Consumer Fraud Articles

Investment and securities fraud is one area of consumer fraud litigation pursued by the attorneys at Beasley Allen. Litigation includes individual cases as well as class actions that have been filed throughout the country. Cases in this area also involve matters including wrongful conduct of insurance and finance companies including fraud and bad faith, mortgage loan fraud, general consumer fraud and employment issues. Pending cases include securities and investment fraud litigation against companies including Stanford Securities and Regions Morgan Keegan, among others.

Our firm also is representing people who have been taken advantage of in the workplace, through violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In these cases, employers intentionally misclassify employees as independent contractors or managers in order to reduce costs such as overtime compensation, employee benefits, payroll taxes, unemployment compensation and workers compensation.

“The UPS Store” in 24 states hit by a data breach

Posted: August 24, 2014

A computer virus may have targeted 51 “The UPS Store” locations in 24 different states, resulting in the exposure of credit and debit card information of consumers all over the nation.

Whistleblower’s False Claims lawsuit against Samsung leads to $2.3 million settlement

Posted: August 23, 2014

Samsung Electronics America Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to resolve whistleblower allegations that its business practices led the U.S. government to unknowingly purchase foreign electronics from countries not approved under the Trade Agreements Act and thus the submission of

Bank of America settles mortgage fraud claims with U.S. and six states for record $16.65 million

Posted: August 22, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department and six state attorneys general have reached a $16.65-billion settlement with Bank of America Corporation to resolve claims that the bank and its former and current subsidiaries, including Countrywide and Merrill Lynch, defrauded investors, government agencies,

Louisiana sues State Farm for endangering motorists with cheap auto repairs

Posted: August 22, 2014

State Farm Auto Insurance endangers the lives of its policyholders by effectively forcing auto body and repair shops to perform repairs as cheaply and quickly as possible, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office alleges in a lawsuit.

CDC contractor pays $18 million to settle whistleblower allegations

Posted: August 21, 2014

A California pharmaceutical distributor has agreed to pay the U.S. $18 million to resolve a whistleblower’s allegations that it improperly set temperature monitors in shipping vaccines while it was under contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Whistleblower sues Milwaukee aircraft manufacturer, others for deliberately overcharging government

Posted: August 17, 2014

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – A whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former employee of a Milwaukee-based aircraft manufacturer alleges the company used special software to hide illegal markups on bills it submitted to the U.S. Defense Department for reimbursement on aircraft parts.

FDA warns of fraudulent products sold online to treat, prevent Ebola virus

Posted: August 15, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has sent waves of fear across the globe, and some fraudulent companies are hoping to profit from the fear of illness.

Peanut factory knowingly sold salmonella-contaminated peanuts to food suppliers

Posted: August 13, 2014

The Peanut Corporation of America knowingly distributed salmonella contaminated peanuts to manufacturers and presented faked documents to back up those false claims, in what has become one of the largest salmonella outbreaks in U.S. history, according to court testimony. The trial

Savannah hospital faces whistleblower allegations of false claims, wrongful retaliation

Posted: August 13, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The federal government has filed a lawsuit against Memorial Health Inc. and an affiliated physicians group for filing allegedly fraudulent claims for Medicare reimbursement that stemmed from improper physician referrals and illegal financial relationships.

SEC awards whistleblower $400K after internal complaints of fraud fail

Posted: August 11, 2014

A whistleblower who turned to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after his concerns of fraud fell on deaf ears within his company has received a $400,000 reward, the agency announced.