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Claire's Contouring Product, One of The Types Found to Contain Asbestos

Claire’s stores are familiar to many as brightly-colored, product-stuffed mall stores designed to appeal to young women, teens, tweens, and even kids. The complaint for this class action outlines a very adult problem, however, alleging that some of Claire’s cosmetics have been found to contain asbestos. 

This class action is another case where a company has classified a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee. However, in this case plaintiffs Jason Sheldon and Steven Hunsberger had to invest a significant amount of money. The plaintiffs were led to believe that they were starting their own businesses, but the complaint alleges that State Farm controlled nearly everything and provided a great deal of misinformation.

Bank of America Logo and Name

This class action concerns a “decade-long” Ponzi scheme that the complaint says was run out of more than a hundred accounts at Bank of America, NA and roughly twenty accounts at Citizens Bank, NA. The complaint names the banks, along with a group of individuals, as being responsible for investor losses, as the banks allegedly facilitated the scheme rather than discovering and stopping it.

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.

Artex Logo

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.

Sinemia Logo

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.

Hand of Merchant Using Card Reader

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. 

Alder Holdings Logo

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.

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