Archive for April, 2011

MetLife Subpoenaed Over Allegations of Unpaid Benefits

Filed April 26th, 2011 meg

The California Insurance Commission has subpoenaed MetLife, Inc. over allegations that the US’s largest life insurer may have cheated policyholders’ survivors. MetLife is alleged to have failed to pay life insurance policy benefits to named beneficiaries or the state, even after learning that an insured has passed away.

US Airways Hits Sabre with Antitrust Lawsuit

Filed April 24th, 2011 meg

US Airways Group has hit third-party ticket seller Sabre with an antitrust lawsuit, claiming that Sabre Holdings Corp shuts out its competition and deliberately drives up its prices. The lawsuit alleges that Sabre, a third-party distributor of air fare information to travel agents, suppressed the ability for agents to book tickets directly through airlines.

Labor Dept, Advocates Spread Word on New York Domestic Worker Bill

Filed April 17th, 2011 meg

More than seven months after the bill was signed into law with some fanfare, most domestic workers, such as nannies, and their employers seem unaware of the new Domestic Worker’s Bill of Rights in New York. Advocacy group Domestic Workers United and the US Labor Department have been working to spread the information to domestic […]

FTC investigating claim that Your Baby Can Read video series is a fraud

Filed April 15th, 2011 joshua

A watchdog group doesn’t believe a video series sold on television is able to teach babies to learn to read. According to an NBC News report, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is out to prove “Your Baby Can Read” video series is a fraud. The group is best known for bringing sweeping changes to the […]

College football’s BCS accused of breaking federal anti-trust law

Filed April 14th, 2011 joshua

The Justice Dept. has been asked to investigate college football’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) for violations of federal anti-trust law. According to a Wall Street Journal report. a letter sent from officials at University of Chicago and Smith College ask federal officials to investigate the BCS postseason system implemented by the NCAA a few years […]

New York, Justice Dept File Antitrust Suit Against Stericycle

Filed April 13th, 2011 meg

New York State has joined the US Justice Department in filing an antitrust lawsuit challenging the planned acquisition by Stericycle, a medical waste services company of Healthcare Waste Solutions Inc. The suit charges that, unless remedied, Stericycle, the dominant firm nationally for collecting and treating medical waste generated by hospitals and other medical facilities, will […]

Kirkland Young LLC to pay $2.2M penalty for foreclosure relief scam

Filed April 13th, 2011 joshua

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with another fraudulent company selling bogus mortgage foreclosure relief services. According to an NBC report, the firm of Kirkland Young LLC and several other defendants in an ongoing investigation by the FTC have been barred from offering these services in the future and must pay a $2.2 […]

Vacuum company Oreck settles charges over advertising claims made on TV

Filed April 12th, 2011 joshua

Oreck Corp. has settled charges from the Federal Trade Commission over flu-fighting claims the company made about two of its vacuum cleaners on television. Accoring to a report from the Orange County Register, Oreck claimed its Oreck Halo vacuum cleaner and Oreck Pro Shield Plus air filter were capable of preventing and curing the flu. […]

Creekstone Farms Employees File Class Action Lawsuit Against Company

Filed April 11th, 2011 meg

Workers at a Kansas slaughterhouse are seeking unpaid wages and overtime from Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in a federal lawsuit that seeks class-action status. Filed on behalf of 700 employees at Creekstone Farms’ Arkansas City plant, the suit claims the company hasn’t been paying employees for all of the time they spend working. Workers are […]

Lawsuit accuses credit bureau Experian of deception, fraud

Filed April 8th, 2011 joshua

A lawsuit filed in a California court accuses credit score bureau Experian of defrauding consumers who purchase the company’s services through its Web sites. Experian has an aggressive advertising campaign which purportedly offers consumers a free look at their credit score and history. The Web sites are FreeCreditReport.com and FreeCreditScore.com. The lawsuit seeks class-action status. […]