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.
January 5, 2000 |
RealNetworks Inc. has filed suit seeking to stop consumers' lawsuits that claim the No. 1 maker of software used to play online music and video violated privacy laws by accessing information from users' computer hard drives without permission. The suit filed in state court in Seattle claims that any disputes should be settled through arbitration under terms of a licensing agreement that governs the relationship between RealNetworks and its customers.
May 11, 1999 |
An Alabama jury ordered appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. to pay about $581 million in damages, after finding that three people who bought satellite TV dishes were misled over credit agreements they signed with the company's former finance unit. The circuit court jury in Hale County awarded $975,000 in compensatory damages and $580 million in punitive damages. Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool said it will appeal the verdicts. The plaintiffs' attorney, who had sought $6.
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.