Articles Posted in Class Actions

Great article in the New York Times this morning from Gretchen Morgenson regarding Wells Fargo forcing unwanted auto insurance on borrowers. Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson is currently investigating this issue. If you are one of the “more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo [and] were charged for auto insurance they did not need,” please contact us immediately!

 

We have the chance to amend our complaint and add parties to this proceeding. If you have experienced problems with your Nissan’s dashboard when exposed to direct sunlight, contact us immediately and add your name to the class.

Owners of Nissan vehicles describe a troubling problem in this case: their dashboards melt, crack, become highly reflective, and/or ooze noxious chemical smells when exposed to direct sunlight. This is dangerous for the owner of the vehicle and everyone on the road, and replacement of the dashboard is costly. The class action seeks to compel Nissan to warn drivers about the known defect and to bear the expense of replacing dashboards that should never have been placed in the stream of commerce in the first place. If your Nissan’s dashboard has suffered similar damage from the sun, please contact us immediately!

GSA’s class action against Uber, filed May 24, 2017, was reported in the New York Post. For full article, click here.

Passengers are incurring hidden charges with Uber’s “upfront” pricing model — resulting in a $7.4 million windfall per month to the app-ride company from New York City trips alone, according to a new class action lawsuit.

Uber launched its upfront fares last summer, promising a “no math and no surprises” system that would calculate the actual cost of a trip before customers booked a ride.

The comments say it all. There are so many complaints about this company, and we need class members! Check out these posts documenting clear-cut scamming of Banker’s Life Agents and contact us if this has happened to you!

Banker’s Life Glassdoor Reviews: “Horrible god awful company!”

USAComplaints.com: Bankers Life & Casualty Lied to, ripped off and unhappy

Here’s an excerpt from the courts recent Order denying in part motion to dismiss our class action lawsuit against Banker’s Life for former agent chargebacks.

“Joseph Woerner was an insurance agent for Bankers Life and Casualty Company. He alleges that his hiring by Bankers Life was part of a pyramid scheme in which Bankers Life hires more agents than it needs in order to exact the fees it charges new agents, and to claw back sales commissions under false pretenses when surplus agents inevitably leave the company. Woerner alleges that Bankers Life’s conduct constitutes: a violation of his agency contract (Count I); a violation of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing under Illinois law (Count II); and a violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (Count III). R. 1-1. Bankers Life has moved to dismiss for failure to state a claim pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). R. 16. For the following reasons, that motion is denied in part and granted in part.

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In April 2016, a former Bankers Life insurance agent commenced an action against Bankers Life for breach of the agent agreement on behalf of all terminated Bankers Life agents who have been subject to commission charge-backs for so-called policy rewrites.

As alleged in the Complaint it is common company practice at Bankers Life for senior agents to “‘re-write’ policies [sold] by former agents in order to justify commission chargebacks and to reassign the policy [renewal] commission stream from the [former agent] to a current senior agent.” However, “the ‘re-writing’ of the policies is pretextual, with Bankers Life typically making nothing more than an immaterial change, such as altering the policy name.” Bankers Life then seeks repayment of commissions from the former agent based on these “re-writes,” often using debt collectors and reporting the unpaid commissions to the Vector One data base, while a current agent receives the commission for the “rewritten” policy.

For more information, see our filed Complaint.pdf

On December 17th, GSAS and Beranbaum Menken LLP filed a class-action lawsuit against the City of New York and its Department of Correction for illegally strip and/or body cavity searching visitors to City jails.  Randomly strip searching visitors to City jails is illegal and a violation of the DOC’s directives.  The lawsuit alleges that the City is systematically performing strip searches without individualized reasonable suspicion that the visitor is concealing contraband.
The case is A.R., et al. v. City of New York, et al., 15 Civ. 9224, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Earlier this week, 18 United States Senators–including New Jersey Senator and local superhero Cory Booker–called upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate prepaid debit cards issued to released prisoners. These “prison release cards” often carry exorbitant fees and are all around exploitative.

Over 650,000 prisoners leave state and federal jails each year. The majority are booked and released shortly thereafter; most people released from jails are never convicted of any crime. These individuals constitute an involuntary pool of consumers with no choice or say in whether they have to use prepaid debit cards to access their own money. Giskan Solotaroff is working with lawyers around the country to litigate a class action in Oregon and an arbitration in Florida against two prison release card companies: EZ Card & Kiosk LLC, which issues the EZ Exit Card, and Numi Financial, which issues the Prestige Prepaid MasterCard.

Senator Booker’s letter is available here.