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Fraud

Package of Pepperidge Farm Texas Toast

The package for Pepperidge Farm’s Texas Toast shows two thick slices of toasted bread with a yellow spread and parsley flakes, a fresh garlic clove and parsley leaf, pats of butter, and the words, “Made with real Garlic[,] Butter & Parsley.” It looks mouth-wateringly delicious—assuming, of course, that the yellow spread is butter. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that most of it is palm and soybean oils, with added coloring, while butter makes up less than two percent of the product.

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A group of companies and individuals, the complaint for this class action alleges, duped people into taking part in an illegal tax-shelter scheme it calls the Captive Insurance Strategies. The complaint claims that the group violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and committed fraud, among other things.

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Certain services are now offering consumers subscriptions to movie tickets, with the idea that they will be able to see more movies at reduced prices. But the complaint for this class action alleges that one of these services, Sinemia, Inc., adds hidden processing fees that make the per-ticket price significantly higher than advertised. 

"Trump" Sign on Building

The 164-page complaint for this class action examines two multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes and an “educational” entity which it claims were fraudulently promoted and operated by an “association-in-fact.” The allegations? Violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and common law fraud, among other things. The defendants? The Trump Corporation, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump.

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PNC Merchant Services Company, LP provides services such as processing debit and credit cards for stores, restaurants, and other businesses. The complaint for this class action claims that the company not only overbills its merchant-customers but also hides the overbilling so that they cannot detect it.

Cricket Mobile Phones

Cricket Communications, LLC is settling a class action alleging that it sold phones that it knew would not be usable on its new network after it merged with AT&T. The complaint claimed the company had violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, state warranty law, the Maryland Consumer Protection Act, and other consumer protection laws, among other thing. 

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There are many ways to take customers away from rivals, but fraud should not be one of them. The complaint for this class action claims that Alarm Protection Technology, LLC (APT) makes a practice of lying to customers of other companies in order to get them to switch to APT services. For example, it said that SSI had gone out of business, that it had assigned their accounts to APT, that SSI could no longer properly monitor their alarms, or that SSI no longer served their area.

Word "Fraud" in Red Circle with Strikethrough

The complaint for this class action alleges that a Ponzi scheme built around Towers Financial Corporation (TFC) took millions of dollars from over 200,000 investors between the late 1980s and the mid-1990s. One of the parties to this scheme, Steven Hoffenberg, was convicted and sentenced to twenty years in prison, plus fined and required to apy over $450 million in restitution. This case seeks penalties for The Financial Trust Company (TFTC), Jeffrey E. Epstein, and other entities involved in the scheme.

Pyrex Measuring Cup

Is it fraud if a company takes a decades-old, reliable product and changes its composition to an inferior material, which is then sold under the same name? The complaint for this class action claims cites fraud, among other things, in this case on the changed composition of Pyrex from borosilicate glass to soda lime glass. 

InventHelp Ad Caveman and Wheel

Plaintiff Etta Calhoun had an idea for an invention, and she was attracted by InventHelp commercials, which claimed that the company had “more than 9,000 companies who have agreed to review ideas” it submits. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that InventHelp maintains a fraudulent web of companies that do nothing but defraud would-be inventors while escaping liability. 

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