Starion Energy’s Electric Rates Shock Customers

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Power to the consumer

Starion Energy, a Connecticut-based energy provider, is being accused of astronomically inflating consumers’ variable rate electric prices. Plaintiff Lydia Gruber filed a lawsuit against defendants Starion Energy Inc., Starion Energy NY Inc., and Starion Energy PA Inc. in January 2017 alleging that the companies falsely claimed that their electricity rates would reflect current market prices of electricity derived from all market sources. The defendants deny the allegations, but have agreed to settle the lawsuit out of court. Customers of Starion’s variable rate plan may be eligible for a cash payment. Read more

Gatehouse Media Publishes Terms for a Settlement

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Gatehouse Media LLC customers turn a page.

A reluctance to disclose all terms of a contract or deal may be perceived as deceptive and unethical. By not outlining the specifics of the subscriptions to various publications, Massachusetts born Gatehouse Media LLC has violated the consumer rights of its subscribers. The customers’ expectations did not match what the company actually offered.  The plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit purchased either one-year or 26-week subscriptions, but also received magazines that did not pertain to the same genre or interests of the publications they purchased. Read more

Customers Tear into Legging Company

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Stretch it out

Leggings have become a staple in the closets and wardrobes of many individuals within the last few years. A reliable pair of leggings may compare to a favorite pair of jeans, but only if they last. Unhappy customers of clothing company, LuLaRoe, are appalled at the damaged fabric of their leggings. Customer reviews contain pictures and complaints of the $25 leggings, where holes and rips appear at the seams and in the middle of the pant legs. Not only are the customers annoyed with LuLaRoe’s lack of compassion, but they are also disappointed with the company’s reluctance to issue refunds. Many unsatisfied customers either received already damaged leggings upon delivery, or the leggings tear while being worn for the first time. Read more

Should You Eat Your Vitamins?

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Everything in moderation…

We’ve been told since childhood to take our daily vitamins, but sometimes they do more harm than good. In March 2017, a consumer fraud class action lawsuit was filed against popular vitamin manufacturer Vitafusion for that reason. Vitafusion lists 400 mg of folacin on the label of its flavored multivitamins. However, test results show an actual amount of 1,232 mg, which exceeds the “upper tolerable intake limit” of 1,000 mg set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read More

Big Pharma Company Settles with Idaho for $1.7 Million

Pills, by Flickr user "higlu", licensed via Creative Commons.Watson, which is among the top five generic drug companies in the world recently agreed to pay $1.7 million to the state of Idaho to settle allegations of consumer fraud. The consumer, in this case, being the government. Lawrence Wasden, the Idaho Attorney General, filed lawsuits in 2007 against various pharmaceutical companies, Watson included. These lawsuits were meant to recover taxpayer money, claiming the pharmaceutical companies earned extra money unlawfully by reporting an inflated price for their generic drugs.

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