In our latest issue, we’ll cover everything from the products you use for immune support and sun protection to leaking sunroofs and potentially mislabeled cosmetics. To start, we’ll focus on the ongoing investigation into elderberry supplements that recently expanded to include certain Airborne products. Then, we have a new investigation into sunroof leaks and other drainage issues reportedly plaguing certain Porsche vehicles, plus a lawsuit that urges consumers to take a closer look at the ingredient lists on their “oil-free” skincare products. Lastly, we have a lawsuit filed over the presence of benzene, a known human carcinogen, in Banana Boat’s popular line of sunscreen products. Keep reading for the latest, including the most recent class action settlements.
The investigation into whether certain companies are making false claims about their elderberry supplements is still ongoing – and now a couple of products from Airborne are being looked into as well. Airborne’s elderberry immune support effervescent tablets and gummies are being examined to determine whether they were properly labeled under federal guidelines – and they’re not the only ones. It is believed that the purported immune-boosting properties of several elderberry supplements have been exaggerated, and lawsuits are being filed to help consumers get back the money they spent on the products. If successful, the suits could also force the manufacturers to relabel their products and revise or remove any claims found to be fraudulent or deceptive. For a full list of products under investigation, as well as information on how you could help, we have you covered.
Porsche drivers have reportedly been experiencing sunroof leaks and other problems related to their vehicle drainage systems – not the best thing to have to deal with during morning traffic. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is allowing water to leak into the passenger cabin and damage the interior and electrical components. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could help consumers get back the money they spent repairing the damage and having their drainage systems inspected or cleaned. It could also force Volkswagen, the parent company of Porsche, to provide a fix to drivers, free of charge. But, before attorneys can even consider taking legal action, they need to learn more about the problem and how many drivers have been affected. So, if you own or lease a Cayenne, Macan, 911 or other Porsche model and have had problems with water leakage, share your story with us here.
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Clinique Laboratories is facing a proposed class action claiming that its skincare products are intentionally mislabeled. This type of (alleged) deception can be especially tough to handle, as many consumers pay close attention to what they put on their face, an area of the body that can be highly sensitive to certain ingredients. According to the lawsuit, Clinique chooses to advertise a number of its products as “oil-free” despite knowing that they contain numerous oils. For instance, the plaintiff purchased Clinique’s Stay-Matte sheer pressed powder, which she says contains dimethicone and octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate – both types of oils. The case contends that if customers had known that the “oil-free” statements weren’t true, they either would have paid less for the products or not bought them at all. For a list of products mentioned in the lawsuit, as well as a closer look at the allegations, head on over to this page.
As we predicted in a previous issue, the proposed class action against Neutrogena marked only the beginning of a wave of lawsuits filed over benzene levels in sunscreen. The latest case is aimed at the companies behind Banana Boat sunscreen and claims they failed to disclose that some of their products have been adulterated with the known human carcinogen. The lawsuit claims that the Banana Boat sunscreens at issue are unsuitable for human application given there is “no safe level of benzene” exposure, according to the World Health Organization. Because benzene wasn’t disclosed as an ingredient, the lawsuit contends that the products are misbranded and that consumers were misled into believing the sunscreens were safe for their intended use. To view the respective lists of sunscreen products that reportedly do – and do not – contain benzene, as well as a closer look at the case against Banana Boat, we have you covered.
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