In this issue, we’ll delve into the mandatory COVID-19 screenings that have been in place at many workplaces across the country – and whether employees should be paid for the time they spend waiting for and receiving these health checks. From there, it wouldn’t be the ClassAction.org newsletter without touching on some sort of car trouble, so we’re taking a look at an ongoing investigation into possible cam tower leaks in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles. And, in the department of already filed lawsuits, we find Annie’s macaroni and cheese making headlines over potentially harmful ingredients and Kidde fire extinguishers coming under scrutiny for a potential defect that may render them useless in an emergency. All this, plus the latest in settlements, can be found just below. Keep reading for the details.
While employers have the right to enact health screenings to ensure the safety of their staff, it’s important to keep in mind that all time spent on premises at an employer’s request generally must be paid. Unfortunately, attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe some employers are not paying their workers for time spent in mandatory COVID-19 screenings and are therefore in violation of the law. Class action lawsuits could help workers recover wages for the time they’ve spent waiting for and undergoing these health checks – and since these screenings occur on a daily basis, it’s possible workers may have been illegally deprived of a considerable amount of pay. If you’re required to undergo COVID-19 screenings before starting work and you’re not getting paid for this time, share your story with us and find out if you could help get a class action started here.
Toyota and Lexus drivers have been reporting a handful of issues with their vehicles that attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to suspect may be caused by a defective camshaft seal. Specifically, it is believed that these seals have a tendency to wear out earlier than expected. This can cause oil leaks from the cam towers, a burning oil smell, overheating, stalling, backfiring, or even an engine fire. If you’ve had these types of issues in your 2010-present Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Land Cruiser 200 Series, Lexus GX 460, or Lexus LX 570, a class action lawsuit – if filed and successful – may be able to help get back the money you have spent (or will spend) on repairs. We have all the details of the investigation for you right here.
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Some of us have always questioned what exactly goes into the cheese sauce that comes with store-bought macaroni and cheese. Well, a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that Annie’s popular macaroni and cheese products contain “dangerous and harmful chemicals” known as phthalates. It’s not an ingredient I was particularly familiar with, but according to the case, “ortho-phthalates” (or just “phthalates”) have been linked to a number of health issues, including asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development, and male fertility issues. Phthalates can also be particularly dangerous when consumed by pregnant women and children. The lawsuit alleges that General Mills (the company behind the Annie’s brand) deceptively represented its mac and cheese products as “certified organic” while at the same time failing to inform consumers of the presence of harmful chemicals. For details on the case as it stands now, we have you covered.
If there’s one item we don’t think about often but really need to work properly when the time comes, it would be the fire extinguisher. It’s hard to imagine the panic of a fire breaking out only to realize that your extinguisher won’t activate. Well, according to a recently filed lawsuit, those with certain Kidde fire extinguishers are at risk for this exact scenario. The suit claims that defendants Carrier Global Corporation and Walter Kidde Portable Equipment, Inc. have sold millions of fire extinguishers plagued by a defect that prevents them from activating during a fire emergency. The lawsuit goes on to state that a defect in the products can cause the nozzles to become clogged, detach or require “excessive force” to discharge – which is particularly concerning given the products’ intended use. You can find a list of potentially defective fire extinguishers, as well as the details of the case, right here.
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