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Unlawful Charges

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Google is putting up $11 million to settle a class action alleging that when it terminated AdSense publishers for alleged breach of contract, it did not return unpaid amounts in their accounts. The complaint claims that withholding these funds breaches the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.  

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Chicago Title Insurance Company has agreed to settle a class action alleging that in some residential mortgage transactions, it failed to charge the discounted refinance rate for lenders’ title insurance policies. 

Cruise Ship

This settles a class action alleging that Marriott did not live up to the promises of its Exchange Program. The complaint alleges that people who booked cruises through International Cruise & Excursion Gallery, Inc. (ICE), Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc., or Marriott Resorts Travel Company, Inc.

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Archstone Communities, LLC, ASN Warner Center, LLC, and Archstone Long Beach, LP have agreed to settle a class action alleging that their affiliated California apartment communities automatically charged tenants for cleaning, painting, carpet cleaning, or carpet replacement when they moved out, regardless of the condition of the apartment.

Burger King Croissanwich

Burger King is settling a lawsuit alleging that certain of its restaurants charged higher prices for two modified Croissanwich breakfast sandwiches when customers used a buy-one-get-one-free coupon than they would have if they’d bought a single unmodified Croissanwich without a coupon. 

Building of Lincoln National Life Ins Co

Plaintiff Robert M. Randolph bought a universal life insurance policy which is held in a trust for the benefit of his wife, Stephanie W. Randolph. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Lincoln has committed unfair and unlawful acts, including billing for incorrect premiums, collecting “premium load charges,” using deceptive illustrations, charging unlawful cost of insurance (COI) increases, and applying “shock premiums” or “hostage premiums” in hoping of making customers drop their policies after years of payments. The complaint claims that Lincoln has committed breach of contract and violated Texas insurance laws.

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Under the Maryland Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions (CLEC), creditors are not allowed to collect fees, charges, or interest not specifically provided for in CLEC. According to the complaint for this class action, that means that the convenience fees charged to plaintiff Ella Brown when she paid her car loan over the telephone, with a live representative, were illegal.

Tiger Natural Gas

When plaintiff Emily Fishman received a call offering her a new and purportedly cheaper gas program, it must have sounded like a good deal. According to the complaint, the representative claimed that a rate hike of 18.8% had already begun with her current supplier, PG&E, and that PG&E had also been granted another of 33% over the next three years. The complaint claims that the rep offered a variable rate program with Tiger Natural Gas that was free and capped at 69 cents per therm. Fishman signed up to receive her gas from Tiger, but after nine months, the complaint says, she had paid far more for gas than she would have paid with PG&E, plus a “daily charge” that Tiger had never mentioned.

Sunbelt Rental Equipment

Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. has agreed to settle a class action created from five different cases in five states alleging that Sunbelt charges customers excessive “Pay on Return Refueling Charges” and “Transportation Surcharges” that exceeded Sunbelt’s cost for the services. The plaintiffs claim that Sunbelt thereby breached the customers’ contracts and violated certain state laws. 

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This settlement resolves a class action suit claiming that Hertz car rental company violated its rental agreements when it charged an administrative fee to customers who received parking tickets and paid the tickets on or before the due date.