Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit

Join the Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit On July 7, 2015, Audet & Partners, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central Di ...

Employee Lawsuits Upheld Under Private Attorneys General Act

Employee Lawsuits Upheld Under Private Attorneys General Act

Employee Lawsuits May Proceed Under PAGA California and federal laws generally uphold arbitration waivers in employment agreements signed by an employees.  These arbitration agreem ...

Unauthorized Calls to Cell Phones Basis for TCPA Lawsuit Against Rite Aid

Unauthorized Calls to Cell Phones Basis for TCPA Lawsuit Against Rite Aid

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a New York consumer has launched a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Rite Aid Cor ...

TCPA Lawsuit Costs Wells Fargo $14.5 Million

TCPA Lawsuit Costs Wells Fargo $14.5 Million

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Wells Fargo NA has agreed to pay $14.5 million to settle class action claims that the bank illegally called customers on their cell phones in ...

Whistleblower Lawsuits Continue to Grow in 2014

Whistleblower Lawsuits Continue to Grow in 2014

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") has released its report on whistleblower complaints for Fiscal Year 2014 which ended on S ...

Apple iMessage Lawsuit Ruling Sustains Wiretap Act Claims

Apple iMessage Lawsuit Ruling Sustains Wiretap Act Claims

Audet & Partners, LLP has obtained a favorable ruling against Apple in a lawsuit claiming that Apple violated federal law by intercepting text messages sent to former iMessage ...

Silver Price Fixing Lawsuit Brought Against Major Institutions

Silver Price Fixing Lawsuit Brought Against Major Institutions

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a number of major financial institutions have been sued based on allegations that they illegally conspired to artificially inflate the price ...

FedEx Drivers Deemed Employees By Federal Court

In a recent opinion issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Express delivery drivers have been legally classified as employees of FedEx, rather than independent contractors as was argued by the company.  Audet & Partners, LLP has handled many wage and hour employment class actions on behalf of thousands of employees and believes that this FedEx ruling will have wide-ranging implications in ...

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Bair Hugger Body Warming Device Lawsuit

Post-Surgery Bair Hugger Linked to Dangerous Infections Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims that the Bair Hugger warming device may lead to serious infections in patients having undergone hip and knee replacement surgery. Patients suffering dangerous bacterial infections have alleged that 3M, the manufacturer of Bair Hugger, was aware of the risk of such infections at least since 2010 when the ...

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Uber Driver Lawsuit Deems Drivers “Employees”

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the California Labor Commission has sided with an Uber driver and held that the driver is considered an employee rather than an independent contractor under California state law.  In the case before the Labor Commission, Barbara Ann Berwick, an Uber driver, had argued that as an employee of Uber, she was entitled to reimbursement for costs incurred while transporting U ...

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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit

Join the Santa Barbara Oil Spill Class Action Lawsuit On July 7, 2015, Audet & Partners, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, on behalf of businesses harmed as a result of the recent Santa Barbara oil spill. The pipeline rupture and oil spill in Santa Barbara County has posed significant threats to the environment, wildlife, and sma ...

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Pay-for-Delay Lawsuits Strengthened by CA Supreme Court Opinion

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that the California Supreme Court has issued an opinion which may leave large pharmaceutical companies vulnerable to antitrust challenges arising out of patent litigation settlements that effectively stifle competition in the pharmaceutical marketplace.  In these "pay-for-delay" lawsuits, manufacturers have been sued by consumers claiming that drug companies paid off smalle ...

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Felon Firings By Apple May Be Illegal

Audet & Partners, LLP is investigating claims by construction workers who claim to have been discharged from work on Apple's new Cupertino campus based solely on their status as previously convicted felons.  While for certain types of employment a prior felony conviction may bear some relevance to potential job responsibilities, this generally does not hold true for construction work and situations such ...

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Employee Lawsuits Upheld Under Private Attorneys General Act

Employee Lawsuits May Proceed Under PAGA California and federal laws generally uphold arbitration waivers in employment agreements signed by an employees.  These arbitration agreements often prevent employee lawsuits should a dispute arise regarding wages or other workplace conditions. In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, however, the California Supreme Court entertained the issue of whether ...

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Unsolicited Phone Calls and Messages Continued in 2014

Unsolicited Phone Calls Continue to Run Afoul of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act In an effort to curb unscrupulous solicitors and telemarketers, the federal government passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") in 1991. The TCPA allows a member of the public to file a lawsuit and collect damages for receiving unsolicited phone calls, faxes, text messages, pre-recorded calls or autodialed ca ...

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What is a Class Action?

Class Action Lawsuits   Class action lawsuits are brought when a sizable number of¬†people (the "class") suffer similar injuries due to the actions of a particular defendant, usually a company. In order to proceed as a class action, however, certain criteria must be met. ‚ÄúCertification‚ÄĚ is the process by which a judge will decide if a class action is appropriate. Generally, a case will be ‚Äúcertified‚ÄĚ if ...

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Unauthorized Calls to Cell Phones Basis for TCPA Lawsuit Against Rite Aid

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that a New York consumer has launched a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Rite Aid Corp. alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA").  In the lawsuit seeking class action certification, lead plaintiff Robert Zani has alleged that Rite Aid placed pre-recorded, unauthorized calls to the cell ...

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