We have a handful of new lawsuits for you in our latest issue of the newsletter. To start things off, the maker of Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9 Lives and Meow Mix pet foods is facing a suit claiming the products contain ingredients that can prove harmful to our pets. From there, we have two separate lawsuits filed against Amazon over the company’s Prime memberships – one taking issue with the subscription’s shipping promises and the other focusing on how difficult Amazon allegedly makes it for customers to cancel their memberships.
To round things out, we have a proposed class action claiming that DeWALT and Black & Decker’s recent miter saw recall was “grossly inadequate” and that additional steps need to be taken to make things right. As always, we have the latest in class action settlements that you may be able to claim. Keep reading for the details.
Quality of ingredients plays a big part in deciding what pet foods we buy, so it’s alarming when we come to find out that the products we thought were promoting healthy pets may contain toxic ingredients. Such is the case with Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9 Lives and Meow Mix products from The J.M. Smucker Company, according to a recently filed proposed class action. The case is claiming that the defendant’s pet foods are misleadingly labeled since the purportedly healthy products contain titanium dioxide and their packaging contains synthetic PFAS, commonly called “forever chemicals.” The complaint goes on to allege that the maker of the popular dog and cat foods has long known of the health problems linked to titanium dioxide and PFAS, including cancer and organ damage, yet has not removed them from its products. Head over to our newswire for a list of potentially affected products and a breakdown of the allegations being made.
Guaranteed two-day, or even same-day, shipping is likely the only reason some of us bother to pay for Amazon Prime – but a new lawsuit filed in California is claiming that Amazon has deliberately misrepresented the delivery and shipping benefits offered to its Prime members. The proposed class action claims Prime subscribers often find themselves waiting “substantially beyond” the represented same-day or two-day delivery date for the items they ordered. While many packages simply arrive late, Amazon also has a practice of changing the delivery date once an item is in transit, the suit goes on to claim. Per the case, consumers are “constantly misled” into signing up for Prime based on advertised benefits that Amazon knows it will not be able to provide. Read up on the case details here.
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If the last story was enough to make you consider canceling your Prime subscription, you may need a little help figuring out how, according to yet another lawsuit filed against Amazon. According to the case, Amazon relies on a “layered and confusing” process rife with exploitative “dark patterns” in an effort to prevent consumers from canceling their Prime memberships. Essentially, the case is saying that Amazon sets up a gauntlet of multiple layers of questions and new offers that make it “needlessly difficult, time-consuming, and frustrating” for users attempting to end their subscriptions. For a closer look at how Amazon allegedly exploits cognitive biases to keep its users off the final cancellation screen, we have you covered.
Back in August of this year, DeWALT issued a voluntary recall of its 12-inch sliding compound miter saws, but a recently filed lawsuit is calling the recall “grossly inadequate.” The saws were recalled because a potential defect could cause the rear safety guard to break or detach, posing a significant risk of injury and rendering the product unusable. Despite the recall, consumers were not offered any monetary relief and haven’t even been directly notified that the “extraordinarily dangerous” saw was being pulled from stores, the suit claims. According to the filing, the recall merely allowed DeWALT and parent company Black & Decker to say they were doing the right thing – even though the recall was only briefly publicized and the link to relevant information on the defendants’ website was “buried” among a list of other links. You can read up on the details here.
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