May 6, 2004 |
The Federal Trade Commission unsealed a lawsuit alleging that National Consumer Council Inc. in Santa Ana and a complex web of affiliates bilked millions of dollars from debt-burdened consumers with deceptive promises to negotiate discounted settlements of their accounts. Saying National Credit was "masquerading as a nonprofit," the FTC also alleged that the companies routinely called consumers who had placed their names on the national do-not-call registry.
May 20, 2003 |
A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Monday narrowly reaffirmed a decision that Suzuki Motor Corp. is entitled to a jury trial on its claim that Consumer Reports magazine rigged a test to show that the Suzuki Samurai sport utility vehicle "rolls over too easily." Consumers Union, the parent organization of Consumer Reports, failed by a 12-11 vote on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in its bid to get a rehearing. Judge A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001 |
Attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit against one of Orange County's largest apartment building owners, charging that the company unfairly retained security deposits for unnecessary cleanups and repairs. The Orange County district attorney's office has been investigating the claims against Arnel Management Co. for several months and has concluded that potentially thousands of tenants could be due refunds.
March 8, 1998 |
It's almost impossible these days to open a checking account, get automobile insurance, buy stock, obtain health care or even take an ocean cruise without being asked--or compelled--to surrender one of America's most basic constitutional rights. Through tiny paragraphs of legalese that many people never see or read, Americans are forfeiting their rights to a day in court if they believe that some provider has done them wrong.
December 11, 1997 |
The parent of Micro Center agreed to pay up to $6.6 million to about 120,000 Southern California consumers to settle a class-action lawsuit that charged the Ohio-based electronics retailer with illegally asking for--and recording--personal information from customers who made credit-card purchases at its Tustin store. Most of the payments, ranging from $10 to $50 per customer, will consist of discounts on merchandise, service and repair contracts and training classes at the Tustin store.
March 14, 1996 |
In a major concession, House Republicans on Wednesday abandoned a central element of their "contract with America," forsaking a broad legal reform bill for a much narrower Senate measure that would restrict consumer lawsuits over defective products. Consumer groups responded by denouncing the compromise, arguing that it would restrict consumer access to the courthouse and, by limiting punitive damages, would remove deterrents to irresponsible corporate behavior.