Lawsuits Helping Those Marked “Deceased” on Credit Reports
Simple clerical errors can cause massive headaches down the line. Those who have been marked as deceased on their credit report can attest to this since they can no longer take out loans and will likely have their bank accounts frozen and their credit cards canceled without the ability to open new ones. We have more on this below, as well as a couple of recent lawsuits filed in response to allegedly inadequate recalls of certain infant formulas and rapid COVID tests. We’ll round out this issue by touching on a lawsuit that alleges certain Burt’s Bees cosmetic products contain toxic PFAS chemicals. Keep reading for the latest.
Being marked as deceased on your credit report can have a catastrophic effect on your life and should be fixed as soon as possible. Oftentimes, when you’ve been mistakenly marked as dead, your creditors, landlord and others may wrongfully assume that you’ve stolen someone else’s identity and refuse to work with you – all because of a mistake by a credit card company, bank, or credit bureau like Experian, TransUnion or Equifax. If you’re going through something like this, attorneys working with ClassAction.org may be able to help. They’re actively filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals across the country who have been adversely affected by inaccurate credit reports. If you’ve been mistakenly reported as dead on your credit report, head over to this page for more information and fill out the form to talk to someone for free.
Abbott Laboratories recently issued a voluntary recall of some Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered infant formulas, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was looking into after receiving several complaints of infections with salmonella and cronobacter bacteria. While refunds and replacements are reportedly being offered, a proposed class action filed over the allegedly contaminated products aims to hold Abbot accountable for the injuries suffered by children who ingested the recalled formulas. The plaintiff in the suit says his daughter consumed a “tainted” Alimentum product and experienced abdominal pain, diarrhea and severe diaper rash. For more on the lawsuit and the recall itself, head on over to this post.
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The Abbott Laboratories case discussed above isn’t the only lawsuit to be filed in the wake of a recent recall. On February 18, E25Bio, Inc. voluntarily recalled its SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test Kits amid FDA warnings to consumers about the unreliability of the COVID-19 rapid tests. That same day, the company was hit with a proposed class action claiming that the recall is a failure in many respects. For instance, the case says the recall only covers tests sold between September 2020 and November 2021 – meaning those who purchased E25Bio tests before or after this period are out of luck. Further, the ability for consumers to receive a refund through the recall was inadequately publicized, as this option was stated only in a letter consumers could easily ignore or discard, according to the case. Want more? You can read up on the specifics right here.
PFAS (or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been a topic of much discussion lately, as lawsuits continue to be filed against companies that fail to disclose their alleged use of the toxic chemicals. The latest suit takes issue with a handful of products brought to you by Burt’s Bees. According to the suit, Burt’s Bees All Aflutter Mascara, Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mascara and Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer products, among others, contain PFAS despite being advertised as “Kind to Skin & Planet” and formulated without “chemicals of concern.” The suit claims cosmetics buyers were not warned about the presence of PFAS, which have been linked to cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility and thyroid disease, and have ultimately lost the benefit of their bargain. The lawsuit looks to represent anyone in the U.S. who purchased the Burt’s Bees products at issue, so be sure to stay tuned as the case develops. For now, we have everything you need to know right here.
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