In our top story this week, ParkMobile, the company that touts its app as “the leading provider of parking solutions in the U.S.,” is facing a lawsuit over a recent data breach that has placed many users’ personal information “in the hands of criminals.” From there, we’ll take a look at a few cases taking issue with the way certain personal care products are advertised. Does Mane ‘n Tail shampoo and conditioner cause hair loss and scalp irritation? Are Walmart’s skin care and baby care products really hypoallergenic? Does GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil actually contain any fish oil as we know it? Keep reading for all the details, plus the latest in class action settlements.
ParkMobile, LLC, which provides an app that allows users to find and pay for parking, is one of the latest companies to face a proposed class action over a data breach and the effect it’s had on consumers. Encrypted passwords, license plate numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and, in a small number of cases, mailing addresses were compromised, according to an announcement made by the company. The lawsuit alleges that the information has already been listed for sale on a Russian crime forum and that ParkMobile should have been aware of its obligation to protect users’ private information and the consequences of failing to do so, especially in light of other recent data breaches. The lawsuit is aiming to provide compensation to those who were affected by the breach for both the time and money they invested into preventing further harm. Want more? You can read up on the case right here.
Something labeled as “hypoallergenic” should, naturally, be mostly free of common allergens. But as we all know, some products don’t live up to their advertised claims. According to a recently filed lawsuit, a handful of Walmart’s private label skin care and baby care products are “chock-full of a significant array and substantial amount” of allergens known to cause skin irritation despite their “hypoallergenic” and “tear-free” claims. The suit goes on to allege that because as much as 70 percent of the U.S. population is allergic to at least one ingredient commonly found in personal care products, Walmart harmfully misrepresented its Equate, Great Value and Parent’s Choice products and charged its customers a premium without providing an actual hypoallergenic item to justify the price. For a list of potentially affected products, which include everything from baby powder and body wash to shampoo and children’s sunscreen, head on over to this page.
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You may be included in this settlement if you bought certain Almond Breeze almond milk, almond milk blends (e.g., coconut, cashew), almond milk creamer, almond milk nog or yogurt alternative products between April 15, 2014 and May 17, 2021.
As we’ve noted before, the lawsuit against TRESemmé has led to a number of investigations into other products that can cause the same type of damage – namely, hair loss and scalp irritation. Now, a proposed class action has been filed against Straight Arrow Products, the maker of Mane ‘n Tail-branded shampoos and conditioners, over its use of DMDM hydantoin, a preservative that can release formaldehyde when it comes into contact with water. The case alleges Straight Arrow has known or should have known “for approximately a decade” that DMDM hydantoin can cause or contribute to hair loss and scalp irritation, but failed to warn consumers who use its shampoos and conditioners. For a closer look at the case and the products involved, we have you covered.
Speaking of inaccurate labeling, the next lawsuit we have to talk about is one that claims GNC’s Triple Strength Fish Oil isn’t actually fish oil and doesn’t contain the represented amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Specifically, the case contends that the product started as natural fish oil but, through a chemical process called trans-esterification, was changed into something synthetic that can no longer be called fish oil as it is understood by the average consumer. The suit alleges that advertising the product as “fish oil” is false, misleading and deceptive and that consumers paid for a product that they did not receive. For a breakdown of the science, as well as additional details on the case, head on over to this page.
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