Attention: Class Action Lawsuits You Should Be Aware Of

What is a class action lawsuit? A class action lawsuit or representative action is a type of lawsuit where one of the parties is a group of people who are represented collectively by a member of that group.

In a typical class action lawsuit, a plaintiff sues a defendant or a number of defendants on behalf of a group, or class, of absent parties.This differs from a traditional lawsuit, where one party sues another party for redress of a wrong, and all of the parties are present in court. 

Although standards differ between states and countries, class action lawsuits are most common where the allegations involve a large number of people who have been injured by the same defendant in the same way.

Instead of each injured person bringing their own lawsuit, the class action lawsuit allows all the claims of all class members—whether they know they have been injured or not—to be resolved in a single proceeding.

The following list is a current list of open lawsuits and investigations. The goal of this section is to provide consumers with a comprehensive resource on class action lawsuits. Attorneys are either actively filing these cases or investigating to determine whether lawsuits can be filed.

The list is updated frequently, so check back soon for updates.

If you believe you've been affected by any of the following, contact us today for more information. You can find our list of settled cases here.

For the following matters, a lawsuit has been filed. Depending on the details of the case, you may need to contact the attorney that has filed the lawsuit. If you contact us in regard to active litigation, we will attempt to forward your inquiry to the attorney who is actively filing these cases. A member of his or her staff may contact you to gather additional information.

Drugs & Supplements

GNC Supplement Spiking Lawsuit
Attorneys working with want to hear from anyone who bought a fat-burner or workout supplement from GNC following a lawsuit from the Oregon Attorney General that says the products contain unlawful, illegal synthetic ingredients.

Women across the country have filed lawsuits against Lexapro's manufacturer, Forest Labs, Inc., accusing the company of releasing a defective drug into the marketplace.

Risperdal was the first drug approved by the FDA to treat adolescents with schizophrenia. The drug is also used in combination with other drugs to treat depression.

Testosterone Therapy
Attorneys across the country are considering filing lawsuits on behalf of men who used AndroGel and other testosterone therapies in light of new information linking the products to heart attack, stroke and death in users.

It has been alleged that Tylenol, even when taken as recommended, can cause liver failure.

Hundreds of women have taken legal action against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of Zoloft, after delivering infants with congenital birth defects and malformations.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
More than 30,000 women have filed lawsuits against makers of transvaginal mesh devices after suffering mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, pain, and other complications following surgery.

Scams & Ripoffs

The attorneys working on active litigation's are gathering information to determine whether lawsuits can be filed. They want to hear from consumers like you to assist in their investigations. If you contact us regarding a case that is under investigation, we may forward your inquiry to the attorney who is handling the investigation. A member of his or her staff may contact you to gather additional information.

AT&T Long Distance Charges
Class Action is investigating complaints that AT&T is adding long distance service to some customers' home phone bills without their authorization. To assist with our investigation, we want to hear from any AT&T customer who had this happen to them.

Excessive Mortgage Default Fees
Certain banks and mortgage lenders have allegedly been trying to reap profits from struggling consumers by marking up fees charged for default-related services after a borrower defaults on their mortgage loan or has their account classified as delinquent.

Liquidation Channel Lawsuit
Attorneys are investigating whether customers who purchased jewelry, accessories and other items from the Liquidation Channel may be able to file a class action lawsuit against the home shopping program.

Gerber Lawsuit
Attorneys are investigating whether customers who purchased Gerber's Good Start Gentle formula can file a class action lawsuit against Gerber Products Co.

Unused Gift Cards
Companies may be refusing to honor gift cards by using unlawful expiration dates to defraud consumers.

Defective Products

Butane Stove Explosions
It is believed that certain portable butane stoves or ranges, also known as camping stoves, pose a fire hazard.

Surge Protector Fires
Attorneys are investigating potential class action lawsuits over defective surge protectors, which may overheat, smoke, melt, and catch fire.

Environmental Hazards

Asbestos-Related Illnesses
During the 1900s, many asbestos companies knew the dangers of the mineral, but neglected to inform their employees or the public. Decades later, former asbestos company workers are developing deadly diseases, such as mesothelioma.

Workplace & Employment

Bankrupt Companies and Retirement Plans
When a business which offers company stock as an investment option for 401(k) and retirement plans files for bankruptcy, they have certain obligations under ERISA to protect their employees' plans.

Employment Background Checks
Employees and job applicants who were terminated or denied employment as a result of a background check may be eligible for a background check lawsuit if their employer or potential employer violated federal law when conducting the criminal background search.

Bring Your Own Device Lawsuit
If you work in California and you're required to use your own phone or tablet for work, you may be able to participate in a class action lawsuit.

Employment Credit Checks
A number of lawsuits have alleged that employment credit checks discriminate against minorities, including African Americans and Latinos.

Union Retiree Health Insurance
If you are a union retiree, you may be able to join a class action lawsuit against your former employer. Lawsuits have been filed alleging some companies and unions are renegotiating contracts in such a way that active employees' benefits are kept the same, but coverage for retirees is reduced.

Overtime Pay
Most employees are eligible for overtime pay. If an eligible employee does not receive time-and-a-half pay for hours worked over 40, they may qualify for a lawsuit to recover unpaid wages.

Illegal Tip Pooling
It is illegal for employers to force waiters, waitresses, bartenders and other service employees to share their tips with non-tipped employees.

Illegal Unpaid Internships
Several lawsuits have been filed on behalf of students and other young workers who were hired as "unpaid interns" in lieu of paid employees.

Equal Pay Act Lawsuits
If you feel you're performing the same work as your male counterparts but are getting paid less, you may be able to take legal action. Despite strict requirements from the decades-old Equal Pay Act (EPA), some companies are still refusing to pay their female employees fairly.

Illegal Off-the-Clock Work
A number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of employees who worked off the clock – and didn't get paid for it. Generally, under wage and hour law, all time spent working must be paid, even if that work is being performed before an employee's shift starts or after it ends.

Independent Contractor Lawsuits
Dozens of class action lawsuits have been filed by independent contractors who say they're actually employees under the law.
Finance & Insurance

Life Insurance Lawsuits (Shadow Insurance)
New York life insurance companies may be misallocating funds, breaking the law and putting consumers at risk in the process. Policyholders may be able to get their money back for premiums paid out over the past three years.

State Farm Mutual Funds
State Farm Investment has been sued for breaching its fiduciary duty to those who invested in its target date mutual funds, specifically known as LifePath Funds. According to the lawsuit, the company collected excessive management fees.

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Attorney's Investigating Lawsuits for Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Levels 

The attorneys at Morgan & Morgan Law Firm are investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of consumers who purchased or own Chinese-made Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring.

A recent 60 Minutes investigation tested several of the company’s laminate flooring products and found that nearly all of the samples contained high levels of formaldehyde, a chemical that may cause a host of health problems, including respiratory issues and cancer, with high levels of exposure.

While formaldehyde is commonly used in the flooring industry as a binding agent, there are strict limits on how much of the chemical can be used.

It has been reported that Lumber Liquidators’ laminate flooring exceeds these limits and that the Chinese factories supplying the flooring mislabeled the products as meeting stringent health standards.

UPDATE: Morgan & Morgan has filed class action lawsuits against Lumber Liquidators in Florida, Louisiana and California. Click here to learn more.