On Friday, September 23, 2016, Yahoo Inc. ("Yahoo" or the "Company") was hit with three proposed class action lawsuits, two in California and one in Illinois, just one day after the Company announced it had been hacked in 2014. The Company revealed that over 500 million people had their personal information, including names, passwords, security questions and answers, dates of birth, email addresses, and telephone numbers stolen from Yahoo's online database. The Company believes that the hack was executed by a state-sponsored actor - in other words, an unidentified foreign government.
Often it is not an agent or department within the federal government that espies fraud that is stealing the money of American taxpayers.
Apparently it was just that simple.
As we note on our website at the long-tenured and broad-based business law firm of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP, in Connecticut and with multiple offices elsewhere across the country, our lawyers provide knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation in whistleblower matters.
In light of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposal to ban arbitration clauses, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff recently denied Uber Technologies Inc.'s ("Uber" or the "Company") push for customers to arbitrate their claims with the Company.
It's likely that more than a few executives of St. Jude Medical, a leading medical device maker, have lost sleep the past few years while fretting at night over defibrillator wires.
When it comes to the realm of false advertising and misleading marketing practices, legions of New Yorkers and other consumers across the country can either relate stories regarding the woes of others or tell harrowing tales of their own.
The lawyers at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP, have represented myriad clients over the years who have stepped forward on behalf of the federal government to spotlight fraud committed against the nation's taxpayers. Many of those clients have brought whistleblower claims under the federal False Claims Act, which has proven to be a most effective instrument for blunting illegal conduct and recouping unlawful gains collected by defendants.
The connotation of the word "natural" may be followed by images of flowers growing in a large field or a glacial waterfall rushing down a forest mountainside. So, naturally, consumers may be surprised to see synthetic ingredients such as Methylisothiazolinone or Benzisothiazolinone on their natural-labeled products. In fact, a class action lawsuit against Seventh Generation Inc. ("Seventh Generation" or the "Company") accused the Company of illegally misleading consumers by labeling its cleaning products as "natural," despite its use of synthetic preservatives.
Many consumers would be thrilled to find they get a free trial subscription for Sirius XM's ("Sirius") satellite radio with their car purchase. But once the free trial is over, many of those same customers who did not continue their subscription become less than pleased to receive phone calls from Sirius encouraging them to re-subscribe. At least, that is what happened to Francis W. Hooker Jr. ("Hooker"), who filed a class action on behalf of himself and others similarly-situated against Sirius for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA").