$45 Million Settlement Reached in Avis, Budget “e-Toll” Case
This edition of the ClassAction.org newsletter will cover a recent settlement for Avis and Budget customers, potentially toxic toothpaste, duplicate debts on credit reports and credit accounts that may have been opened without authorization.
First up, a $45 million settlement has been reached to end claims that Avis Budget Group, Inc. and its electronic toll processing administrator failed to properly disclose certain fees and charges associated with their “e-Toll” electronic toll payment system. From there, we’ll touch on a new investigation into certain Tom’s of Maine toothpastes and whether they contain toxic “forever chemicals.”
Rounding out this edition is a call to anyone who had a Fingerhut Fetti credit account opened in their name when the company transitioned to a new financing partner earlier this year. Lastly, we have the details on an investigation into duplicate collection accounts that may have popped up on consumers’ Equifax credit reports.
May your upcoming weekend be long and leisurely, dear reader.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether certain Tom’s of Maine toothpastes contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as “forever chemicals.” PFAS can be found in everything from clothing and fast-food packaging to non-stick cookware and cosmetics – and exposure to the chemicals has been linked to certain types of cancer, decreased vaccine response in children, fertility issues and other health concerns.
Attorneys believe that products branded as “safe” and “natural” should not contain PFAS and are now looking into whether a lawsuit can be filed against Tom’s of Maine over some of its toothpaste products. A class action lawsuit could give Tom’s customers a chance to get some money back—and even force the company to revise its marketing. If you’ve bought Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, namely the Kids, Whole Care Peppermint or Luminous White Clean Mint varieties, fill out the form on this page today.
A $45 million settlement has been reached to settle a proposed class action lawsuit that alleged Avis and Budget customers weren’t properly told about the fees and charges associated with the rental car companies’ “e-Toll” electronic toll payment systems. If you rented a car from Avis or Budget between April 1, 2007 through December 31, 2015 and paid service fees or convenience charges in connection with the e-Toll system, you may be able to file a claim with the settlement. Average settlement payments range from around $9 to $46, depending on how many eligible e-Toll related charges you had. There’s a deadline for filing a claim, so get yours in now. You can find out more over on our dedicated settlement page.
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In light of a slew of online complaints, attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from anyone who had a Fingerhut Fetti credit account opened on their behalf after the company swapped financing partners in March 2022. The attorneys are looking into whether Fingerhut was authorized to open the new credit accounts and whether a class action can be filed on behalf of consumers. Although Fingerhut represented that customers’ WebBank/Fingerhut Advantage accounts would be “transitioned” to WebBank/Fingerhut Fetti credit accounts, many have said they were unaware that Fingerhut would be opening a fresh credit account and closing the old one, potentially affecting their credit. If you had a Fingerhut Advantage credit account at the time the company switched financing partners, head to this page to learn more about the investigation. A class action lawsuit, if filed and successful, could help compensate consumers for any damage to their credit scores and even help repair their credit.
For our final investigation this week, attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to hear from consumers who received a letter from Equifax about duplicate collection accounts appearing on their credit report.
Although there are several reasons – including legitimate ones – why a debt may be listed more than once on your credit report, attorneys have reason to believe the duplicate collection accounts mentioned by Equifax may have been caused by an error.
If you received a letter from Equifax about duplicate collection accounts on your credit report, or you noticed that the same debt was reported twice, tell us about it here. There is no cost or obligation to talk to someone about your rights.
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