1-800 Contacts Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP Investigates Claims For People Who Bought Contact Lenses From 1-800-Contacts and Paid Too Much As A Result Of Secret Agreements By The Company

Squitieri & Fearon is investigating claims for people who bought contact lenses from 1-800-Contacts and may have paid too much as a result of secret agreements that the company had with some its rivals.  Those agreements may have resulted in consumers paying increased prices even if the consumers did not realize it.

The law firm is investigating claims on behalf of consumers from across the country who purchased the contact lenses by telephone or on-line through 1-800-Contacts for personal use any time after September 2012.

If you bought contact lenses from 1-800-Contacts and are interested in finding out more about the class action claims,please fill out our online form, or contact stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.

 


1-800 Contacts

    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Navient Corporation and Navient Solutions Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating a Potential Class Action Lawsuit Against Navient Corporation and Navient Solutions, Inc. (“Navient”) on behalf of student loan borrowers.

Navient is one of a select group of companies chosen to service student and parent federal loans for the U.S. Department of Education.  Navient also services a large portfolio of private student loans.  Navient is currently the largest student loan servicer in the United States, servicing the loans of more than 12 million borrowers.  Following a corporate reorganization in 2014, Navient was the successor to Sallie Mae Corporation and Navient, LLC.  Navient continued to service the existing loans in the Sallie Mae portfolio while servicing new loans via contracts with the U.S. Department of Education.

We are investigating claims that Navient intentionally engaged in unfair, deceptive and unlawful practices such as creating a system to apply student loan debtors’ partial pre-payments against future interest payments and purported fees rather than reducing a loan’s outstanding principal balance.  As a result of this practice, student loan debtor’s unpaid principal balance increased over time resulting in the student loan debtors paying more in interest over the life of the loan, thereby generating larger revenues and profits for Navient.

If you or someone you know has a student loan serviced by Navient, fits the above criteria, and would like to learn more about our investigation, please fill out our online form, or contact stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.

 


Navient Corporation and Navient Solutions Investigation

    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

T Rowe Price 401(k) Plan Fees Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is currently investigating claims on behalf of participants in the T. Rowe Price U.S. Retirement Program who invested in T. Rowe Price -related funds. Those T. Rowe Price funds charged fees and expenses that often were excessive and directly benefitted T. Rowe Price and the other fiduciaries of the Plan.  Often the T. Rowe Price-related investments performed much worse than cheaper, alternative investments.  The T. Rowe Price-related funds were more expensive than comparable funds and often performed worse than the comparable funds, meaning that participants in the T. Rowe Price 401(k) plan were paying higher fees for lower performance.  Over time, these higher fees significantly decreased the retirement assets available to the participants in the T. Rowe Price 401k plan.  As a result, participants in the 401k plan who invested in the T. Rowe Price funds lost millions of dollars in retirement assets that instead went directly to T. Rowe Price and some of the T. Rowe Price -related entities.

Some of the funds with these higher fees included:

T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and

T. Rowe Price Trust Company.

If you were a participant or if you know someone who was a participant in any of the above-mentioned plans you may be eligible to receive compensation through a class action lawsuit. Please contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. by e-mail at stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.  You can also complete the following form, and someone from the firm will contact you.

 


T Rowe Price 401(k) Plan Fees Investigation

    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Wells Fargo 401(k) Fees for Target date Funds Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is currently investigating claims on behalf of participants in the Wells Fargo & Company 401(k) Plan who invested their retirement assets in Wells Fargo’s mutual funds — known as “Target Date Funds”. Those funds generally cost at least two times more than comparable target date funds and often underperformed the other funds. Wells Fargo overcharged participants in the plan by charging fees for managing the funds and for managing index funds underlying the target date funds. In effect, Wells Fargo was double-dipping on its fees. Over time, these higher fees significantly decreased the retirement assets available to the participants in the Wells Fargo 401k plan. As a result, participants in the 401k plan who invested in the Wells Fargo funds lost millions of dollars in retirement assets that instead went directly to Wells Fargo and some of its related entities.

The funds with these higher fees included the following Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target Date Funds:

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target Today Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2010 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2015 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2020 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2025 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2030 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2035 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2040 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2045 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2050 Fund;

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2055 Fund; and

the Wells Fargo Dow Jones Target 2060 Fund.

If you were a participant or if you know someone who was a participant in any of the above-mentioned plans you may be eligible to receive compensation through a class action lawsuit. Please contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. by e-mail at stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.  You can also complete the following form, and someone from the firm will contact you.

 


Wells Fargo 401(k) Fees for Target date Funds Investigation

    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Charles Schwab Corp 401(k) Plan Fees Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is currently investigating claims on behalf of participants in the Charles Schwab Retirement Savings and Investment Plan who invested in Schwab-related funds. Those Schwab funds charged fees and expenses that often were excessive and directly benefitted Schwab and the other fiduciaries of the Plan. Often the Schwab-related investments performed much worse than cheaper, alternative investments. The Schwab-related funds were more expensive than comparable funds and often performed worse than the comparable funds, meaning that participants in the Schwab 401(k) plan were paying higher fees for lower performance. Over time, these higher fees significantly decreased the retirement assets available to the participants in the Schwab 401k plan. As a result, participants in the 401k plan who invested in the Schwab funds lost millions of dollars in retirement assets that instead went directly to Schwab and some of the Schwab-related entities.

Some of the funds with these higher fees included:

the Schwab Managed Retirement Trust Funds

the Schwab S&P 500 index Fund

the Schwab Stable Value Fund

the Schwab Value Advantage fund

the Schwab Self-Directed Brokerage System.

If you were a participant or if you know someone who was a participant in any of the above-mentioned plans you may be eligible to receive compensation through a class action lawsuit. Please contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. by e-mail at stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.  You can also complete the following form, and someone from the firm will contact you.

 


Charles Schwab Corp 401(k) Plan Fees Investigation

    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines Investigation

Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines Investigation

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act for installing and failing to disclose engine management software in light-duty model year 2014, 2015 and 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines sold in the United States. The undisclosed software results in increased emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the vehicles. The allegations cover roughly 104,000 vehicles. EPA is working in coordination with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which has also issued a notice of violation to FCA. EPA and CARB have both initiated investigations based on FCA’s alleged actions.

“Failing to disclose software that affects emissions in a vehicle’s engine is a serious violation of the law, which can result in harmful pollution in the air we breathe,” said Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “We continue to investigate the nature and impact of these devices. All automakers must play by the same rules, and we will continue to hold companies accountable that gain an unfair and illegal competitive advantage.”

“Once again, a major automaker made the business decision to skirt the rules and got caught,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “CARB and U.S. EPA made a commitment to enhanced testing as the Volkswagen case developed, and this is a result of that collaboration.”

If you or someone you know own or lease an affected Jeep or Dodge vehicle, please contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. by e-mail at stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.

You can also complete the following form, and someone from the firm will contact you.


Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Ram 1500 trucks with 3.0 liter diesel engines Investigation

    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Heartland Payment Systems Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP has filed a federal lawsuit against Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., one of the largest credit card processors in the U.S.

The suit was filed in the District Court of New Jersey and accuses Heartland of charging customers “unjustifiable fees – sometimes retroactively” – in flagrant disregard of the promises Heartland made to merchants.  Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that in 2014 Heartland announced that merchants would be able to process American Express transactions through Heartland at the same rates that they process Visa and MasterCard transactions.  But in October 2014 Heartland violated those promises by retroactively charging its customers higher fees for processing American Express than they were paying to process their Visa and MasterCard transactions.  Those charges showed up in the October 2014 account statement in a section called “Other Processing and One-Time Fees” and were labeled as “American Express Fee Adjustment”.  The lawsuit alleges that these fees were unauthorized and that Heartland improperly charged merchants across the country for these fees.  Then, beginning in November 2014 Heartland started charging merchants much more to process American Express than it charged to process Visa and MasterCard transactions, creating enormous, unauthorized profits for Heartland at the expense of its merchants, many of whom are small businesses.

Heartland increased its profits by tens of millions of dollars by doing so and violated its contracts with merchants.  Plaintiff seeks to recover those improper charges and has asserted the claims as a class action for merchants across the country who processed American Express transactions with Heartland in 2014.

A copy of the Complaint is available HERE

For more information about this case, please contact: Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. at (212) 421-6492 or stephen@sfclasslaw.com; or Raymond Barto at (212) 421-6492 or raymond@sfclasslaw.com.

 


 

Heartland Payment Systems Investigation

  • Please list the name of the institution that you claim engaged in an improper fee sharing agreement.
    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Ticket Service Fee Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims against key arenas and ticket sellers for violating consumer protection laws by charging improper excessive fees (such as service fees, processing fees or convenience fees) to consumers who bought tickets for concerts and sporting events.  Venues and sellers like Ticketmaster regularly tacked on these fees that added more than 21 percent to the face value and dramatically increased the cost of a ticket.

On February 11, 2016 the New York Attorney General released a report stating that “Ticketing, to put it bluntly, is a fixed game,”  Investigators found abuses and practices that prevent consumers from buying tickets at affordable prices or sometimes even getting them at all.  The report also found that third-party brokers resold tickets on sites like StubHub and TicketsNow at average margins of 49 percent above face-value and sometimes more than 10 times the price.  Some brokers used an illegal specialty software, called “ticket bots,” to quickly purchase as many tickets as possible for resale at significant markups.  This software can order tickets thousands of times faster than a human can and those buyers then resell the tickets, driving up ticket prices.

If this happened to you, please contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. by e-mail at stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.   You can also complete the following form, and someone from the firm will contact you.

 


 

Ticket Service Fee Investigation

  • Please list the name(s) of the iShares funds that you have invested in.
    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Neutrogena Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is

investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers who purchased Neutrogena products labeled as “hypoallergenic”. It has been alleged that Neutrogena advertises some of their products, such as body creams and sun protectors as hyperallergenic but the products actually contain chemical preservative methylisothiazolinone (MI), a recognized allergen associated with allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) and other skin reactions.

Neutrogena sells a number of leave-on products (lotions, creams, sun protectors) that contain the word “hypoallergenic” on the product, yet they contain MI which is banned by the European Commission from leave-on products and is banned in Canada and Japan. MI was the “Allergen of the Year for 2013” selected by the American Contact Dermatitis Society because of the spike in skin disorders following the increased use of MI in cosmetic and skin care products.

Our proposed class action will be brought on behalf of customers who bought the following Neutrogena products containing MI:

1.         Ageless Intensive Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

2.         Healthy Defense® Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

3.         Healthy Defense® Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

4.         Oil-Free Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 35

5.         Visibly Even® BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

6.         Ageless Intensives® Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20.

If you or someone you know purchased any of the above mentioned Neutrogena products, you may be eligible to file a suit. Please contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. by e-mail at stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.   You can also complete the following form, and someone from the firm will contact you.

 


 

Neutrogena Investigation

  • Please list the name(s) of the iShares funds that you have invested in.
    Any information that you submit will be maintained as confidential. If Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in its sole discretion, believes that you might be an appropriate lead plaintiff candidate, Squitieri & Fearon, LLP will contact you to discuss the matter and whether to establish an attorney client relationship.

Collateral Protection Insurance Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating allegations that certain banks may be charging their borrowers for unnecessary and unauthorized car and automobile insurance called “Collateral Protection Insurance” (CPI).  Lenders are force-placing collateral protection insurance without proper notice to the consumer, and even purchasing coverage for borrowers who provided evidence of applicable insurance coverage.  Often the insurance premiums are much more expensive than consumers could obtain on their own and the lenders are receiving kickbacks from the insurance carriers.  Often the lender receives a percentage of the premium, giving the lender a strong incentive to impose insurance with high premiums.

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