Allura Siding Owners Can Now File Settlement Claims
Welcome to the 150th issue of the ClassAction.org newsletter! This time around, we’re bringing you an update to the Allura fiber cement siding settlement – claims can now be filed, so you’ll want to head over to the settlement site for more information. From there, we’ll touch on a few lawsuits that have been filed recently and are making their way through the court system. From potentially defective minivan door latches to robocalls from your gym and the amount of chocolate in your favorite ice cream bar, you can find the top headlines in class action news for the week just below.
We’ve touched on the Allura fiber cement siding settlement before, but we have one key update for you this time around: claims can now be filed. Previously, you could only register to receive updates, but now the claims process is officially open to those who have siding that was manufactured (1) at Plycem’s White City, Oregon plant between February 1, 2014 and May 7, 2014 or (2) at Plycem’s Roaring River, North Carolina plant between February 1, 2014 and February 18, 2015. It’s worth mentioning that you must own the home with the siding to be covered. The settlement provides money for repair work or replacement siding, and the amount you may receive will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the area showing signs of damage. Want to learn more? Head over to this page for all the details you need, as well as a link to the official settlement site.
Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country drivers have reportedly been having problems with their vehicles’ door latch systems. The issue? The sliding doors either fail to lock or get stuck in the locked position – and a lawsuit has been filed claiming that a defect is to blame. According to the suit, a defective actuator is preventing the doors from operating properly, leading drivers to pay out of pocket for costly repairs to the door latch assemblies. What’s worse, the suit says, is that the alleged defect can: (1) prevent passengers from getting out of the car in the event of an emergency, (2) leave the car vulnerable to theft and (3) put young children at risk should the door open while the vehicle is in motion. The lawsuit looks to cover all 2013-2020 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles and 2013-2016 Chrysler Town & Country vehicles, though the plaintiff may add additional vehicles and model years as the case moves forward. For a breakdown of the lawsuit, head over to this page.
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Greenlight Energy customers who were charged a variable rate for electricity in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, or Pennsylvania between March 1, 2014 and May 13, 2019 may be covered by this settlement.
Most of us can agree that robocalls are annoying, especially when said calls are coming from a company’s collections department. In an effort to put an end to these types of calls, an Orlando man has filed a proposed class action claiming that Crunch Fitness placed autodialed collection calls to his and other consumers’ cell phones without their prior consent – and that this violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. According to the suit, Crunch began placing “harassing collection calls” to the plaintiff’s cell phone in early 2020 after he completed “all the necessary steps” to cancel his membership. Each call, the plaintiff says, began with a “lengthy pause” before a live representative came on the line and informed him that “he needed to fix his account and go into a gym location to sign some paperwork.” The plaintiff says he told the representative that there was nothing wrong with his account and requested that Crunch stop calling him – to no avail. The calls allegedly continued as the plaintiff claims Crunch made no less than 60 unwanted calls. Want more? You can find a closer look at the case here.
The use of real chocolate is a major selling point for confections. So, when companies use cheaper ingredients instead, it could be considered misleading – at least according to a lawsuit just filed against Costco over its Kirkland Signature “Chocolate Almond Dipped Vanilla” ice cream bars. According to the complaint, consumers would expect (based on the front label) that the ice cream bars are coated with true cocoa butter-based chocolate, made from cacao beans. The lawsuit claims, however, that the bars are falsely and deceptively represented in that the dessert’s coating is actually made mostly of vegetable oils. For more details on the allegations, we have you covered.
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