Hundreds of Wells Fargo Customers Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure Due to Bank’s Mistakes and Aggressive Actions

Hundreds of Wells Fargo Customers Lose Their Homes to Foreclosure Due to Bank’s Mistakes and Aggressive Actions

Homeowners’ homes foreclosed on after Wells Fargo’s software incorrectly denied available mortgage modifications

News sources have revealed that more than 600 Wells Fargo customers were incorrectly denied loan modifications under a federal assistance program set up by the Treasury Department in 2009, with 400 of the owners ultimately losing their homes to bank foreclosure. The bank claims the loan adjustment denials were the result of a “computer error.” [Read more…]

Fiat Chrysler & Bosch Try to Escape RICO Claims in Emissions Fraud Litigation

Fiat Chrysler & Bosch Try to Escape RICO Claims in Emissions Fraud Litigation

Fiat Chrysler and Bosch are trying to convince a federal judge in California to throw out RICO claims brought by drivers in multidistrict litigation centering on claims that the companies cheated on vehicle emissions testing. The companies argue that only regulators, and not the consumers bringing the current lawsuit, are entitled to relief under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as the consumers who purchased affected vehicles were not direct victims of the alleged misconduct. U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen seemed to disagree with the companies’ argument, noting that, “At the end of the day, they [the consumers] paid for a car that they didn’t get.” [Read more…]

Final Month for VW, Audi 2.0-Liter Diesel Owners, Lessees to File Class Action Settlement Claims and Receive Benefits

VW Diesel Emissions Case Settlement

Eligible consumers must file claims by September 1 to receive buyback or approved emissions modification plus additional cash compensation

Owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles who have yet to complete a claim in the 2.0-liter class action settlement have until September 1, 2018 to claim benefits for a vehicle buyback or an approved emissions modification, along with thousands of dollars in cash compensation. [Read more…]

Consumer Action Alert: Heads Up for VW 2.0-Liter Diesel Owners and Lessees to File Claims

Final claims deadline approaches for Volkswagen (VW) settlement

The Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” litigation settlement of more than $15 billion, announced in June 2016, is quickly approaching the deadline for 2.0-liter diesel owners and lessees to file claims and receive their benefits. This will ensure that these vehicles either are removed from the road or receive an approved emissions modification. [Read more…]

VIDEO: Consumers Win Victory Over Western Sky Financial in Litigation Over Abusive Payday Lender Scam

Successful consumer protection class action against malevolent payday lender highlights the benefits and power of individuals uniting in class action lawsuits

Successful consumer protection class action against malevolent payday lender highlights the benefits and power of individuals uniting in class action lawsuits

On Monday evening, the Public Justice Foundation held its 36th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the ceremony, Public Justice recognized victorious attorney efforts with its Trial Lawyer of the Year awards. This included a focus on and video describing Inetianbor v. Western Sky Financial. [Read more…]

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Should Be Banned From Insurance Policies

Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Should Be Banned From Insurance Policies

Formal amendment to the Model Unfair Trade Practices Act seeks to prohibit pre-dispute forced arbitration provisions

According to Insurance Business America, pretty much everyone except big business hates forced dispute arbitration, a diversion of adjudication from open courts to closed, one-sided panels that has been shoved down the throats of consumers across nearly every industry. “Over the last 10 to 15 years, the practice of requiring individuals to agree to arbitrate rather than litigate any future disputes (or forgo the product, service or employment altogether) has been heavily criticized by government agencies, the media, academics and consumer groups.” [Read more…]

All Web Leads Deceptive Practices Class Action Gets Go-Ahead from Federal Court

TCPA Unconsented Intrusive Calls and Texts

Lawsuit may affect as many as 2 million class members

Lieff Cabraser represents plaintiffs in a federal class action lawsuit alleging that insurance contact and information provider All Web Leads uses deceptive practices to lure customers in the insurance industry. Plaintiffs claim that All Web Leads violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act by harvesting the telephone numbers of prospective insurance quote customers, then making unwanted and unconsented customer calls in violation of the law. Plaintiffs also allege that All Web Leads improperly hid the required TCPA disclosure language in fine print on its websites. The company acts as a “middle man” between insurance agents, industry members, and customers. [Read more…]

Appeals Court Affirms $10 Billion VW Diesel Emissions Deal, Noting “Substantial Benefits” to Class Members

Diesel Emissions Fraud

Settlement delivers “substantial, tangible benefits” to class members, with extremely high participation rates

As reported by Law360 (subscription), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal has affirmed the $10 billion deal between consumers and Volkswagen covering over 475,000 diesel vehicles in the diesel engine emissions fraud scandal that first broke in 2015. The Court upheld the settlement relating to 2.0 liter engine VW, Porsche, and Audi vehicles after reviewing six separate appeals. [Read more…]

VW Diesel Emissions Claims Deadline is Rapidly Approaching for 2.0 Liter Engine Vehicles

September 2018 VW Emissions Deadline

As reported by Green Car Reports, U.S. owners of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder VW cars must complete the filing of their diesel emissions fraud settlement paperwork by September 1st, 2018, to be eligible for at least $5,100 in compensation from Volkswagen. After filing, all claims must be settled by December 31, 2018, but again, they must be submitted by the September 1 deadline to be eligible. [Read more…]

Judge Holds Racketeering Lawsuit Against State Farm Over Election Manipulations Can Go Forward

Judge Holds Racketeering Lawsuit Against State Farm Over Election Manipulations Can Go Forward

Insurer is accused of secretly and improperly funding state judge’s campaign so it could get a $1 billion judgment against overturned

U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon has ruled that Lieff Cabraser’s class action lawsuit can proceed against State Farm over charges the insurer acted illegally in spending millions on a secret campaign to get a judge elected to state court who would then rule in State Farm’s favor in a massive pending fraud lawsuit. After losing an earlier lawsuit where it was hit with a $1.05 billion judgment, plaintiffs allege State Farm defrauded them of the judgment by “handpicking Judge Karmeier, covertly funneling millions into his campaign and lying about its support for the judge in communications to the Illinois Supreme Court and counsel for the class.” [Read more…]

Vitafusion B Complex Adult Vitamin Gummies May Expose Consumers to Unsafe Levels of Folate and Folic Acid

Vitafusion B Complex Adult Vitamin Gummies May Expose Consumers to Unsafe Levels of Folate and Folic Acid

Recent investigations into Church & Dwight Vitafusion B Complex Adult Vitamin Gummies allege there are unsafe and dangerous levels of folic acid in these dietary widely-used supplements. According to the Nutrition Business Journal, vitamin gummies now represent more than 10 percent of the U.S. health supplement market, and that share is projected to grow by over 50 percent in the next few years. Originally targeted at children, gummy vitamins have turned into a huge market for adults and seniors. [Read more…]

Court Says Fitbit Gameplaying Around Arbitration Efforts Could Lead to Contempt

Court Says Fitbit Gameplaying Around Arbitration Efforts Could Lead to Contempt

Fitbit may be facing civil contempt charges for what U.S. District Judge James Donato says is “gamesmanship” after the company leveraged an arbitration agreement to shrink the class action lawsuit over alleged deficiencies in its heart rate monitors then quit the arbitration when the plaintiff didn’t like its settlement offer (hearing transcript). As reported by Law360, Judge Donato had directed Fitbit and the arbitrator to determine whether 12 plaintiffs’ claims about the Fitbit devices, which consistently mis-record heart rates, particularly during the vigorous exercise for which many consumers purchase the devices, should be heard in open and fair court or just in closed arbitration. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief Urging Rehearing in Ahearn v. Hyundai and Consumer Class Action Settlements

Lieff Cabraser Authors Amicus Brief Urging Rehearing in Ahearn V. Hyundai and Consumer Class Action Settlements

Three organizations joined the Impact Fund in filing an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit urging reconsideration of a divided panel opinion in Ahearn v. Hyundai that overturned precedent and created a circuit split over the question of whether variations in state consumer laws can preclude national class action settlements. Lieff Cabraser wrote the brief on behalf of Public Justice, P.C., the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the National Consumer Law Center, and the Impact Fund. [Read more…]

“Backfired: When VW Lied To America”

Backfired: When VW Lied To America

New Documentary Captures VW Diesel Emissions Scandal & the Clean Air Movement in California

A new documentary titled “Backfired: When VW Lied To America” will soon be coming to TV screens and movie theaters around the country. Produced by Dale Bell, co-founder of The Media and Policy Center in Burbank, California, the film provides the most detailed video examination to date of the Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud scandal. [Read more…]

Deadline for VW, Audi 2.0-Liter Owners and Lessees Fast Approaching to Take Advantage of “Clean Diesel” Settlement Benefits

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions

Eligible consumers of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter “Clean Diesel” vehicles have until September 1, 2018 to file claims to receive compensation, approved emissions modification

San Francisco, CA—Owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter vehicles are receiving new reminders that they have until September 1, 2018 to submit completed claims for benefits under the historic Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation settlement. [Read more…]

New California Federal Court Decision Denies Mercedes’ and Daimler’s Attempts to Dismiss Moldy Vehicle Air Conditioning Lawsuit

Mold in vehicle air conditioning

On April 16, 2018, Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an Order rejecting defendants Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler AG’s motions to strike and dismiss plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint in the litigation over allegations of defective, mold-harboring climate control systems in numerous Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The defendants had moved to strike the claim for damages under California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act and to dismiss the common law implied warranty claims and all of the express warranty claims, along with all amendments to the original filed complaint. [Read more…]

Annika K. Martin Named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in GM Air Conditioning Defects Litigation

Annika K. Martin Named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in GM Air Conditioning Defects Litigation

On April 11, 2018, Judge Matthew F. Leitman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan issued an order appointing Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin as Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the consumer fraud class action lawsuit against General Motors Company in federal court on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air condition system. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Team Wins 2018 California Lawyer of the Year Award for VW Diesel Emissions Case

Lieff Cabraser Team Wins 2018 California Lawyer of the Year Award for Volkswagen Diesel Fraud Case

Historic consumer fraud case against Volkswagen over “Clean Diesel” emissions led to unprecedented settlements valued at over $14 billion

At its 2018 awards ceremony, the California Daily Journal has named Lieff Cabraser attorneys Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Kevin R. Budner, Phong-Chau Nguyen, and Wilson M. Dunlavey as recipients of the 2018 California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award for their work on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions Fraud MDL. The CLAY awards are given annually to outstanding California practitioners “whose extraordinary work and cases had a major impact on the law.” [Read more…]

Federal Judge Rules Fiat Chrysler Diesel Emissions Fraud Lawsuit Can Move Forward

Diesel Emissions Fraud

As reported widely in the media, Fiat Chrysler’s attempt to end the diesel emissions cheating case filed by consumers across the U.S. has failed, as U.S. District Court Judge Edward M. Chen issued an order substantially supporting plaintiffs’ complaint and directing the litigation to move forward. [Read more…]

State Farm Will Have to Face Campaign Funding Racketeering Claims

State Farm Will Have to Face Campaign Funding Racketeering Claims

In a victory for 4.7 million policyholders, a federal judge in Illinois has ruled that State Farm must face a class action lawsuit alleging the company entered into a secret scheme to seat a sympathetic judge to overturn a $1.05 billion judgment against the company for approving the use of lower-quality non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM) automotive parts for repairs to policyholder vehicles. The judge rejected State Farm’s argument that the suit over racketeering claims are an improper effort to relitigate claims already reviewed in the related state court case. [Read more…]