If you drive a Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, Ford Edge, Lincoln MKC or Lincoln MKZ, you’ll want to pay attention to this issue’s first story as we take a look at a potential design defect in the EcoBoost engine that’s left some drivers with huge repair bills. After that, Instagram is in some hot water for allegedly accessing users’ cameras to monitor them without their consent – even when users aren’t in the process of capturing photo or video. Plus, the property management companies behind military housing at Camp Lejeune are compared to slumlords in a recently filed lawsuit that looks to resolve the abysmal living conditions imposed on servicemembers and their families. Want more? You can find the details, as well as the latest settlements, below.
The latest investigation into car problems takes a look at Ford’s 1.5-, 1.6- and 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engines. Attorneys have reason to believe that a defect is causing coolant to leak into the engine’s cylinders – which can cause the vehicle to misfire, overheat, and even catch fire, according to a slew of consumer complaints. The issue allegedly stems from a potential design defect in which the grooves on the cylinder head become ideal places for coolant to pool and potentially leak into the cylinders themselves. In light of this information, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking to file a class action lawsuit that would force Ford to find a permanent fix for the problem, as well as offer money to drivers who lost their vehicles due to an engine fire or who had to pay for costly repairs. If you had issues with your EcoBoost engine, share your story with us and you may be able to help get a lawsuit started.
A recently filed proposed class action is aiming to address the “unacceptable and intolerable” living conditions at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune. Tenants have reported “cockroaches, filth, vermin, leaks, water intrusion, mold and mildew,” along with broken appliances, sloppy maintenance and repairs, and “rude and bullying” customer service at the hands of management companies Lend Lease and Winn Management Group. The case cites profit as being the sole motivation for the slumlord-like treatment of military families and accuses the defendants of using false and misleading tenant surveys to make it look like those living at the base were satisfied with the service that was being provided. The lawsuit looks to represent all servicemember tenants based at Camp Lejeune who have entered into lease agreements with Atlantic Marine Corps Communities LLC from September 18, 2016 to the present, along with all authorized adult family members, spouses or other occupants. There’s plenty more to the story, so head over to our blog for the details.
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Instagram is facing claims that it constantly accesses users’ smartphone cameras without their consent despite previous assurances to the contrary. The lawsuit alleges that a recent Apple iOS update revealed that the social media platform accesses its users’ cameras even when they’re not interacting with the app’s camera feature, a practice that the complaint states Instagram has no legitimate reason for taking part in. In doing so, Instagram has been able to monitor users’ most intimate moments, including those taking place in the privacy of their own homes, in addition to collecting valuable insight and market research. This is all despite years of promises from Instagram that it truly values and respects user privacy. If you use Instagram, read the full story here.
Leading clinical lab Quest Diagnostics is facing litigation over what a complaint calls “ongoing systemic computer notification errors.” Basically, the lawsuit claims that Quest deliberately refuses to fix problems with its lab test notification system that have caused patients to receive lab test orders that were never actually authorized or sent by their medical providers. What’s worse, the case says, is that Quest has routinely failed to give a straight answer when calls are made to find out if certain test orders are legitimate – and, in one instance, attempted to manufacture a criminal case against a patient who made such an inquiry. This has left many people stuck undergoing – and paying for – tests that they don’t even need, the suit says. Has this happened to you? If so, head over to our newswire for a closer look at the case.
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