Are F-Factor Diet Products Safe for Expectant Mothers?
The majority of our latest issue focuses on health, an aspect of our lives that’s more important now than ever before. From potentially unsafe levels of lead in F-Factor diet products to cancer and asthma medications, investigations are underway and lawsuits have been filed to help consumers who are simply doing their best to stay healthy. Those who buy in bulk and gravitate toward natural products will want to pay particular attention, as one new lawsuit takes aim at Costco and a potentially mislabeled prebiotic supplement. As always, the latest in class action settlements can be found below, including everything you need to know to file a claim in the Sharp microwave drawer settlement. Keep reading for what’s new at ClassAction.org.
We take diet products with the goal of making our bodies healthier. So, when allegations surface that a supposed health product may be causing undesirable side effects, it’s obviously a bad look. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed following claims that certain F-Factor diet products, including protein powders and bars, may contain excessive amounts of lead. Lead can be especially dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children – and, if high levels of lead are found in F-Factor’s products, it could be argued that the company misled women with a statement on their website saying that the products are “100% safe” for expectant mothers. A lawsuit, if filed and successful, could help get to the truth regarding the amount of lead in F-Factor products and force the company to change the way it markets its goods. If you bought diet products from F-Factor, share your story with us and help the investigation here.
Has your Sharp microwave drawer been sparking or smoking, or has it stopped working altogether? If so, you may be able to get some money back through a recent class action settlement. Under the settlement, those who had issues with their appliance’s waveguide can file claims for either a replacement microwave drawer oven, $250 cash payment or $500 voucher. Reimbursement for inspection and repair costs, as well as the costs of repairing cabinetry due to the removal of a microwave drawer, is also available. There are different deadlines for filing a claim, so be sure to read up on all the details here. And, if you haven’t had an issue with your microwave drawer yet, our blog also includes information on what you need to know – and what you’ll need to keep on hand – should your microwave begin to malfunction.
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If you bought products from Walmart that needed to be weighed (such as meat or fish) between February 7, 2015 and August 26, 2020 and the sale price was not accurately reflected in the final price, you may be included in this settlement.
Genentech, Inc. is facing a proposed class action claiming that the company packages cancer drugs and asthma medication in a way that has patients and insurers paying millions for medicine that ends up being thrown away. Essentially, Genentech sells four expensive medications in single-use vials that contain more medicine than is appropriate in most cases. The result? A significant portion of each vial ends up going to waste each time a patient receives treatment. The complaint claims that Genentech sells its medications this way simply so it can charge more, all while knowing that a significant portion of each single-use vial will never be used. One study found that if manufacturers like Genentech offered a smaller vial size for their products, consumers and insurers would save nearly $1.4 billion annually. For more on what you need to know, we have the details here.
The ongoing battle between natural and synthetic ingredients is at the heart of a recently filed proposed class action against Costco. According to the suit, Costco’s Optifiber Natural Prebiotic supplement can’t legitimately be called “natural” because it contains a synthetic ingredient. The case claims that the ingredient in question, wheat dextrin, is created from wheat starch using a multi-stage chemical process that involves hydrochloric acid and enzymes. The National Advertising Division, an organization charged with monitoring and evaluating truth and accuracy in advertising, has also reportedly stated that wheat dextrin in prebiotic supplements cannot be considered natural. The case goes on to claim that Costco is simply capitalizing on the trend of shoppers seeking out healthier lifestyles and that the average consumer can’t be expected to scour the ingredients list to find out if the product actually contains all natural ingredients like the label says. The full story can be found here.
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