DOJ Intervenes in Whistleblower Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth

The Department of Justice intervened in a California whistleblower’s lawsuit filed in 2009 with over an estimated $1 billion in damages that accuses UnitedHealth Group of fraud in its Medicare Advantage health plans. The lawsuit alleges that UnitedHealth “games” the Medicare Advantage payment system by “making patients look sicker than they are,” and overbilling the government. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents whistleblowers in actions alleging fraud against the government. Click here to read more about the UnitedHealth lawsuit.

Bail Bond Company Accused of Taking Advantage of Immigrants

A class action alleges that immigrants that are eligible for bond from detention centers are being taken advantge of by Libre by Nexus, a company that provides a GPS tracking device and bond services at an exorbiant rate. Immigrants with nowhere else to turn have been bilked at a rate of 20% over their bond amount owed plus fees and are forced to wear a GPS tracking device. The lawsuit alleges that the company's practices are deceptive and unfair under California law. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents individuals who may have been deceived by a company's unfair business practices. Click here to read more about Libre by Nexus.

Office Supply Company Banned from Telemarketing for Deceptive Practices

Operators of an office supply business, Mia McCrary, John B. Hart, Liberty Supply Co., Norma Hart and Nor-Jay Enterprises, agreed to settle charges brought by the FTC alleging that they bilked millions of dollars from nonprofit organizations and small businesses. The settlement involves defendants being banned from telemarketing, being required to clearly and properly disclose purchase, costs and terms to customers, and judgments of $6.7 million against them. The FTC alleged that defendants deceived small business consumers into buying office supply products at higher prices or in larger quantities than they had agreed to and when they complained, defendants aggressively sought payment or de

Some Free Offers Are Not Free According to FTC

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against several companies and their officers that prominently advertised “FREE!” golf balls, kitchen gadgets, gear and related subscriptions that failed to properly disclose terms and conditions, provided deceptive negative options, and misleading upsells, in violation of the FTC Act and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act. As a result of the defendants scheme, they made unauthorized charges to customers' credit and debit cards for merchandise sent without their express approval. Andersen Sleater Sianni's attorneys represent consumers who have been defrauded. Click here to read more about the FTC's case.

Subway Accused of Using Chicken Filler

A class action has been filed against Subway for using soy-fillers in its chicken to deceive customers. The lawsuit is based on an investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that found that the chicken in the Subway Oven Roasted Chicken sandwich is only 53.6 percent chicken DNA and the chicken in the teriyaki strips is only 42.8 percent chicken DNA. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents consumers that have been deceived in their purchases. Click here to read more about the Subway class action.

SEC Files Charges Against Pot Company

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Medbox, now Notis Global, and its founder, Vincent Mehdizadeh, with falsely touting “record” revenue numbers in its marjuana consulting services and vending machines for marijuana to investors. Meanwhile 90% of its earnings came from sham transactions from illegal stock sales' proceeds to boost its false earnings with a secret affiliate. In order to settle the charges Mehdizadeh agreed to pay more than $12 million in disgorgement and penalties and agreed to be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company or participating in any penny stock offerings. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents investors injured through fraudulent sc

Charity and Donor Sue PayPal

A charity, Friends For Health: Supporting the North Shore Health Center, and a person seeking to donate to it filed a class action against PayPal for its Charitable Giving Fund. The lawsuit alleges that PayPal misrepresented its operations and listed nonprofit organizations on its website that it had no relationship with and misdirected donations from those charities without consent to charities of PayPal’s choice. Andersen Sleater Sianni's attorneys represent consumers in class actions. Click here to read more.

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