Trucks, Treadmills, Casinos Causing Headaches for Consumers
This week, our newsletter centers on an investigation into reported problems with the 10-speed transmissions found in certain newer Chevy, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. Drivers have complained of harsh and erratic shifting; hesitating, surging and jerking between gears; loss of power; and all manner of clunking and whining noises coming from underneath the hood.
Next, we’ll dive into a recently filed class action that alleges certain NordicTrack, ProForm, Freemotion and Matrix at-home fitness equipment suffers from severe connectivity problems, preventing users from streaming workouts.
Rounding out this issue, we have the scoop on a new case that says Nestlé Healthcare Nutrition has overstated the amount of protein found in Carnation Breakfast Essentials powder, as well as two lawsuits that claim big-time casinos run by MGM and Caesars have, quite literally, kept the change from cashed-out players. Carry on, dear reader.
It might be common for a batter to struggle with the shift in baseball, but your vehicle shouldn’t do the same, especially when you’ve got places to go.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into reports from drivers of certain newer Chevy, GMC and Cadillac models who say their vehicle’s 10-speed transmission shifts harshly or erratically. Other drivers have said their General Motors-made transmission lost power or hesitated between gears, sometimes making noises no one wants to hear during the weekly grocery store run.
Specifically, the investigation is focused on the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, though the full list also includes a handful of vehicles that had the 10-speed transmission as an available option.
If you drive a Chevy, GMC or Cadillac and think your 10-speed transmission might be on the fritz, get in touch here. If a lawsuit is filed and successful, affected drivers could recover some money for repairs and replacements and receive extended warranty coverage.
A proposed class action case filed last week says certain treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, rowers and other fitness gear made by iFIT Health and Fitness and sold under the NordicTrack, ProForm, Freemotion and Matrix brands suffers from persistent connectivity issues, causing problems for consumers looking to stream workouts at home.
Although iFIT has touted the pricey products as able to “function seamlessly” with its on-demand workout streaming service, exercisers have run into a variety of issues, including audio and video lag, buffering, freezing, poor picture quality and even total failure mid-workout, the lawsuit says.
As the suit tells it, the iFIT streaming woes happen so frequently that some consumers have reported being unable to complete most workouts without some sort of problem (we’ve all been there), and the ineffective “fixes” offered by the manufacturer have left buyers with “outdated fitness equipment sold at inflated prices.”
Read more about the suit over on the ClassAction.org blog.
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On the latest episode of Food Labeling Court, a case out of New York claims Carnation Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix buyers have been misled by the product’s label. Specifically, the proposed class action alleges maker Nestlé Healthcare Nutrition has misrepresented that the powder contains 13 grams of protein per serving, when, in fact, fine print on the label adds the key caveat of “per prepared serving” – i.e., when milk is added.
Essentially, the filing argues that a consumer would not think they need to add milk to the powder to get the promised 13 grams of protein per serving, especially considering the label provides no instructions on how much milk to add (or what kind to use) and expressly claims the product contains “3x vitamin D vs. milk.”
Learn more about the case by reading our quick write-up here.
Casino giants MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment each face a proposed class action that claims they’ve wrongfully pocketed the change of players who’ve decided to cash out at their automated kiosks.
The suits allege MGM and Caesars have essentially robbed players “a few cents at a time, on millions of transactions” by rounding down the money owed to players to the nearest dollar amount. Players at MGM casinos, for instance, are given a ticket representing the amount of change that wasn’t paid out when they attempt to retrieve whatever money or credits they have left and then must redeem that ticket at the main cashier’s window. More often than not, players don’t go through the effort, the case relays.
According to the complaints, players are not given adequate notice that MGM and Caesars will, quite literally, keep the change, stressing that casino players who decide they’ve had enough should be presented with the entirety of their money.
Read more about the case against MGM here, and the suit against Caesars here.
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