State and Federal laws protect consumers from products that do not perform in the matter they are warranted or otherwise cause harm to persons or property. Mason LLP has significant experience and an excellent track record in the representation of individuals in class actions involving a wide range of defective products.
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Consumer fraud laws, which exist in all fifty states, regulate the way businesses can advertise, market and sell their products and services to consumers. Generally, these laws broadly prohibit deception in dealing with consumers. Deceptive acts include bait and switch schemes - where one product or service is offered but another actually delivered; false advertising; high-pressure sales tactics; the use of form contracts and fine print to mislead consumers; excessive fees and interest and promising illusory benefits. Mason LLP has successfully represented consumers in a wide range of consumer protection class actions.
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Wage & Hour
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state laws, an employee who works more than 40 hours a week is generally entitled to time and a half overtime. This is true unless the person is an “exempt” employee under the FLSA or state wage and hour laws, and fits within one of the “exemptions” provided by those laws. In recent years, many companies have disregarded the FLSA and state wage and hour laws by requiring their workers to work more than 40 hours per week without being paid overtime. Mason LLP has successfully prosecuted cases in this area, including on behalf of Staples’ assistant managers who were not paid overtime.
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Environmental & Toxic Torts
Mason LLP represents individuals in class actions who have suffered damage from the discharge of toxic substances into the environment. In particular, our firm has had success litigating complex cases involving devastating groundwater contamination caused by oil refinery and transportation disasters and leaking underground storage tanks. We are also currently involved in ground-breaking federal climate change litigation.
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The civil rights of U.S. citizens are protected by the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution), by the constitutions of each state, and by various federal and state legislation. Among the many rights to which each citizen is entitled are the right to equal protection under law regardless of race, religion, sex, or other characteristics unrelated to individual worth, and the rights to due process of law, to privacy, to freedom of speech, and to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.
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Federal and state antitrust laws seek to protect economic freedom and promote fair competition by prohibiting businesses from engaging in anti-competitive conduct. Mason LLP is involved in several actions challenging the anti-competitive conduct of conspiring businesses on behalf of indirect purchasers of products and services.
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