Class Calls Lifewatch a Consumer Scam

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Lifewatch defrauded people by telling them, falsely, that a family member had bought a medical alert device for them and all they had to do was pay monthly fees for it, a class action claims in Federal Court.
     Lead plaintiff Edward J. Reynolds, D.D.S., sued Lifewatch Inc. and several affiliates for fraud, unjust enrichment, and consumer law violations.
     Lifewatch sells medical alert and monitoring devices.
     Reynolds claims the company called him, and others, "telling them that a family member, friend, or other person purchased the defendants' medical alert device for them and/or a doctor recommended it for them. Thus, consumers were told that the device was 'free' and that they only had to pay for the monthly monitoring fees, as their family member, friend or other person intended. The defendants' statements were false, untrue, and/or otherwise misrepresentations. The defendants subsequently charged consumers for the device and/or a monthly fee for monitoring services."
     Reynolds demands disgorgement, damages for fraud, unjust enrichment, and consumer law violations and an injunction.
     He is represented by Barry Gainey with Gainey McKenna & Egleston, of Paramus, N.J.