We’re well into the dog days of summer – and, if you’re like us, you’ve probably cracked open a few cold ones to beat the heat. If Lime-a-Ritas or White Claws happen to be your drink of choice, you’ll want to keep reading.
First up, Anheuser-Busch has agreed to compensate those who bought its Ritas-brand Margarita, Spritz and Fizz products within the last four years as part of a recent settlement. Then, Mark Anthony Brands is facing a proposed class action alleging that the “Natural Lime” variety of White Claw Surge hard seltzer is misleadingly advertised.
To round things out, we have a few lawsuits claiming that Febreze air fresheners don’t work like they should, and that Target and Walmart have been overcharging customers at checkout. Keep reading for the details, plus the latest settlements. Cheers!
If you’ve indulged in a Lime-a-Rita (or any other Ritas-brand Margarita, Spritz or Fizz product) within the past four years, the next round may be on Anheuser-Busch. A recent settlement is resolving claims that the beverages were advertised as containing wine or distilled spirits like tequila when they didn’t. Now, those who bought any of the more than 100 affected products (listed on the settlement site) may be able to get some money back – more than $20 if you happen to have some receipts saved and just under $10 if you don’t. You only have until December 16 to file a claim, so be sure to fill out your claim form before then. Head over to this blog post for more information on how to claim your piece of the settlement.
We aren’t done with the libations in this issue just yet, as a proposed class action is claiming that the “Natural Lime” variety of White Claw Surge hard seltzer is misleadingly advertised. Specifically, the case states that defendant Mark Anthony Brands has misleadingly implied that the alcoholic beverage contains lime, is made from distilled spirits, is less harmful than other types of alcoholic drinks and is low in calories. The suit claims that such representations are untrue and that consumers would not have purchased the White Claw product, or paid as much, had they not been misled by the beverage’s packaging. Want more? You can read up on the specifics over on this page.
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If you received notice that your information was compromised in the Urology Center of Colorado data breach occurring on or around September 8, 2021, you may be able to claim a piece of this settlement.
The big selling point for Febreze aerosol products is their ability to “eliminate odors,” but a recently filed lawsuit is alleging that these claims are false. The case asserts that the products’ active ingredient is unable to actually destroy, convert or transform odors into something more appealing. Although the Febreze products contain certain odor absorbers, “no credible scientific evidence” shows that the compounds in the sprays can transform or destroy bad odors to the point where they are eliminated entirely, or at least made undetectable, the case claims. For a breakdown of the science and the claims being made, we have you covered.
Two recently filed lawsuits are taking issue with the sales practices at Target and Walmart, respectively, and claim the retailers are charging customers more at checkout than they should be. The way the lawsuits put it, the companies are engaged in a classic “bait and switch” scheme in which they falsely advertise items for a certain price on store shelves and then charge more for those same items at the register. The lawsuits go on to claim that the two retailers are “well aware” of the issue, as they have each been hit with various fines by state and local agencies for their alleged overcharging and false advertising practices. According to the lawsuits, the fines are “essentially a slap on the wrist” for the multi-billion-dollar retailers and have not deterred them from continuing to deceive customers. You can read up on the details here.
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