Class Action Archives - Cohen & Malad, LLP

New Rule Could Give Consumers Back the Right to Take Their Fight to Court

By: Scott D. Gilchrist, Attorney On May 5, 2016 the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a proposed rule that would prevent financial service companies from barring class actions in contracts with their customers. For the past several years, the CFPB has been studying so-called “forced arbitration” clauses in consumer contracts, which require customers to… Continue Reading »

NFL Concussion Settlement: COA Affirms Compensation for Former Football Players

By: Daniel S. Chamberlain, Attorney On April 18, 2016, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the largest class action settlement in United States history.  The class action involved allegations that professional football players were knowingly put at risk of repetitive brain trauma, including dementia, Parkinson’s and other degenerative brain conditions by their employer, the… Continue Reading »

Mediation Assistance Program Provides Valuable Experience to Attorneys While Helping the Underserved

By: Aaron J. Williamson, Attorney The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) encourages attorneys to promote equal access to justice through pro bono work for underserved residents. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has a growing need for volunteer attorneys to assist pro se litigants. This Court also provides a vehicle… Continue Reading »

Is My 401(k) Plan Ripping Me Off?

By: Lynn A. Toops, Attorney Do you know whether your 401(k) plan administrator is making decisions in the best interests of your financial well-being?   One group of Indiana employees has asked that question and now is taking action to protect themselves. In December 2015, some Indiana residents with 401(k)s alleged in a class action lawsuit… Continue Reading »

A Consumer’s Guide to Medical Identity Theft

By: Lynn A. Toops, Attorney It’s an unfortunate circumstance that we need to have a discussion about medical identity theft. Media reports about computer hackers and data breaches are on the rise and millions of unsuspecting consumers are finding themselves as victims of identity theft and dealing with the resulting hassle. Consumer data breaches on… Continue Reading »

Anthem Data Breach and Concerns About Fraudulent Tax Returns

By: Lynn A. Toops, Attorney Identity theft has a lasting impact on consumers. Approximately 80 million people were immediately faced with the reality of identity theft after the nation’s second-largest health insurer, Anthem, announced a massive data breach of its computer system on February 4, 2015. Thieves stole customer names, birthdates, social security numbers, addresses,… Continue Reading »