Consumer Protection

Network Solutions Reinstatement Fee Complaints and Lawsuit

Network Solutions Reinstatement Fee Complaints and Lawsuit

Lieff Cabraser is investigating consumer complaints that domain name registrar Network Solutions is charging customers an undisclosed $35.99 (recently increased from $25.99) “reinstatement fee” to renew expired domain names. The reinstatement fee starts on day one of expiration, and is in addition to Network Solutions’ usual $37.99 domain renewal charge.

If Network Solutions has charged you a $37.99 reinstatement fee for the renewal of a newly-expired domain, you may have a claim. We urge you to contact a consumer protection lawyer at Lieff Cabraser for a free, no-obligation review of your potential case. The information you provide will help us hold Network Solutions accountable for any deceptive or fraudulent practices.

Please call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 or use the form below.


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Waste Management Fraud, Inc., Deceptive and Excessive Billing Complaints

Waste Management Deceptive Billing

Lieff Cabraser is investigating widespread complaints about Waste Management, Inc.’s fraudulent and excessive billing and other deceptive practices from small businesses across the U.S. Business complaints include complaints include hidden fees, unfair fuel charges, and increases to monthly charges.

Contact a Business Fraud Attorney at Lieff Cabraser

If your business has experienced what you believe is fraud, excessive charges, or other improper or deceptive business conduct by Waste Management, Inc., the fraud protection attorneys at Lieff Cabraser would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your potential case against Waste Management, Inc. The information you provide will assist us in holding Waste Management, Inc. accountable for their practices, and there is no charge for our review of your case. Use the form on this page or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 today.


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Jeep Grand Cherokee / Dodge Ram Dirty Diesels

Diesel Pollution Fraud

You may be owed compensation for Fiat Chrysler’s use of secret software to allow excess diesel emissions. Free case review from national law firm that led the VW emissions fraud case.

Fiat Chrysler Diesel Pollution Fraud

If you own or lease a 2014-2016 diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee or Dodge Ram, your vehicle is emitting illegal levels of dangerous pollutants. Use the form on this page or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 to contact a consumer protection lawyer at Lieff Cabraser for more information.

Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth Cabraser was sole Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the historic consumer fraud lawsuit against Volkswagen over 475,000 U.S. illegally polluting diesel vehicles that led to an unprecedented U.S. litigation settlement of $14.7 billion in sanctions, buybacks, and damages payments, as well as $4.3 billion in civil and criminal penalties levvied against VW by the Department of Justice in January 2017.

Background on the Case

In January 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler of using secret software to allow excess emissions in violation of the law for at least 104,000 diesel vehicles. The affected models include Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3-liter diesel engines sold in the United States from late 2013 through 2016 (model years 2014, 2015, and 2016).

As reported by numerous news sources, the software’s usage produced excess nitrogen oxide emissions, with direct harmful effects on public health. EPA spokesperson Cynthia Giles noted, “This is a clear and serious violation of the Clean Air Act. There is no doubt [Fiat Chrysler] are contributing to illegal pollution.”

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If you purchased or leased one of the affected Jeep or Dodge vehicles, you are encouraged to contact a consumer protection lawyer at Lieff Cabraser. We welcome the opportunity to learn of your experiences with the vehicle and answer your questions. We will review your claim for free, confidentially, and with no obligation on your part. The information you provide will help us hold Fiat Chrysler accountable for their alleged violations of environmental protection laws and any deceptions perpetrated upon their customers.


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HCC Life Medical Insurance Fraud and Deceptive Practices

Health Insurance Fraud Investigation

Lieff Cabraser, with co-counsel, represents HCC Life Insurance medical insurance policyholders in a proposed class action lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco against HCC Life Insurance and related parties (“HCC”). Plaintiffs allege that HCC has fraudulently marketed their insurance products and has perpetrated a scheme of delaying, refusing to pay, and/or obstructing policyholders’ claims in bad faith and in violation of California law.

The complaint also alleges that HCC markets short term medical insurance policies via outside brokers who, in addition to using common unscrupulous and dishonest sales tactics, falsely claim to be licensed insurance brokers. Plaintiffs allege that the policies are marketed to conceal a host of coverage exceptions not disclosed to consumers prior to purchase.

The complaint notes that multiple states have sent the company and its affiliates formal letters directing them to stop selling their fraudulent short-term insurance plans through unlicensed brokers and via misinformation and deceptive practices.

Contact National Fraud Lawyers at Lieff Cabraser

If you are an HCC policyholder and your claims have been denied or you have had insurance payments delayed by HCC, we welcome the chance to speak with you about your legal rights. Please contact us using the form below or by calling us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358.


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State Farm RICO Litigation

State Farm RICO Litigation

Hale, et al. v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., et al., Case No. 3:12-cv-00660-DRH-SCW.

In 1997, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed a class action in Illinois state court, accusing State Farm of approving the use of lower-quality non-original equipment manufacturer (non-OEM) automotive parts for repairs to the vehicles of more than 4 million State Farm policyholders, contrary to the company’s policy language. Plaintiffs won a verdict of more than nearly $1.2 billion that included $600 million in punitive damages. The state appeals court affirmed the judgment, but reduced it slightly to $1.05 billion. State Farm appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court in May 2013.

A two-plus-year delay in that Court’s decision led to a vacancy in the Illinois Supreme Court. Plaintiffs allege that State Farm recruited a little-known trial judge, Judge Lloyd A. Karmeier, to run for the vacant Supreme Court seat, and then managed his campaign behind the scenes, and secretly funded it to the tune of almost $4 million. Then, after Justice Karmeier was elected, State Farm hid its involvement in his campaign to ensure that Justice Karmeier could participate in the pending appeal of the $1.05 billion judgment. State Farm’s scheme was successful: Justice Karmeier joined the otherwise “deadlocked” deliberations and voted to decertify the class and overturn the judgment.

In a 2012 lawsuit filed in federal court, Plaintiffs allege that this secretive scheme to seat a sympathetic justice—and then to lie about it, so as secure that justice’s participation in the pending appeal—violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (“RICO”), and deprived Plaintiffs of their interest in the billion-dollar judgment. Judge David R. Herndon certified the class in October 2016, and the Seventh Circuit denied State Farm’s petition to appeal the ruling in December 2016. Discovery is ongoing, and a trial is expected in 2017.

Investigación de las pólizas de seguro impostoras de Wells Fargo

Life Insurance Policy Alleged Fraud

Lieff Cabraser está investigando las reclamaciones de que Wells Fargo y sus empleados han contratado a clientes del banco por pólizas de seguro de vida no deseadas y no autorizadas (incluyendo las pólizas “MyTerm” emitidas por Prudential), y en algunos casos arreglando que deduzcan las primas mensuales de estas pólizas de las cuentas bancarias de los clientes. Estas afirmaciones siguen después de las revelaciones bien publicitadas, al principio de este año, de que Wells Fargo y sus empleados abrieron más de 2 millones de cuentas bancarias y tarjetas de crédito sin autorización de sus clientes.

Según los informes publicados, una investigación de llamadas registradas a las líneas de servicio al cliente de Prudential ha revelado aparentemente quejas de clientes de Wells Fargo sobre las polízas que ellos no recordaban de haber comprado.

Contacte un abogado de Protección al Consumidor en Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser es un bufete de abogados nacional que representa a consumidores en todo los Estados Unidos en juicios de fraude y prácticas engañosas, incluyendo casos que involucran prácticas engañosas de bancos y compañías de seguros.

Si usted es un cliente actual o antiguo de Wells Fargo, y sospecha que Wells Fargo o sus empleados pueden haber firmado una póliza de seguro de vida que no quiso o autorizó, le invitamos a rellenar nuestro formulario de contacto que sigue abajo.

La información que nos proporcione nos ayudará a conocer el alcance total de las presuntas prácticas, obtener alivio para los clientes afectados y detener la conducta impropia de las compañías en el futuro. Revisaremos su reclamación sin cobro y sin ninguna obligación de su parte.


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Prescription Drug Clawback Fraud

Prescription drug clawback fraud

Lieff Cabraser is investigating the widely-reported illegal practice of prescription cost “claw-backs,” where consumers and patients end up overpaying for medication with the overcharges going into insurance company pockets. As described in the news articles and television stories listed on this page, patient drug copayments often exceed actual medicine costs, with the extra money getting “clawed back” by insurance companies without the consumer ever realizing they’ve effectively been robbed.

Insurance policies often set drug prices, even when the market price for a given drug may be significantly less. Pharmacists are under court orders not to reveal to patients that this clawback scam is occurring, and consumers have no option but to pay the artificially inflated price — sometimes four or more times the true cost of the medication. Affected insurance plans include Medicare, ACA exchange plans, and employer-sponsored health care plans.

These clawback schemes are a huge factor in the high and ever-growing costs of health care as well as the absurdly inflated salaries of healthcare executives. The health care companies we are investigating over these alleged clawback practices include Aetna, Cigna, CVS Health (Caremark), Express Scripts, Humana Inc., Kaiser, Medimpact Healthcare Systems, OptumRx, Prime Therapeutics, and UnitedHealthcare.

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We are nationally-recognized consumer attorneys who have successfully challenged deceptive and illegal practices by rogue corporations in health care and other industries, protecting the rights of individuals and recovering over $4 billion for patients and consumers.

If you suspect you’ve been overcharged for prescriptions and may be a victim of these clawback schemes, we can help. Contact a lawyer at Lieff Cabraser today for a free, no-obligation review of your potential insurance clawback fraud case. Use the form below or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358. The information you provide will help us hold insurance companies accountable for these unconscionable and illegal practices.


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Wells Fargo Sham Insurance Policies Investigation

Life Insurance Policy Alleged Fraud

Lieff Cabraser is investigating claims that Wells Fargo and its employees have signed up bank customers for unwanted and unauthorized life insurance policies (including “MyTerm” policies issued by Prudential), in some cases arranging for the monthly premiums for these insurance policies to be deducted from the customers’ bank accounts. These claims follow the well-publicized revelations, earlier this year, that Wells Fargo and its employees opened up more than 2 million bank accounts and credit cards without customer authorization.

According to published reports, an investigation of recorded calls to Prudential’s customer service lines has apparently revealed complaints from Wells Fargo customers about policies they did not recall buying.

Contact a Consumer Protection Lawyer at Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser is a national law firm that represents consumers throughout the United States in fraud and deceptive practices lawsuits, including cases involving deceptive practices by banks and insurance companies.

If you are a current or former Wells Fargo banking customer, and suspect that Wells Fargo or its employees may have signed you up for a life insurance policy that you did not want or authorize, we invite you to complete our contact form below.

The information you provide will assist us in learning the full extent of the alleged practices, obtaining relief for affected customers, and stopping improper conduct by the companies going forward. We will review your complaint for free and without any obligation on your part.


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North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance

Life Insurance Policy Alleged Fraud

Lieff Cabraser attorneys are investigating potential fraud being committed on policy holders and beneficiaries of life insurance policies originally purchased from Booker T. Washington Insurance Company, Inc., Protective Industrial Insurance Company, and Universal Life Insurance Company in Birmingham, Alabama and Jefferson County any time prior to 2009.

In 2009, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (NCM) took over more than 52,000 life insurance policies from the original companies.

A significant number of Booker T. Washington, Protective Industrial Insurance Company, and Universal Life customers had taken “policy loans” from those life insurance policies, loans managed by the original life insurance companies. When NCM took over the policies and the loans, NCM allegedly did not apply the interest rate specified in the loan documents to the policy loans and, instead, NCM allegedly applied an interest rate to all policy loans from the assumed policies that was, in some cases, higher than the agreed upon interest rate.

In addition, payments made on the policy loans were allegedly collected by NCM and not applied to the appropriate loans. Therefore, when life insurance proceeds were eventually paid following the death of an insured, NCM allegedly did not pay the full amount owed to the beneficiaries since the loan payments had not been applied to the appropriate loan balance.

If you purchased a life insurance policy from Alabama life insurance companies Booker T. Washington Insurance Company, Inc., Protective Industrial Insurance Company, or Universal Life Insurance Company in Birmingham, Alabama before 2009, and:

  • if you were a policy holder or a beneficiary of a life insurance policy and believe you may have experienced financial fraud based on incorrect interest rates on a loan, and/or;
  • if you believe or don’t know if you received an incorrect life insurance policy payout based on incorrect accounting of loan payments

our attorneys might be able to help.

Contact a Consumer Attorney at Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in lawsuits nationwide against businesses for allegedly deceptive and fraudulent practices. If you are a policy holder or a beneficiary of a policy originally sold by Booker T. Washington Insurance Company, Inc., Protective Industrial Insurance Company, or Universal Life Insurance Company in Birmingham, Alabama, and you believe you have experienced financial fraud, we wish to learn of your experience. The information you provide will assist us in holding North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company accountable and stopping its alleged deceptive or fraudulent practices.

There is no charge or obligation for our review of your complaint. Call toll-free 1-866-313-1973 to speak with an attorney, or fill out the form below.


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Audi Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fraud

Audi Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fraud

Volkswagen has confirmed that certain Audi gas-engine models have software that distorts dioxide emissions levels, and Lieff Cabraser has filed a lawsuit accusing VW of using cheat devices in numerous gasoline engine Audi models to deceive consumers about Audi gas engine carbon dioxide emissions. 2014-2016 Audi A6, A8, Audi Q5, Q7, Audi S4, S5, S6, or S7 cars were discovered by California environmental authorities to be cheating on CO2 emissions testing, hiding carbon emissions implicated in global warming.

These new CO2 fraud devices are reportedly present in gas engine vehicles, similar to but separate from the Volkswagen and Audi diesel engines where similar deceptive devices recently led to a $14.7 billion consumer settlement.

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If you own or lease a model year 2014-2016 Audi A6, A8, Audi Q5, Q7, Audi S4, S5, S6, or S7, please give us a call at 1 800 541-7358 or use the form below to contact a consumer protection lawyer at Lieff Cabraser. The information you provide will assist us in holding Audi and Volkswagen accountable for deceptive practices relating to carbon dioxide emissions from these and other Audi vehicles.


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More information about the alleged Audi CO2 Emissions Fraud

In the summer of 2016, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) discovered another software device installed on some of Volkswagen AG’s Audi models that may have allowed gasoline engine cars to cheat on carbon-dioxide emissions testing standards, hiding emissions implicated in global warming.

New CO2 Consumer Fraud Alleged Against Audi

The newly found cheat device is not the same as the device previously found to facilitate Volkswagen’s concealment of heightened nitrogen oxide emissions on diesel vehicles, and the new discovery was not initially publicly disclosed. Audi has not commented while the Justice Department continues new investigations into Volkswagen relating to the potential Audi carbon dioxide emissions deceptions.

As noted by multiple news sources including Green Car Reports, “the transmission enters a gear-shifting mode designed to deliver low CO2 whenever the car is started. The transmission only switches to a regular mode with higher CO2 levels if the steering wheel is turned more than 15 degrees, such as in regular driving. It’s only on a laboratory’s testbed where a car drives with zero inputs to the steering.”

The Volkswagen & Audi Nitrogen Oxide Diesel Emissions Litigation

In October 2016, Judge Charles M. Breyer granted final approval to a historic $14.7 billion settlement in the Volkswagen nitrogen oxide diesel emissions case, where more than 1,000 federal lawsuits were consolidated into one complaint against the automaker for its nitrogen oxide emissions “dirty diesel” vehicles, which emissions were observed in aftermarket testing to be as much as 40 times national environmental law limits. The settlement provides consumers with a choice of a buyback or lease termination on affected vehicles, modification to correct the unacceptable emissions, and cash compensation.