Cohen & Malad, LLP Attorneys Investigate Citizens Gas Customer Charges for Line Repair Service Plans

Cohen & Malad, LLP attorneys are investigating claims from Citizens Gas customers in Indiana who state they have charges for line repair service plans on their bills. The charge appears as “UtilityShield” on the monthly billing statement. If you or someone you know is a customer of Citizens Gas and has a charge for UtilityShield… Continue Reading »

Cohen & Malad, LLP Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Nicor for Slipping Charges Onto Vectren Bills

Cohen & Malad, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Nicor Energy Services Company for slipping charges onto Hoosier customers’ utility bills for unnecessary and worthless repair plans.  The class action lawsuit alleges that Nicor’s relationship with Indiana public utility company Vectren allows it to use Vectren’s logo, color scheme, and billing statements to charge… Continue Reading »

Quicken Loans Accused of Charging Illegal Interest on FHA Home Mortgage Loans

Quicken Loans, Inc. is accused of charging illegal “post-payment” interest on FHA home mortgage loans that were paid off or refinanced. “Post-payment” interest is currently not permitted on FHA loans and was only previously allowed in very specific circumstances. Quicken is the nation’s largest online retail mortgage lender and the largest FHA lender, yet is… Continue Reading »

Property Owner Alert: INDOT Begins Surveying I-69 Section 6

INDOT just notified property owners along I-69 Section 6 that they will be receiving a Notice of Survey letter soon as INDOT begins survey work along the Section 6 corridor.  So what can you expect if you receive one of these letters? What is involved in the survey process? Pursuant to IC 8-23-7-26, INDOT or… Continue Reading »

Indiana Homeowners Who Unwittingly Bought Homes that Housed Meth Labs Plan Lawsuit

Last week, Cohen & Malad, LLP sent notices of tort claims to Indiana state and local government agencies for failing to alert purchasers of thousands of homes in Indiana that the homes were former meth labs.  Indiana law provides for state and local government to provide notice on homes that have been flagged by law… Continue Reading »

Accordia Life and Annuity Company Faces Class Action Lawsuit for “Converting” No-Lapse Policies

Cohen & Malad, LLP, has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Illinois and Indiana insureds against Accordia Life and Annuity Company and others alleging the companies illegally canceled and converted policies. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Central District of Illinois, alleges that after Accordia took over life insurance policies from… Continue Reading »

NFL Concussion Litigation Settlement 2017 Deadlines

There are new developments that affect more than 21,000 retired NFL football players regarding the timing of NFL concussion litigation settlement payments. Registration and certain deadlines must be made in accordance the settlement agreement. The benchmark date for most deadlines was recently changed to January 7, 2017.  This is the “effective date” and is based… Continue Reading »

Recall Issued for St. Jude Medical Cardiac Defibrillator Devices

Defective batteries are at the root of a recall issued by the FDA for implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D) manufactured by St. Jude Medical, Inc. The recalled devices include the Fortify, Unify, and Quadra models of ICDs and CRT-Ds.  The recall was issued after a defect was identified that could… Continue Reading »

Universal Life Insurance Companies Accused of Cheating Policyholders

Recent class action lawsuits against leading insurance companies such as Lincoln Nation Insurance Company, Phoenix Life, Transamerica Life Insurance Co., AXA Equitable, and Banner Life, allege that insurers improperly raised the “cost of insurance” on universal life the policies, which can cause the cash value of the policies to drop or the policies to lapse… Continue Reading »

Student Loan Company Navient Accused of Cheating Borrowers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed a lawsuit against Navient Corporation, the largest servicer of student loans in the U.S. stating that the company “systematically” cheated borrowers.  The lawsuit alleges that Navient, which services more than 12 million borrowers, failed to respond to consumer complaints, provided incorrect information to borrowers, and improperly processed payments on… Continue Reading »