NYC Teachers’ Pension Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is pursuing claims for New York City teachers who have been shortchanged on their pension payments. In particular, the firm is representing teachers who retired but were not credited with their payments in July and August that they earned while teaching during the regular school year.  Teachers earned those payments by teaching during the school year but when  the Retirement Board calculates pensions for retiring teachers  it excludes from the teachers’ “Final Average Salary” the payments that were due in July and August, leading to teachers receiving too little in retirement benefits.

The law firm is investigating claims on behalf of teachers who are receiving retirement benefits that are less than the amount to which they are entitled.

If you retired from the New York City school system, are receiving a pension, and are interested in finding out more about the class action or whether you have a claim for increased retirement benefits, please fill out our online form or contact us by email at stephen@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.

To view a copy of the complaint click HERE

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NYC Teachers' Pension Investigation

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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.

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.

EpiPen Investigation

EpiPen Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is pursuing a class action lawsuit against Mylan Specialty L.P. (“Mylan”) on behalf of consumers who were victimized by Mylan aggressively increasing the price of EpiPen auto-injectors since 2007.

The lawsuit alleges that Mylan required consumers to purchase the EpiPen in pairs or two-packs and raised the retail price from $57 in 2007 to more than $600 today, even though pharmaceutical industry sources estimate each EpiPen can be produced for between $8 and $10. The EpiPen is essential for families with children who have severe allergies to foods like peanuts which can trigger life-threatening allergic reactions.  Mylan also sells a children’s product called EpiPen Jr. which has a retail price matching the adult EpiPen even though it contains half the dosage and is meant for children.

Mylan exploits its monopoly on the EpiPen which delivers lifesaving medicine to fend off allergic reactions.  Mylan’s pricing scheme results in excessive out-of-pocket expenses for the uninsured and those with high-deductible health insurance.  Mylan is currently under investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and state regulatory authorities for its EpiPen pricing scheme.

If you or someone you know purchased, including through insurance, an EpiPen, 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.

 


EpiPen 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.

Property Inspection Fees, Appraisal Fees And Property Preservation Fees Investigation

Investigation Into Improper Charges By Mortgage Lenders And Services For So-Called “Property Inspection Fees”, “Appraisal Fees”, And “Property Preservation Fees”.

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims that mortgage lenders and servicers have improperly charged borrowers for monthly property inspection fees, “Property Preservation Fees” and “Appraisal Fees” without justification, often increasing the amount of debt for struggling homeowners.  The charges are unauthorized and violate loan documents, including the mortgage documents.

When a home mortgage borrower gets behind or defaults on mortgage payments, lenders and servicers will automatically charge the borrower for property inspections, even if those inspections never happen or if the inspections are not reasonable, necessary and appropriate. The borrower or servicer automatically charges the borrower fees for property inspections , sometimes called appraisals or Property Preservation Fees.  Frequently the borrowers and servicers have a computer program that assesses these fees every month. These fees, in addition to violating the loan documents, often force the borrower further into debt, especially because servicers will apply any payments first to pay off fees and expenses before applying the payment to reduce the outstanding principal and interest on the loan.

If you feel you have been charged improperly by Mortgage Lenders and would like to discuss this further, please contact Stephen J. Fearon, 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.


Property Inspection Fees, Appraisal Fees And Property Preservation 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.

CVS Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating potential claims against CVS for deliberately overcharging customers for generic prescription drugs.  As part of the scheme, CVS would charge customers an inflated co-payment when customers filled prescriptions for generic drugs.  CVS charged more than it should have to customers whose third-party insurance coverage required them to pay a co-pay.   The cost of co-pay was tied to the inflated price that CVS charged for the generic drug.

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of customers from the following states for CVS’s practices.

Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Recently a court allowed claims to proceed against CVS but the case did not include plaintiffs from these 38 states who were similarly charged inflated amounts by CVS.

If you or someone you know was overcharged by CVS 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.


CVS 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.

Rollaway Defect In Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP has filed a class-action lawsuit against Jeep parent company FCA US LLC alleging it concealed a shifter design defect. The suit, filed in the Eastern District of New York, also accuses FCA of covering up incidents of property damage and injuries, as well as failing to properly address the issue.

According to the lawsuit, the vehicles are affected by a dangerous design defect that can cause cars to roll away after they are parked, causing injuries, accidents and other serious unintended consequences. The defect is rooted in the vehicles’ E-Shift System, which provides insufficient feedback to the driver to indicate whether the car has been placed in park.

The Affected Vehicles are:

  • 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2012-2014 Chrysler 300
  • 2012-2014 Dodge Charger

If you own or lease an affected Jeep, Chrysler 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.

 


Rollaway Defect In Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300

    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.

Connecticut and Massachusetts Collapsing Concrete Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims for homeowners in Connecticut and Massachusetts whose homes are now cracking and collapsing because of defective concrete used to construct the homes. Much of the concrete has been traced to a quarry business, Becker Construction Company, which operates in Willington, Connecticut, and a concrete maker, the Joseph J. Mottes Company (sometimes called J.J. Mottes) in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. The concrete in many homes that were constructed since the 1980s is now cracking and disintegrating because the concrete mixture had high levels of pyrrhotite, a mineral that can react with water and oxygen to cause the concrete to swell and crack. Repairing the homes typically costs more than $100,000, a cost which many of the homeowners cannot afford to pay. Worse yet, many insurance carriers are refusing to pay for the repairs and instead are denying claims, deflecting blame for the problems and threatening to cancel existing coverage for the homeowners, leaving the homeowners to pay the costs themselves or to abandon their unsafe homes. Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims against those insurers to require them to pay for the costs of repairing the defective concrete.

Usually the problems with the concrete begin 10 or 20 years after the home is built and the homeowner will notice the walls crumbling or will see horizontal, vertical or spider cracks in the concrete. Many of the damaged homes are in northeastern Connecticut and western Massachusetts. For example, in Connecticut the problems has been reported in Andover, Ashford, Ellington, Manchester, Stafford, Stafford Springs, Tolland, Willington and other towns. In Massachusetts the problems has been reported in towns from Springfield to Charlton, including in East Longmeadow, Monson, Palmer, Ware, Wales and Hampden. Many of the problems have not been reported yet and homes in other towns definitely are affected.

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims for homeowners against their insurance carriers to require the insurers to cover the repair costs. Homeowners have faithfully paid their insurance premiums for years and are entitled to coverage.

If you have a similar problem please complete the following information so that we may learn more about your possible claim:

If you are experiencing problems with your cracking and collapsing concrete in Connecticut and Massachusetts, you may be eligible to receive compensation through a class action lawsuit. Please contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. at (212) 421-6492 or stephen@sfclasslaw.com. You can also complete the following form, and someone from the firm will contact you.

Here are links to two articles about some of the problems with the defective concrete:

New York Times Article

Connecticut Mirror Article


Connecticut and Massachusetts Cracking and Collapsing Concrete 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.

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Forced-Place Insurance Investigation

We are investigating claims on behalf of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation customers with mortgages who have been forced placed insurance. When a borrower's homeowner's, hazard, flood or wind insurance policy lapses, the bank holding a mortgage may "force place" insurance on the borrower. However, many banks have turned this into a profit center by placing that insurance through their own affiliates at premiums rates that are significantly higher than market rates. By doing this, the banks are able to profit because the higher premiums flow to the banks through the insurance agents that are affiliated with the banks.

If you are a Citizens Property Insurance Corporation customer and believe you have been harmed through the bank's forced place insurance practices, fill out this form, and someone from our firm will contact you shortly.
    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.