Welcome to the latest issue of our newsletter! The lawsuits filed over the last week or so cover a wide range of topics and have the potential to bring restitution to health-conscious consumers trying to get probiotics in their diet, Peloton riders looking to get an honest workout in, Facebook users who just want to browse in peace and Samsung earbud owners who got more than they bargained for. Check out the allegations being made, as well as the latest settlements for you to claim, just below.
A recently filed lawsuit is claiming that prior to January 2021, Peloton unlawfully charged sales tax on digital membership subscriptions in at least three states—namely, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. Essentially, the case claims that, as digital content, the monthly subscriptions for exercise classes and other videos streamed on the popular stationary bikes and treadmills are tax-exempt under certain states’ laws. And, to make matters worse, Peloton has been accused of keeping this money for itself—rather than handing it over to state authorities—and breaking its own membership terms in the process. Want more? You can read up on the allegations right here.
It’s one thing for a platform to have the occasional scammer slip through the cracks, but a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that Facebook allows, and even encourages, scammers to use its platform to target users with deceptive ads. The suit goes on to allege that the social media titan prioritizes its own revenue stream over the safety of its users by essentially looking the other way while scam ads plague the multi-billion user platform and consumers are duped out of billions of dollars. Despite promising to protect users by removing false and misleading advertisements—including bait-and-switch schemes, ads for “shady products” and scams through which users pay for items they never receive—Facebook has allegedly only done so when its own profits are at stake, such as in cases of credit card chargebacks requiring Facebook to refund users’ money. You can get a closer look at the allegations being made right here.
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An allergic reaction should be one of the last things you’ll need to worry about when putting in a brand-new pair of earbuds – but a proposed class action is claiming that this may not be the case when it comes to Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro. The lawsuit asserts that a defect can cause allergic and inflammatory reactions in wearers’ ears, leaving users reluctant to use the earbuds, which retail for $50 more than Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ and $30 more than their Galaxy Buds Live. The case argues that Samsung knew about the alleged defect in the Galaxy Buds Pro headphones almost as soon as they began selling them in January 2021 yet has failed to warn buyers that the earbuds can cause itching, burning, redness and blistering when used. Had a similar reaction? You can read up on the case details here.
Throwing the word “probiotic” on a food or drink automatically makes it good for you, right? Well, not according to a recently filed class action that claims NextFoods has misleadingly labeled its GoodBelly Probiotic JuiceDrinks in that the digestion-aiding beverages are loaded with sugar and are therefore not as beneficial for overall health and wellness as advertised. The lawsuit contends that although the labels of NextFoods’ GoodBelly JuiceDrinks convey the message that the products are healthy, they fall well short of telling the whole story given that excessive consumption of sugary juices can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other ailments. Specifically, the suit takes issue with claims that the drinks can “reboot your belly,” help start “your GoodHealth game plan” and are backed by a company that “dig[s] science.” Want more? Additional information can be found in our write-up of the case.
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