In this issue, we’re taking a look at a handful of cases filed over products that may have been misleadingly represented to consumers. First off, Olly is being sued over its melatonin supplements after tests allegedly showed they contain way more of the sleep-inducing ingredient than advertised. Then, we have a lawsuit claiming the McDonald’s app doesn’t apply discounts and may have a bug that leads to double charges for patrons. Continuing with tech issues, HP is facing a lawsuit over its all-in-one printers and their alleged inability to scan documents or send faxes when low on ink. Lastly, find out which popular creamer is facing claims that it doesn’t contain any cream. Keep reading for these stories, plus the latest class action settlements you may be able to claim.
A proposed class action is claiming that several varieties of Olly’s melatonin supplements contain far more of the sleep-aiding ingredient than what the label says. As the case puts it, the gummies, which are advertised as containing anywhere from three to five milligrams of melatonin per dose, actually contain 165 percent to 274 percent of the amount claimed. The case stresses that because melatonin alters brain chemistry, it’s crucial for over-the-counter melatonin supplements to be accurately dosed and labeled. According to the suit, however, the results of testing done on certain Olly melatonin supplements, including the Sleep, Immunity Sleep and Extra Strength varieties, alarmingly revealed that all of the products were “substantially (and seemingly randomly) overdosed.” The case goes on to state that the Olly supplements at issue are essentially “worthless” without accurate dosing and labeling. For a further breakdown of the case, head on over to our blog.
At this point, most of us have a high standard for which mobile apps are worth our time – but it isn’t often the case that an app is so bad that it becomes the center of a class action. Well, a new lawsuit is claiming that the “poor and negligent” design of the McDonald’s mobile app means it can’t properly handle transactions or apply discounts. Specifically, the case says that although the McDonald’s app will charge a customer for purchases made through the app, the payment is not always communicated to the physical McDonald’s location before a customer goes to pick up their food. As a result of an apparent coding error in the app, some customers are forced to pay for their mobile orders a second time, according to the suit. The case goes on to say that the app also has trouble processing discounts, leaving customers to pay full price. Want more? You can read up on the allegations in detail right here.
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When a printer is out of ink, the only thing it shouldn’t be able to do is print – right? Well, according to a recently filed lawsuit, certain HP all-in-one printers won’t scan documents or send faxes – two of their advertised functions – when ink levels fall too low. The lawsuit alleges HP intentionally designed the printers to become completely disabled when the ink is near empty to induce customers into buying more cartridges, one of the company’s “largest profit makers.” As the case points out, however, it’s well documented that ink is not required to scan or fax a document, and it’s certainly possible to manufacture a printer that scans and faxes even when it’s out of ink. All told, the suit claims that HP’s all-in-one printers “do not work as warranted, labeled and advertised” and that consumers would not have purchased the devices, or would have paid less for them, had they known they would be required to maintain ink levels to scan and fax documents. Want more? You can find all the details over on this page.
You would think that cream is a necessary ingredient in coffee creamer, but a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that no dairy ingredients are present in a certain International Delight product. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that International Delight French Vanilla Coffee Creamer uses water and palm oil as a cheaper alternative to cream and that its representations are false and misleading because of this. According to the case, reasonable consumers are “misled to expect the presence of cream” based on the “coffee creamer” and “delightfully creamy” statements on the product’s front label. In truth, the creamer does not contain cream or any other dairy ingredients, aside from a minimal amount of sodium caseinate, a “milk derivative,” the suit says. The lawsuit goes on to state that consumers value cream for its taste and nutritional properties, including protein, calcium and vitamins, and wouldn’t have purchased this particular product had they been made aware of its absence. Read more on this case over on our newswire.
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