Tag Archives: unfair business practices


Posted 12 months ago in Litigation The Internet & The Law by Michele Bowman  
Yelp Sues Law Firm for ‘Fake’ Good Reviews

In a twist on the typical bad-review-on-Yelp litigation, Yelp itself is suing a law firm for allegedly having its employees flood the site with good reviews.   Flood of Glowing Reviews After San Diego-based law firm McMillan Law Group received its first review on Yelp in 2010 — a very negative one — the site received a flood of positive reviews from employees of the firm. “McMillan Law Group employees pretend to be clients and review their own employer on …

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Posted 1 year ago in Insurance Law Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Insurance Company Ordered to Pay $45M for Price-Fixing

A judge has ordered insurance company, The Hartford, to pay $20 million in punitive damages for fixing prices when paying for car repairs, in violation of fair trade laws. The punitive damages award will be added to a $15 million award that a jury awarded in 2009, even though none of that money has been collected yet. More than 500 auto body shops may be eligible to collect the money. “This is a win for all those guys who think …

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Posted 1 year ago in Consumer Law Video by Clare Major  
Monster Energy Drinks Fuel Health Concerns [Video]

  The City of San Francisco is suing Monster Beverage Corporation for aggressively marketing its highly caffeinated energy drinks to teens and children. The company sold over $2 billion in these drinks in 2012. Lawyers.com videojournalist Clare Major interviews San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. He accuses Monster Beverage Corporation of targeting sales to children despite known health risks, and failing to warn consumers of the dangers of over consumption. Eighteen health experts wrote a letter to the Food and …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Litigation Personal Injury by Michele Bowman  
Monster and San Francisco Battle Over Energy Drinks

Monster Beverage Corporation, maker of Monster Energy drinks, and the San Francisco city attorney have declared litigation war on each other in an escalating battle over whether Monster’s caffeinated drinks are unsafe, especially for minors. First Monster sued City Attorney Dennis Herrera, claiming his office is unfairly singling out the company and overstepping his authority; then Herrera fired back with his own lawsuit, claiming Monster is practicing unfair competition, mislabeling its drinks, and violating state laws that regulate foods with …

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Posted 2 years ago in Class Actions Consumer Law by Michele Bowman  
Merck Slammed for $39 Million Over Vioxx Fraud

Having already shelled out billions to cover personal injury claims based on the dangerous side effects of Vioxx, Merck & Co. Inc. is now getting nailed for consumer fraud and deceptive marketing practices in connection with the anti-inflammatory drug that was prescribed to treat arthritis. Merck and the lawyers for the plaintiffs in a Missouri class action announced on Nov. 1 that the drug maker will pay $39 million to settle claims that it promoted and sold Vioxx in violation …

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