Current Investigations

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is currently investigating the following potential cases. Contact us if you have suffered losses or been harmed by any of the activity described below, or would like to discuss a case not listed.

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.

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.

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.

Atlas Chalet Shingles Investigation:

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is currently investigating claims for consumers who purchased Atlas Chalet Shingles.

We are investigating claims against the manufacturers of Atlas Chalet Shingles for selling defective roofing shingles.  We are also investigating claims against insurers who refuse to pay for homeowners to repair their roof and correct the damage to their home from the defective shingles. Atlas designed its Chalet shingles in such a way that moisture (e.g., rain, snow) can seep into the shingles, creating gas bubbles that expand when exposed to the sun.  As these gas bubbles continue to expand from daily sun exposure, the shingles begin to crack, blister and deteriorate, causing damages to consumers for the costs of replacing the shingles and repairing any property damage they have caused.

Customers have reported the following problems with Atlas’ Chalet shingles:

  • Blistering
  • Cracking
  • Early granule loss
  • Increased moisture absorption
  • Premature deterioration
  • Interior water damage and other forms of property damage caused by the shingles

In addition, we are investigating other allegations against Atlas, including that:

  • Even after Atlas learned of the defect, the company continued to sell the shingles to the public;
  • The shingles do not conform to applicable building codes and industry standards;
  • Atlas’ response to consumers’ warranty claims and other requests for assistance and compensation was inadequate;
  • Despite receiving complaints from customers regarding the shingles, Atlas refused to provide effective notice to customers regarding the defects; and
  • Atlas representatives fraudulently misrepresented that the damage they observed was not the result of the defective shingles.

If you are experiencing problems with your Atlas Chalet shingles, 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.


Atlas Chalet Investigation

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    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.

MetLife Securities Investigation:

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims for people who had annuities through MetLife Securities, Inc. (MSI) and had those annuity contracts replaced by MetLife with more expensive annuities or with annuities that had less favorable features.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently fined MSI $25 million for its improper practices.  FINRA ordered MetLife to pay $5 million to its customers for making negligent material misrepresentations and omissions on variable annuity (VA) replacement applications for tens of thousands of customers.  Each misrepresentation and omission made the replacement appear more beneficial to the customer, even though the recommended VAs were typically more expensive than customers’ existing VAs.  MSI’s VA replacement business constituted a substantial portion of its business, generating at least $152 million in gross dealer commissions for the firm over a six-year period.

FINRA found that from 2009 through 2014, MSI misrepresented or omitted at least one material fact relating to the costs and guarantees of customers’ existing VA contracts in 72 percent of the 35,500 VA replacement applications the firm approved, based on a sample of randomly selected transactions.

FINRA also found that MSI failed to ensure that its registered representatives obtained and assessed accurate information concerning the recommended VA replacements, and did not adequately train its registered representatives to compare the relative costs and guarantees involved in replacing one VA with another.

In addition, FINRA found that since at least 2009, firm customers have received misleading quarterly account statements that understate the total charges and fees incurred on certain VA contracts.

If you or somebody you know had annuities through MSI and had those annuity contracts replaced by MetLife, 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.


 

MetLife Securities 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.

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.

Mutual Fund Fees Investigation:

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims that certain mutual fund companies charge investors excessive fees for investment advice. We’ve repeatedly seen investors who have been charged excessive fees by the mutual funds, often mischaracterized and disguised as “investment advisory fees”. As one part of the scheme, the investment adviser subcontracts investment management duties to sub-advisers and doesn’t perform any duties as an asset manager but still charges the funds and its shareholders for investment advisory fees.

Frequently the fees are so disproportionately large that they bear no reasonable relationship to the services provided to the mutual funds.

If you or somebody you know has been charged excessive or hidden fees by your mutual fund, we would like to hear from 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.

 


 

Mutual Fund Fees 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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First Horizon Forced-Place Insurance Investigation:

We are investigating claims on behalf of First Horizon 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 First Horizon 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.

Gerber “Good Start” Investigation:

Federal Judge Certifies Class of California Residents Who Bought Gerber Good Start Gentle

On March 23, 2016 the Honorable John A. Kronstadt of the Central District of California entered an order allowing consumer fraud claims to proceed against Gerber Products Co., a subsidiary of Nestlé Group, for its marketing of infant formula to consumers in California.  Judge Kronstadt granted a consumer’s request to maintain the action on behalf of “All persons who, between July 8, 2013 through April 23, 2016, purchased Good Start Gentle containers displaying the ‘1st and Only’ seal in the State of California for personal use and not resale, and who did so because Good Start Gentle was described as the ‘1st and only routine formula to reduce risk of developing allergies.’”

Stephen J. Fearon, Jr., one of the attorneys for the consumers, estimated that there are thousands of California consumers who bought the product during the time period that the consumers allege that Gerber/Nestlé was falsely representing the benefits of the product.

A copy of the court’s decision is available here.

 

For more information about the investigation or the case please contact contact Stephen J. Fearon, Jr. by phone at (212) 421-6492 stephen@sfclasslaw.com; Paul Sweeny at (212) 421-6492 or paul@sfclasslaw.com; or Dan Bolton at (818) 342-7442 or dbolton@kfjlegal.com.

 


 

Gerber 'Good Start' 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.

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.

American Spectrum REIT I Investigation:

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors who lost money by purchasing shares of American Spectrum REIT I from a stockbroker or investment advisor.  American Spectrum Advisors recently offered to purchase 1.6 million shares of American Spectrum REIT I Inc. for $1.25 per share.  That offer represents a loss of 87.5% of value, as the fund’s shares were originally offered to the public at $10.00 per share.

If you purchased shares in American Spectrum REIT I from a stockbroker or investment advisor, you may be able to recover your losses.  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.

 


    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.

Fair Credit Reporting Investigation:

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is currently investigating lenders’ unlawful practices of pulling consumers’ credit reports without cause or consent. Credit reports contain personal information that is protected by federal law. Lenders can only check a person’s credit report for a reason expressly authorized under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. However, lenders systemically overstep their authority by invasively collecting consumers’ personal information to use for their own gain. Not only do such intrusions violate consumers’ privacy, they also lower consumers’ credit scores, thus jeopardizing approvals for loans or even employment. more »

Hospital/Overtime Investigation:

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating claims for workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and health care facilities who have been denied overtime pay because their employer averages their hours over a two-week period. The wage-and-hour law in some states requires employers to pay health care workers “time-and-a-half” overtime wages based upon a 40-hour “workweek” basis. Some employers attempt to avoid these laws by averaging out the hours during a two week period (for example, a 48-hour week and a 32-hour week are improperly “averaged” to 40 hours so no overtime is due). We are investigating claims for employees who have had this happen to them.

If you are a current or former hospital, nursing home or health care facility worker and would like to discuss your rights as they pertain to 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.

Hospital Overtime Form

  • Please list the name of your hospital, nursing home, and/or health care facility
    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.

Hospital Overtime Form

  • Please list the name of your hospital, nursing home, and/or health care facility
    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.


Pay Card/ATM Card/Cash Card (Paycheck Substitute) Class Action Investigation:

Squitieri & Fearon, LLP is investigating employers who pay employees using ATM cards.  A growing number companies are no longer using paychecks to pay their employees and are instead issuing A.T.M. cards, debit cards and cash cards to employees.  more »

Ford, Lincoln, Mercury Sudden Acceleration Class Action:

Squitieri & Fearon is investigating claims by people who owned or leased a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury car, van or truck made between 2002 and 2010 that had an electronic throttle control system that causes the auto to accelerate suddenly. Drivers have reported that their Ford vehicles accelerate unexpectedly and Ford has received hundreds of similar complaints. Ford did not disclose this problems when it sold or leased the cars and, as a result, people who bought or leased these cars paid too much. Those cars are also worth less than they would have been without the defect. more »

Forced-Place Insurance Investigation:

We are investigating claims on behalf of 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. more »

Antitrust College/Bank Financial Aid Partnership Investigation:

We are investigating claims against colleges and banks for improper fee sharing arrangements related to students’ financial aid disbursements. In a recent report by the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, it was found that over 900 colleges have partnerships with banks where the bank pays money to gain access to students’ financial data and administer students’ financial aid and other finances. Students are provided debit cards to access their funds, but these cards carry many fees. Fees can be steep and frequent for students using the university-adopted cards, including a variety of per-swipe fees, inactivity fees, overdraft fees, ATM fees and fees to reload prepaid cards. more »

Bank Overdraft Fees and Transaction Reordering Investigation:

We are representing people throughout the country whose banks have manipulated the way that they process transactions in order to maximize overdraft fees.   Countless banks have turned the assessment of overdraft fees into a major profit center, collecting billions of dollars annually by imposing overdraft fees, often when the fees are unjustified.  Our investigation has determined that many banks reorder transactions in order to impose multiple overdraft fees. In many instances, these overdraft fees cost account holders hundreds of dollars in a matter of days, or even hours, when they may be overdrawn by only a few dollars.  Even more egregious, customer accounts may not actually be overdrawn at the time the overdraft fees are charged, or at the time of the debit transaction. more »

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