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Tp provide current legal information relating to class action lawsuits, including consumer fraud, consumer protection, securities and antitrust class actions

Apple Might Underpay Its Employees

To prevent theft, many stores require their employees to submit to bag searches before leaving work for the day.  The problem is that hourly employees are claiming that they “punch out” before the searches are conducted, and are therefore uncompensated for the time they spend waiting in line for, and undergoing, the searches.  In a recent lawsuit against Apple Inc., for example, an employee claimed that his bag was checked but that he was never compensated for his time because he was off the clock.

Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against retailers that do not pay their hourly employees for time spent undergoing mandatory searches.  If you or someone you know works for a store that requires uncompensated searches, please contact us to discuss your legal options.

Gun Retailers Might Charge Illegal Sales Tax

With tax day quickly approaching, the last thing consumers need is to pay more taxes than they owe.  Unfortunately, some companies have reportedly been charging an illegal sales tax for years.  According to news sources in Connecticut, for example, Walmart might have been charging tax for gun safes even though gun safety equipment has been exempt from the state sales tax for the past fifteen years.  Connecticut’s Department of Revenue Services is currently investigating the issue.

Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against Walmart and other stores that sell gun safety equipment.  If you or someone you know purchased gun safety equipment and were charged a sales tax in Connecticut, or another state with a similar exemption, please contact us to discuss your legal rights.

Your Raw Juice May Not Really Be Raw

Consumers increasingly enjoy juice products labeled “raw” believing that the juice will provide nutrients and vitamins that are present in the fruit and vegetables’ natural state.  Consumers even pay extra for “raw” juice compared to traditional processed juice because they believe that the “raw” juice product would provide better health benefits.

Unfortunately, juice companies label their juices “raw” when in fact, the juice products have undergone high-pressure processing, and as a result, are deprived of nutrients that would otherwise be present in their natural state.  Suju Life LLC was recently sued by a consumer for allegedly labeling its juice products “raw” when the company used high-pressure processing to make its juice.

Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against juice companies that label their juice products “raw” when the products were subject to processing.  If you or someone you know purchased a juice product labeled “raw”, please contact us to discuss your legal options.

Some Companies Might Use Illegal Credit Check Forms

Credit reports contain personal information that may only be requested by prospective employers if certain procedures that protect the applicant from corporate overreaching are followed.  For one, the employer must clearly and conspicuously disclose that it intends to check your credit report, and this disclosure form must not contain any additional information.  Additionally, the employer must obtain your signature on that same form before the credit report is requested. 

Unfortunately, some companies might not adhere to these procedures.  In a recent lawsuit against Whole Foods, for example, a job applicant alleged that the initial online application contained a release of claims provision, thereby violating the first requirement, and that his credit report was requested before he signed the authorization form, thereby violating the second requirement.

Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against employers that use illegal credit check forms.  If you or someone you know applied for a position with an employer who did not abide by the above procedures, please contact us to discuss your legal options.                         

 

General Electric Might Underpay Its Service Technicians

Corporations compensate their CEOs handsomely, but sometimes fail to pay their hourly employees overtime.  Fortunately, federal and state laws prohibit such unfair treatment.  General Electric was recently sued for allegedly requiring its service technicians to work before and after their shifts, as well as during lunch, without paying them time-and-a-half.  Whether servicing their vehicles, traveling to and from jobs, or logging onto GE’s computer system from home, these technicians claim to have been intimidated by their supervisors into not accounting for their time. 

Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against General Electric.  If you or someone you know works as a service technician for GE, please contact us to discuss your legal options.