Welcome back to the ClassAction.org newsletter! The theme of this week’s issue is technology. While advancements in technology are meant to make our lives easier, we tend to come across companies who overstate the capabilities of their products – and sometimes lawsuits are necessary to reign them back in. So, if you feel your Galaxy phone isn’t living up to the hype when it comes to performance or your DeWALT on-the-job earphones are getting too hot, we have some cases for you to keep an eye on. We’ll also touch on two new suits claiming, respectively, that HGTV.com is being a bit too liberal with your personal information and that the wheels on the Roomba vacuum are prone to malfunctioning, even after being replaced. And, as always, we have the latest in settlements for you down below.
The Roomba is a convenient little device, but users have been reporting an issue that causes the wheels to malfunction, rendering the vacuums completely inoperable. Now, a proposed class action lawsuit has been filed in response. According to the suit, a defect is causing some Roombas’ wheels to stop turning properly while the machines display an “error 5” code. iRobot Corporation, the company behind the Roomba, reportedly offers a $59 wheel kit as a fix. The lawsuit states, however, that this does nothing to address the real problem, as a defect in the core processing unit is likely to blame. Per the case, iRobot knew about the apparent design defect in its Roombas yet continued to sell them to unknowing consumers who would not have purchased the vacuums had they been aware that the machines were defectively designed. The suit is looking to require iRobot to replace or recall the affected Roombas and to refund the money its customers spent on wheel kits. Want more? You can read up on the case here.
If you have a Samsung smartphone and feel like it isn’t quite as fast as it should be, you aren’t alone. A new lawsuit is claiming that Samsung misled both reviewers and the general public with regard to the speed, battery life and overall performance of certain Galaxy devices. The suit contends that Samsung has secretly programmed the smartphones – which are touted as having better performance and longer battery life – to cheat performance-measuring “benchmark” apps, creating the false perception that the products actually perform as well and last as long as advertised. When handling real-world tasks, however, the phones’ processors run at significantly lower speeds, the suit says. It’s like those cases alleging that certain cars were programmed to cheat emissions testing when they were actively being tested – but with phones. We have a breakdown of the case, as well as a list of reportedly affected phones, right here.
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If your payment card information was exposed during the Herff Jones data breach (you may have been notified of the breach by Herff Jones between May 12 and June 18, 2021), you may be included in this settlement.
You may be covered by this settlement if you made a debit or credit card purchase at any Safeway gas station between September 12, 2017 and February 26, 2019 and received a receipt showing the first six and last four digits of the card number.
If you’ve been to HGTV.com recently, you may have unwittingly had your personal information shared with Facebook, according to a recently filed lawsuit. The suit alleges that HGTV.com discloses personally identifiable information, particularly that of newsletter subscribers who watch videos on the site, so that it can match website visitors to their Facebook profiles, allowing it to better track analytics and target its own advertisements. The lawsuit looks to cover anyone in the United States who has a Facebook account, subscribed to HGTV’s newsletter and viewed videos on HGTV’s website. Want more? You can find a breakdown of the case and all the technical details over on this page.
DeWALT’s Jobsite Pro wireless earphones were designed to survive tough working conditions. But now they’re the subject of a proposed class action claiming that the earphones are prone to overheating during charging or use and that a recent recall has been “grossly insufficient.” In December 2021, manufacturing company E-Filliate, Inc. announced it would be recalling the headphones following 61 reports of overheating (including five reports of fire and four reports of burn injuries) and offering consumers the chance to request replacements. The recall, however, has only served to protect the company’s profits and image, as no financial compensation is being offered back to consumers, the case alleges. As it currently stands, the CPSC website states that consumers should immediately stop using the wireless earphones. If you want more, you can read up on the case here.
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