In this issue, we’ll cover a couple of new and ongoing investigations into foreign transaction fees and Fiat Chrysler engine problems, plus a lawsuit that’s already been filed over HP’s Instant Ink program. We’ll also touch on a settlement involving certain Taste of the Wild and Kirkland Nature’s Domain pet food products that you may be able to claim a piece of. After those stories, you can find even more settlements – including ones that have just been added to the site and those that are rapidly approaching their deadlines. Want more? Keep reading for the details.
In a previous issue, we told you about an investigation into potentially unlawful fees being charged on foreign transactions – and now the first lawsuits have been filed against major banks and credit card companies. Visa, Mastercard, Bank of America, Capital One and JPMorgan Chase have all been named in lawsuits claiming that their handling of foreign transactions has been deceptive and costly for consumers making purchases with foreign vendors online or abroad. Even with lawsuits underway, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are still looking to strengthen the existing litigation and see if additional companies can be held accountable. So, if you used a Bank of America, Chase, TD Bank, or Capital One-issued credit or debit card to make a purchase from a foreign company or while traveling overseas, be sure to check out this page for more information on the investigation and how you could have been overcharged.
New, unexplained noises while we’re driving can cause an instant spike in stress levels for most drivers. Over the past several years, for instance, a number of Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep owners have reported knocking or ticking sounds coming from their engines – and now, a new investigation has been launched to get to the bottom of it. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that a defect in certain models may be the root of the problem, and that it can lead to other issues such as sudden loss of power, a rough-running engine and even engine failure. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could force Fiat Chrysler to find a permanent fix for the issue, provide money for past repairs and offer compensation for loss of vehicle value – but attorneys need to speak with affected drivers before they can even consider filing a lawsuit. For a list of potentially affected models, as well as a chance to share your story, check out this page.
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Diamond Pet Foods customers may be able to get back some of the money they spent on certain “grain-free” pet products as part of a recent class action settlement. The lawsuit claimed that the company’s labeling and marketing practices created the misleading impression that the products at issue – namely, a handful of Kirkland Nature’s Domain and Taste of the Wild pet foods – were free from any detectable levels of grain when lab tests found that these very ingredients were indeed present. Diamond denies that it did anything wrong, but still agreed to a settlement that covers anyone who bought the affected products after March 12, 2017 and up to and including May 3, 2021. If you have proof of your purchases, you could be owed up to $100 – but don’t worry if your receipts have gone missing, as you can still file a claim without them. The deadline for filing a claim is October 4, 2021, so be sure to get yours in before then. You can find a list of covered products and information on how to submit your claim right here.
On paper, HP’s “Instant Ink” program is a solid idea. In an ideal situation, HP would automatically send subscribers replacement ink cartridges before their printers run out of ink. But a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that HP is unable to fulfill its promise of providing subscribers with ink the moment they need it and instead leaves them waiting for days or weeks at a time without a usable printer. The case goes on to state that even when the ink does arrive on time, Instant Ink subscribers often find themselves overwhelmed with errors that prevent them from printing anyway. Lastly, the suit alleges that HP fails to deliver on its promise to provide “hassle-free,” “prepaid recycling” of its ink cartridges, as it instructs subscribers who inquire about recycling to simply throw the cartridges away. You can take a closer look at the lawsuit here.
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