“Same issue, different vehicle” may be the best way to describe what’s reportedly been plaguing 2016 Hyundai Tucsons over the past several years. Attorneys have begun a new investigation into Tucson SUVs to determine whether a defect is to blame for their faster-than-normal oil use and whether lawsuits can be filed to help compensate drivers. From there, our latest issue focuses on food – and food storage – as we take a look at the ice-retaining capabilities of Igloo coolers, how turkeys are treated on Diestel farms, and just how much real vanilla is used in Orange Vanilla Coke. As always, the latest settlements are included below for your convenience. Thanks for reading and stay safe out there.
Lately, oil consumption has been a common topic among drivers – but unfortunately, it isn’t because their cars are being incredibly efficient. In light of complaints that the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is burning through oil more quickly than it should be, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is to blame and whether they can file a class action lawsuit to help those affected. Reports are claiming that these vehicles are burning through more than a quart of oil per 1,000 miles – meaning that drivers are being forced to carry around extra oil so that they don’t run into issues like loss of power or an inability to start their cars due to low oil levels. There hasn’t been a recall issued for the 2016 Tucsons, but a successful lawsuit could force Hyundai to alert affected drivers and find a fix for the problem. If you had oil consumption issues with your 2016 Hyundai Tucson, we have more information for you here.
Igloo advertises that its coolers can keep ice frozen for days – but a recently filed proposed class action alleges that this claim is both “misleading and unsubstantiated.” Depending on the type of cooler, Igloo’s labeling specifically outlines that ice will keep for either three days, five days, seven days or 120 hours. In reality, however, the ice may not be lasting as long as Igloo would like consumers to believe. For instance, one plaintiff in the case states that the ice in his “120-hour” cooler, which he used while traveling and on fishing trips, only lasted for a maximum of two days even when he drained the standing water every few hours. To keep the contents of his cooler from spoiling, the plaintiff says he had to repeatedly replenish the ice. The lawsuit asserts that the ice retention labeling is simply a ploy to mislead consumers into buying a cooler from Igloo rather than a competitor. So, if you bought one of these coolers, get a breakdown of the science behind the lawsuit’s claims, as well as the suit itself, right here.
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Where our food comes from is becoming more and more important these days, with many consumers particularly concerned about how the animals that provide our meat are being treated. To fit this new trend, companies have been quick to adjust their image by adding terms such as “free range” and “ethically raised” to their products. But are these changes legitimate or simply an attempt not to fall behind in a changing market? A recently filed lawsuit is claiming the latter in the case of Diestel Turkeys, which has been accused of falsely claiming that its turkeys are raised pursuant to the highest animal welfare standards on a family-run ranch. In reality, the suit claims, Diestel turkeys are raised in conditions that include “overcrowding, illness, injury, pain, filth, excessive confinement, lack of enrichment, and premature death.” Diestel customers paid a premium under the expectation that the company treated its animals ethically but ended up with what amounted to meat from a typical factory farm, according to the suit. Want more? Head over to our newswire for a full breakdown.
Much like the original Coke, it seems the Coca-Cola company wants to keep the recipe for its Orange Vanilla Coke a mystery from consumers and competitors. According to a recently filed class action, the company’s vanilla-flavored beverage is not made with real vanilla but instead the artificial flavoring agent vanillin – which is hidden in the ingredients list under the catch-all term “natural flavors.” But based on the soda’s labeling and advertising, most consumers have been led to assume that the product’s vanilla flavor comes from actual vanilla beans as opposed to a cheaper substitute. It’s because of this deceptive packaging that Coca-Cola was able to sell more of the product – and at higher prices – than it would have had it properly disclosed the presence of artificial vanilla flavoring on the beverage’s label, according to the suit. Want more? You can find the details here.
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