Though the year is winding down, we still have new investigations to share with the hopes of getting more lawsuits on file for consumers who have been wronged or injured financially. Our first new investigation looks into whether several big-name universities illegally agreed to artificially suppress their financial aid awards, stifling competition and shortchanging students in the process. The next story is one you may have seen before if you’ve been subscribed for a while; more vehicles are being added to the ongoing GM lifter investigation.
Keeping with the familiar, we’re also taking another look at PFAS, a group of chemicals that have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease and more. This time, a few menstrual underwear manufacturers are coming under fire after reports revealed that their products may contain these toxic and harmful chemicals. To round things out, we’ll examine a new lawsuit filed against HP over potentially defective laptop hinges, as well as the latest in class action settlements. Keep reading for more.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether several prominent schools, from Columbia to Vanderbilt, are illegally colluding to keep the amount they pay in financial assistance to a minimum. If true, this would mean that the schools are no longer competing via financial aid for students to attend their institutions and that accepted students are paying more because of it. If the investigation leads to the filing of one or more lawsuits, current students and alumni could have the chance to recover the difference between what they received in financial aid and what they would have received absent any price-fixing agreement. So, if you currently attend or previously attended Northwestern University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania or Vanderbilt University and you received partial financial aid, help this investigation and share your story with us.
We’ve touched on certain GM vehicles experiencing bad or failing lifters before, but now a few more makes and models have been added to the investigation. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org suspect that V6 engine-equipped 2014-2020 Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras, as well as 2018-present Chevy Expresses and GMC Savanas, may be suffering from the same problems as the other GM models initially included in the investigation. Signs of bad or failing lifters may include, but are not limited to, ticking and knocking noises coming from the engine, power loss, stalling and misfiring. Attorneys are still determining if a defect is to blame and whether lawsuits can be filed to cover the cost of repairs and replacement parts. So, if this sounds like something you’ve had to deal with, you can read up on the investigation and what other drivers have experienced here.
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This settlement includes those who held mortgages through Freedom Mortgage Corp. and paid fees on property inspections conducted after defaulting or being delinquent on mortgage payments between March 5, 2013 and December 31, 2020.
PFAS, a large group of manufactured chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other serious health effects, have been a topic of concern lately as they can be found in everything from athletic wear to firefighting foam. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether menstrual underwear products sold under the Ruby Love, Knix and Thinx brand names contain these toxic chemicals and whether lawsuits could be filed as a result. Several reports have indicated that some versions of the underwear contain detectable levels of PFAS despite claims from the manufacturers that the products are indeed safe. A successful case could force the companies to change the way they manufacture and/or advertise their products and give consumers a chance to get their money back. So, if you bought Thinx, Ruby Love or Knix menstrual underwear, you can read up on the investigation over on this page.
Some HP consumers have reportedly been having problems with their laptop’s hinges and have found that the devices become practically unusable after mere months of use. The reason? Well, according to a recently filed lawsuit, a defect is to blame. Specifically, the suit claims the hinges in the Envy, Envy 360, Pavilion, Pavilion 360, HP 14, HP 15 and HP 17 laptops sold in or after 2017 were made with “poorly designed parts constructed from weak plastic.” Because of this, the ordinary opening and closing of the laptops can cause the anchors to separate, snap or otherwise fail, rendering the computers “useless,” the suit says. The case claims HP knew about its laptops’ propensity to break yet concealed the alleged defect from buyers, who, as a result, purchased computers that would easily break – something they wouldn’t have done had they known the extent of the problem. Want more? You can read up on the case over on our blog.
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