Our premier story in this week’s issue deals with a recent data breach involving GEICO that may have led to the filing of fake unemployment claims. Now, attorneys are investigating whether lawsuits can be filed on behalf of those who had their information stolen and used for fraud. From there, the investigation into haircare products that may cause hair loss and scalp irritation is expanding to include a few Dove anti-dandruff shampoos. To close it out, we have a couple of recent lawsuits claiming that the companies behind Hefty’s “recyclable” trash bags and Blue Lizard sunscreen are misleading consumers into buying their products. Keep reading for these stories, as well as the latest class action settlements for you to claim.
If you received a notice from GEICO around April of this year saying that your driver’s license number may have been exposed in a data breach, you’re not the only one. While the total number of people affected is currently unknown, GEICO has been encouraging its customers to be on the lookout for unexpected correspondence from their state’s unemployment office – since it is believed that scammers may have used information gathered from the breach to file fraudulent unemployment claims. In light of these reports, attorneys working with ClassAction.org have launched an investigation to see if a class action lawsuit could be filed on behalf of victims of the breach. If filed and successful, a lawsuit could provide compensation for time spent dealing with the effects of the data breach, the cost of credit monitoring and identity protection services, fraudulent charges, damaged credit and more. So, if you received a letter from GEICO saying your driver’s license number may have been compromised, share your story with us here.
It’s been a few months since our initial report, but the investigation into shampoos and other haircare products containing DMDM hydantoin continues to move forward. Now, a handful of anti-dandruff shampoos from Dove are the latest products to come under scrutiny for their inclusion of the questionable ingredient, and attorneys are looking into whether they could be causing hair loss in users. DMDM hydantoin is a preservative that can release formaldehyde when it comes into contact with water – which, you know, is likely to happen in the shower. The latest products to be added to the investigation aren’t exclusive to women either, as a couple from Dove’s Men+Care line have made the list as well. For a closer look at the latest products in question and where the investigation stands at this point, you’ll want to check out our dedicated page.
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With the average consumer becoming more and more conscious of their impact on the environment, many companies are setting out to be more environmentally friendly themselves – or, at least, they want to appear that way. In a recently filed lawsuit, the company behind Hefty-brand trash bags stands accused of dishonestly marketing its “recyclable” trash bags, in that they aren’t as eco-friendly as they might seem. According to the lawsuit, the bags aren’t actually recyclable because they are made from low-density polyethylene plastic that most facilities won’t accept – and they actually decrease the recyclability of the other products they get lumped in with. The case goes so far as to characterize the use of Hefty “recyclable” bags as “both unnecessary and counterproductive” given the harm the product can cause to the overall recycling process. Want more? You can read up on the case details here.
Continuing with the theme of false advertising (surprise, surprise), we’re taking a look at a product that may soon be flying off the shelves as the weather gets nicer and COVID restrictions begin to lift – sunscreen. In an effort to keep up with consumers’ desire for more natural products, Crown Laboratories has advertised its Blue Lizard sunscreen as “mineral-based,” implying that there are fewer harmful and chemical-based ingredients. But now a proposed class action is alleging that these “mineral-based” claims are deceptive since chemical active ingredients are also present. The suit argues that a “true mineral-based sunscreen” would contain a significantly higher percentage of mineral-based active ingredients and no chemical ones – and that the claims made about Blue Lizard sunscreen are simply there to trick health-conscious consumers into purchasing the brand. Want more? Head over to this page for the full story.
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