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Posted on Dec 8th, 2016

Hattis Law and LA City Attorney File False Discount Cases Against J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears

December 8, 2016

Hattis Law announces that today, as co-counsel with the Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, it has filed four consumer fraud civil enforcement actions against national retailers: J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Sears.

These cases allege that to increase sales each of these companies has pervasively used “false reference pricing” schemes — whereby the companies advertise products at a purported “discount” from false …

Posted on Oct 15th, 2016

Hattis Law Files Lawsuit Against Comcast For Bogus Fees

October 15, 2016

Today Hattis Law filed a lawsuit against Comcast to put an end to the cable giant’s massive illegal bait-and-switch scheme of advertising and promising one price but then charging its customers a much higher price in the form of concealed, deceptive, and completely fabricated fees which Comcast calls the “Broadcast TV Fee” and the “Regional Sports Fee.”

View the Comcast Class Action Complaint.

By Comcast’s own admission these fees are completely made-up fees charged to p…

Posted on Aug 30th, 2016

Court Approves Settlement Reached by Hattis Law in McAfee Antivirus Class Action

August 30, 2016

Today San Jose District Court Judge Edward J. Davila preliminarily approved a nationwide class action settlement that Hattis Law and co-counsel Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein reached with McAfee, Inc. The lawsuit alleged that McAfee engaged in certain unfair practices about auto-renewal charges and the advertising of discounts and reference prices.

The settlement will offer compensation for customers whose products were auto-renewed at a higher price than they orig…

Posted on Nov 19th, 2015

Hattis Law Files Lawsuit Against California Board of Equalization to Revoke Illegal Mobile Phone Sales Tax

November 19, 2015

Today Hattis Law filed a lawsuit against the California Board of Equalization to revoke Regulation 1585, an illegal sales tax on mobile phones bundled with service contracts that has cost California consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in overpaid taxes. (Read the Complaint Bekkerman et. al. v. California Board of Equalization.)

Most Californians have paid too much for their mobile phones due to this unlawful sales tax invented by the Board in 1999. Regulation 1585 impos…

Posted on Feb 20th, 2015

Court Approves $40 million Settlement Reached by Hattis Law in TracFone Class Action

Today San Francisco District Court Judge Edward Chen approved a $40 million nationwide class action settlement that Hattis Law and co-counsel Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein reached with TracFone Wireless, Inc. The lawsuit alleged that TracFone falsely advertised its mobile phone plans as including “Unlimited” data when in fact TracFone throttled or cut-off the data at hidden and undisclosed data thresholds.

Consumers who purchased service plans with “Unlimite…

Posted on Oct 11th, 2011

Hattis Law Reaches Settlement With Dell, Inc. in False Discount Class Action

Hattis Law reached a settlement with Dell, Inc. in a Class Action charging that Dell falsely advertised price discounts of computers on its website.

In October 2011, the Court approved a settlement that provided a $50 payment to each class member that submitted a timely and valid claim.

In addition, in response to the lawsuit, Dell changed its methodology for consumer online advertising, eliminating the use of “slash-through” reference prices.

Further details on settlement can b…

Posted on Jun 20th, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court blocks class action bias suit against Wal-Mart

The U.S. Supreme Court today threw out an enormous employment discrimination class-action suit against Wal-Mart that had sought billions of dollars on behalf of as many as 1.5 million female workers.

The suit claimed that Wal-Mart’s policies and practices had led to countless discriminatory decisions over pay and promotions.

The Court divided 5 to 4 along ideological lines on the basic question in the case — whether the suit satisfied a requirement of the class-action rules that “there are ques…

Posted on Apr 27th, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court blocks class action lawsuits where arbitration clause is present

In a victory for large corporations against wronged consumers, the Supreme Court ruled in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion that the Federal Arbitration Act pre-empts state law allowing consumers to participate in class actions. The Supreme Court overturned California law that previously held that class action bans in arbitration clauses will not be upheld if they enable companies to cheat large numbers of consumers out of individually small amounts of money.

The Court even went further an…

Posted on Jan 26th, 2011

CA Supreme Court confirms consumers can sue for false advertising

On January 26, 2011, the California Supreme Court confirmed that consumers have standing to bring lawsuits alleging retailers have engaged in false advertising or false labeling of products.

In Kwikset Corporation v. The Superior Court of Orange County, plaintiff James Benson alleged that Kwikset falsely advertised and labeled that its locksets were “Made in the U.S.A.”, when in fact this was not the case. Plaintiff James Benson brought suit under the unfair competition and fa…

Posted on Dec 21st, 2010

Court appoints Daniel Hattis as class counsel in Dell lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte appointed Daniel M. Hattis, along with co-counsel Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, as class counsel in Brazil v. Dell, No. C-07-01700 RMW (N.D. Cal.).

Class counsel represents online purchasers of Dell computers who were victims of Dell’s alleged deliberate scheme of misrepresenting price discounts through a systematic Internet-based false advertising campaign.

The complaint charges that Dell advertised “limited time…