Summer’s Here – And Plenty of Companies Are Feeling The Heat
Well, it’s been a while since our last newsletter, but we’re back up and running now. Apologies for the brief pause – while a lot’s been happening, the biggest news here is that I’ll be moving to the UK in a couple of weeks. What does that mean for the ClassAction.org newsletter? Fear not, readers – work continues as normal, so read on and enjoy the latest class action news, settlements and case updates. Remember, you can always keep up with us by following our Twitter and Facebook pages.
If you’re not sure what a “water supply line” is, you’re in good company. They’re easy to ignore until something goes wrong – and by that point, you’re in trouble. Water supply lines are the hoses that connect things like sinks, toilets and fridges to your water supply. They're often made of plastic hoses surrounded by copper or braided steel casings, although with so many different manufacturers, designs vary. One thing seems to be stable, though: a number of lines are allegedly cracking and leaking due to problems with their designs and/or manufacturing. In fact, EZ-Flo International, a major manufacturer of water supply lines, is facing a class action that claims the company knew about a defect in its product and the damage it could cause to homes and other properties. If your home or business has been damaged by leaks or flooding caused by a cracked or burst supply line, you may be able to take part in a lawsuit against EZ-Flo or one of the several other companies under investigation. Read More
When news first broke that Lumber Liquidators was being investigated by attorneys over the levels of formaldehyde in its Chinese-made laminate flooring, customers were understandably concerned. But now, it may not be just Lumber Liquidators that's feeling the heat. The same person who brought issues with Lumber Liquidators' flooring to light has published a report claiming that Lowe's Chinese-made laminate product may not be much better. Hedge fund analyst Xuhua Zhou sent a sample of the store's FH/L 3603 Chocolate Cherry Hickory flooring to the same lab used by 60 Minutes in its Lumber Liquidators investigation. And the results are in: the sample from Lowe's contained 10 times the amount set by the California Air Resources Board for safe formaldehyde emissions. Of the 31 Lumber Liquidators' samples tested by 60 Minutes, only two had higher levels of formaldehyde than the Lowe's sample. In light of this report, attorneys now want to hear from people who bought Lowe's Tescun line of laminate flooring. Read More
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed in 1990, is a vital piece of legislation that protects the rights of disabled individuals throughout the United States. Whether it’s access to a building or allowing reasonable adjustments in the workplace, the Act’s aim is simple: to ensure all Americans, regardless of physical or mental issues, are treated equally and afforded the same opportunities. This doesn’t mean, however, that companies always follow the law. Every year, dozens of lawsuits call out some of America’s biggest corporations for violating the ADA. In a new blog post, ClassAction.org takes a look at some of the most recent cases. Read More
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Target Data Breach
Nevada Rental Cars
TracFone Prepaid Cell Phone (June 19)
Young American Insurance (June 20)
Playstation Vita (June 30)
To view a complete list of settlements and to find out how you can file a claim, click here.
Technology’s changed the way so many of us work, but if you’re a California resident and you use your smartphone, tablet or computer for work without getting reimbursed, you could be owed compensation for a common, but unfair, practice. An increasing number of employers are asking their workers to use their own devices to check e-mail and carry out other work-related tasks without offering to pay for their cell phone and/or wireless services. A court ruled that companies with so-called “Bring Your Own Device” policies must reimburse workers for at least part of their monthly bills – so, if this affects you, get in touch with us to learn more.
Good news for food lovers: after years of legal wrangling, Kashi has agreed to pay $4M to settle a lawsuit filed over the company's use of the "all natural" term on products that allegedly contained genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The settlement covers a number of cereals and other products that will no longer be advertised as "natural." Read More
Planning on attending a music festival this summer? You may want to think again. A lawsuit's been filed alleging that companies behind big-name festivals are ripping off fans who choose the layaway option when buying their passes. As if $899 wasn't enough for one person to go to a single weekend at Coachella, allegations have surfaced that if someone misses a payment for any reason, their tickets and any money they paid out is forfeited. And it gets worse - the suit claims that the companies are then reselling the forfeited tickets at full cost - in some cases profiting nearly twice from the same pass. Read More
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Endo Settles More Than 350 TVM Cases
Good news for transvaginal mesh plaintiffs – Endo International PLC, the manufacturer of transvaginal mesh sold under the American Medical Systems (AMS) brand, has resolved hundreds of lawsuits filed by women implanted with the medical device. The company told Judge Joseph R. Goodwin that it’s reached settlement agreements with more than 350 plaintiffs. Last year, AMS settled the majority of cases against it with an $830 million agreement.
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On June 1, 2015, the first trial began against Wright Medical Technology over its Profemur hip implant. The plaintiff’s lawyer told the jury that a component in his client’s hip implant snapped, leaving his left hip joint “essentially non-functional.” The attorney also alleged that the implant, which was designed to last up to twenty years, failed after only three, leaving his client in pain through no fault of his own. Just like other hip implants currently subject to litigation, Wright’s product is a “metal-on-metal” device that can fail earlier than expected due to alleged flaws in design.