Lawsuits Filed Over Cancer-Causing Firefighting Foam
The latest investigation featured on ClassAction.org takes a closer look at the companies that manufacture firefighting foam since chemicals found in the products have been linked to cancer and other health issues. Now, firefighters who were exposed to the foam may be able to file lawsuits against these companies and recover compensation for medical costs, lost wages and more. From there, Samsung is facing a lawsuit over an alleged defect in its Chromebook Plus that can cause the screens to crack and hinges to break. To wrap things up, we’ll touch on a couple of recently filed cases that claim certain supplements aren’t living up to the way they’re being advertised. Want more? Keep reading for these stories, plus the latest in class action settlements.
Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), a type of firefighting foam used to combat fires caused by flammable liquids, has for years been known to contain dangerous chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been linked to cancer and other serious health issues. Now, lawsuits are being filed alleging AFFF manufacturers knowingly sold a toxic product and should be held responsible for the harm firefighters have suffered as a result. Successful lawsuits could help affected firefighters and their families recover money for past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and more. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are offering to speak to firefighters and their families, free of charge, to help determine whether a lawsuit can be filed on their behalf. So, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer, hyperthyroidism or ulcerative colitis after using firefighting foam on the job, learn more about your rights here.
At face value, Samsung’s Chromebook Plus is a nifty device that functions as both a laptop and a tablet – but a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that a defect can cause the hinges to break off and damage the screen. Although Samsung touted the Chromebook Plus’s durability and “supreme flexibility,” buyers allegedly were not told that the device’s hinge assembly is liable to detach from its plastic mounting point behind the display. When this occurs, the hinge assembly can ultimately break through the screen when a user attempts to open the laptop or adjust the screen, according to the case. The suit goes on to claim that when device owners attempt to have their Chromebooks repaired or replaced, Samsung denies that the problem is caused by a defect and blames the damage on user error to avoid paying for repairs. Check out this page for more information and pictures of the damage.
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Stop & Shop is facing a proposed class action claiming that its Nature’s Promise “high potency” fish oil isn’t actually fish oil. As the lawsuit tells it, the supplement started out as fish oil, but has been substantially altered via chemical processing. The case claims this processing strips the supplement of its essential components and leaves behind a product that is unnatural and molecularly altered. The suit goes on to state that despite advertisements on the packaging, the product inside no longer contains naturally occurring DHA and EPA omega-3s – which are among the top reasons consumers take fish oil supplements in the first place. Want more? You can read up on the case here.
In another lawsuit involving supplements, PacificNorthwest Naturals is facing claims that its Genius Caffeine Extended Release pills have been falsely advertised. The lawsuit contends that the product is in no way superior to standard regular-release caffeine supplements despite its higher price point. PacificNorthwest says that its supplement is “different than every other caffeine pill on the market” due to its sustained-release mechanism, but no evidence exists to support this claim, the suit says. In fact, the case cites a peer-reviewed Journal of Sports Science and Medicine study that found the “efficacy of time-release caffeine capsules appears to be no different than regular-release caffeine capsules.” For more information on the allegations, we have you covered.
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