Archive for March, 2012

Parker Waichman files Dial Complete class-action lawsuit over false claims

Filed March 26th, 2012 joshua

Dial Corp. faces a recently filed class-action lawsuit over false claims it makes about its Dial Complete line of antibacterial hand soap products. According to a release from the law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, a class-action lawsuit it has filed seeks to represent consumers in 10 different states who’ve purchased Dial Complete products because […]

Illinois nursing home accused of failing to prevent abuse among residents

Filed March 22nd, 2012 joshua

A recently filed Illinois lawsuit claims one nursing home in the state is not preventing its residents from abusing other residents. According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, the family of one 47-year-old resident of Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cook County, Ill., has continually not prevented this abuse from happening. The family of the […]

FTC settles illegal trade-in ads charges with five car dealerships

Filed March 16th, 2012 joshua

Five car dealerships across the country have settled illegal marketing charges with the Federal Trade Commission over a specific claim they made. According to an FTC release, the dealerships at the center of its investigation were offering to pay off whatever money a prospective customer’s trade-in vehicle – no matter what they owed – if […]

Mario Batali settles $5.25M lawsuit over unpaid tips, skimming tips

Filed March 13th, 2012 joshua

Celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have settled a lawsuit with “front-of-the-house” employees who alleged the acclaimed restaurateurs were skimming tips to pad their profits. Batali appears daily on TV’s “The Chew” daytime show and has been a mainstay of instructional food television for more than a decade. He owns several successful restaurants, including […]

Payday lender attempted to get consumers to appear before South Dakota tribal court

Filed March 9th, 2012 joshua

A payday lender is being accused by the Federal Trade Commission of trying to deceptively “manipulate” the legal system to intimidate debt-burdened consumers who allegedly owed the company money. According to a report at, the FTC accuses Payday Financial LLC of trying to force its former customers who’ve failed to pay on outstanding debts […]

R. Allen Stanford Convicted in Ponzi Scheme

Filed March 7th, 2012 Julie

On Tuesday, R. Allen Stanford was convicted of the largest Ponzi scheme since the Bernie Madoff scandal. Stanford, a Texas tycoon, ran a $7 billion investment fraud scheme and was found guilty on 13 criminal charges, including fraud, conspiracy, and obstructing an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Stanford was arrested in 2009 after […]

Lawsuit Filed Over Kardashian Quick-Trim Claims

Filed March 6th, 2012 Julie

The infamous Kardashian sisters are being sued customers who claim the weight-loss product they endorse didn’t work for them. The class-action suit was filed in the Southern District of New York. It accuses the Kardashians of making “unsubstantiated, false and misleading claims” in ads, interviews and tweets about the efficacy of QuickTrim. According to the […]

Senator Pushes FTC on Gas Price Probe

Filed March 2nd, 2012 Julie

Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer is pressuring the Federal Trade Commission to complete its investigation into whether oil producers and refiners have engaged in price fixing. “Those higher gasoline prices are having a significant negative economic impact on American consumers and on the American economy,” Schumer and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said in a […]

Reports of fraud on the rise; ID theft still most common

Filed March 2nd, 2012 joshua

Reports of fraud – specifically, identity theft – continue to rise in the U.S., according to reports filed with federal agencies and law enforcement authorities in 2011. According to a Reuters report on a Federal Trade Commission study released this week, more than 1.8 million complaints of fraud were logged with law enforcement and consumer […]