Just For Men Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims against Just for Men hair dye maker Combe, Inc.

A class action lawsuit was filed on January 25, 2017 accusing Just for Men hair dye maker Combe, Inc., and other Combe companies, of deceptive advertising.  The complaint alleges that Just for Men brand hair dye does not properly warn consumers about its ingredients and the potential side effects of those ingredients, such as chemical burns and severe allergic reactions.

The complaint alleges that “Even if used as directed, [the Just for Men] Defendants failed to adequately warn against the negative effects and risks associated with this product,” such as “burns, scarring, allergic reactions, anaphylactic shock, skin depigmentation, and other severe injuries” associated with prolonged use.

The lawsuit points to the chemical ingredient p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) as especially harmful and states that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has linked PPD to “severe dermatitis,” “renal failure,” “vitiligo” (which is loss of skin pigment), and even “convulsions and comas.” The complaint further claims PPD is also considered a “strong sensitizer” by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and was once named “allergen of the year” by the American Contact Dermatitis Society and that “Defendants knew or should have known that more than 5% of the population will have an adverse reaction to PPD, yet, Defendants concealed and withheld this information from the public,” the Just for Men class action asserts.  The class action lawsuit goes on to state that the risk of adverse reaction to PPD is higher for African Americans, up to 10% or 21% based on different studies.

If you or someone you know purchased Just for Men hair dye and suffered chemical burns and/or a severe allergic reaction, 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.

 


Just For Men

    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.

Nissan Exploding Sunroofs Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims by people who owned or leased a Nissan that had a sunroof or moon roof unexpectedly shatter. Drivers have reported that the sunroofs in their Nissan vehicles have shattered or exploded under normal driving conditions and sometimes when parked.  There have been hundreds of complaints online and to government agencies about exploding sunroofs.  Consumers who bought or leased the cars paid too much because of this defect and often have incurred out-of-pocket costs to repair the defective sunroofs. The defective models include:

Nissan Rogue (since 2008)

Nissan Maxima (since 2008)

Nissan Murano (since 2009)

Nissan Juke (since 2011)

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP has significant experience prosecuting class actions on behalf of consumers.

If you wish to discuss your rights in connection with the this investigation 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.

 


Nissan Exploding Sunroofs 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.

Babcock & Wilcox Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating  fiduciary breaches by the Directors of Babcock & Wilcox (“BW”).

BW is a New York Stock Exchange traded company which plunged almost 80% in price during 2017.

During 2017, BW Directors approved the repurchase of approximately 4.4 million shares of BW stock from a large activist shareholder at a price of approximately $10.50 per share one day before the BW stock price plunged to $2.70 upon the announcement on August 9, 2017 of the results of another disastrous quarter (ended June 30, 2017). The purported justification for the stock repurchase that cost BW approximately $50 million was the extension to BW by the parent of the activist investor of an approximately $130 million loan at an interest rate of 10% payable on or before 2020.  However BW’s repurchase of shares from the activist investor came only three months after the activist shareholder had filed a form with the SEC indicating that the activist may seek, among other things, a change in the directors and/or  management of BW.

We are investigating claims that BW directors breached their fiduciary duties to BW by allowing company funds and debt to be used to repurchase stock at artificially high prices when both the activist shareholder and BW directors knew that the BW stock was poised to plummet upon announcement of the weak second quarter results.

If you or someone you know has been an investor in BW stock and still currently owns BW stock, and would like to learn more about our investigation, please fill out our online form, or contact lee@sfclasslaw.com or by phone at (212) 421-6492.

 


Babcock & Wilcox 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 Car Insurance Investigation

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims that hundreds of thousands of people who obtained car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance that they did not need. The insurance was written by National General Insurance and was more expensive than insurance that customers had obtained on their own. Often Wells Fargo did not notify the borrowers before placing the insurance. As result, Wells Fargo took larger payments from customers’ accounts, often causing those accounts to be overdrawn and frequently leading to borrowers defaulting on their loans and sometimes having their car repossessed. For a period of time, Wells Fargo may have been splitting the additional insurance premiums with the insurance carrier.

If you or somebody you know has been charged by Wells Fargo or National General Insurance for this type of auto insurance, we would like to hear from you.


Wells Fargo Car Insurance 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.

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

    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.

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.