Jury Awards $80M to Second Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim

In the second lawsuit now of which hundreds will follow, Monsanto has lost in its attempt to avoid liability for use of its Roundup product containing active ingredient glyphosate that caused cancer. A jury awarded $80 million to a man, who sued Monsanto after he developed cancer after years of using round up on his 56 acre property. In a prior lawsuit, a jury awarded over $200 million, later reduced to $78 million, to another person who developed cancer after using Roundup. Click here to read more about the Monsanto lawsuit.

Office Depot and Software Provider Pay $35m for Duping Customers Into Computer Repair Services

The FTC alleged that for over a decade Office Depot, Inc. and tech support software provider, Support.com, Inc., falsely claimed that to detect malware symptoms on customers' computers through PC Health Check in order to get them to pay for Office Depot's repair and technical services. In order to settle these claims, Office Depot agreed to pay $25 million and Support.com agreed to pay $10 million that will be refunded to consumers. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents consumers who have been defrauded. Click here to read more about the Office Depot scam.

More Fallout for VW Over Emissions Scandal

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Volkswagen AG, two of its subsidiaries, and its former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, for defrauding U.S. investors in billion dollar bonds offerings and fixed income markets. The SEC alleges that Defendants made deceptive claims about the environmental impact of the company's "clean diesel" fleet. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents investors and consumers who have been deceived by corporations. Click here to read more about the SEC VW action.

Claire's Recalls Makeup for Asbestos

On March 12, 2019, Claire’s Stores, Inc., announced a recall of three cosmetic products: Claire’s Eye Shadows, Claire’s Compact Powder and Claire’s Contour Palette after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicated the possible presence of asbestos fibers in product samples from one lot of each product. Inhalation of asbestos over time has been linked to serious adverse health consequences. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents who have been harmed by products that are falsely advertised or omit safety and health risks. Click here to read more about the Claire's recall.

Hawaiian Coffee Producers Sue Over Fake Kona Coffee Retailers

Coffee producers in Hawaii allege that other coffee producers and retailers are profiting off of using the name "Kona" to imply that is where their coffee is made when it is not. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents consumers and businesses who have been harmed through unfair business practices and competition. Click here to read more about Kona coffee lawsuit.

Students File Class Action Following College Admissions Scandal

After dozens were indicted in connection with a wide ranging cheating scandal involving college admissions, a class action lawsuit has been filed by several students against the schools named in the scandal. The students alleged that they paid application fees to the schools believing that the admissions process was fair when it was not. Parents through the alleged scam paid to have special treatment, test scores on standardized tests and athletics for their children to get into certain schools. Several years ago class actions were filed against for-profit schools and law schools for inflating their employment rates post-graduation. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents individuals who have pai

FTC Fines Music App For Collecting Kids' Info

The FTC fined Musical.ly app, with its online library TikTok, $5.7 million for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) by collecting personal information from kids without parental consent. More than 200 million people – 65 million of them in the U.S. – downloaded the Musical.ly app to create videos and synchronize them with popular songs and to interact directly with each other that were defaulted to "public" viewing. Parents have become concerned with public reports that adults have used the Musical.ly app to contact children. The app required users to provide their email address, phone number, full name, username, a profile picture, and a short bio. However, before July

FTC Goes After Company for Fake Amazon Reviews

Cure Encapsulations, Inc. and its owner, Naftula Jacobowitz, agreed to pay $12.8 million to resolve allegations brought by the Federal Trade Commission for making false and unsubstantiated claims of garcinia cambogia supplement serving as an appetite-suppressing, fat-blocking, weight-loss pill and paying third-party website to post fake reviews on Amazon.com. The settlement also prohibits the defendants from making false endorsement of their products and claims for any dietary supplement, food, or drug unless they have competent and reliable scientific evidence to support the claims. It also requires the defendants to email notices to consumers who bought its products detailing the FTC’s all

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