While claims can’t be made just yet, a settlement has been reached to resolve litigation over the quality of certain Allura fiber cement siding. In this issue, you can read up on everything we know so far, including which siding is covered by the deal and how to get more information if you intend on filing a claim. Also featured below are stories on a handful of lawsuits that have been filed recently – including a case over an alleged e-book price-fixing scheme perpetrated by Amazon and some of the biggest names in publishing. Then, Midwestern Pet Foods is facing a lawsuit after it recalled several products over possible contamination, and our final story calls into question the actual alcohol content of Anheuser-Busch’s “non-alcoholic” Beck’s beer. Keep reading for the details.
A recent settlement could mean that homeowners who had problems with Allura fiber cement siding may be owed compensation for repair costs and more. The siding covered by this settlement was manufactured at Plycem’s White City, Oregon plant between February 1, 2014 and May 7, 2014 and Plycem’s Roaring River, North Carolina plant between February 1, 2014 and February 18, 2015. In the lawsuit that kicked everything off, the plaintiff claimed the siding in question was prone to cracking, warping and other issues due to excessive “fly-ash” in the formula. If this sounds all too familiar, we have details on how to tell whether your siding is covered, a link to the official settlement site and information on what you can do until the claims process officially kicks off all right here.
Midwestern Pet Foods recently recalled certain products in its Sportmix line due to possible contamination with aflatoxin, a mold-borne toxin that can cause a slew of health problems or even death when ingested. But the company isn’t out of hot water just yet as a proposed class action was filed shortly after the recall was announced. The suit claims Midwestern knew or should have known about the contamination, yet failed to disclose and/or actively concealed the issue, putting customers’ pets at risk for diarrhea, liver damage and more. According to the complaint, Midwestern Pet Foods has falsely represented its products as “high-quality,” and consumers would not have bought the food had they known of the apparent danger to their pets. For a list of potentially affected products and more details on the case itself, head over to this page.
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As someone who has enough books at his fingertips to put most local libraries to shame, this case resonates with me more than others. An alleged price-fixing conspiracy between Amazon.com and the dominant “Big 5” publishers, which include HarperCollins and Penguin Random House, has resulted in inflated prices for e-books. The lawsuit breaks it down as a classic antitrust case, where Amazon and the most influential publishers allegedly conspired to prevent competition from Amazon’s rivals – and when there’s no competition in the market, consumers end up paying more than they should be. According to the lawsuit, Amazon and its “Big 5” co-conspirators could have just raised prices on Amazon.com and left consumers the freedom to shop around for the best prices, but instead agreed to price restraints across the board that prevented this from happening. It’s a complex tale, so for a full breakdown of the case, check out our blog post.
Properly disclosing the absence of specific ingredients (e.g., gluten, soy, etc.) in products is becoming more and more important to consumers. According to a recently filed lawsuit, being transparent about the amount of alcohol in a product is also integral, especially to those who are pregnant or recovering from alcoholism. The suit calls out Anheuser-Busch InBev, claiming that the company’s “non-alcoholic” Beck’s beer, in fact, contains trace amounts of alcohol. The case takes particular issue with the fact neither the packaging nor the bottles feature warnings that the beverage does indeed contain alcohol and asserts consumers have been misled and deceived into consuming alcohol when they would not have even bought the product had they been adequately informed. Want more? We have the full story here.
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