In this week’s issue, our top stories center around two important topics: insurance and healthcare. First, Brighthouse universal life insurance policyholders may have been overcharged for years, according to claims made in a recently filed lawsuit. Then, we’re taking a look at how healthcare workers were treated – and paid – by their employers during the pandemic.
Next up, a leading pet microchipping and recovery company stands accused of tricking customers into thinking they need a paid subscription to maintain their information in the company’s database, which enables reunions between owners and their lost pets. Lastly, we’ll touch on the recent Jif recall over possible salmonella contamination and the lawsuit it sparked. These stories, plus the latest in settlements, can be found just below.
A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed claiming that owners of certain universal life insurance policies serviced by Brighthouse have been unfairly overcharged for years. Specifically, it has been alleged that Brighthouse Life Insurance failed to take into account that mortality rates are getting better – a fact that would have decreased policyholders’ monthly charges. While one lawsuit has already been filed, attorneys need to speak with other policyholders to help hold Brighthouse accountable. A successful lawsuit could provide policyholders the chance to recover any money they may have been overcharged and force Brighthouse to lower its cost of insurance charges. If you have universal life insurance serviced by Brighthouse, you can read up on the current case, find out which policies are affected and share your story with us here.
The last couple of years seem like a blur thanks to the pandemic – and this is especially true for healthcare workers who put the time and effort in on the front lines. Some of these workers received incentive bonuses for their diligence – which is great – but they still may not have been paid all the money they were due. Specifically, attorneys working with ClassAction.org believe that healthcare workers who received incentive bonuses during the COVID-19 pandemic should have also, by law, seen an increase in their overtime rates and therefore their total wages. They are now speaking with healthcare workers, free of charge, to help these individuals determine whether they were illegally underpaid and, if so, whether they can take legal action. If filed and successful, class action lawsuits could help healthcare employees recover the difference between what they were legally entitled to and what they actually received. If you worked through the pandemic in the healthcare field, learn more about your rights and why you may be owed unpaid overtime wages on this page.
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Home Again offers location-tracking microchips for pets, as well as a database to better help pet owners reunite with their furry friends should they get separated. According to a recently filed lawsuit, however, the company misleads consumers into thinking they must buy an annual membership in order for their contact information to be maintained in the company’s database. What customers don’t realize, the suit says, is that Home Again maintains their information “for free, forever,” regardless of whether an annual membership is purchased. As the suit tells it, Home Again profits from keeping that secret and consistently links its annual membership with its database in marketing materials, even though the two have nothing to do with each other. You can read up on the allegations being made here.
In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to certain Jif peanut butter products made at the defendant’s Lexington, Kentucky facility. Shortly thereafter, J.M. Smucker Company – you guessed it – issued a voluntary recall of more than 40 products. Now, a proposed class action has been filed on behalf of consumers nationwide who bought Jif peanut butter products with certain lot codes that were sold between February and May of 2022. The suit is an attempt to get consumers their money back and hold the company accountable for selling an unsafe product. For a breakdown of the case and more information on which lots are affected by the recall, we have you covered.
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