We’re back with this week’s top stories – and there are some familiar names in the news. First off, L’Oreal is at the center of a new lawsuit claiming its collagen products aren’t as effective as the company represents. Plus, the Huggies brand has come under fire for a diaper that can allegedly cause skin rashes, blisters and chemical burns. From there, Boston Beer Company is facing a lawsuit over what’s really flavoring its Truly hard seltzers and Southwest Airlines has been hit with a proposed class action claiming that it overcharged flyers who were placed on unsafe aircrafts with undertrained pilots. More on these stories, as well as the latest in class action settlements, can be found just below.
In the world of skincare, collagen has long been touted as an ingredient that can preserve a user’s youthful look. Unfortunately, some products haven’t been living up to the hype, as a recently filed lawsuit is alleging that L’Oreal’s collagen moisture fillers fail to live up to claims that they can “restore the skin’s cushion” and smooth out wrinkles. The lawsuit asserts that the products, in truth, offer no skin-firming or smoothing benefits given that collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the top layer of the skin. While collagen supplements that can be ingested, such as powders, capsules and liquids, may offer some mild benefit, collagen products that are applied directly to the skin, like those sold by L’Oreal, are “simply worthless,” according to the suit. You can read up on the lawsuit and the science behind it right here.
A topical cream that fails to help the skin is one thing, but a product that actively causes harm is something else entirely – especially when it comes to our children. The company behind the popular Huggies brand (Kimberly-Clark Corporation) has recently come under scrutiny after a proposed class action claimed that its Snug & Dry diapers can cause skin rashes, blistering, peeling and what appear to be chemical burns. The products are advertised as being hypoallergenic and capable of keeping children “dry and comfy” for up to 12 hours yet have been linked to injuries serious enough to warrant medical care, according to the complaint. The case goes on to allege that Kimberly-Clark has known of reports of skin reactions from Huggies Snug & Dry diapers since at least 2014 yet failed to disclose the issue, leaving many customers unaware of what exactly might be causing their children’s injuries. Do you buy Huggies Snug & Dry diapers for your kids? If so, here’s what you need to know.
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If you were mailed or emailed notification on or around August 24, 2020 that your personal information may have been exposed to unauthorized third parties as a result of the ArbiterSports data breach, you may be included in this settlement.
The company behind Truly hard seltzer, Boston Beer Company, stands accused of deceiving consumers by obscuring the fact that the drinks don’t contain real fruit and are instead flavored by lab-produced synthetic ingredients. For instance, while the “Black Cherry” Truly hard seltzer is “boldly characterize[d]” as “Black Cherry,” its taste comes not from real black cherries, but instead from synthetic additives described on the ingredient list as "natural flavors," according to the complaint. The issue with “natural flavors,” the case says, is that the term essentially acts as a “black box” of flavor chemicals, modifiers and solvents, “none of which have to be individually disclosed.” The lawsuit contends that unlike Truly, other top brands in the hard seltzer industry, including White Claw, Vizzy, and Spindrift, have accurately labeled their beverages in that they actually contain juice from the respective fruit depicted on the can. Want more? You can read up on all the details here.
Southwest Airlines has been accused of overcharging customers because the airline operated an “unsafe, non-airworthy, and defective” model of plane and failed to sufficiently train pilots to fly the troublesome aircraft. The lawsuit relays that the aircraft in question – the 737 MAX – was found to be so unsafe that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded it in March 2019, days after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The case argues that Southwest breached its contracts of carriage with customers by allowing the 737 MAX into the sky prior to its official grounding. Specifically, the case says, Southwest sold tickets for travel that came with “promises of safety, proper pilot training, and regulatory compliance,” yet passengers had no way of knowing whether they would be flying on a 737 MAX or with a crew properly trained to handle the plane. The suit looks to cover those who purchased a ticket for a Southwest flight that took place between August 29, 2017 and March 13, 2019. So, if this is you, check out our more detailed report here.
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