Most of the lawsuits we’ll touch on this week have been filed against more of the usual suspects – Purina and Walmart, for instance. But be sure not to skip over this issue’s final story in which we detail allegations against a lesser-known company accused of keeping tabs on virtually every driver in the country without a legitimate reason for doing so. Below you’ll find everything you need to know this week with regard to pet food, carcinogenic baby powder and electric vehicle batteries, so be sure to keep reading for the details. And, as always, we have the latest class action settlements you may be able to claim at the bottom of this newsletter.
Products advertised as being grain free should be just that – even when the food is for our pets. Several companies have faced lawsuits over allegedly misleading labels and now Purina has been hit with a proposed class action claiming some of its products contain significant amounts of wheat or soy despite being advertised as “grain free” or free of corn, wheat or soy. The lawsuit explains that because many dogs are allergic to foods containing soy or wheat, pet owners are willing to pay a premium for pet food that won’t worsen their pet’s allergy symptoms. Consumers would not have bought the food – or at least wouldn’t have paid as much as they did – had they known the truth about what was in the products, the suit claims. For more information on the suit, including the pet foods at issue, you can keep reading here.
Johnson & Johnson stopped selling its talc-based baby powder in May 2020 after facing a mountain of litigation over the product’s carcinogenic nature. Despite being well aware of talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, however, Walmart continued to sell its remaining stock without warning consumers that using J&J’s baby powder could lead to severe health problems, a recently filed class action says. Walmart customers expected to buy a safe product and instead were deprived of the benefit of their bargain by purchasing something that can, and often does, cause cancer, the lawsuit claims. Want more? You can find the details of the case right here.
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If you drank water supplied by the Village of Hoosick Falls municipal water system or from a private well in Hoosick, you may be covered by this settlement. Owners and renters of property in Hoosick are also included.
Hyundai is the latest automaker to be accused of prioritizing the battery range of its electric vehicles over the safety of drivers. According to a recently filed lawsuit, Hyundai has overstated the travel range of the lithium-ion batteries in its 2019-2021 Kona EV and 2020 Ioniq EV in that the cars can only cover their advertised ranges if the batteries are charged to “a dangerous degree.” When overcharged, lithium-ion batteries notoriously pose a fire risk to the extent that some drivers have been advised to park their electric vehicles outdoors and away from buildings. The suit says Hyundai continues to sell the electric vehicles in the United States despite obvious safety concerns that arose in the wake of a series of fires plaguing the same cars in South Korea and subsequent recalls. Want more? You can find the details over on our blog.
You might not have heard of the software company Digital Recognition Network (DRN), but if you drive within the U.S., they’ve probably heard of you. A proposed class action lawsuit is claiming that the automated license plate recognition used by DRN to track vehicles and drivers violates California privacy law. DRN boasts that it has amassed “more than 20 billion historical scans of license plates or approximately over 70 scans…for each registered vehicle in the country” and markets this information to lenders, collection agencies, insurance companies and “anyone willing to pay to access it,” according to the suit. The case alleges that the data captured by DRN can not only pinpoint the location of a vehicle, but offers insight into the personal life of its driver, including where they live, where they work, who they associate with, where they shop and how they spend their free time. The lawsuit asserts that DRN’s surveillance network must be put in check, as it monitors the whereabouts of millions of ordinary citizens who are not the subject of any criminal investigation, watchlist or government surveillance program. If you’re concerned about your privacy, make sure to read up on all the allegations here.
The claims process is officially open to those who own properties with Allura fiber cement 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. 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. Head over to this page for all the details you need, as well as a link to the official settlement site.
A handful of Thermador customers have reported inconsistent cooking temperatures and complete failure of their smart ovens – and now, attorneys are investigating whether an issue with the built-in WiFi functionality is to blame. They’re also looking into malfunctioning and dimming displays in both smart and non-smart models. If a class action lawsuit can be filed, customers may be able to get some money back for their ovens and any related repairs. If you’ve been having issues with your Thermador oven, share your story with us right here.
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