We have a wide range of news for you in the latest issue of our newsletter – from a company allegedly misleading its customers about the type of flour used in its crackers to potentially toxic feminine hygiene products. New lawsuits seem to pop up every day and we continue to do our best to keep you updated on the most prominent cases as they happen – and, in this issue, that includes lawsuits claiming that Robinhood is making a game out of investing and that one Clorox product may not be cleaning as thoroughly as we’d hoped. The latest in class action news – including new and soon-to-expire settlements – can be found below. Take care of yourself and stay safe out there.
Thinx is a New-York based company that makes feminine hygiene products – namely, menstrual underwear. Unfortunately for its customers, the company is currently under fire after testing revealed that some of its underwear may contain toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been linked to cancer, fertility issues and other health problems. Specifically, the tests suggest that with the amount of chemicals found, the products in question may have been intentionally manufactured with PFAS. In light of these reports, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed against the maker of Thinx menstrual underwear. If filed, a lawsuit could help provide clarity on whether Thinx underwear commonly contains PFAS and, if successful, could force the company to change the way it manufactures and sells its products. If you bought Thinx menstrual underwear, you can find out more information and potentially help get a lawsuit started here.
The latest addition to the Robinhood litigation is an amended lawsuit that claims the company’s app drew in inexperienced investors with its “game-like” interface – and that these traders were among those affected by app outages that occurred in early March. If you haven’t used the app before, it skirts the line between an investment tool where financial losses are a real possibility and any smartphone game out there. Reportedly, the app goes so far as to give its users a free share of a stock that’s revealed similarly to a scratch-off lottery ticket – and, in response, the lawsuit is charging that the risk of “colossal” debt is no game. The suit summarizes Robinhood’s toxic allure to inexperienced, unsophisticated traders with a quote from a prominent wealth management consulting firm’s CEO, who said, “they should put a cigarette warning label on Robinhood, because it could be hazardous to your financial health the more you trade.” For the latest information on the Robinhood litigation, including this most recent entry, we have you covered.
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Healthy eating has cemented itself as a standard in many homes – and companies continue to take advantage of this growing trend. The latest example comes in the form of a proposed class action against many an American family’s mecca for health food shopping (or maybe just tasty snacks), Trader Joe’s. The lawsuit claims, in so many words, that Trader Joe’s 12-Grain Mini Snack Crackers are merely a front for a less-healthy cracker made with mostly enriched white flour. But the “health-focused” grocery chain markets the crackers in a way that would lead a reasonable person to assume that 12-grain flour is the snack’s prominent ingredient – it is featured on the package in bold text, after all – when it’s actually much further down on the ingredients list, the complaint says. The suit goes on to state that, thanks to the charade, Trader Joe’s has been able to sell the product at a higher price than if it had been labeled honestly. If you frequent Trader Joe’s, you can find the details here.
Bleach is the typical go-to cleaning product when we really want to make sure something is sanitized or disinfected – but a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that Clorox Splash-Less Bleach isn’t strong enough to get the job done. The proposed class action alleges that the product doesn’t contain a high enough concentration of its active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, to effectively sanitize and disinfect. Sodium hypochlorite, which has chemical properties similar to chlorine and is the active ingredient in disinfectants, is only effective against bacteria, viruses and fungi in concentrations above five percent, a standard that Clorox’s product doesn’t meet, according to the complaint. The case goes on to claim that the company’s “deceptive” advertising of the product is particularly harmful given that the country is still gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Want more? Head over to our newswire for the details.
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