Supreme Court Holds Corporations Cannot Strategically Skirt Class Action Liability

By | 2016-01-20T09:13:56+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Consumer, Consumer Class Actions|

Like many other strategic maneuvers by corporations that can only be characterized as one-sided and unfair, such as burying arbitration clauses in paperwork which deny consumers the right to a fair and impartial jury trial and immunize corporations from sweeping class-wide liability no matter how egregious their conduct, corporations have been attempting to suppress class-wide [...]

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Overcharged by Whole Foods?

By | 2017-05-24T20:25:25+00:00 June 25th, 2015|Consumer, Consumer Class Actions|

Multiple government entities have and/or are investigating Whole Foods for pricing violations.  In fact, after a statewide investigation found widespread pricing violations at Whole Foods Markets in California, in 2014 the company settled with three California cities and agreed to pay $800,000 in civil penalties. Now, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has [...]

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Consumers: You Are Entitled to Damages and Penalties for Receiving Unsolicited Automated Marketing Calls and Text Messages to Your Cell Phone

By | 2015-01-06T13:11:27+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Consumer, Consumer Class Actions, Investigations|

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) protects people from unsolicited robocalls.  What is a “robocall”? A robocall is when you answer our phone and find that you are listening to a recording.  These calls are placed by machines which are called automatic dialing announcing devices.  They store thousands of telephone numbers, and then dial them [...]

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Consumers: You Are Entitled to Damages and Penalties for Abusive Debt Collection Practices

By | 2017-05-24T20:31:13+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Consumer, Consumer Class Actions, Investigations|

State and federal laws, such as the California’s Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Cal. Civ. Code §§1788-1788.32 (“Rosenthal Act”), as well as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§1692 et seq., govern the way debt collectors are permitted to go about debt collection and many debt collectors break the law. Creditors, debt [...]

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Have You Ever Been Asked to Provide Your Zip Code ?

By | 2015-01-06T13:26:31+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Consumer|

Have you ever been asked to provide your zip code by a retailer during a credit card transaction?  Retailers may try to obtian this information to, among other things, obtain your home address for marketing purposes.  Such conduct may be unlawful under California law. If you have been asked to provide your zip code during [...]

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Did Your Employer Misuse Your Credit Report?

By | 2015-01-06T13:26:37+00:00 June 25th, 2014|Consumer, Wage & Hour|

A federal consumer protection statute, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. §§1681, et seq., protects employees against employer misuse of an employee’s credit report.  Do not be fooled by FCRA’s title – the statute reaches far beyond the realm of credit reporting and governs, among other things, how credit reports are used in [...]

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ZHE Announces Investigation and Filing of Case Against AOL

By | 2017-10-13T15:06:08+00:00 December 9th, 2013|Consumer, Consumer Class Actions, Investigations|

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a consumer rights litigation firm, has commenced an investigation and filed a lawsuit against AOL over allegations that AOL charges consumers for services they don’t use.  AOL’s "'dirty little secret . . .is that seventy-five percent of the people who subscribe to AOL's dial-up service don't need it.'" If this has happened to [...]

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