Elderberry Supplement, Essential Oils at the Center of New Lawsuits
Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter! We have a variety of news in store this time, covering everything from a new lawsuit in the elderberry supplement saga to a potential defect that may be causing leaks in some leading brand-name refrigerators. Plus, two new cases have been filed against Young Living Essential Oils over its marketing claims and the company behind the popular video game platform Steam. These stories plus the latest settlements (and a handful that are nearing their deadlines) can be found just below. Stay safe out there.
If you’ve had issues with the water supply line in your Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, JennAir or Maytag refrigerator, you’re not the only one – and you may not be out of options just yet. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is causing the water lines in certain models to crack and leak, and whether a lawsuit can be filed because of it. It’s suspected that the lines can fail due to a fracture in the “throat” or “neck” of the elbow fittings. This can allow for water to leak and cause a number of problems, including issues with the fridge’s icemaker and damage to adjacent cabinets, walls and flooring. If filed, a lawsuit could give consumers an opportunity to seek compensation for repair and replacement costs – but first, attorneys need to speak with people who had problems with their fridge’s water lines to help with the investigation. So, if you have a Whirlpool, Kenmore, KitchenAid, Maytag or JennAir fridge and had the water supply line crack or leak, share your story with us here.
As the investigation into elderberry products continues, consumers should be aware that a new lawsuit has been filed and may pave the way for more in the future. The case, which was filed against PharmaCare U.S., claims the company sold nearly a dozen Sambucol black elderberry supplements under false and misleading claims. For instance, the case says statements that the supplements are “scientifically tested” and that the elderberry extract is “the most extensively researched” in the world have misled consumers into believing that scientific research has established the supplements’ effectiveness when there are actually “no published studies that test the products.” On top of that, the black elderberry extract used by PharmaCare does not meet the federal definition of a dietary ingredient and has not received clearance from the FDA for use in a dietary supplement as required by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, according to the case. For more details on the suit, we have you covered.
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Young Living is facing a proposed class action claiming that the company misrepresented the health benefits of its essential oils. The company says that its oils are “therapeutic” and can help relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and provide clarity, among other benefits – but according to the lawsuit, these claims are supported by nothing but a hefty price tag. The claims made by Young Living are simply there to dupe consumers into purchasing the oils, the suit says, adding that the products cost as much as $36 per bottle and yet “provide no health-related benefits whatsoever.” The lawsuit goes on to note that when challenged by the National Advertising Division, Young Living failed to produce “any competent and reliable scientific evidence” to support its health-related claims. Want more? You can read up on the case details here.
Steam is arguably the most popular video game platform on PC, and a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that the company behind it (Valve Corporation) has colluded with several major game developers to keep prices high. Similar to the case filed against Amazon and major publishers over the price of e-books, this suit claims that an agreement between Valve and developers who want to make their games available on Steam doesn’t allow for the developers to sell their games at lower prices on rival platforms. This effectively suppresses competition among video game sellers and leaves players paying more for games across the board. The lawsuit looks to cover anyone who purchased PC games in the U.S. within the past four years, as well as parents or guardians who are not Steam platform users but have purchased games for their minor children or dependents. Head over to our blog to read more on the case.
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