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Did Your Car Dealer Fail to Disclose a Recall Notice?

According to Carfax, during 2015, some 51 million motor vehicles in the U.S. were impacted by recalls-the highest number on record. From faulty ignition switches to defective airbags, in many cases these recalls relate to problems that, if not repaired, could result in a driver or passenger suffering serious or fatal injuries.

PHH Case Poised to Test CFPB's Constitutionality

PHH Mortgage Corp. ("PHH") filed a case that will bring into question the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ("CFPB") in light of a recent decision made by its Director, Richard Cordray. PHH is challenging Cordray's interpretation of violations under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ("RESPA") that allowed him to change a $6 million penalty handed down by an administrative law judge, to the $109 million that the CFPB director handed down when PHH appealed the original decision.

Uber Settles Another Case

Previously, we have written about cases involving Uber Inc. ("Uber" or the "Company") and its ridesharing safety checks. In February, Uber agreed to settle a class action pending in California federal court that raised questions about the Company's "safe ride" fees. The proposed $28.5 million settlement will benefit roughly 25 million riders that utilized the ride hail company from January 2013 to January 2016. Now, Uber has chosen to settle another case in which the State of California filed suit because Uber allegedly misled consumers because of the way it claimed to screen drivers.

Medical equipment maker settles qui tam lawsuit, whistleblower to receive $5.38M

During 2012, the medical device and equipment industry in the U.S. grossed revenues of more than $64 billion. Since that time, revenues have only increased and are expected to continue to skyrocket in the coming years. With so much money at stake, competition between medical equipment and device makers is fierce. At times, some companies may resort to business practices that teeter on or cross over the line of not only being unethical, but also illegal.

Honest Company Called Out For Being Dishonest About Product Ingredient

In recent years, it's been revealed that many of the ingredients that are used to make the foods we eat and the products we use are actually bad for us. As American consumers grow increasingly concerned and aware of the health risks associated with many of the synthetic and artificial chemicals that are used to make our food a certain color and our lotions a certain consistency, many are turning to more natural alternatives.

Institutional Investors Bring Suit Against Volkswagen in Midst of Emissions Scandal

The fallout from Volkswagen's emissions scandal was propelled to new heights when institutional investors filed a $3.6 billion suit against the company in Germany's Regional Court in Brunswick in mid-March. For months, Volkswagen has been responding to allegations and legal actions arising as a result of its "Clean Diesel" engines not performing as advertised. Volkswagen defrauded consumers by equipping some vehicles with technology designed to falsely represent the outcomes of emissions tests.

Super Bowl Ticket Suit Dies at 3rd Circuit

Any football fan knows that attending an NFL game can be a pricey experience. The most recent Super Bowl had an average ticket price somewhere between $2,500 and $3,000. A suit in New Jersey sought to challenge the high prices from the Super Bowl two years ago arguing that there were not enough tickets for public sale.

Apple slapped with class-action lawsuit by iPhone 4 users over iOS 9 update

Within the technology world, Apple, Inc. is among the most progressive and admired of all major tech corporations. In June of 2007, with the introduction of the first iPhone model, the company's innovative iPods were expanded and improved upon to include Smartphone capabilities. Since that time, the company has released a total of six iPhone versions with each including improvements in speed and additions in technological capabilities.

KT Tape False Advertising Class Action

Companies rely upon advertisements to attract customers. Catchy slogans and aesthetically pleasing posters have the potential power to convince people to buy a product. However, companies have an obligation to make sure their advertising is true and not misleading. If a company does not meet its duty, there are laws to protect consumers from false advertising. Last year, Red Bull settled a class action lawsuit that claimed its slogan, "Red Bull gives you wings," was false advertising. Unsurprisingly, Red Bull was unable to prove its energy drink could give its customers wings.

California Volkswagen owners accuse carmaker of fraud

With a name that translates into English as "the people's car company," since its formation in 1937, the German motor vehicle company Volkswagen eventually grew to become the biggest carmaker in the world. However, when news of the company's deceptive practices related to emissions-rigging software became public earlier this fall, Volkswagen’s reign at the top came to an abrupt end.