November 14, 2012 |
Papa John's Pizza is facing a $250-million lawsuit from customers who claim that the fast-food chain illegally sent them 500,000 promotional text messages in 2010. The lawsuit was granted class-action status by a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle late last week, according to a statement from the Heyrich Kalish McGuigan law firm. Participants are seeking $500 for each unwanted text, which they say Papa John's sent without their permission. The complaint alleges that some of the chain's franchisees used the marketing company OnTime4U to send a flood of messages about pizza deals to a database of customers who had previously ordered from Papa John's.
October 2, 2012 |
If you're an EBay user, heads up: The big dog of online auctions says it will take away your right to join class-action lawsuits unless you send in a letter challenging the move. EBay also is serving notice that the company and its affiliates reserve the right to track you down any way they please, "even if you incur charges for receiving such communications. " Taken together, the latest changes to EBay's user agreement suggest the company is taking a harder line with its more than 100 million buyers and sellers.
June 8, 2012 |
Microsoft's Windows operating system accounts for about 84% of the personal computer market. That's hundreds of millions of people worldwide using the company's core product. At least 40 million video gamers challenge one another from 35 countries via Microsoft's Xbox consoles, according to company stats. More than 200 million people use Microsoft's Skype video-chat service monthly. Microsoft's Bing is the second-most-popular search engine after Google. The software giant remains one of the most dominant players in the tech world, empowering a wide range of activities and interactions.
March 28, 2012 |
Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant program built into the Apple iPhone 4S, is the target of yet another lawsuit. But unlike the March suit filed in New York , the latest lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The new suit, filed in a U.S. District Court by a David Jones living in California, makes the same basic accusation that the previous complaint did -- that Apple oversells Siri's abilities in advertising and TV commercials. Apple officials were unavailable for comment on the lawsuits on Wednesday.
January 19, 2012 |
Cheap-chic retailer Forever 21 is being sued in a class-action lawsuit by employees who claim that the company routinely neglected to pay for time worked. In filings in San Francisco Superior Court, five employees allege that the Los Angeles clothing maker often made them work through meal breaks and kept them in the stores after clocking out to check their bags for stolen merchandise, the Huffington Post reported. Tiffinee Linthicum, Jessica Ramos, Shanelle Thompson, Jazzreal Jones and Alyssa Elias are seeking damages for the hours they worked during breaks and off the clock, the Post said.
November 2, 2011 |
For decades, gallery owners in California have wished that the state's Resale Royalty Act of 1976, which provides artists with 5% of the sales price of artworks when they are resold under certain conditions, would just go away. While some dealers follow the law and pay the royalty to artists, others do not. But it's hard to track what artists may be owed in either case, given the difficulty of getting the galleries to disclose information on their sales. Now, working to force some disclosures as well as recover money, the foundation of the late abstract painter Sam Francis is the lead plaintiff in class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday against nine galleries in Northern and Southern California.
October 19, 2011 |
New York painter Chuck Close, L.A. artist Laddie John Dill and the estate of L.A. sculptor Robert Graham are plaintiffs in a pair of class-action lawsuits filed on Tuesday against the New York operations of Sotheby's and Christie's, alleging that the auction houses violated the California Resale Royalty Act. The 1977 California statute, a rare attempt in the U.S. to provide visual artists with a financial cut of appreciating artworks they made...
October 18, 2011 |
Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, you may not have the right to sue a company you think has wronged you. Instead, if the company prefers, you could have to arbitrate the dispute — a process that consumer advocates say tips the scales of justice in favor of businesses. That imbalance would be remedied with passage of the Arbitration Fairness Act, a bill under consideration in Congress that would supersede the Supreme Court's ruling and reestablish consumers' right to sue and to join with others in class-action lawsuits.
July 17, 2011 |
Picture this nightmare financial scenario: You've taken out a $150,000 home-equity credit line to remodel your house, you've already pulled out thousands of dollars to pay contractors and owe thousands more, when suddenly you get a curt letter from the bank. Effective yesterday, it says, we've shut down access to your credit line. Although we haven't physically appraised your property, an automated valuation indicates it is worth significantly less than when we approved your application.
June 25, 2011 |
The Supreme Court, which winds up its term Monday, has once again shown itself to be highly skeptical of large lawsuits against big business, regardless of whether the suits are intended to protect workers, consumers or the environment. This year, a 5-4 conservative majority gave companies a stronger shield against class-action claims from consumers who said they were cheated and from employees who said they were victims of discrimination. The same five justices also blocked lawsuits against the makers of generic drugs for failing to warn patients of new dangers.