More Banks Added to Overdraft, Late Fee Refund Investigation
Welcome to our latest issue! We have an update on the investigation into financial institutions who promised, but then denied, refunds for late fees and overdraft fees during the pandemic; attorneys have added three new institutions to the list of banks and credit card companies under investigation. From there, we have a few new lawsuits looking to provide compensation to Disney enthusiasts who bought Dream Key Passes and experienced “blockout” dates, Apple customers who had problems with the screens on their watches and Walgreens shoppers who bought store-brand lidocaine patches and found that they didn’t stay on as long as they were supposed to. Keep reading for these stories, as well as the latest settlements you may be able to claim.
We recently reported that several banks and credit card providers were under investigation for potentially failing to provide promised refunds for late, non-sufficient fund (NSF) and overdraft fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, now three more banks have been added to the investigation – USAA, Ally and American Savings. Specifically, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether these and other banks failed to follow through on their promises after advertising that they would waive fees for those undergoing hardship due to the pandemic (i.e., job loss, health crisis). To help with their investigation, the attorneys need to speak to people who learned that refunds were available upon request, called up and asked for one, and had their request denied. So, if you asked Bank of America, TD Bank, Capital One, Navy Federal Credit Union, or one of the banks mentioned above to waive or refund an overdraft, NSF or late payment fee and had your request denied, share your story with us here.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts advertises that its top-tier Dream Key theme park pass isn’t subject to “blockout” dates that would prevent pass holders from visiting on certain days. A recently filed class action, however, is saying otherwise. According to the lawsuit, the “no blockout dates” claim is completely false as the $1,399 passes, which provide access to reservation-based admission to Anaheim’s Disneyland or California Adventure Park, are indeed subject to seemingly arbitrary “blockout” dates. The case alleges that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts appears to be limiting the number of reservations available to Dream Key holders on any given day as a means to maximize the number of full-price single-day tickets and other passes Disney can sell. For more about the case and the plaintiff’s experience, head over to this page.
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A recently filed lawsuit claims an alleged defect in certain Apple Watches can cause their screens to break, crack or detach unexpectedly. Aside from preventing a user from operating their Apple Watch, these issues can also pose a significant safety risk as the edges of the screens’ glass are razor sharp and can cause lacerations, cuts, abrasions and other serious injuries, according to the complaint. Apple has allegedly known about its watch screens’ propensity to crack, shatter or detach since, or even before, it started selling them in 2015. The company, however, is reportedly refusing to cover the repairs, which can cost anywhere from $159 to $2,800. The case says all models and sizes of the First Generation, Series 1 through Series 6, and Series SE Apple Watches are affected. So, if you own one of these watches, you can take a closer look at the case and who it aims to cover right here.
Walgreens advertises its lidocaine patches as able to provide pain relief for “up to 12 hours” – but according to a recently filed lawsuit, the products are unable to last this long due to what appears to be a design flaw. According to the case, the patches frequently peel off within only a few hours (or even minutes) of being applied, preventing wearers from receiving the full four-percent dose of lidocaine and the accompanying pain relief. The suit further claims that even simple activities such as walking, stretching and sleeping can cause the patches to completely detach. Making matters worse, Walgreens allegedly misled consumers by labeling some of the patches as “maximum strength” even when stronger over-the-counter and prescription alternatives exist. For a rundown of the patches at issue and more on the allegations, head on over to our blog.
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