Our newest roundup has more of the latest class action news, including more heat for Facebook, refunds for the botched Mayweather-McGregor fight streams, a popular multi-level marketing company facing legal action, and more. Let’s get into it!
More Bad News for Facebook
The latest hit against Facebook could cost the social media giant billions of dollars in damages. This time, Facebook is finally being held accountable for its facial recognition software. The case, which deals with alleged violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), was initiated back in 2015 and has just recently been given the green light for class action status – so a resolution shouldn’t be too far behind.
Specifically, the lawsuit takes issue with Facebook storing its users’ biometric data without their consent – the same tech that prompts you to tag specific friends when a picture of them gets uploaded to the network. If successful, BIPA fines would add up quickly, ranging between $1,000 and $5,000 for each use of someone’s image without their permission.
Need more information about the tag suggestion feature and the surrounding litigation? The Verge has you covered.
McDonald’s Escapes Extra Value Meal Litigation
A proposed class action over McDonald’s allegedly misleading use of the term “extra value meal” has been tossed. According to the initial complaint, the items found in a “value meal” can be ordered individually for less than the cost of ordering the meal – and was therefore an attempt to mislead customers into spending more. U.S. District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo disagreed with this argument, however. She found that since the individual prices for the items were readily available to all customers, and that price comparisons could be made at will, the claims of trickery didn’t hold up.
Eater has the rest of the scoop right here.
Settlement Offers Refunds for Mayweather-McGregor Streaming Issues
In a relatively quick turnaround as far as class actions go, the UFC and its streaming partner have agreed to settle claims over a live stream that couldn’t hold up during the massively hyped fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. Under the settlement, anyone who missed more than five minutes of the fight due to streaming interruptions will be entitled to a full $99.99 refund, while those who missed less than five minutes will still get $50. Even those who only missed the preliminary fights will be able to claim $25. Look for final approval of the settlement after a July 20th fairness hearing.
Head over to MMAjunkie for the rest of the story.
Prominent MLM Rodan + Fields Facing Class Action over Eyelash Growth Serum
You may have seen your Facebook friends advertising the company at the heart of this next suit. Rodan + Fields is facing a proposed class action that claims its Lash Boost (an eyelash growth serum) can cause various adverse side effects when applied. According to the case, one of the product’s ingredients (isopropyl cloprostenate) can lead to painful rashes, swelling, bumps, and irritation, among other symptoms. The lawsuit claims the company failed to warn customers about these side effects and deceptively marketed and labeled the product.
Check out this Racked article for more information on the product and the litigation.
Consumer Reports Publisher Reaches Data Privacy Settlement
The publisher of Consumer Reports magazine has recently agreed to settle claims that it unlawfully sold its readers’ personal information to third parties. According to the lawsuit, the readers’ income level, race, age, religion, and medical conditions (among other things) can be found among the information that was sold. If the settlement doesn’t go through any changes on its way to final approval, the fund will be just shy of $16.5 million. The settlement covers about 560,000 people in Michigan only – but the case highlights growing privacy concerns especially in light of Facebook’s recent data mining scandal.
If you want to know more, be sure to check out this article from Reuters.
More Than 40 University Hospitals Fertility Clinic Lawsuits Consolidated
A Cleveland judge recently announced that more than 40 lawsuits, filed over a major fertility center failure at University Hospitals, are going to be consolidated so they can be handled as a single case. This should streamline the process since we won’t have to wait for each individual case to reach a final decision. The cases in question are looking for compensation after a University Hospitals fertility center in Cleveland experienced tank malfunctions that potentially damaged nearly 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos. While the maker of the tanks blames human error, the hospital said that the storage units had been having problems for weeks.
Hopefully, we’ll see some more progress on this case soon, but for now, be sure to check out Cleveland.com for the current story.