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  • The War Against Consumers & Class Action Lawsuits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 7-Apr-2017

    Congress is in the middle of debating a bill that would reduce consumer rights while tightening the controls on class-action lawsuits. H.R. 985, the ‘Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017’, favors big business and corporations and makes it increasingly difficult for consumers and victims of corporate fraud and abuse to seek remedies. The bill is being proposed by ...
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  • Xarelto Cases Near 14,000

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 13-Mar-2017

    The litigation regarding the drug Xarelto has been ongoing for several years, with more and more consumers submitting claims for internal bleeding injuries—13,727 claims at present. When the Xarelto MDL was first established in December 2014, there were only twenty-one lawsuits. Two years ago, all federal Xarelto claims were consolidated into the Eastern District of Louisiana. Did Johnson ...
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  • TCF National Bank Tricked Customers

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 6-Mar-2017

    TCF National Bank Tricked Customers TCF Bank, based in the state of Minnesota, has been accused by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of deceiving customers across the U.S., fooling them into opting-in to exorbitant overdraft fees. In fact, TCF National Bank used such aggressive tactics to ensure their customers accepted these fees, that a boat named the “Overdraft,” belonging to ...
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  • Bank Overdraft Charges Cost Customers $11.6 Billion Annually

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 21-Feb-2017

    It seems once again consumers are getting fleeced as big banks put more money into their own coffers. In 2015, banks across the U.S. with assets exceeding $1 billion, reported collecting $11.6 billion in NSF and overdraft fees. Taking into account all banks, regardless of size, consumers spend about $32 billion annually on NSF and overdraft fees. These staggering amounts are routinely being ...
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  • Judge Approves $15 Settlement to End Adderall Class Action

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 14-Nov-2016

    Last week, a Florida federal judge approved a settlement of nearly $15 million to end a consumer class action lawsuit against Shire US Inc., who is accused of paying rival drugmakers to delay selling cheaper versions of ADD drug Adderall. This matter has been contentiously litigated over the past three years. The case dates back to April 2013, when consumers in Pennsylvania and Florida first ...
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  • Bank of America Accused of Gouging Ex-Inmates with Card Fees

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 7-Nov-2016

    Attorney Richard Golomb of Philadelphia class action law firm Golomb & Honik, P.C. is lead counsel for a proposed class of thousands of former Arizona inmates accusing Bank of America of charging exorbitant fees to use prepaid debit cards which were issued to them upon their release. The prepaid cards were used to return money to prisoners that was confiscated during their arrest or that they ...
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  • Credit Card Servicer Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Deceptive Practices

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 3-Nov-2016

    CardConnect Corp, a credit card service provider, is now facing a class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court accusing the company of improperly concealing charges that they later imposed on merchants. Michigan restaurant owner and lead plaintiff Teh Shao Kao alleges that the Pennsylvania-based company manipulated the contracts that merchants were required to sign in order to increase ...
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  • Wells Fargo Loses Arbitration Bids in Overdraft MDL Suits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 18-Oct-2016

    On Monday, a Florida federal judge held that Wells Fargo cannot force unnamed class members into arbitration in five MDLs in which the institution has been accused of charging overdraft fees in a deceptive manner. According to the judge, ordering the classes to arbitrate would be prejudicial since the bank chose to actively litigate the major class actions. According to the judge, “it would ...
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  • JPMorgan Settles Reward Points Class Action for $2M

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 7-Oct-2016

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the bank inappropriately closed an estimated 55,000 credit card accounts, leaving consumers unable to redeem the reward points they had accumulated. The financial institution has been accused of deceptive practices and fraudulent inducement, but according to the filing, the bank maintains ...
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  • Nationstar Mortgage Must Face Putative Class Action Lawsuit

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 12-Aug-2016

    Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. can’t duck a mortgage insurance class action lawsuit alleging that the company refused to terminate private mortgage insurance (PMI) in accordance with consumers’ mortgage agreements. Nationstar is being accused of unjust enrichment and breach of contract. According to U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell, the lead plaintiff’s first amended ...
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  • Hearings Begin in J&J Talcum Powder Lawsuits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 11-Aug-2016

    Atlantic City, NJ (August 8, 2016) - The global controversy over the deadly link between ovarian cancer and Johnson & Johnson’s iconic, talcum powder products – Baby Powder and Shower to Shower - today shifts to New Jersey Superior Court in Atlantic City with the start of pre-trial hearings in the first of hundreds of trials. Before Judge Nelson C. Johnson, the plaintiff’s ...
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  • JP Morgan Chase Sued By Former Inmates Over Excessive Debit Card Fees

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 3-Aug-2016

    JP Morgan Chase & Co. recently agreed to pay $446,822 to thousands of former inmates released from federal prison to settle a class action lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in a federal court in Philadelphia, the bank ripped off consumers by charging excessive fees for services, including a $10 fee to make a withdrawal from a teller window, a $2 fee for using non-network ATMs, ...
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  • Mercedes Benz Under Investigation for Emissions

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 28-Jul-2016

    While Volkswagen is still in the throes of their emissions cheating scandal, it appears another major automaker could be headed in the same direction. The DOJ is investigating Mercedes Benz Daimler for possible inconsistencies regarding their own certifications for diesel emissions. The Department of Justice ordered Mercedes Benz to instigate an internal investigation in order to review the ...
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  • Contaminated-Clothing Doctrine in Asbestos Cases Extended

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 11-Jul-2016

    The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ruled that nonmarried couples or roommates who become ill after handling the asbestos-tainted clothing could be awarded the same damages as married couples. In the unanimous and precedent-setting decision, the court’s determination will impact corporate liability in certain toxic tort cases by extending who can seek damages from an employer. The court ...
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  • High Court Ruling Extends Toxic Exposure Liability

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 7-Jul-2016

    The New Jersey State Supreme Court has unanimously decided that liability for exposure to toxic substances in the workplace may extend beyond an affected employee’s spouse. According to NJ Spotlight, the decision expands the scope of a 10-year-old ruling involving the case of a Pennsylvania husband and his wife who was sickened from exposure to toxic substances. In the original case, the ...
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  • Sunoco Rewards Card Class Action Approved

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 31-May-2016

    U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond. Of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has denied Sunoco’s request to compel arbitration in a proposed class action lawsuit alleging false advertising of the company’s fuel rewards card benefits. The judge determined that Sunoco was not contractually entitled to arbitration because, although the cardholder agreement does provide for arbitration, ...
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  • Pennsylvania Judges Deny Appeal in Overdraft Fee Lawsuit

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 2-May-2016

    The state Supreme Court will not review a lower court’s decision to allow a class action lawsuit accusing National Penn Bank of improperly assessing overdraft fees. The Court let stand a ruling that found that an updated bank account agreement without an arbitration clause replaces an earlier agreement that required arbitration. National Penn Bank’s request to compel arbitration was ...
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  • $15M Sought in Adderall Pay-For-Delay Deal

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 11-Apr-2016

    Consumers are seeking approval of a nearly $15 million settlement in a class action against Shire US Inc. As you may recall from our previous blog, Shire has been accused of staving off generic competition by paying rival drug manufacturers, including Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Impax Laboratories Inc., to delay selling less expensive versions of Adderall. This pay-for-delay scheme is ...
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  • Shire Agrees to Settle in Adderall Pay-for-Delay Case

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 25-Mar-2016

    Consumers and Shire US Inc. have reached an agreement to settle a case in which the drugmaker was accused of paying rival drugmakers to delay selling less expensive versions of the ADHD drug Adderall. The joint motion to defer ruling on pending motions and the notice of settlement signal that the proposed class action lawsuit could be put to rest before heading to trial. The court filing specifies ...
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  • Drugmakers Back Philadelphia Testosterone Case Consolidation

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 22-Mar-2016

    A group of drug manufacturers including Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and AbbVie Inc. are supporting a bid to create a new mass tort program in Pennsylvania state court to consolidate a number of cases alleging that certain testosterone-containing drugs caused strokes and heart attacks. In a summary filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas earlier this month, attorneys for Endo, AbbVie (later ...
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  • California D.A. Accuses Citi & Other Companies of Deceptive Practices

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 16-Mar-2016

    Trinity County, California’s District Attorney, Eric L. Heryford, has filed three lawsuits against Citigroup, First Premier Bank, and Discover in federal court, alleging the companies of using deception to sell customers credit card protection plans. According to Heryford, the three similarly worded yet separate lawsuits accuse the companies of violating California’s Unfair Competition ...
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  • Chase Bank Accused of Overcharging Ex-Inmates

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 9-Oct-2015

    According to a class action lawsuit filed in Federal Court, Chase Bank has a monopoly on debit cards issued to former federal inmates, allowing them to charge exorbitant and unfair fees. The plaintiffs allege that the bank has charged ex-inmates $10 for getting money from a bank teller window, $1.50 a month for not using the card every 90 days, and 45 cents to check the balance on their card. JP ...
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  • Johnson & Johnson Seeking to Consolidate All 103 Talcum Powder Lawsuits in New Jersey

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    Multinational medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer Johnson & Johnson is currently facing large-scale litigation in New Jersey. Over 103 lawsuits against the company allege that their baby powder and other talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer when used in the perineal region. The cases are spread across two counties, with the majority in Atlantic County. For ...
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  • Federal Judge Upholds Suit Against Angie's List

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    A federal judge upheld one woman’s standing to sue Angie’s List, a consumer-review site, for unfair business practices and breach of contract. According to the judge, the woman brought a fair argument for a potential class action lawsuit. Janell Moore claims that Angie’s list failed to disclose information about its advertising policies, specifically policies that allow customers ...
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  • Johnson & Johnson Seeks to Consolidate 103 Baby Powder Lawsuits

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 10-Aug-2015

    Johnson & Johnson, a multinational medical and consumer goods manufacturer, hopes to centralize 103 baby powder suits in multicounty litigation in Atlantic County. According to claimants, J&J baby powder products containing talc cause ovarian cancer. Since 87 of the pending suits were filed in Atlantic County, J&J wants to consolidate the cases. The company wrote, “Counsel have ...
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