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Galaxy S7 Cellphones

October 5th, 2020

In September 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Samsung Electronics America for allegedly falsely marketing its Galaxy S7 cellphones as water resistant when, according to the complaint, they are not. Plaintiffs claim that advertising materials for the cellphones show people snorkeling, surfing, and kayaking with their phones and represents that the phones “repel spills,


Samsung Galaxy S7 Cellphones

September 20th, 2016

In September 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Samsung Electronics America for allegedly falsely advertising its Galaxy S7 cellphones as water resistant when such claims are not true. (Velasquez-Reyes et al v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Case No. 16-cv-1953, C. D. CA.) For more information about other class-action lawsuits regarding cellphones and TINA.org’s coverage


T-Mobile’s “No Contract” Cellphone Plans

October 17th, 2016

May 2016: This action was voluntarily dismissed . The reasons have not been disclosed. February 2016: A class-action lawsuit was filed against T-Mobile USA for, among other things, allegedly deceptively advertising “no contract” cellphone service plans. Plaintiffs claim that the company deceptively advertises its “no contract” service plans as having no hidden fees when, in


Asurion’s Cell Phone Insurance for T-Mobile Customers

February 2nd, 2016

In November 2015, a federal judge preliminarily approved a settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Asurion and T-Mobile. The complaint, which was originally filed in 2006, alleged that Asurion misleadingly informed T-Mobile customers that cell phone insurance operated like any other insurance policy when such claims were actually not true because the word “deductible” in


Walmart’s Cell Phone Insurance Plans

November 17th, 2014

In November 2014, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Walmart for allegedly falsely advertising cell phone insurance plans. Among other things, plaintiffs claim that the store advertised and sold insurance plans to consumers who purchased cell phones that were too expensive to be covered by the plan. (Balzer et al v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Case


U.S. Cellular Belief Plan

October 2nd, 2013

How long a period does “never” cover? Three years, says U.S. Cellular, making “never” a relatively short time. The wireless service provider promised consumers in 2010 that with its “Belief Plan,” customers would “never” need to sign another contract after their first one to continue receiving benefits like subsidized phones. But over the summer, U.S.


Is Your Cellphone Spying on You?

January 3rd, 2012

The mobile phone world was rocked in November 2011 when a systems administrator from Connecticut posted a 17-minute video on YouTube showcasing how a hidden program installed on millions of smartphones is apparently logging your keystrokes.


Smarten up about Cell Phone Fraud

October 27th, 2011

There are now over 6 billion cell phones in use around the world.  Just like everyone else, the con artists and fraudsters are also leveraging the rise of cell phone technologies in their own special way – by swindling the innocent.


Target Text Spam

January 28th, 2013

In January 2013, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Target for allegedly sending advertisements via unsolicited text messages to consumers’ cell phones. (Kenneth Hill v. Target Corp., Case No. 13-cv-00041) &nbs


HSBC Auto-Dial

January 9th, 2013

In January 2013, a class-action lawsuit was filed against HSBC claiming that it auto-dialed cell phones without permission and left prerecorded and artificial voice messages, violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. (Stephen Comstock v. HSBC Bank U.S.A. N.A., Case No. 13-cv-0001) &nbs


Domino’s Pizza Robo-Call

January 7th, 2013

Despite denying any wrongdoing, Domino’s Pizza (and an independent franchisee, RPM Pizza, LLC) recently agreed to pay $9.75 million to settle a 2010 class-action lawsuit.  The lawsuit alleged that Domino’s sent pre-recorded phone ads to consumers’ cell phones without their consent.  For more information, go to www.PizzaSettlement.com.  (Spillman v. Domino’s Pizza LLC and RPM Pizza,


Who Can You Complain to at the Federal Level?

October 1st, 2011

Spot an ad that you think has issues?  Want to complain to a federal agency?  Here’s a topic-by-topic list of federal agencies that deal with deceptive advertising. (Note that sometimes more than one agency deals with a certain type of advertisement or label, which can get confusing.  When in doubt, it’s safest to complain to


Galaxy S4 Smartphone

October 1st, 2021

Allegations: Falsely representing the speed and storage capacity of Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones


Dr. Richard Gerhauser

June 28th, 2021

Doctor pitches bogus health treatments in violation of federal order.


Screens of iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max

November 13th, 2020

November 2019: A federal judge dismissed claims that the company misrepresented the size of the screen, but allowed claims that the company misrepresented the pixel count to move forward. December 2018: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Apple for allegedly deceptively advertising that the screens of the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max


Lorex Home Security Systems

November 5th, 2020

September 2020: The case was transferred to another court in California where a related case, Soo et al v. Lorex Corp. et al (Case No. 20-cv-1437, N.D. Cal.), is pending. (Case No. 20-cv-6606, N.D. Cal.) April 2020: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Lorex Corp. for allegedly misleadingly advertising that consumers can monitor their home


Unreal Mobile Rollover Plans

February 24th, 2020

In February 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Unreal Mobile for allegedly engaging in a bait-and-switch scheme where it falsely advertises that consumers who have its “unlimited talk, text and 1 GB of data” monthly plans could roll over up to 500MB of unused data to the next month for no additional fees when,



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