In this issue, there may be some hope for Airbnb users who were wrongfully denied rental properties or had their accounts deactivated because of a criminal background check. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into the issue and you can read up on the specifics below.
From there, we’ll touch on a few lawsuits that have been filed in the last couple of weeks. Beyond Meat is under scrutiny for the way it advertises the protein content of its plant-based meat substitutes, Vivid Seats is being sued over “hidden” fees and Wells Fargo is facing a suit over allegedly rampant scams involving the Zelle app. These stories, plus the latest in class action settlements, can be found just below.
Airbnb offers a simple, cozy alternative to hotels – but setting up travel accommodations with the company can come with its own unique set of issues. Recently, reports have surfaced of users being wrongfully denied rentals – and even having their accounts deactivated – because of information included in their background checks. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether the company supplying the reports is using faulty data and careless processes that have possibly allowed inaccurate or incomplete information onto these reports. If a lawsuit can be filed over the issue, it could force the company running the background checks to change the way it collects, processes and distributes information and potentially provide compensation to those wrongfully denied rentals. But first, attorneys need to speak with Airbnb users who had their rentals canceled or their accounts deactivated due to the findings of a criminal background check. Read up on the details of the investigation here.
Meat substitutes have seen a surge in popularity over the last few years – and a new lawsuit is taking issue with certain products sold by a so-called leader in plant-based meat. Protein is a big selling point when it comes to non-meat options, and Beyond Meat prominently displays its products’ high protein content on their packaging. But are these numbers misleading? According to the recently filed case, independent testing has revealed that several Beyond Meat items contain less protein than indicated on their respective product labels. Even worse, the suit says, the daily value percentage of protein in each of the items is “a small fraction” of what Beyond Meat claims. For all the details, plus a list of products named in the suit, head on over to our blog.
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If you’ve bought tickets from Vivid Seats, you’ve probably noticed that the prices seem somewhat reasonable – until fees are added in. A newly filed lawsuit takes issue with exactly this, alleging that Vivid Seats “lures” consumers into buying tickets for sporting events, concerts and live shows by advertising “artificially low” prices and hiding the amount of fees it charges on each sale. The case says Vivid’s conduct amounts to a traditional bait-and-switch pricing scheme since it’s only at checkout that the company discloses, for the first time, the total amount of service and delivery fees on each ticket purchase. On top of that, the lawsuit claims that the fees aren’t itemized for ticket buyers on the mobile app and are instead hidden in a separate link that is not automatically presented as part of the transaction. For a full breakdown of the allegations, head over to this page.
A Seattle resident has filed a proposed class action against Wells Fargo after falling victim to a scam that he claims targets bank customers who use the Zelle app. In the suit, Wells Fargo is accused of failing to warn customers about the risks of using Zelle, which include the potential for scammers to trick consumers into sending money by impersonating their bank, and refusing to reimburse those who lost money via Zelle due to fraud. The lawsuit says that although the type of scam to which the plaintiff fell victim is well known to Wells Fargo, no steps have been taken to protect or educate consumers, given how much it would cost to enact such measures. Want more? You can find the details here.
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