Archive for the ‘U-Haul investigation’ Category

California Law Firm Seeks to Expand U-Haul Class Action Lawsuit to More States.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

California Law Firm KRONENBERGER ROSENFELD, LLP announces the following:

Due to the great number of people who have been affected by U-haul’s (alleged) unfair price fixing, Kronenberger Rosenfeld is seeking new plaintiffs from the following states for additional class action lawsuits:

  • Connecticut (CT)
  • Hawaii (HI)
  • Illinois (Il)
  • Maine (ME)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Mexico (NM)
  • North Carolina (NC)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Rhode Island (RI)
  • Vermont (VT)

If you have rented a one way truck between 2006-2008 in any of these states, you may be eligible to join an expanding class action.

Submit your case online here.

California Law Firm Sues U-Haul Over Unfair Price Fixing Efforts With Competitors.

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The law firm of Kronenberger Rosenfeld, LLP filed a class action lawsuit against U-Haul International, Inc. on May 11, 2012. The case is entitled, Mary Bottorff v. Americo and U-Haul International, Inc., District Court for the Eastern District of California, Case No. 2:12-at-00701. This new class action lawsuit is filed in the wake of an FTC action filed against U-Haul, entitled, In the Matter of U-Haul Int’l Inc. and AMERCO, FTC File No. 081-0157.

The California class action complaint alleges that U-Haul’s unlawful efforts to collude substantially increased the price of one-way truck rentals nationwide, including in the State of California, thus causing damages to California plaintiff Mary Borttorff and the members of the class, in violation of California law.

The class action lawsuit defines the “Class” as, “all persons who purchased one-way truck rentals from Defendants for transportation to, from or within the State of California between September 2006 and September 2008.

The firm is still actively investigating U-Haul in other states and encourages victims of U-Haul’s unfair pricing policies to contact the firm at its website.

U-Haul Phantom Traffic Ticket/Fee?

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Interested in knowing if anyone else has experienced, after returning a U-haul rented moving truck back to U-haul, and after U-haul re-takes possession, later receiving notice that U-haul claims to have paid on your behalf a $25 traffic/parking ticket/citation (or any amount) with a $30 administrative fee (or any amount) and a $25 penalty (or any amount). Also you were charged an environmental fee. Basically, you know that YOU the customer did not personally receive the citation. The collection company hired by U-haul also tries to get the you to pay this alleged and disputed debt. No proof or validation of the actual citation, time, date, charges/grounds for the citation is ever produced.

Note: this post is from an Alabama attorney.  If you have a valid response, please leave a comment below, or email us and we will forward his email address to you. Thx. 

UPDATE 11/16/10: it appears that this attorney’s email addy is no longer active, so we are unable to forward any details until he contacts us again.  Still, you are encouraged to post your experiences regarding this topic as the information may be relevant anyway.

Inside Edition Investigates U-Haul Trailer Safety in NJ.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Trailer safety is discussed in this video.  It states that safety pamphlets are supposed to be distributed with all U-Haul trailer rentals; but only one out of 14 rental agents randomly visited in the Bergen County, New Jersey area gave out the safety booklet with a trailer rental.  This booklet contains critical information about properly loading a trailer. 

This video segment demonstrates that most of the weight should be loaded toward the front of a trailer, and that disasterous consequences could result from most of the weight being loaded toward the back of the trailer.

Traffic safety officers with the Bergen County Police Department inspected the 14 trailers randomly rented and found that four of the 14 trailers had directional or hazard lights that didn’t work, as well as numerous other safety violations such as rusted chains, frayed wire, no brake fluid and vital safety info worn off.

Joe Shoen (U-Haul’s CEO) invites you to call his cell phone if you feel unsafe when renting a U-Haul trailer: 602-390-6525.