Consumers rely on labels in deciding which product to buy, especially pharmaceutical drug labels. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies use deceptive labeling practices to charge unknowing consumers a higher price than the drug is actually worth. Novartis AG was recently sued for allegedly doing just that. According to a recent lawsuit in the District of New Jersey, Novartis charged a higher wholesale price for Excedrin Migraine than it did for Excedrin Extra Strength, even though the two drugs are identical in dosage and chemical formulation. This labeling practice allegedly led migraine sufferers to purchase the higher-priced Excedrin Migraine under the mistaken belief that it was a superior product.
Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against Novartis AG. If you or someone you know purchased Excedrin Migraine instead of Excedrin Extra Strength because the label led you to believe it was a superior product for treating migraines, please contact us to discuss your legal options.
Identity theft is increasingly worrisome in the electronic age. Unfortunately, not all companies take adequate precautions to keep their customers’ credit and debit card information secure. Target recently confirmed that a data breach, which occurred between November 27th and December 15th of this year, has made approximately 40 million accounts across the United States vulnerable to identity theft. Specifically, Target acknowledged that its customers’ names, debit or credit card numbers, card expiration dates, and three-digit security codes on the back of most cards were stolen. Armed with this information, cybercriminals are able to make online purchases, which in turn requires the victims of identity theft to take costly remedial measures to prevent future harm, such as credit monitoring.
In response to the breach, Target notified law enforcement authorities and financial institutions, but did not notify customers until December 19, 2013. The breach is now being investigated by the Secret Service.
Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against Target. If you or someone you know used a credit or debit card to shop at Target between November 27th and December 15th of this year, and subsequently became a victim of identity theft, please contact us to discuss your legal options.
On December 5th, 2013, workers at the 181st Street Domino’s Pizza in New York City protested in favor of raising the minimum wage for underpaid fast-food employees. A national blog reported that Domino’s responded to its workers’ demands by firing 24 delivery workers who asked only to be paid fairly. Firing workers for demanding their rights is immoral and may be unlawful.
Unfortunately, far too many pizza companies value profits over people – these companies unlawfully pad their profits by paying workers poverty wages. Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. (MPNSB) is proud to represent thousands of pizza delivery drivers in multiple lawsuits that seek fairer reimbursements and wages. If you are a delivery driver or fast-food worker and you believe your rights have been violated, please contact us to discuss your legal options.
Beck’s Beer is no longer brewed in Germany, yet the labeling might lead a reasonable consumer to think otherwise. From 1873 to 2012, Beck’s was brewed in Germany, and American consumers have been paying a premium for this imported beer for years. In 2012, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest producer of alcoholic beverages and owner of the Beck’s Beer brand, began brewing Beck’s in the United States. However, the six-pack and twelve-pack labels do not reveal that it is now brewed in the United States; instead, the labels state that it “Originated in Bremen, Germany,” is “brewed under the Germany Purity Law of 1516,” and is “German Quality.” Only the bottles themselves indicate that Beck’s is a “Product of USA.”
Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. is actively investigating a potential class action against Anheuser-Busch InBev for its labeling practices. If you or someone you know purchased Beck’s Beer in the past year under the assumption that it was brewed in Germany, please contact us to discuss your legal options.
On November 26, 2013, Meiselman, Packman, Nealon, Scialabba & Baker P.C. (MPNSB) filed suit in Missouri against NPC Pizza, Inc., a Pizza Hut franchisee, on behalf of NPC delivery driver Nathan Houston and thousands of other Pizza Hut delivery drivers.
Although Missouri law — along with federal law and the law of many other states — requires that Pizza Hut fully reimburse its delivery drivers for car-related expenses, Pizza Hut systematically under-reimburses its drivers. As a result, many Pizza Hut delivery drivers are effectively making less than the minimum wage. NPC previously settled a similar case, but the settlement did not provide any relief for all NPC’s delivery drivers in Missouri or in other states. The lawsuit filed today seeks money for Pizza Hut delivery drivers to make up for NPC’s systematic under-reimbursement.
At MPNSB, we believe that employees deserve to be fully paid for their hard work. Our firm is proud to represent under-paid delivery drivers in this litigation and in similar cases. If you are a delivery driver and you believe your employer may not be properly reimbursing you for car-related expenses, please contact us to discuss your legal options.