In our latest issue, we’ll take a look at an ongoing problem with Zurn PEX plumbing systems and the potential defect that has undoubtedly created a headache for a number of homeowners. Then, for California residents, an investigation has been launched into the automatic renewal practices Walmart has been using for its beauty box subscriptions. After that, the biometric privacy saga continues as Facebook faces another lawsuit – this time claiming the social media giant has illegally harvested the facial geometries of Illinois Instagram users. And, as always, we have the latest settlements below, including one for the Checkers data breach. Read on for the details!
Problems with plumbing can be incredibly stressful and costly, so when your plumbing system is doomed to fail earlier than it should, it tends to be a big concern. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating Zurn PEX plumbing systems – specifically those with plastic fittings – to determine whether a defect is behind reports that the systems are failing prematurely. They’re looking into whether the design, material and manufacturing process Zurn chose for its plumbing system is placing too much stress on the plastic fittings; this may be what’s causing the PEX piping to fail well before the manufacturer’s 25-year warranty and leaving homeowners with water leaks, mold growth, property damage and other problems. A successful lawsuit could help homeowners recover money for damage done to their homes, as well as repair costs – so, if you had these types of issues in your home, you’ll want to check this out.
A new investigation is looking into the way Walmart automatically renews its customers’ beauty box subscriptions and whether it’s illegal in California. California has specific state law requirements for businesses who want to automatically charge their customers. These include offering clear disclosure of any automatic renewal terms and providing information on how to cancel. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether Walmart meets these requirements and, if not, whether class action lawsuits can be filed due to possible violations of California state law. A lawsuit, if filed and successful, could provide California Walmart customers with money back for their purchases. It could also force Walmart to modify its website to ensure its beauty box subscription program complies with California law. So, if you live in California and signed up for Walmart’s beauty box, you'll want to learn more here.
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If you used your credit or debit card at certain Checkers or Rally’s restaurants between December 2015 and October 2019, you may be able to claim a piece of a recent class action settlement. The settlement resolves a case that took issue with a data breach that affected more than 100 Checkers and Rally’s locations. If you choose to take part in the settlement, you will be able to claim a cash payment or vouchers that can be used at any Checkers or Rally’s restaurant – but be aware that you only have until October 28, 2020 to file your claim. It’s also good to know that if you have proof you were affected by the breach, you could claim up to $5,000. For more details on the settlement, as well as a link to the official settlement site, we have you covered.
A recently filed lawsuit is claiming that Facebook has illegally harvested the facial geometries of more than 100 million Instagram users, including those protected by an Illinois privacy law. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook is actively “collecting, storing, disclosing, profiting from, and otherwise using” Instagram users’ sensitive biometric information. While this lawsuit has already been filed, attorneys working with ClassAction.org still believe there are more issues that need to be addressed when it comes to this practice – namely how minors on the platform are being affected. Lawsuits involving the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act typically aim to correct any illegal data collection practices and provide $1,000 per violation – or $5,000 if the company is found to have acted recklessly or intentionally. So, if you live in Illinois and your minor child is on Instagram, you can read up on the details and contribute to the investigation here.
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