New York, NY When Citigroup's investors learned that they were getting only a little of their hedge fund investments back, much less than they were promised, they were understandably stunned and angry. Some have agreed to a settlement recently offered by the company but others are considering a lawsuit, alleging they were misled about the stability of certain Citigroup hedge funds.

  • Total Body Supplement: Total Contamination
    Total Body Supplement: Total Contamination
    June 27, 2008

    Miami, FL Consumers who purchased Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula got a lot more than they bargained for—at least, a lot more selenium and chromium. The US FDA found up to 200 times the label listing selenium in the supplements and 17 times the label level of chromium in the supplements. Patients who have suffered adverse reactions to the supplements are in the process of contacting attorneys to discuss their legal options.

  • Citigroup Hedge Fund: Monumental Losses
    Citigroup Hedge Fund: Monumental Losses
    June 23, 2008

    La Habra, CA Investors who had money in Citigroup's Falcon Hedge Fund have lost a lot. Unfortunately, they did not realize that the investment they were making was at all risky. They were told that the investment was solid, "bullet-proof" even, and there was nothing to worry about. Even as the fund lost more and more money, Smith Barney advisors were telling people not to worry about Citigroup's fund. By the time the advisors changed their tune, it was too late and people lost much of their investment.

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