Consumer Protection and Class Actions

Consumer fraud undermines our entire economy, hurting consumers and honest business competitors alike. Often, these wrong actions, whether false advertising, deceptive trade practices, or unfair conduct, target an entire group of consumers. Consumers, by joining together in a class action, can use the law to punish wrongdoers and receive compensation.

K&M represents clients, both as individuals and as representatives of a class, in uncovering and stopping  unfair trade practices. Whether the problem is a poor product, misleading advertising, or using fine print to take advantage of consumers, legal remedies exist to address these and other situations.

Class actions are not limited to consumer claims. Successful class actions have been brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act, among others. If you have been treated unfairly by a company or feel cheated in a business transaction, no matter what size your loss, there is something you can do about it. Contact K&M to hear about your options.

Representative Cases:

  • Smith et al. v. Intuit, Inc., No. 12-222 (N.D. Cal filed Jan. 13, 2012) (national class action filed on behalf of TurboTax users alleging breach of California's RAL and usury laws and unfair trade practices in the imposition of fees related to tax preparation services) (pending).
  • Wimbley v. H&R Block, Inc. et al., No 11-24159 (S.D. Fla. filed Nov. 17, 2011) (class action representing Florida purcharsers of H&R Block tax preparation services alleging deceptive trade practices in the imposition of rapid access loan fees) (pending consolidation before Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation).
  • Patterson v. JTH Tax, Inc., No. 11-62472 (S.D. Fla. filed Nov. 17, 2011) (class action representing Florida purcharsers of Liberty tax preparation services alleging deceptive trade practices in the imposition of rapid access loan fees) (pending consolidation before Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation).
  • Vollmar v. ANR INT Inc. et al., No 11-CH-37432 (Cir. Ct. of Cook County, IL filed Oct. 27, 2011) (national class action filed on behalf of purcharsers of Pherlure Synthetic Pheromone Cologne alleging consumer fraud, false advertising, and deceptive trade practices) (pending).
  • Triplett v. Discover Bank, MDL No. 2217 (N.D. Ill. filed Feb. 15, 2011) ($10,500,000 million preliminary settlement reached on behalf of national class of purcharsers against Discover Bank alleging breach of contract and unfair trade practices in the marketing and administration of credit card "Payment Protection").
  • Kardonick v. Citigroup, Inc., No. 10-23023 (S.D. Fla. filed Aug. 23, 2010) (class action representing Florida purchasers against Citibank alleging breach of contract and unfair trade practices in the marketing and administration of credit card “Payment Aid”) (pending).
  • Kardonick v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., No. 10-23235 (S.D. Fla filed Sep. 8, 2010) ($20 million preliminary settlement reached on behalf of Florida purchasers against Chase Bank alleging breach of contract and unfair trade practices in the marketing and administration of credit card “Payment Protection”).
  • In re: Budeprion XL Sales and Marketing Litigation, MDL No. 2107 (E.D. Pa. filed Aug 10, 2009) (multidistrict class action representing purchasers alleging fraud and misrepresentation against manufacturers of generic form of Wellbutrin XL) (settlement pending).