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Consumer and business fraud: a large and growing national problem

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.

Qui tam whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act

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.

"Natural" Labeling Cost $4.5M for Seventh Generation

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.

Sirius XM Settles for $35M to End TCPA Claims

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").

Ticketmaster Class Action Settlement is Leaving Many Unsatisfied

If you've purchased tickets to any major concert online over the past decade, chances are very good that you had go through Ticketmaster, the much-maligned ticket broker for live events all over the nation, including right here in Connecticut.

A Nightmare for Connecticut Homeowners: Defective Foundations

Many Connecticut homeowners who likely expected to hear happy sounds emanating from family gatherings, graduations and grandkids years down the road from their property purchase are instead hearing noises of horror coming from the foundations of their homes.

Some Debt Collection Tactics Aren't Just Annoying, They Are Also Illegal

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of U.S. adults are in debt. This number includes debts related to mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, medical services and student and personal loans. A 2015 Nerdwallet analysis of Americans' debt revealed that, on average, U.S. households carry debts of roughly $130,000 with those related to mortgages and student loans being the most costly.

Supreme Court Decision May Increase in Medicare and Medicaid Qui Tam Lawsuits

Through Medicare and Medicaid, The U.S. government provides and subsidizes medical care for individuals who meet certain qualifying criterion. Doing so, comes at a hefty cost and during 2014 federal Medicare spending topped $618 billion while Medicaid spending totaled more than $495 billion.

Chipotle Accused of Lying About GMOs in Food

In recent years, there have been many questions and concerns raised about the safety and possible negative heath effects associated with the consumption of genetically modified organisms. According to the non-GMO Project, while many countries have enacted strict bans on GMO products, GMOs "are in as much as 80 percent of conventional processed food," that is made, marketed and sold in the U.S.