In our latest issue, we’re taking a look at an ongoing problem with Wells Fargo – that the bank is allegedly discriminating against Hispanic and Latino people applying to refinance their mortgages. Multiple lawsuits have been filed already, but attorneys working with ClassAction.org are still speaking with those who suspect they’ve had their refinancing requests denied because of their race.
From there, attorneys are looking into Milwaukee Switch Tank backpack sprayers, their reported tendency to leak and the potential for a class action lawsuit to remedy the suspected defect. As far as lawsuits already on file, we’ll touch on one suit claiming that 2011-2021 Hyundai and Kia vehicles are easier to steal due to a defect and another alleging that Starbucks Refreshers don’t contain some of the fruits listed in their names. We have some new settlements for you too, so be sure to scroll down to see if you are owed money.
If you’re doing work that requires a backpack sprayer like the Switch Tank made by Milwaukee Tool, a leak can be a real hassle. Unfortunately, some Milwaukee customers have found that this particular device does have a tendency to leak, even right out of the box. Concerningly, many users have reported getting pesticides, Roundup or other chemicals all over their backs or legs as a result of the leaking switch tank, an issue that may pose a health hazard. At this point, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether a defect is to blame and whether a lawsuit can be filed. As part of their investigation, they need to speak with people whose sprayer tanks leaked so they can learn more about the problem. If you bought a Milwaukee Switch Tank sprayer and it started to leak, share your story here. You may be able to help start a lawsuit that could get you some money back and force Milwaukee Tool to address the leaking problem.
Wells Fargo is facing multiple proposed class action lawsuits alleging the bank is illegally discriminating against Hispanics, Latinos and other minorities who apply for refinancing. Specifically, Wells Fargo has been accused of “redlining,” a practice that uses a person’s zip code and other demographic information to deny a loan – or, in this case, a mortgage refinance. It is believed Wells Fargo is using these data points as “proxies” for race, and that Latino and Hispanic customers have been disproportionately denied the opportunity to receive lower interest rates. If successful, class action lawsuits could allow denied applicants the chance to recover the difference between what they paid in interest and what they should have paid had they received a lower rate. It could also force Wells Fargo to change the way it processes its refinance applications. If you were denied a mortgage refinance with Wells Fargo as a Hispanic or Latino applicant, share your story with us here.
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Car thefts can be more or less prevalent depending on where you live, but a recently filed lawsuit is alleging that all 2011-2021 Hyundai and Kia vehicles are more susceptible to being stolen no matter your location. According to the lawsuit, the vehicles were designed without engine immobilizers – an electronic security device that makes it more difficult to start a vehicle without a key. All a car thief needs to do to steal one of the Hyundai or Kia vehicles at issue is to “strip the ignition column … then stick a USB drive, a knife or some other similar tool to start the vehicle without a key or code,” the suit says. Once that happens, the stolen car can be operated freely. In fact, news reports indicate that a social media trend is actually encouraging and challenging people to steal the cars. The lawsuit claims that this vulnerability, which ultimately makes vehicles unsafe, also makes them worth less than what drivers paid. Want more? You can read up on the issue and the allegations being made over on our blog.
Starbucks Refreshers may seem like an ideal beverage to beat the heat, but not if you want the real fruit that the flavored drinks get their names from. A proposed class action is claiming that the drinks – which boast names like Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade, Mango Dragonfruit, Strawberry Acai Lemonade, Strawberry Acai, Pineapple Passionfruit Lemonade and Pineapple Passionfruit – contain no mango, passionfruit or acai. While the products do contain freeze-dried pieces of strawberries, pineapple and dragonfruit, the lawsuit says that the drinks are mostly made from water, grape juice concentrate and sugar. A bit disappointing, for sure. More information on the case can be found here.
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