Multivitamins, Pokémon Go and Shopper “Risk Scores”
We have quite the array of cases for you this week – and our first story centers on a vitamin company accused of overstating the quality of its product. From there, we’ll touch on why some retailers may be wrongfully labeling their customers as “fraudsters,” a new lawsuit plaguing the company behind Pokémon Go, and a deal from Domino’s that may not be as great as you think. If you’re looking for the top headlines in class action news, you came to the right place. As always, the latest in settlements can also be found below.
A handful of SmartyPants multivitamins are facing scrutiny in light of a recently filed lawsuit that claims the products don’t live up to the way they are advertised. Specifically, the lawsuit contends that the company misled consumers by using the term “complete” to advertise its products when they lack vitamins K, B-12, and B-3, which are among the 13 vitamins the FDA has identified as those the body absolutely needs. According to the case, a reasonable consumer who viewed the products’ supplement facts would “not have any reason to know or suspect” that they are being deprived of some of the vitamins the FDA has deemed essential. Vitamins for both kids and adults are affected, so head over to this page for more on the case and a list of products named in the suit.
If you’ve had trouble trying to return or exchange something to a retail store recently, a new lawsuit might hold the answer as to why. A proposed class action is claiming that two companies that evaluate whether shoppers are trying to commit fraud during the return/exchange process, as well as the stores who use the service (from Best Buy to Dick’s Sporting Goods), have been inaccurately evaluating whether someone is engaging in criminal activity. The result? Honest shoppers are being falsely branded as fraudsters and denied their returns. The suit further alleges that when a retailer requests a consumer’s “risk score” (that is, an assessment of whether the person is likely to be submitting a fraudulent return or exchange), a wealth of identifying information is shared and collected without the consent or knowledge of the individual. For a closer look at the case, which alleges violations of privacy, credit reporting and state consumer protection laws, as well as the companies involved, we have you covered.
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The Domino’s “Mix & Match” deal seems, at face value, like it offers some decent savings, as it allows you to choose two menu items for $5.99 each. Seems pretty straightforward, but a proposed class action is claiming that Domino’s customers end up paying more than the advertised $5.99 per item – and not simply because of taxes being applied. The lawsuit claims that consumers have been misled by Domino’s advertisements and ended up paying more than they thought they would have for pizza, cheesy bread, desserts and more under the “Mix & Match” promotion. For a closer look at the allegations being made, head over to this page.
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