Has your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro screen cracked for seemingly no reason? If so, you aren’t alone. A number of phone owners have reportedly experienced this very problem – and now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether the cracking issue is caused by a design flaw and whether lawsuits can be filed because of it. More on this below.
From there, we’ll touch on a couple of cases filed over products allegedly containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – which are generally good for a company’s bottom line but potentially harmful for consumers. Added to the growing list of companies facing litigation over PFAS claims are McDonald’s for its food packaging and CoverGirl for its TruBlend Pressed Powder. To round things out, we’re reporting on a recently filed lawsuit alleging tens of thousands of robocalls have been placed as part of a widespread student loan forgiveness scam. So, if you’ve been getting calls about your student loans, you’ll want to check it out. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.
It’s not uncommon for a phone screen to crack, and we’ve all experienced this at one point or another. But when a screen cracks during normal use without ever being dropped, it’s a whole different story. This is reportedly happening to a number of Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners, who say Google is blaming them for the damage and refusing to replace or fix the cracked phones for free. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether the screens are inherently flawed and, if so, whether a class action lawsuit can be filed against Google. If filed and successful, a lawsuit could help compensate Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners for their cracked screens and potentially force Google to fix the problem. Before a lawsuit can be considered, however, attorneys need to hear from more people who experienced this issue. You can read up on the details and share your story with us here.
Days after Consumer Reports published a piece on unsafe levels of PFAS (also known as “forever chemicals”) in certain types of packaging used by major fast-food restaurants, a proposed class action was filed against McDonald’s. The case says that the use of PFAS in McDonald’s food packaging is particularly concerning given that foods with higher levels of sodium and fat, such as fast food, are more likely to experience migration of PFAS from the packaging onto the food. The filing states that the McDonald’s Big Mac, Chicken McNuggets, cookies and french fries in particular were independently tested and found to contain PFAS, which can be harmful to humans even at very low levels. According to the suit, the fast-food giant “intentionally chooses” to use PFAS to save money and passes the true costs onto consumers. Want more? You can find all the information on this page.
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A recently filed lawsuit is claiming that SoFi Lending Corp. and a handful of other companies are behind a scheme in which federal student loan borrowers have been targeted with “tens of thousands” of scam robocalls attempting to steal their personal information. According to the case, the robocalls feature carefully crafted messages that make it appear as though the companies are calling on behalf of the government to help borrowers obtain loan forgiveness. It’s through these illegal robocalls, the case says, that several unidentified “telemarketing” companies have allegedly stolen borrowers’ voiceprints – which can be easily used to hack into individual borrowers’ financial accounts at institutions who use voiceprint technology to verify an accountholder’s identity. To see the script the companies are allegedly using – and the phone numbers the calls are coming from – check out our blog on the story.
This issue’s second “forever chemicals” story involves a case against CoverGirl over its TruBlend Pressed Powder. While CoverGirl maintains that its TruBlend Pressed Powder is sustainable and safe, a proposed class action alleges the makeup product contains PFAS at levels that are much higher than what’s considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the case, independent research performed by Toxin Free USA found that the product contains 6,242 parts per million (ppm) of organic fluorine. The suit explains that the current EPA health advisory limit for safe consumption of fluorine is a mere 70 nanograms per liter and, for perspective, 1 part per million is the equivalent of 1,000,000 nanograms per liter. The suit stresses that the levels of PFAS in CoverGirl’s TruBlend Pressed Powder are particularly worrisome given that consumers are encouraged to apply the product directly to the skin several times throughout the day. For more information, we have you covered.
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