Lawyers in Beasley Allen’s Consumer Fraud Section are actively engaged in numerous consumer class action lawsuits throughout the nation. Our firm has made a commitment to pursue consumer class actions in order to help those who are injured or wronged through no fault of their own. Consumers are presently the subject of national headlines on a regular basis as certain corporations value profits over the legal rights of consumers.
General Motors Litigation
A classic example of profits being placed over safety is the present GM Ignition Switch Defect multidistrict litigation (MDL). Beasley Allen lawyers, Dee Miles, Archie Grubb and Andrew Brashier, lawyers in the Section, actively represent consumers across the country who have experienced economic harm due to GM’s use of a defective ignition switch mechanism in many of its vehicles. The MDL is presently consolidated before the Southern District of New York.
Our lawyers are also engaged in the recent lawsuits against airbag manufacturer Takata, Honda, and other auto manufacturers for using Takata’s deadly airbags in vehicles. These airbags have a tendency to explode with excessive force sending metallic shrapnel from the airbag canister into the driver and passengers. The Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hear arguments regarding MDL consolidation in early 2015. Many experts are expecting the litigation to be consolidated in the Southern District of Florida.
Blue Cross Litigation
Dee Miles, Archie Grubb, Andrew Brashier and Rebecca Gilliland, lawyers in the Section, are litigating on behalf of health care providers against the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its members’ plans for violating Federal anti-trust law and other state law claims. This action is presently consolidated in an MDL before the Northern District of Alabama.
First Alert Smoke Detector Litigation
Dee Miles, Archie Grubb, Lance Gould, and Andrew Brashier have also filed a consumer class action in California on behalf of consumers who purchased defective smoke detectors from First Alert, Inc. and BRK Brands, Inc. This class action seeks to protect consumers who have unknowingly and unwittingly purchased smoke detectors that failed to detect, warn, and alert consumers to smoldering-type fires.
Dee Miles, Archie Grubb, and Andrew Brashier also are litigating consumer class actions against companies that force-place insurance on mortgage properties. Mortgage companies are regularly force-placing insurance on homeowners’ mortgages in excess to the actual debt remaining on the properties and with kickbacks going to the force-placed insurance companies. Our lawyers are presently litigating these cases in the Western District of Kentucky and Northern District of Alabama.
Target Data Breach
Dee Miles, Larry Golston, and Andrew Brashier are representing financial institutions that suffered economic loss by the Target consumer data breach during the Holiday 2013 shopping season. This litigation has been consolidated into an MDL in the District of Minnesota.
Home Depot Data Breach
The firm has also filed a class action on behalf of financial institutions impacted by the larger Home Depot data breach that recently occurred over the summer and early fall 2014. Multiple class actions have been filed against Home Depot and are likely to be consolidated in an MDL. Although consumers are typically compensated for any fraudulent charges stemming from a data breach and identity theft, financial institutions do not have similar protections and therefore have pursued legal remedies against retailers who fail to take seriously their duty to protect consumers’ personally identifiable information and financial data.
Dee Miles and Larry Golston represent Fed-Ex Ground drivers who are classified by Fed-Ex as independent contractors but treated as regular employees. This allows Fed-Ex to avoid obligations it owes to employees by signing them to contracts that represent them as independent contractors. This action is currently on appeal to the Seventh Circuit.
Dee Miles, Roman Shaul, and Leslie Pescia recently filed a class action against Syngenta Corporation’s upheaval of the corn export market in China. Genetically modified traits were found in corn sold from the United States to China, which resulted in Chinese officials rejecting shipments of United States corn. Farmers and grain handlers across the country have suffered significant economic losses as a result. An MDL has yet to be formed as of publication date, but a hearing was held on Dec. 4 in South Carolina by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML).
Talcum Baby Powder
Dee Miles, Larry Gould, and Alison Hawthorne represent California consumers to recover economic damages as a result of Johnson and Johnson’s fraudulent, unfair and deceptive marketing, labeling, and sales of its talcum baby powder. Johnson and Johnson intentionally concealed the fact that its baby powder contains talc, which is a carcinogen that can translocate and embed in the tissue of ovaries and cause ovarian cancer.
These class actions and others are currently being litigated by experienced class action lawyers at Beasley Allen. Those lawyers take pride in their work in representing consumers for various economic harms stemming from corporations who disregard the law and pursue making huge profits over their legal duty to protect Americans from harm. If you are aware of instances of American consumers being defrauded, harmed, or injured by way of economic loss that may give rise to a class action, feel free to contact a member of our firm’s Consumer Fraud Section, led by Section Head Dee Miles. Michelle Fulmer, a legal assistant serves as Section Head Administrator. Michelle can be contacted at 800-898-2034 or by email at Michelle.Fulmer@beasleyallen.com.
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