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$16.25 Million Settlement
Reached with Bosa

The lawsuit alleges that Bosa misrepresented the square footage
of the units in a “bait and switch” scheme. Subject to the court’s
review and approval, the parties
have reached a settlement.

For more information, or to
provide us with your contact information, click here

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$5.3 Million Settlement Reached
Over FitFlop-Branded Footwear Products

A proposed settlement with the
makers of FitFlop-branded sandals
and other footwear products has
been reached. To submit a claim
for a cash refund, click here.

For more information, or to
provide us with your contact information, click here

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Settlement Reached for
Californians Over Bank of America
Escrow Account Practices

A proposed, non-monetary settlement
with Bank of America has been
reached concerning certain residential properties in California. 
To submit a claim, click here.

For more information, or to
provide us with your contact information, click here

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$4 Million Settlement Reached Over Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Cereal

A proposed settlement with the
Kellogg Company concerning its advertising of Mini-Wheats has
been reached. 
For more information
on the settlement and what you
may receive, click here.

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$1.4 Billion Settlement Reached in Toyota Unintended Acceleration Case

A proposed settlement with Toyota has been reached over alleged unintended acceleration. The settlement offers
cash payments, safety refunds and
other relief. To sign up, click here.
For more information, including a
copy of the settlement agreement,
click here.

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$45 Million Settlement Reached with Skechers Over “Toning” Shoes

The Court has approved a settlement
with Skechers U.S.A. reached in conjunction with the FTC over
Skecherstoning” shoes. 
If you submitted a claim for a
cash refund, click here.

For more information, or to
provide us with your contact information, click here

Cases & Investigations

Lawyers at the Firm are currently involved in the prosecution and investigation of numerous class action cases. 

If you are interested in learning more about any of these cases and investigations or feel that you have been the victim of fraud or false advertising, please contact the Firm or visit the Report A Case page of our website. Our cases and investigations include:

Bosa Development Corporation

Bosa Development has built 9 residential condominium towers in California, 7 of the buildings are in downtown San Diego. In August 2009, lawyers from the Firm filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Bosa (and its sales agent RE/MAX) sold the condominiums with a square footage “bait-and-switch.” When selling its condominiums Bosa promised a specified square footage but actually built and sold units that were up to 28% smaller. 

The square footage promised by Bosa was inflated because Bosa’s measurements included space that the buyer does not own and cannot occupy. The lawsuit alleges that Bosa used the inflated square footages to increase sales and sales prices.

The Bosa condominiums covered by the lawsuit are: Bayside, Electra, Legend, Discovery, Park Place, Horizons, The Grande, Marquee, and Radiance.

For more information on this case, please see the complaint and motion for class certification.

Cell Phone Investigations

Blood Hurst & O’Reardon is currently investigating cases against cell phone companies relating to deceptive and unlawful charges and billing practices, including spam text messages, data charges and other billing issues.

Chinese Drywall

A series of class action lawsuits were filed as a result of unsafe drywall, manufactured in China, which was installed in thousands of homes across the country. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a website for consumers with questions about Chinese Drywall. Please visit the CPSC Chinese Drywall website for more information.

Food Labeling Investigations

Food manufacturers deceptively market and label various food products as healthy or as “functional foods.” And, oftentimes, these manufacturers advertise that their foods are backed by scientific or clinical “proof.” The Firm is actively investigating and prosecuting a number of cases against food manufacturers relating to false advertising of food and drink products.

Hydroxycut

Hydroxycut is widely advertised as “America’s #1 Selling Weight-Loss Supplement.” Despite knowing for years that the Hydroxycut products were unsafe and ineffective, the manufacturer Iovate Health Sciences and other retailers sold the Hydroxycut products to millions of unsuspecting consumers. Just recently, the FDA warned that consumers should “immediately stop using Hydroxycut Products.” In May 2009, lawyers at the Firm filed a nationwide class action against Iovate and retailers as a result of the false advertising that the Hydroxycut Products were safe and effective for weight loss. A proposed settlement has been reached in this case. For more information, including about how to file a claim, click here.

Verizon

Verizon is aware of thousands of consumer complaints relating to its improper $1.99 “data charges.” Millions of unsuspecting consumers accidentally click on buttons that read “Get it Now” or “V Cast,” which take them to the mobile web. Even if a consumer immediately cancels the request, Verizon assesses a “data charge.” For an article containing more information about the charges please click here. In February 2010, the Firm filed a class action lawsuit against Verizon regarding its improper data charges. For more information, please review a copy of the Verizon Complaint.