Big Wins

Banning Menthol Cigarettes

After years of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) being lobbied by Big Tobacco and slow-walking Congress’ directive to regulate menthol cigarettes, we initiated a lawsuit against the FDA. And in April 2022 we won a powerful victory that is resulting in the ban on menthol cigarettes, a measure hailed as the government’s most meaningful action in more than a decade of tobacco control efforts.

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Securing Healthcare Benefits for 250,000 NYC Retirees

New York City municipal retirees have relied on the promise that they would receive a robust Medicare Supplemental health insurance plan in their retirement. When NYC reneged on that promise, an ad hoc group of retired police officers, fire fighters, and teachers hired us to fight City Hall. We did; and won six court victories that have already saved retirees some $1.2 billion.

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Red Ventures and MYMOVE Agree to Pay $2.75 Million to Resolve Whistleblower Allegations that they Violated the False Claims Act

Pollock Cohen, as lead counsel, represented the whistleblower in a qui tam lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act.  It was just one of a handful of qui tam cases where the government chose to intervene, and it resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement.

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Active Lawsuits

Guns of Glory

We have filed a class action against KingsGroup and FunPlus on behalf of customers who made in-game purchases in the “Guns of Glory” mobile game.

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Forced Labor

We have filed a class action on behalf of civil immigrant detainees who were forced to work without compensation at the McHenry County detention center in Woodstock, Illinois.

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Game of Thrones: Conquest

We have filed a class action against Warner Bros. on behalf of customers who made in-game purchases in the mobile application “Game of Thrones: Conquest" (GOTC).

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Pornhub and Reddit

We co-counsel with Susman Godfrey in class action lawsuits against Pornhub and Reddit. If you were the victim of someone uploading sexual videos of you, contact us. We may be able to represent you.

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GiftRocket Gift Cards

We have filed a class action against GiftRocket.com on behalf of businesses that are unknowingly listed on these websites.

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State of Survival: Zombie War

We have filed a class action against KingsGroup and FunPlus on behalf of customers who made in-game purchases in the “State of Survival” mobile game.

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GHI

We have filed a class action with the Susman Godfrey law firm alleging that GHI has deprived members of benefits worth over $1 billion. As part of this case we won a major decision from New York’s highest court expanding the protections of the State’s consumer protection laws.

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NYC Retirees: Co-pay Class Action Appellate Victory

In December 2022, on behalf of 183,000 senior citizens and disabled first-responders, we have filed a class action against New York City and EmblemHealth GHI for illegally charging policyholders co-pays.

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Apple Data Privacy Sharing Lawsuit

If you’re an Apple iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer user who clicked a “do not share my information” button, we want to hear from you. There is an ongoing federal lawsuit alleging that Apple is ignoring users’ preferences, and still sharing private data.

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Amazon's Unlawful Biometric Data Collection

A class action lawsuit against Amazon was filed in a federal court in Washington alleging the company’s automated collection of customers’ biometric data at Amazon Go stores violated New York law and people’s right of privacy.

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King of Avalon

We have filed a class action against KingsGroup and FunPlus on behalf of customers who made in-game purchases in the “King of Avalon” mobile game.

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Starbucks' Unlawful Biometric Data Collection

A class action lawsuit against Starbucks was filed in a federal court in New York alleging the company’s automated collection of customers’ biometric data at Starbucks-Amazon Go stores violated New York law and people’s right of privacy.

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Jankowicz v. Fox News Defamation Lawsuit

Counsel Max Rodriguez at Pollock Cohen, along with Upper Seven Law, a nonprofit law firm based in Helena, Montana, represent Nina Jankowicz in a defamation lawsuit in Delaware against Fox News Network, LLC and Fox Corporation.

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Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. Unlawful Use of Biometric Data

If you have visited Madison Square Garden or Radio City in NYC, facial recognition technology may have been unlawfully used. New York City law requires commercial establishments to notify consumers when such biometric information is being collected, and furthermore prohibits the sale, trade, or exchange of such information for profit.

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Pollock Cohen Prevails as Second Circuit Revives False Claims Act Suit

Pollock Cohen is representing Clifford Weiner in a qui tam lawsuit against Siemens Inc. and Siemens Electrical LLC in which they prevailed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, winning the first ever appellate case addressing a unique False Claims Act issue.

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Current Investigations & Areas of Interest

We are investigating the direct purchase of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced products from China.

Have you lost a loved one to fentanyl? We are investigating the direct purchase of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced products from China.

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Unlawful Biometric Data Collection

Has a business in New York City collected your biometric data? Biometric data can include your body measurements, your eye color, your face shape, your gait, and other individual characteristics. Cutting-edge computer vision technology allows companies to collect biometric data from security camera footage.

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Asynchronous Telemedicine Schemes

While many asynchronous telemedicine companies provide a convenient service, bad actors are taking advantage of the lack of knowledge regarding these new practices by putting profits first—taking advantage of patients, health care systems, and government services in the process. Pollock Cohen is actively involved in dozens of investigations and civil prosecutions, including pursuing health care scammers.

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Prior Authorization Investigation

Prior authorization—also known as utilization review—is a serious problem. Health insurance companies are getting between doctors and their patients.

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Greenwashing Investigation into Misleading Claims of “Compostable” Pet Waste Bags

Pollock Cohen LLP is investigating greenwashing claims, and potential legal actions on behalf of consumers who have purchased misleadingly marketed dog or pet waste bags.

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Senior Exploitation

We successfully represented a 92-year-old man against Newsmax, which charged him more than $5,000 for magazine and newsletter subscriptions and automobile warranties. We are now investigating a class action for similar practices.

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Greenwashing Investigation

Pollock Cohen LLP and Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C. are investigating “greenwashing” claims, and potential legal actions on behalf of consumers who have purchased products misleadingly marketed as environmentally friendly.

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Healthcare Fraud

We are investigating Medicare and Medicaid fraud being perpetrated by medical providers and drug companies.

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Ubisoft

We are looking into the difficulties users faced in trying to cancel their subscriptions to Ubisoft+. If you were trying to cancel your subscription but simply could not find a way to do so, please share your experience with us. We might be able to help.

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PPP Fraud

We are talking with whistleblowers who are fed up with the scammers who took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and enriched themselves—at the expense of the very workers the Program was created to help.

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School Bus Delays

We are investigating a potential legal action on behalf of students living with disabilities who have been affected by school bus delays and no-shows in New York State.

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PayPal Privacy Invasion

Pollock Cohen LLP is investigating reports that PayPal is tracking your online shopping and we are looking into this apparent invasion of your privacy.  

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Pool Filters

We are investigating potential class action lawsuits on behalf of purchasers and owners of swimming pool filters made by several different manufacturers, including Jandy, Hayward, Raypak, Pentair, and Sta-Rite.

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Medicare Fraud

We are investigating the fraudulent practices in Medicare – whether by an insurance company, a medical provider, hospital, pharmacy or drug company. If you know anything about them, we want to hear from you.

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Decongestants

If you used use a decongestant for a cold or flu, the F.D.A. announced that many over-the-counter medications are ineffective.

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Other

ClassPass Class Action Settlement

We have filed a class action against ClassPass Inc. on behalf of businesses alleging that the health, spa, and fitness “aggregator” improperly used business’ identities for its own use.

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Tainted Baby Food

We have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of parents who purchased organic baby foods that were secretly tainted with dangerous levels of heavy metals.

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Restaurant Delivery Services

We are investigating a potential class action against Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub on behalf of businesses who are unknowingly listed on their delivery apps and websites.

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iFIT Live Fitness Classes Cancellation on NordicTrack Exercise Bikes and Treadmills

We have filed a class action against NordicTrack and iFIT on behalf of customers who purchased a NordicTrack exercise bike or treadmill and used live iFIT classes.

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Toxic Baby Formula

We are investigating cases on behalf of children who have developed NEC as a result of their baby formula.

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PointsBet

We are looking for potential plaintiffs in class action against Pointsbet, which is accused of falsely advertising that customers could make "risk free" bets.

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TLC's Undercover Operations

Along with Mobilization for Justice (MFJ) and Peter Romer-Friedman Law PLLC, we represent the four plaintiffs that were targeted by undercover TLC officers who aggressively solicited rides from them for money by appearing to be desperate travelers in need of rides from the airport.

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Kathleen Valentini: The Saddest Case We Ever Lost

Prior authorization—when you need your insurer’s permission to get medical care—is a major part of health insurers’ scheme to rake in profits by denying and delaying patients’ care. And it is believed to be the reason Kathleen Valentini lost her leg, and ultimately, her life.

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