Welcome to the 100th issue of ClassAction.org’s newsletter! It is a continued privilege to bring you the latest happenings from our small corner of the internet. As we move forward, we’ll keep doing our best to bring you the latest and most relevant in class action news. But, enough of that, let’s get into what you need to know this week! In this issue, we’ll take a look at several brands of dishwashers said to be suffering from the same problem and a possible defect that may be causing a touchscreen issue in some Tesla models. Then, we’ll revisit the investigation into the Military Lending Act and touch on a lawsuit filed over an alleged iPhone security flaw. The latest settlements can be found below as well. Thanks for tuning in!
If you’re buying a car as expensive as a Tesla, you’d hope that every feature in the vehicle works properly – including the touchscreen. So, it’s unfortunate to hear that some Tesla Model S and X drivers – specifically, those whose vehicles were built in March 2018 or earlier – are experiencing a host of problems with their vehicles’ touchscreens or “media control units.” The screens apparently fail to turn on, freeze, repeatedly reboot, or stop working altogether. It’s believed that the touchscreen issue stems from the flash memory chip, with some suggesting the chips are too small for their intended purpose and can wear out prematurely. This can lead to freezing and other issues with the touchscreens, which can get progressively worse until the units fail completely. A lawsuit could help Tesla drivers get back the money they spent replacing their screens. So, if you drive a Tesla S or X and had issues with an unresponsive touchscreen, share your story with us.
Finding water in your home where it isn’t supposed to be can be a nerve-racking experience. So, when several brands of dishwashers are said to be causing leaks and property damage, there isn’t a good time to be had by anyone. In light of these reports, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect in certain Whirlpool, Kenmore and KitchenAid dishwashers is allowing water to leak from underneath the appliances. Specifically, they’re looking into the seals located between the sump and diverter motor – a part designed to direct water in the dishwasher. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could potentially provide consumers with money back for repairs, property damage and more. If you had issues with your dishwasher leaking, attorneys working with ClassAction.org need to hear from you. Learn more about the problem and the investigation here.
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The Military Lending Act (MLA) has been featured in our newsletter before, but the investigation is being expanded as new information comes to light. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that some lenders may be failing to uphold the terms of the Act not only in regard to interest rate caps, but also when it comes to other benefits that should be offered to servicemembers and their families. Under the Act, servicemembers, as well as their spouses, children and dependent parents, are entitled to special loan terms and disclosures – in addition to a 36% APR cap – when taking out a loan. Unfortunately, if your lender failed to uphold its obligations under the MLA, it may not seem like anything is wrong. Thankfully, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are willing to go over your loan documents – for free – to help determine whether your rights were violated. If so, a lawsuit could help get the loan voided. If you took out a loan as an active servicemember or family member, find out more here.
If you have an iPhone on T-Mobile’s network, an unfortunate combination of circumstances may have allowed strangers to access your iMessage and FaceTime correspondence for nearly seven years. A recently filed proposed class action is claiming that a flaw in Apple’s iOS software – coupled with T-Mobile’s practice of recycling SIM cards without requiring previous owners to disassociate their Apple IDs from their old numbers – has made iPhone users’ private messages vulnerable to prying eyes. Although Apple tried to resolve the security issue quietly via its iOS 12 update, neither company warned customers about the increased risk of someone else being able to access their messages, according to the lawsuit. What’s worse, the case says, is that those who haven’t installed the updated software may still be having their information exposed to this day. To learn more about how your messages may have been exposed, head over to our blog for the details.
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