Archive for May, 2012

FTC cracking down on “cramming” charges on cell phone bills

Filed May 30th, 2012 laurie

The Federal Trade Commission is acting against companies “cramming” consumers’ cellular phone bills with repetitive charges for unwanted services. According to a local ABC News report, the FTC has announced it is recovering more than $52 million from companies which have secretly charged consumers through their cell phone bills for services like enhanced text messaging, […]

National Beef Packing Co. employees sue for lost wages, overtime pay

Filed May 24th, 2012 joshua

Workers at a beef packing plant in Kansas believe their employer is short-changing them on wages and not paying overtime and have filed a lawsuit against the company for the lost wages. According to an AP report, more than 2,000 employees of the National Beef Packing Co. plant in Liberal, Kan., are represented by a […]

GroupOn.com settles fraud class-action lawsuit

Filed May 24th, 2012 joshua

Discounts marketing Web site Groupon.com has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle lawsuits alleging the company committed fraud related to the expiration dates on the deals it offered through the site. The class-action lawsuit included in the accord reached this week had 17 lawsuits filed in recent years claiming fraud on the part of […]

Arizona man claims LA Fitness drained his bank account by taking his signature

Filed May 21st, 2012 joshua

An Arizona man claims the chain workout haven LA Fitness committed billing fraud when it siphoned at least $1,200 from his bank account via automatic deductions. According to a report from The Republic newspaper, 22-year-old Benjamin Calleros is the latest to claim LA Fitness took money from him for services he did not want at […]

Kickback charges filed against Missouri nursing home care provider

Filed May 18th, 2012 joshua

The federal government has accused RehabCare Group of offering kickbacks to a Missouri nursing home in exchange for allowing it to provide care at its facilities. According to a report from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the company is accused of defrauding Medicaid and Medicare for more than $10 million. The Dept. of Justice has filed charges […]

West Virginia community claims fracking company short-changed on royalty fees

Filed May 15th, 2012 joshua

Members of one West Virginia community are suing a company conducting hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling for natural gas in the area over unpaid royalty payments. According to a report from The Intelligencer and Wheeling (W. Va.) News-Register newspapers, a group of residents in Marshall County have filed a lawsuit against AB Resources, the former driller […]

Google in settlement talks for bypassing Safari security software to implant +1 buttons on ads

Filed May 9th, 2012 joshua

Google is in settlement talks with the Federal Trade Commission after it admitted to breaching the Privacy settings on Apple Inc.’s Safari web browser. A Bloomberg report indicates the settlement could top $10 million and will be the second fine against the search engine giant and Web service provider used by millions, if not more, […]

Accretive Health faces lawsuit over missing laptop containing patient records

Filed May 2nd, 2012 joshua

Health insurance provider Accretive Health has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Minnesota’s Attorney General Lori Swanson that claims the company breached its own security policies when it lost a laptop containing personal records on its clients. According to a Bloomberg report, the dismissal request is a common “first step” for […]

Accretive Health accused of conducting on-site debt collections in hospital ERs

Filed May 1st, 2012 joshua

An Illinois debt collection company faces lawsuits in several states over its practice of collecting debts from patients when they visit the hospital. According to a Detroit Free Press report, Accretive Health is now the focus of a Michigan state investigation, alleging its contracts with three Detroit-area hospitals allows them to “infusing into hospital staff […]