Happy New Year! 2016 is here, and it’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since the first ClassAction.org newsletter went out. A lot’s happened in that time, but one thing remains the same: we’re bringing you the cases that matter most, the biggest settlements (just jump to the bottom of this newsletter for more), and the latest news. This week’s no different – we have reports on AT&T over-charging customers, potentially defective motorbike engines, leaking toilet valves (always a favorite) and an investigation into a fertility drug that was recalled because it wasn’t as effective as advertised. Throughout 2016, you can stay in touch by following us on Twitter and Facebook or by commenting on our weekly blog posts.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now speaking with women about their legal rights after Ferring Pharmaceuticals recalled its fertility drug Bravelle over a lack of efficacy. The recall was announced in October 2015 and was initiated by the company after it discovered that certain batches of the medication – specifically those purchased between March and October 2015 – were not as effective as advertised. As a result, all Bravelle lots were removed from the U.S. market and, while Ferring has offered to compensate women for the cost of the medication, it has so far failed to offer women money for their failed IVF treatments and related expenses. Because the drug’s lowered therapeutic effect could have had an effect on the success of IVF (in-vitro fertilization) and IUI (intrauterine insemination) treatments, some women are now filing lawsuits to seek compensation from Ferring for these costs. Learn more.
Several makes of Motto Guzzi motorcycles, including Griso, Stelvio, and Norge, may contain defective flat tappet cams that can cause engine failure and, potentially, serious injury, according to reports. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are currently investigating whether the diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on the engine’s camshafts is liable to delaminate, a problem that can cause the tappets to break while the bike is running. If this happens, riders can be put at risk for crashing their bikes and suffering serious injury.
It’s possible that the company knew about the problem as far back as 2010, but continued to install the old parts in its bikes up until 2012. With the cost of fixing this problem estimated to be between $2000 - $3000, many owners are reportedly facing hefty and unexpected out-of-pocket expenses for a problem they say should have prompted a recall long ago. If a lawsuit can be filed, owners may be able to seek compensation for the cost of fixing the engines and any other related problems. If you own a Motto Guzzi motorbike and think your vehicle may be affected by this, get in touch today.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are currently investigating a number of consumer complaints about AT&T. It seems that the company has been adding long-distance calling services to customers’ accounts without being asked to – and then charging customers for the service. You’d think that AT&T, being a phone provider, would know how to get in touch with its customers, but several consumers say they were unexpectedly charged for the new service – and, in some cases, continued to be billed after contacting AT&T to dispute the extra charges. Paying for calls you make is one thing, but paying bills for calls you never wanted to make is another. If you’ve noticed long-distance charges added to your AT&T bill, contact us with your story.
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Miracle Springs Resort
FedEx Delivery Drivers
East Bay Motorsports (Jan. 14)
LCD Flat Screen (Oregon) (Jan. 15)
Zara (Jan. 22)
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Three words you never want to hear together: “toilet,” “leak,” and “overflow.” Unfortunately, you’re about to: attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that several brands of toilet fill valves contain design flaws that can cause leaks, cracks, and – yes – overflowing.
Some toilet valve manufacturers, including Fluidmaster, have reportedly changed the materials they use to produce ball cock-style valves. All well and good – but the newer plastic valves may be less resistant to corrosion from the chlorine that’s typically added to water supplies to prevent disease-causing pathogens. Over time, these valves may corrode, crack, and cause leaks. If this sounds like something that’s happened to you, tell us about it.
Technicians, merchandisers, installers and others who regularly travel between work sites may be able to file wage claims for the time they spend driving and traveling. A number of lawsuits have already been filed and, while not all time spent traveling for work is classified as payable time, it’s possible that many workers are owed money because companies are not following federal wage laws. While you don’t deserve to be paid for, say, traveling to work in an office from 9-to-5, those who must drive between work sites – think door installers or cable repair technicians – should generally be getting paid for travel time and not just the time they spend working at someone’s house. Read more about travel time law on this page.
Certain 2008 – 2011 Chrysler and Dodge minivans may contain a defect in their tire pressure monitoring systems that causes the tires to deflate and valve stems to corrode and break off, according to a class action filed by worried consumers. Complaints dating back to 2009 indicate that Chrysler knew about the problem – and that it was so common, replacement parts for the valve stem were on backorder. More than 130 complaints have been sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation, where some drivers reported losing control of their vehicles after their tires blew out. While Chrysler seems to have fixed the problem in later models of its minivans, drivers of 2008 – 2011 models may still be affected and, to make matters worse, the company never actually told drivers to watch out for tire blowouts or to replace the parts, according to the suit. Joining a class action could provide compensation for the price of repairs and other costs. To learn more and tell us about your experience, get in touch by clicking here.
The New Year is a time for self-examination – a time to ask questions. What will you do in the year ahead? Where will you go? How do you join a class action? These are all the big questions. Well, good news! We have the answer to at least one of them. For all the details on how class actions work and how you actually join one, check out our blog post, helpfully titled How Do I Join a Class Action?
There’s been a lot of news about dietary and herbal supplements recently, with several major retailers accused of selling pills that are little more that placebos. We’ve taken a look at the supplement industry in the United States today and what it is you need to know. Read all about it in our blog post.
~ Key Case Updates ~
Ethicon Morcellator Cancer Cases Consolidated
Fifteen cases in Kansas have been consolidated after a court ruled that they were similar enough to be heard together. The suits, all filed against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, allege that the company’s power morcellator spreads cancer in women’s bodies when used in certain laparoscopic surgeries. Ethicon had opposed the consolidation to no avail. In 2014, the FDA released a guidance warning that laparoscopic power morcellators may spread cancerous cells when used in gynecological surgery and several companies have since faced lawsuits from women who underwent procedures using the devices. Read more.
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