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.

Florida hospital spent $24 million in taxpayer money fighting whistleblower lawsuit

Posted: July 22, 2014

A Florida hospital that settled a whistleblower’s allegations of fraud with the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year used millions of dollars in taxpayer money to defend itself in the case, Florida’s WFTV reported.

New York attorney general reports data breach rates at all time high

Posted: July 18, 2014

New York State is being electronically breached like never before. According to a report released by the New York attorney general’s office, public and private institutions experienced more than 900 data breaches in 2013. That is a record-breaking number. These

Target listed among top 10 worst data breaches in U.S. history

Posted: July 17, 2014

A data breach is modern thievery through technology. “Hackers” access a company’s unsecured database and steal account and personal information, such as credit and debit card numbers, PINs, addresses, phone numbers and even social security numbers. Identity theives then use

Louisiana sues Fresenius for marketing dangerous, defective dialysis products

Posted: July 16, 2014

Hundreds of people have filed wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits against dialysis products and services giant Fresenius Medical Care North America over alleged injuries and deaths caused by the company’s dialysis concentrates GranuFlo and NaturaLyte. Now the state of

Moving services company settles whistleblower allegations with U.S.

Posted: July 14, 2014

A Virginia-based moving management company has agreed to pay the U.S. government nearly $510,000 to resolve a whistleblower’s allegations that it overbilled the government for moving services it provided to federal employees being relocated.

Nation’s largest nursing home pharmacy provider settles whistleblower lawsuit for $124.24 million

Posted: July 7, 2014

Omnicare Inc., the country’s largest provider of prescription drugs and pharmacy services to nursing homes, has agreed to pay the U.S. more than $124 million to settle whistleblower allegations that it defrauded federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs through

FTC alleges T-Mobile fraudulently charged its customers for years, according to lawsuit

Posted: July 5, 2014

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), wireless carrier T-Mobile has been fraudulently charging its customers’ accounts “hundreds of millions of dollars” without their knowledge or consent.

U.S. Supreme Court to review whistleblower lawsuit against KBR, Halliburton

Posted: July 2, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court said that it will review a whistleblower lawsuit against KBR Inc. (Kellogg, Brown and Root) and Halliburton Co. alleging the corporations overbilled the U.S. government for work they performed on water-purification projects at two camps in

Whole Foods to pay $800,000 for overcharging California customers

Posted: July 2, 2014

Whole Foods Market agreed to pay $800,000 in penalties and remain under firm oversight for five years after California officials determined the grocer was overcharging customers throughout the state.

BBB warns of scams promising payouts for medical device settlements

Posted: July 1, 2014

The Jacksonville, Fla., Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers of a scam involving legal settlements on medical devices, and to be wary of callers promising big payouts but only after the consumer agrees to lay out cash.