But the ex-employee says he was simply a whistleblower06/21/2018 | ConsumerAffairs
Tesla is suing a former employee it claims hacked company systems and revealed confidential information to outside sources. But the ex-employee, Martin Tripp, says he was simply a whistleblower who was alarmed at how CEO Elon Musk was running the company.
Tesla has been beset by problems in recent months, and on Monday Musk sent an email to employees that appeared to pin some of the blame on an unnamed employee that the executive accused of sabotage. On Wednesday, Tesla ...
The dying plaintiff is suing Monsanto, the company that makes it06/18/2018 | ConsumerAffairs
A trial is getting underway in California today in which a consumer who used Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup claims the product caused his cancer.
Forty-six year-old Dewayne Johnson is the first of hundreds of plaintiffs against the chemical giant to have his case heard in court. Johnson worked as a school groundskeeper and, during the course of his job, says he regularly used Roundup to keep grass and weeds under control.
Johnson's case was bumped to the top of the heap af...
So-called lawsuit 'trolls' are being blamed for efforts to dismantle the civil rights legislation09/21/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in effect for 27 years, and is responsible for familiar accessibility features like handicapped-designated parking spots and ramps in public spaces and large businesses.
Like other civil rights legislation, the ADA is enforced by either filing a complaint with the federal government or by filing suit. However, a few unscrupulous attorneys and plaintiffs have abused this to such an extent that the ADA may soon face legislation...
The company says the beef it bought was laced with horsemeat and euthanizing drugs04/27/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Pet owners may remember a recall initiated earlier this year by Evanger’s after the pet food company said that certain lots of its “Hunk of Beef” product were contaminated with pentobarbital. The chemical is known to cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, and nausea – and in this case, it caused the death of a pug in Washington.
Now the company is suing its beef supplier, Wisconsin-based Bailey Farms LLC. According to Courthouse News, the suit charges ...
Attorney general claims intentional subterfuge during ballot initiative01/28/2016 | ConsumerAffairs
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked a state court for a summary judgment against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), as well as imposition of civil penalties.
The request stems from a lawsuit over the 2013 ballot initiative that attempted to require a special label on food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).
GMA, a Washington, DC-based food industry trade group, marshaled industry resources to oppose the measure, saying it wou...
The bank’s CEO said he was ‘pleased’ with the DOJ settlement03/30/2018 | ConsumerAffairs
Ten years after the 2008 housing crisis triggered major losses in the world’s economy, a British banking giant accused of helping fuel the meltdown has finally reached a settlement with United States regulators -- and it’s about $3 billion less than what the feds originally asked for.
Barclays has agreed to pay $2 billion to the United States Department of Justice to settle a longstanding investigation into its subprime mortgage loans.
The housing crisis cost the United S...
The plaintiffs say they were given misleading and false information in order to secure approval04/03/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Back in November, we reported that Tesla shareholders had greenlighted the acquisition of SolarCity. At the time, CEO Elon Musk promised that the deal would add $1 billion in revenue by 2017, even though some experts questioned the move based on SolarCity’s past earnings.
Now, two shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Musk and certain Tesla officials, stating that the financial statements they were given before the vote were false and misleading, according to Courtho...
The suit alleged that the company did not disclose that phone calls were being recorded06/15/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Bank of America has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a civil lawsuit that alleged that it took too long to tell customers that their phone calls were being recorded over the past several years.
The complaint cited violations of section 632 of the California Penal Code, which states that each party of a confidential conversation must be informed if the call is being recorded. The suit said that Bank of America failed to live up to this rule by not making “clear, consp...
The company faces a blizzard of lawsuits over its talc-based products05/08/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Just over a year ago, a South Dakota woman was awarded $55 million after a jury decided that the Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder she used for years caused her to develop ovarian cancer. It was the second major blow to the company in recent months, as another jury had awarded $72 million to the family of an Alabama woman who had died of cancer after regularly using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.
Now, yet another lawsuit against the company has found success. On Thursday, ...
The company is accused of denying a couple loan modifications and wrongfully foreclosing on their home03/30/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Bank of America will face a $45 million fine for its alleged treatment of a California couple, which a bankruptcy judge called both “brazen” and “heartless.”
Though the bank has not yet appealed the decision, spokesman Rick Simon said on Tuesday that the decision is “unprecedented and unsupported,” though he does admit that “regrettably, the customers had a challenging experience,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
However, calling the Sundquists’ ordeal “challenging”...
The besieged social networking company faces one more headache03/28/2018 | ConsumerAffairs
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and three of its member groups have sued Facebook, claiming its advertising allows landlords and real estate brokers to exclude certain groups from viewing ads for housing.
The complaint alleges that Facebook, despite being warned that discriminatory advertising may violate fair housing laws, still offers that option to advertisers. Specifically, the suit alleges Facebook allows advertisers to exclude families with children, wome...
The settlement covers 47 states and the District of Columbia05/23/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
No one ever said that legal settlements were a quick process, but after more than three years, 47 states and the District of Columbia will be compensated for Target’s infamous 2013 data breach.
Target will pay a record $18.5 million in penalties for a data breach that compromised millions of customer credit and debit card accounts. California will get the largest part of that settlement at $1.4 million. Alabama, Wisconsin, and Wyoming did not paticipate in the action and...
The agency says the company regularly led consumers into 'bad deals'09/07/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
An online lead aggregator has caught the ire of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for directing consumers towards lenders who offered illegal or unlicensed loan services.
Zero Parallel, LLC has been charged by the agency of allegedly selling consumers’ payday and installment loan applications to collectors who were likely to make void loans that lenders had no legal right to collect. The CFPB’s proposed order against the company and its owner Davit Gasparya...
The agency alleges that 65 illegal flights took place over Chicago and New York City01/18/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Commercial drones are an ideal product for getting spectacular aerial views, but operators must be careful of where they fly them. That’s a lesson that SkyPan International is learning the hard way after reaching a settlement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The aerial photography company has agreed to pay $200,000 for allegedly conducting 65 illegal flights above the cities of Chicago and New York City from 2012 to 2014. In a press announcement, the FAA s...
Each company marketed their paint as safe for babies, pregnant women, and other sensitive consumers07/12/2017 | ConsumerAffairs
Choosing the right paint for your home doesn’t necessarily boil down to what you think looks best, but what is safest for you and your family. That’s something consumers should be reminded of thanks to a recent settlement reached by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The agency announced a settlement with four paint companies over alleged deceptive claims that their products contained no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and were safe before and after application for ba...
A man claims he developed cancer because of asbestos in talc-based products04/06/2018 | ConsumerAffairs
Johnson & Johnson has been sued thousands of times over the past few years over its marketing of talcum powder. Many women have claimed the company knew of a link between ovarian cancer and talc use for decades.
Asbestos-related lawsuits are the most recent challenge for the pharmaceutical giant. The latest lawsuit to hit the company was filed by a man, Stephen Lanzo, who alleged that he developed mesothelioma after inhaling dust that was generated through his regular us...
The Justice Department claims the executive conspired with other tuna companies to set prices05/17/2018 | ConsumerAffairs
Federal prosecutors have secured an indictment against Christopher Lischewski, the CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, on one count of price fixing.
The indictment, returned by a grand jury in San Francisco, claims that Lischewski conspired with others in the industry, from November 2010 to December 2013, to set prices for canned tuna.
Through his lawyer, Lischewski said he is innocent.
"When the facts are known and the truth emerges, Mr. Lischewski will be found not guilty, and that...