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Halunen Law – Consumer
DEFECTIVE FENTANYL PATCH BLAMED FOR MAN’S DEATH

Patients who need pain medication can receive such treatment in a variety of ways. Pills and injections are perhaps the most common means of administering pain relief, but pain patches containing the drug fentanyl are also widely used. Fentanyl is significantly stronger than morphine, so it’s no wonder that it takes a careful patch design …

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Breast Cancer Charity Steals Contributions
“America’s Worst Charities” – Where is the Money Going?

Almost $1 billion of $1.3 billion donated to “America’s Worst Charities” in the past decade went to for-profit solicitors rather than the intended beneficiaries of these donations, reported The Tampa Bay Times in conjunction with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and the Cable News Network (CNN). Entitled “America’s Worst Charities,” the exposé listed detailed …

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CONSUMER RIGHTS
Supreme Court Further Denies Basic Rights to Workers & Consumers

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court struck another blow against consumers and employees in the case of Lamps Plus, Inc.  v. Varela. Yet again the Court reasoned backward from the result it wanted to reach and went out of its way to find in favor of a corporate defendant – at the expense of individual citizens …

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Halunen Law’s Melissa Weiner Plays Key Role as Co-counsel in Victory for Consumer Rights and Arbitration
Halunen Law Plays Key Role as Co-counsel in Victory for Consumer Rights and Arbitration

Halunen Law plays key role as co-counsel in victory for consumer rights and arbitration Many companies include forced arbitration clauses and class action waivers in their contracts or terms of service. They do this to block consumers from banding together and holding them accountable in court when disputes arise, instead forcing them to proceed on …

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Halunen Law – Arbitration Clauses Still Can’t be Hidden in a Product’s Packaging
Good News for Consumers – Supreme Court’s Decision Not to Hear Appeals Means Arbitration Clauses Still Cannot be Hidden in a Product’s Packaging – at Least in California

On October 2, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied Samsung’s appeals from two joint decisions by the Ninth Circuit of Appeals on Norcia v. Samsung Telecoms. Am. LLC, 845 F.3d 1279 (9th Cir. 2017) and Dang v. Samsung Elecs. Co., 673 F. App’x 7798 (9th Cir. 2017). Before Norcia and Dang decisions, it was …

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Halunen Law – Mandatory Arbritation Class Action Lawsuits
Mandatory Arbitration and Class Action Lawsuits: Changes are Coming

Mandatory arbitration and class action lawsuits are much in the news lately. The recent disclosure of the hacking at Equifax has people thinking about these topics, and some class actions have already been filed. Public Justice Executive Director Paul Bland is interviewed about the Congressional Review Action attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration …

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Class Action Protects Military from Bank Misconduct

This recent posting by Public Justice shows the importance of preserving the class action mechanism from arbitration clauses that prohibit class actions. Individual consumers often do not have the resources to challenge illegal conduct by a large corporation. In the attached story, if class actions were not available, military personnel would not have been able …

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Halunen Law – Class Action Lawsuit Samsung
Fighting the ‘fine print’: Halunen Law class action team successfully challenges manufacturer’s arbitration agreements

In the ever-evolving world of consumer purchasing, companies are placing contracts in increasingly inconspicuous places. And the small print document that came with your recent electronics purchase, chances are it includes an arbitration clause. The clause likely prevents the purchaser from filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer in court, and allows for resolution of disputes …

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Halunen Law – Consumer
Halunen Partner Gives Presentation on Food Labeling and Class Actions

Halunen Partner Melissa Wolchansky spoke on “The Effect of Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola on Commercial and Consumer Litigation” for the Food, Drug & Device Law and Consumer Litigation sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association. The presentation, given on August 7, 2014, addressed the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Pom Wonderful v. …

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Class Action Lawsuit Courthouse
Consumers Take a Stand – The Basic Structure of a Class Action

When I tell people that I am an attorney, often their next question is “what type of law do you practice?” Answering “class action” frequently leaves them baffled. Most people have heard of class actions—the movie Erin Brockovich is usually mentioned—but they know little about them. Below are some of the frequently asked questions and …

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