The goal of a class action should be that people, from employees to consumers, get treated fairly when it comes to how they are paid and what they buy. In this issue, we’ll take a look at a handful of cases and investigations that have the potential to help warehouse workers who may have been deprived of proper wages, Omni Hotel guests who may have been charged undisclosed fees, and grocery store shoppers who may have been misled by Fresh Market and Sara Lee’s food labels (or lack thereof). The latest in class action settlements are also included below, so read on for the latest.
If you’ve read our site for any amount of time, you’re probably aware that we firmly believe employees should be fully compensated for time spent at work. And now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether lawsuits can be filed on behalf of warehouse workers – specifically those who package goods for shipment – who weren’t paid for time spent in security checks. Some states, including California, Washington, New Jersey, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, have enacted laws requiring that workers be compensated for all pre- and post-shift tasks. A successful lawsuit could help workers who weren’t paid for time spent in security screenings recover the money they should have been paid – but weren’t. If you had to go through security checks as a warehouse worker and were not paid for this time, learn more about the investigation here.
“Drip pricing” refers to when a company advertises one price for their goods or services at the beginning of a transaction only to “drip in” additional fees, taxes or charges later on. Omni Hotels and Resorts is the latest company to be accused of this unlawful practice and surely won’t be the last. A recently filed lawsuit claims that the hotel chain illegally adds undisclosed resort fees to customers’ bills at checkout after originally advertising a price that only included the cost of the room. The FTC previously warned the hotel industry against this practice, but it looks like some companies either haven’t made the adjustment or are falling back on old habits. The case is looking to cover anyone who paid for rooms at an Omni hotel in California anytime within the past four years. Want more? You can find the full story here.
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If you received a credit or debit card receipt from Everi that contained four digits in a field labeled “BIN” between February 16, 2016 and December 31, 2019, you may be eligible to take part in this settlement.
You can find nutrition labels on pretty much everything these days and it’s been like that for quite some time now. But, according to a recently filed lawsuit, this doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to bakery goods from Fresh Market. The FDA is very specific about how these labels are supposed to be implemented. From the location and shape to the structure and contents, every bit of the label is regulated and subject to stringent requirements. Still, an argument could be made that if a product is freshly baked, the baker can’t just whip up a proper nutritional facts label on the spot – and that would be 100% correct. The issue here is that the food items in question aren’t actually made from scratch, nor are they made on location or altered in any way before the point of sale, according to the lawsuit. Want more? Head over to our newswire for the details.
In another case involving food labeling, a lawsuit has been filed over Sara Lee’s “All Butter Pound Cake.” Despite the prominent claim of “All Butter” on the label, the lawsuit alleges that the cakes are actually made using a much cheaper shortening ingredient, soybean oil. The suit also claims that the classic yellow color comes not from butter itself, but from the use of the popular food coloring annatto. The lawsuit asserts that consumers prefer butter to vegetable oils in baked goods – it tastes better and helps consumers avoid highly processed substitutes – and that they would not have bought the Sara Lee brand if not for the misleading label. For more information on the “All Butter Pound Cake” lawsuit, we have you covered.
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