Fall is officially here, but things haven’t slowed down with the end of summer. The latest investigation opened by attorneys working with ClassAction.org focuses on transmission issues that have reportedly been plaguing certain Mitsubishi drivers and looks to determine whether lawsuits could be filed for repair costs and more. From there, we’ll touch on recently filed cases that take issue with the advertised safety claims for Chicco booster seats, “phantom” discounts from several big-name retail outlets and FedEx’s reported failure to get priority mail packages to their destinations on time. All this plus the latest in class action settlements can be found just below. Thanks for reading and stay safe out there.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have opened a new investigation to see if lawsuits can be filed on behalf of Mitsubishi owners and lessees who have had trouble with their continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). Specifically, the investigation is looking into the 2014 – 2019 models of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport, Mirage, Eclipse Cross and Lancer models, as drivers have reported unexpected jerking, vibrating, slipping and other problems with their vehicles’ transmissions. If a defect is to blame, a lawsuit could be filed to help drivers get money back for repair and replacement costs. A successful case could even force Mitsubishi to extend drivers’ warranties and provide a fix for the reported problems. To share your story and learn more about the investigation, check out this page.
In an ideal world, the efficacy of the things we buy to protect our children would never need to be called into question. In reality, a proposed class action is alleging that we can’t always take companies’ safety claims at face value. Popular infant product manufacturer Artsana is being sued for allegedly misleading customers by representing that its Chicco KidFit booster seats are safe for children weighing as little as 30 pounds. According to the lawsuit and an investigation done by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee, Artsana has endangered the lives of millions of American children by claiming that its product is appropriate for kids who are “much too young to ride in them safely,” as “well-established expert advice” has shown for decades that booster seats are unsafe for those under 40 pounds. Additionally, the company’s “DuoGuard” feature has not been shown to provide any protection in side-impact crashes despite advertisements to the contrary, the case says. A full breakdown of the allegations, as well as the booster seats at issue, can be found right here.
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The operators of Calvin Klein, Adidas, Hugo Boss and DKNY outlet stores in California are facing lawsuits for allegedly displaying fake “original” prices to make their “sale” prices look more enticing, a practice commonly referred to as “phantom pricing.” According to the suits, listing “original” prices that were never meant to represent the cost of a product enables stores to sell their goods for far above their true value, while shoppers are tricked into thinking they’ve scored a great deal. For instance, a store may know it can sell a suit for $250 (the market price), but instead lists the item for $300 with an “original” price of $1,000, representing a 70% discount. The suits argue fictitious “original” prices build a narrative consumers crave – one of finding a great deal – and retailers should be held accountable for taking advantage. Want more? You can find more information on these suits right here.
It can be frustrating when our packages don’t get delivered within the time frames companies promise, especially when we pay extra for priority shipping. One delivery service you may have experienced this with is FedEx, which is currently facing a proposed class action claiming that it has a “very poor record” when it comes to getting people their packages on time. FedEx’s terms and conditions state that refunds are available within 15 days of a service failure; however, the suit claims this information, while available on the company’s website, isn’t presented to those who pay for priority service in FedEx’s actual stores. This means that customers who pay for priority service in person without charging it to a FedEx account are “simply not bound by FedEx Express’s purported terms and conditions” and should be allowed to seek refunds for late deliveries through a class action lawsuit, the complaint says. If you want more information on the case, we have you covered.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to suspect that Amazon warehouse workers in Colorado have been pressured by their confidentiality agreements into keeping quiet about COVID-19-related safety issues. Now, they’re investigating whether these agreements were wielded illegally – and whether lawsuits could be filed. If filed and successful, a class action could provide $10,000 to affected employees. If you work or have worked in a Colorado Amazon warehouse as a team lead or other lower-level supervisor and felt you were unable to speak up about COVID-19 safety, share your story 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 purchased something that can, and often does, cause cancer, the lawsuit claims. You can find the details of the case right here.
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