Military Base Water Contamination: Were You Affected?
In this issue, we’ll open with a new investigation involving military bases whose use of firefighting foam in training exercises may have contaminated local groundwater. The PFAS chemicals used in the foam have been linked to a slew of serious health issues, and attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of the products to help those who were exposed. From there, we have a new settlement for people who bought Neuriva brain health supplements – and, if you’re one of them, you may be able to get up to $65 back. Then, we’ll touch on a lawsuit that’s calling into question the “natural” claims made on pet shampoos made by Burt’s Bees, as well as a new case that claims consumers are owed their money back after recent tests revealed certain Neutrogena sunscreens contain benzene, a known human carcinogen. Stay safe out there and keep reading for the details, plus the latest in class action settlements.
DuPont, 3M and other companies that made firefighting foams for use in military base training exercises are being sued over claims that they knowingly sold products that contained PFAS chemicals and had the potential to contaminate local groundwater and make nearby residents sick. Even at low levels, PFAS can cause adverse effects on human health and have been linked to low birth weights, cancer, thyroid hormone disruption and other serious conditions. More than 700 military sites are suspected or confirmed to have had their water contaminated due to the use of the firefighting foams, and attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking to file lawsuits on behalf of those who lived on or near several of these bases. Lawsuits, if filed and successful, could provide necessary compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, and more. You can find a map of affected military bases, a list of medical conditions linked to PFAS chemicals, and an opportunity to learn more about your legal options over on our dedicated page.
If you bought Neuriva brain health supplements and didn’t see a difference in your mental performance, you aren’t the only one. A lawsuit was filed challenging the manufacturer’s claims that the products are clinically and scientifically proven, and while the company has denied the allegations, it recently agreed to settle the case. The website for the settlement is now live, so if you bought Neuriva Original, Neuriva Plus or Neuriva De-Stress between January 1, 2019 and April 23, 2021, you can file a claim today. You don’t need proof of purchase to file; however, if you still happen to have your receipts, you can claim a higher amount than those who don’t – potentially up to $65. The settlement won’t stay open indefinitely, so be sure to get your claim in before the deadline, which is estimated to be October 1, 2021. For more details on the settlement and a link to the official settlement site, head over to this page.
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If you booked and paid for a stay at one of several Hawaiian hotels (listed on the settlement site) for dates between October 8, 2018 and November 27, 2018, you may be able to claim a piece of this settlement.
Humana home health care workers who worked more than 40 hours per week and were not properly compensated for overtime between January 1, 2015 and October 12, 2015 may be eligible to claim compensation for lost wages.
For those who weren’t aware, Burt’s Bees makes shampoos and conditioners for pets – but it isn’t all good news, as the company has been accused of falsely marketing these products. Burt’s Bees claims that its pet-friendly shampoos and conditioners are “99.7% Natural,” but according to the lawsuit, the company’s claims are nothing but a “massive deception” designed to convince health-conscious consumers to buy their products and pay a premium price. The lawsuit goes on to state that the products in question contain an array of synthetic and unnatural ingredients that may be harmful to pets and that the natural components of the products (e.g., honey, beeswax, oatmeal and buttermilk powder) are only present in miniscule amounts. While the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t regulate pet shampoos specifically, the agency contends that consumers have the right to take companies’ “natural” claims at their word – and Burt’s Bees is accused of taking advantage of the trusting consumer. For a closer look at the lawsuit, check out this page.
With the official start of summer just behind us and social distancing regulations beginning to loosen (in our area, at least), many are heading to the beach with their sunscreen in tow. But, in what may signal a new wave of lawsuits, Neutrogena, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, is facing a proposed class action after tests revealed the presence of benzene – a known human carcinogen – in some of its sunscreens. The suit claims Neutrogena and Johnson & Johnson have violated both federal law and state consumer protection statutes given benzene—a chemical that can be derived from petroleum and a “well-established cause of cancer in humans”—was not disclosed as an ingredient on the sunscreens’ labels. The case goes on to say that by marketing the products as “safe and effective” and hiding the presence of benzene, Johnson & Johnson and Neutrogena have unlawfully sold misbranded or adulterated products. For a list of the products in question, as well as more details on the case, we have you covered.
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