Deceptive Business Practices
Would you pay $6 to use a Shortcut Security line at the crowded Orlando International Airport in Florida? The three plaintiffs in this case paid Spirit Airlines, Inc. for this privilege, but the complaint says that there is no Shortcut Security line at that airport.
Trans World Entertainment Corporation, this complaint alleges, uses “highly aggressive sales tactics[.]” To sell its merchandise? No, the complaint claims—to deceive people into signing up for “loyalty memberships” and magazine subscriptions, using tactics called “negative option marketing” or “free-to-pay.”
This California class action takes up the problem of automatic renewals of subscriptions, which are increasingly common these days. The complaint alleges that when consumers bought magazine subscriptions, Time, Inc. and Meredith Corp. automatically enrolled them in future subscriptions without their consent.
Has Alaska Airlines, Inc. been deceiving passengers about purchase of travel insurance from Allianz Global Assistance (AGA) via Alaska’s website? The complaint for this class action claims that the airlines portrays itself as a passenger’s agent, when in reality, AGA pays Alaska kickbacks.
Do you have to pay interest on a purchase if you pay it off before the deadline of that billing cycle? Most people would say no. But the complaint for this class action alleges that cardholders with Chase Bank USA, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. will normally pay an interest charge.
AAA South Jersey, Inc. is settling a class action about its practice of backdating renewals to the expiration of the previous term, rather than dating them from the date the member renews. This class action alleged that the company did not make this clear to members who were renewing sometime after their memberships had expired.
North American Bancard, LLC (NAB) and Global Payments Direct, Inc. are resolving a class action with a $15 million settlement. The case, brought by merchants for whom the companies processed payment card transactions, alleged that the companies overcharged by marking up certain fees and adding other, unauthorized fees.
Patents are a tricky topic. They take years to acquire; they expire eventually; and even after they are acquired, they can be declared invalid. The last two points are the concern of this class action against Janssen Biotech, Inc., two other Janssen companies, and partner BTG International Limited. The complaint argues that when the patent on their very lucrative drug Zytiga expired, the companies kept generic competitors at bay with an invalid patent, thus requiring consumers and insurers to pay more for the drug than they would have if generics had been allowed on the market.
Do subscribers to Massage Envy’s monthly massage know how much they’re paying for their memberships? The complaint for this class action alleges that many do not know, because Massage Envy Franchising, LLP raises the rates without informing them.
A million and a half dollars is the price of a settlement for Mitchell L. Morgan Management, Inc. to settle a class action about a $400 attorneys’ fee set in tenant leases. The complaint alleged that the fee had no relationship to the actual fees involved in an eviction proceeding, and that it therefore violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.