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.

Federal government intervenes in whistleblower lawsuit filed against Orbit Medical, Inc.

Posted: April 15, 2014

A False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuit against Orbit Medical Inc. and its former executive Jake Kilgore now has the government involved due to the seriousness of what may have taken place.

Teachers file whistleblower lawsuit against Minnesota school

Posted: April 5, 2014

ST. PAUL, MINN. — A Minnesota private school faces a whistleblower suit filed by two teachers who claim they were subjected to discrimination and retaliation when they raised concerns about an allegedly unsafe field trip to Thailand, wrongly claimed and

CVS submitted false claims to Medicare for improperly dispensed drugs, lawsuit alleges

Posted: April 3, 2014

A national health insurance company is suing CVS Pharmacy in federal court under the False Claims Act, alleging the drugstore chain routinely and knowingly submitted claims for the reimbursement of invalid prescriptions to federal and state Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Utah company settles whistleblower lawsuit alleging small business contract fraud

Posted: March 27, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY—The owner of a small Utah-based construction company will receive a $148,480 whistleblower reward for helping the U.S. government recover nearly a million dollars from another larger construction company that allegedly was conducting a scheme to defraud a

Auburn University reports a data breach; about 14,000 students and staff affected

Posted: March 26, 2014

Nearly 14,000 students and staff are now the victims of yet another data breach, this time occurring at Auburn University.

Forest to pay millions to Missouri parents for misleading drug data on childhood depression meds

Posted: March 22, 2014

Forest Laboratories will pay between $7.7 million and $10.4 million to settle multidistrict litigation alleging the drug company misled Missouri parents into buying Celexa and Lexapro for their children even though the antidepressants were not approved for children.

Judge raises Chicago State University whistleblower’s jury award

Posted: March 21, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill.—A Cook County Circuit Court judge raised the total payment a former Chicago State University employee will receive after winning his whistleblower lawsuit against the state school last month to $3 million.

GSK revamps marketing efforts following record settlement over illegal promotion of drugs

Posted: March 21, 2014

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) says it will hire doctors to market its drugs to the medical community in an effort to mend its tarnished reputation following a $3 billion fraud settlement over questionable marketing practices.

Lawsuit alleges Forest mislead public about Celexa, Lexapro effectiveness in treating childhood depression

Posted: March 20, 2014

Forest Laboratories is facing a potential class action lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court by two funds that allege the company illegally marketed its antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro and paid kickbacks to others to endorse the drugs as a treatment for

Seafood fraud harms consumers, honest businesses, and the environment

Posted: March 19, 2014

Seafood fraud is rampant in the U.S. according to an extensive two-year scientific study led by the conservation group Oceana, but almost nothing has been done to curb the problem until now. Recognizing the special threats that seafood fraud poses,