Class action lawsuits give consumers the power to take on large corporations. It's a good thing, too - companies seem to be constantly trying to get one over on us. Take food, for example - does "natural" means what you think it does? Our new guide to natural food lawsuits (below) shows you how many companies are facing claims that they deceived their customers.
Faulty products are a problem, too. If you buy something that's defective, you may be entitled to compensation for any damage caused by the product. Shingles, water lines, Xarelto and Ford Explorers are all featured in this newsletter - and, as always, there's more on our website, updated every day.
"Natural" and "organic" labels have never been hotter, more widespread ... or more contentious. As the number of foods billed as "natural" increases, so too - sadly - does the number of lawsuits calling out companies for false labeling. It's hard to know whether the things you're eating are, in reality, natural at all. That's why we've created a new interactive guide to natural food lawsuits across the United States. Want to know if your favorite products are facing allegations that they're not really natural? Or if your favorite snack actually contains hidden synthetic ingredients? Check out this guide today.
Artificial or synthetic turf is used across the country in parks, playgrounds and sports fields. Chemicals - including lead - may be present in the turf at levels far exceeding those permitted by state laws, and three of the largest manufacturers have faced lawsuits over this issue. What's more, exposure to these chemicals may be linked to cancer, meaning children who play on artificial turf are especially vulnerable.
Do you drive a 2011 - 2015 Ford Explorer? It's possible that you're being exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide and other exhaust gases. A lawsuit has been filed against Ford alleging that a defect in the vehicles allows exhaust gases to enter the passenger cabins, posing a serious risk to all those inside. Ford's Motion to Dismiss was recently rejected, meaning the case will continue. Additional lawsuits are expected to be filed and attorneys would like to hear from any drivers who own or lease the vehicles in question. Read More
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Another day, another case of allegedly defective shingles. According to some reports, Shamrock's Limerick 30 asphalt shingles may crack, break and fail to seal properly. No lawsuit's been filed yet, but attorneys are looking into consumer complaints. Have you experienced problems? Let us know.
Water that feeds your dishwashers, toilets, sinks, faucets and ice makers comes in via a "water supply line." Several manufacturers are facing allegations that they've sold defective or low-grade supply lines that can leak and cause property damage. Attorneys are now investigating whether lawsuits can be filed, and property owners who had problems with their supply lines may be entitled to compensation. Read More
Can pharmaceutical companies use Twitter to promote drugs? Should they? The FDA recently weighed in on the issue, publishing guidance that is being hotly contested by the companies it affects. Read More
Two recent lawsuits have called into question how much access the U.S. government should have to private social media data. Twitter wants to fight back - but could national security trump your right to know when your information is being shared? Read More
Xarelto, a blood thinner used after hip and knee replacement surgeries, may be linked to internal bleeding and gastrointenstinal injuries. Lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, and Johnson & Johnson's Jansssen unit alleging that the drug is defective and that doctors and patients were not properly warned of its risks. On October 22, a Motion to Consolidate was filed, requesting that all the lawsuits be brought together to be heard before one judge in Southern Illinois. This motion was filed in an attempt to save time and money for all parties involved. Read More
Many companies are facing lawsuits alleging that that they do not follow federal regulations when carrying out background checks on current and potential employees, and/or using background checks to discriminate against ethnic minorities and those with a criminal history. Earlier this month, Dollar General agreed to a $4 million settlement in a proposed class action over the company's failure to properly notify job applicants that they would be screened. If you think something similar happened to you, a lawsuit could help you recover lost wages and earnings from missed job opportunities. Read More
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether some of the nation's leading under-sink water filter manufacturers can be sued for selling faulty products. This follows consumers complaints that the filters, which are part of built-in systems that filter water before it reaches the faucet, may leak and cause property damage even when properly installed. If you had a problem with an under-sink water filter, you might be able to take part in a lawsuit. Read More
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