Welcome back! In this issue, we’re diving right into allegations that have persisted for years – that those driving for Lyft have been misclassified as independent contractors when they’re actually employees. If you live in Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York or Illinois and you drove for Lyft, you’ll want to check out our top story to find out why now’s the time to take action.
From there, Amazon is facing a lawsuit over its decision to pull free Whole Foods deliveries as a Prime membership benefit, Hyundai is taking heat over a recent recall and some of your favorite skincare products may not be as natural as they claim. All this, plus some recently added settlements, can be found just below.
If you drove for Lyft in the past three years and you live in Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York or Illinois, our latest investigation affects you. Allegations persist that the rideshare company is misclassifying drivers as independent contractors when they should actually be employees. This means drivers may be getting illegally deprived of certain benefits of employment, such as overtime wages. While countless proposed class actions have been filed over the issue, attorneys working with ClassAction.org believe they have a new way of potentially holding Lyft accountable. It’s possible that successful claims could be worth as much as $3,000. So, if you live in Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York or Illinois and you drove for Lyft, visit this page for more information and to sign up directly with the firm handling this matter.
Were you upset when you found out your Amazon Prime membership no longer came with free Whole Foods deliveries? Well, you’re not alone. Amazon has been hit with a proposed class action claiming that the company “pulled the rug out from its customers” in October 2021 when it added a $9.95 fee to every Whole Foods delivery order placed via Prime. The suit argues the company should have adjusted the cost of a yearly Prime membership accordingly – or offered consumers refunds – after it reversed course on the free deliveries. Indeed, it was only after the introduction of free two-hour delivery from Whole Foods in 2018 that Amazon increased the cost of a Prime membership from $99 to $119 per year, the suit says. Want more? Check out our post on the story.
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Last month, Hyundai announced that it would be recalling more than 200,000 vehicles due to an issue that can cause a seat belt part to explode and injure those inside the cabin. Now, a proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against the automaker claiming that the recall is “untimely and ineffective” and that drivers are owed compensation for their “significant losses.” According to the case, a defect exists in the cars’ seat belt pretensioners, which are designed to retract and tighten the seat belt the moment a crash happens, in that they can explode and scatter metal fragments throughout the vehicle. The suit argues that Hyundai has known of the problem since at least September 2021 but concealed what it knew to protect its profits and reputation for selling vehicles with “untouched and elite” safety. It has been further alleged that consumers never would have bought the vehicles had they known of the seat belt pretensioner issue or would have paid significantly less for the cars. For more on the suit and the list of affected vehicles, head on over to our blog.
If you’re a dedicated customer of Oars + Alps, this next story affects you. A new proposed class action lawsuit alleges that several of the brand’s beauty products are not as “natural” as they claim to be. The suit claims the products at issue contain synthetic and hard-to-pronounce ingredients like caprylyl glycol and ethylhexylglycerin and that reasonable consumers would not expect to find these chemicals in goods being advertised as “natural.” Ultimately, consumers bought these Oars + Alps items under the belief that they were accurately represented and would not have done so had they known the products were not natural as their labels suggested, the case says. Products named in the suit include Oars + Alps’ Natural Face Moisturizer + Eye Cream, Natural Wake Up Eye Stick with Caffeine, Natural Charcoal Solid Face Wash, Natural Wake Up Face Serum and more. Check out the full story right here.
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