Many of us will go to great lengths for our pets, but those vet bills can easily get out of hand. So, this week, we’re starting our issue with an investigation into the cost of certain veterinary services. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether a leading test manufacturer has illegally inflated the price of its products and whether the costs have ultimately been passed onto consumers.
From there, we’ll touch on a few cases filed over products that allegedly fail to live up to the way they’ve been advertised: Burger King over the size of its burgers, Starbucks over its Cold Brew Concentrate, and SlimFast over its Keto Fat Bomb snack cups. You can read up on the details and find the latest in class action settlements just below.
If your pet received a blood or urine test in the past four years, you may have been illegally overcharged. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a leading veterinary test manufacturer illegally inflated the costs of its products, resulting in more expensive bills for pet owners. They believe a class action lawsuit could be filed to help consumers recover the difference between what they paid for the tests and what they should have paid. With the way billing is set up, you may not be able to tell if you were overcharged on your own, but the attorneys we work with are willing to help pet owners request and review their vet bills at no cost. So, if your pet received in-house diagnostic testing and you believe your bill was too high, you’ll want to check out this page.
You’ve probably seen the images comparing Burger King’s ads for the Whopper and what customers actually receive. Well now, the fast-food restaurant is on the hook for how its products are being marketed. According to a proposed class action lawsuit, Burger King has falsely and misleadingly advertised the size of nearly all of its menu items since at least September 2017. In the ads, you’ll see burgers containing oversized meat patties and ingredients overflowing from the bun when, in reality, hungry patrons get a product that’s as much as 35 percent smaller and significantly lower in value, the case says. The lawsuit looks to cover individuals in the United States who purchased any of the menu items Burger King has allegedly overstated the size of since September 1, 2017. For a list of products included in the suit, as well as some of the contrasting images, we have you covered.
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Continuing the theme of not getting what we pay for, Starbucks customers (and a recently filed lawsuit) are alleging that the coffee titan’s bottles of Cold Brew Concentrate are routinely underfilled by more than 30 percent. Prominently displayed on the 32-ounce bottles in question, you’ll find a statement saying that it can make up to eight servings – but even when prepared as directed, consumers are only getting five, the case says. The lawsuit contends that to get to the promised eight servings, Starbucks uses “inconsistent serving sizes,” amounting to a classic bait-and-switch scheme where consumers spend more money and end up getting less coffee than they think. Want more? You can read up on all the case details here.
SlimFast Keto Fat Bomb snack cups may seem like a perfectly healthy answer to your peanut butter cup craving, but a proposed class action is claiming that the product’s “zero added sugar” claims are misleading. The case argues that although consumers expect an item labeled with “zero added sugar” to be a diet food that’s low in calories, SlimFast has sold millions of Keto Fat Bombs and one-ounce Keto Fat Bomb shots by misleadingly positioning the low-carb, high-protein products as low- or reduced-calorie foods without disclaiming that they aren’t. The suit goes on to state that although SlimFast added to its website a tough-to-find “not a low-calorie food” disclaimer for its Keto Fat Bombs, the company, as of 2021, did not add the disclosure to product packaging. You can find a closer look at the case over on this page.
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