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GLASS PARTICLES FOUND IN GENERIC LIPITOR

Ranbaxy, the maker of the generic version of the popular drug Lipitor (atorvastatin), recently announced that it will stop producing the drug after discovering that several lots may have been contaminated with small bits of glass. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Ranbaxy had found that some pills contained glass particles that were less than 1 …

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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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How to File a Class Action Lawsuit
Consumers Take a Stand – Why Would I Bring a Class Action Suit?

“What’s the point? They’re so big and I’m just one person.” Everyone has experienced this moment of frustrated defeat. It usually comes immediately after hanging up with some faceless person on the other end of a corporate “helpline.” For the hour and half of time you just wasted, all you receive is the knowledge that …

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Consumers Take a Stand – When Building Products Fail

It can be terrifying to buy a new home. Like most new homeowners, you did the right thing and had your home inspected by a professional. The inspection revealed no problems so you signed the purchase agreement. The home was attractive to you because it had been outfitted with premium fiber cement siding that requires …

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It May be Illegal for Car Wash Receipts to Expire
Consumers Take a Stand – Is it legal for car wash receipts to expire?

Many of us have purchased codes for washes at a gas station pump and then not been able to use them. Then the next time we retrieve the car wash receipt from our dashboard we see that it has expired! This means that the gas station store got our money – a windfall – and …

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LA LAKERS ACCUSED IN TCPA CLASS ACTION

A number of our posts have focused on Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations, as banks, clothing retailers and have used text messages and emails to gain better access to customers. Essentially, texting advertisements to consumers has been an easy (and inexpensive) way to pass messages about special offers. While this may be a good thing …

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PURDUE LOSES DISMISSAL BID IN CLASS ACTION SUIT

Today consumers are becoming much more conscious about where their food comes from. Specifically, more information is available about the conditions in which animals are raised. To connect with people’s sensitivities about animal cruelty, some producers have advertised their products (i.e. chicken and turkey) as “humanely raised” or have included statements suggesting that they do …

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TRADER JOE’S CLASS ACTION CHALLENGES LABELING PRACTICES

Trader Joe’s is known for selling what is described to be all-natural products that ostensibly have lower levels of sugar, salt and are free of artificial products. It has established a loyal following as more stores open in Minnesota. However, a recent class action challenges this notion. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District …

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Online Membership Class Action Settlement

Online shopping has become a lucrative business option for Internet retailers, just as much as it has been a convenience for last minute shoppers. During holidays such as Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas, sites like ProFlowers.com, RedEnvelope.com and Berries.com (which sells Shari’s Berries products) enjoy a great deal of success. Part of their success involves …

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MINNESOTA MAN SETTLES DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION CLAIM AGAINST U.S. BANK

A Minnesota man recently settled a claim alleging that U.S. Bank handled his mortgage loan request in a discriminatory manner. A spokesperson for U.S. Bank says the company denies the existence of disability discrimination but agreed to settle the complaint and pay the man $12,000. U.S. Bank allegedly required the man to provide proof of his disability …

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