Monthly Archives: November 2011

Toy Safety: Smart Shopping Can Protect Your Children from Dangerous, Unsafe Products

The holidays bring a new collection of toys into South Florida’s homes each season, and it is vital for parents to ensure that these toys are safe for our children. In the last year, more than 250,000 children went to … Continue reading

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Citigroup to Pay $300M to Settle Mortgage Case

Citigroup has agreed to pay nearly $300 million to settle a civil fraud complaint alleging that the banking giant promoted an investment tied to the housing market, yet failed to tell investors it was betting those securities would fail.  The Securities … Continue reading

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Consumers Fight Against ATM Fees

Consumers are sending the message that they are fed-up with ATM Fees. Three anti-trust class action lawsuits have been filed recently which allege that companies such as Visa, MasterCard, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo are unfairly “fixing” prices against both consumers … Continue reading

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General Mills Faces Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit for Fruit Snacks

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed a class action lawsuit in California charing General Mills with misleading consumers about the nutrition and health qualities of its fruit snacks. The lawsuit alleges that General Mills is giving consumers … Continue reading

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Democratic Lawmakers Seek Antitrust Probe of Bank of America’s Debit Card Fees

Democratic lawmakers have asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Bank of America and other major banks improperly worked together to charge customers new monthly fees for using their debit cards. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and four other Democrats said recently … Continue reading

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Quaker Oats Must Face Deceptive Advertising Class Action Lawsuit

A federal judge has ruled that Quaker Oats Company must face a class action lawsuit filed in Illinois that claims that Quaker lured consumers into paying top-dollar prices for its “wholesome heart-healthy” oatmeal and granola products, when in reality the products contain … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Claims Bayer HealthCare and Merial Limited Make False Claims For Flea and Tick Products

A class action lawsuit in Ohio has been filed on behalf of dog and cat owners alleging, among other things, that Bayer HealthCare, LLC, and Merial Limited regularly make false and deceptive claims in advertisements for their flea and tick pet … Continue reading

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Class Action Filed Against Dean Foods and White Wave Foods for Brain Health Claims

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Dean Foods and White Wave Foods for claiming that their product, DHA Omega-3, supports brain health in children and adults.  The suit, filed in California, alleges “Violation of the Unfair Competition Law, Violation of … Continue reading

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Balkan & Patterson Handling Two Cases Against Lee County Sheriff’s Office; Cases Allege Intimidation, Illegal Search and Seizures

The attorneys of Balkan & Patterson are handling two cases against the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida that allege false arrest and detention, malicious prosecution, and negligent retention, supervision and training. The plaintiffs … Continue reading

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Foreclosed Homeowners May Have Cases Reviewed

About 4 million homeowners who may have been improperly foreclosed upon in 2009 and 2010 are getting an opportunity to have their cases reviewed. Whether they will be reimbursed is up to the same lenders accused of moving too swiftly … Continue reading

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