Online privacy has been a major concern in recent years, and Spotify is the latest company suspected of violating our rights when it comes to how our information is gathered and shared. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now investigating whether consumers who watched videos on the Spotify website can take action. More on this below.
Also in this issue, you’ll find an ongoing investigation into whether Native personal care products contain toxic chemicals, a recent lawsuit alleging certain Hershey’s dark chocolate products contain heavy metals and a case against popular password manager LastPass over a months-long data breach. And, as always, you can find the latest settlements that you may be able to claim at the bottom of this newsletter.
If you have a Facebook account and watch videos on Spotify.com (not the associated app), you may be owed money for possible privacy violations. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to suspect that Spotify may have violated a federal privacy law by secretly tracking which videos Facebook users watch on its website and sharing that data with Meta (the owner of Facebook). Now, the attorneys are gathering Spotify users to potentially take action against the company. This wouldn’t proceed as a class action, but rather as mass arbitration, which involves hundreds or thousands of consumers filing individual arbitration claims against the same company over the same issue. While nothing is guaranteed, Spotify website users who sign up for the mass arbitration could be entitled to as much as $2,500. Read more on the investigation and what you can do right here.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether Native, a company that claims to make “clean” personal care products, misled consumers about how safe its products really are. Specifically, they’re looking into whether certain Native products ranging from shampoo to deodorant contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – toxic chemicals that have been linked to various health issues and environmental concerns. If a lawsuit can be filed over the issue, consumers may be able to get some of their money back, and the manufacturer could be forced to change the way it advertises or makes its products. Want more? Head over to this page for a list of potentially affected products and information on how you could help get a lawsuit started.
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According to a lawsuit filed this month, certain Hershey’s dark chocolate products contain lead and cadmium, harmful heavy metals that pose serious health risks when consumed, even in small dosages. The suit was filed in the wake of recent testing by Consumer Reports that found heavy metals in 28 dark chocolate bars from various popular brands. Among these products were three manufactured by The Hershey Company: Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate, Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa and Lily’s Extreme Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa. The lawsuit states that while most buyers have no way of knowing what the products contain beyond what is represented on the packaging, the company “knew and could not be unaware” of the harmful substances present in the chocolates based on quality control test results. You can learn more about the allegations being made here.
When the companies we trust to keep our passwords safe are accused of lax data security measures, it isn’t a good look. This type of security issue is now at the center of allegations being brought against global password manager LastPass after a months-long data breach affecting potentially millions of users. According to a recently filed lawsuit, LastPass allowed customers’ sensitive information – including billing addresses, phone numbers and vault data – to be accessed by unauthorized parties starting back in August 2022. To make matters worse, the case claims LastPass’ response to the breach was just as lackluster as its security standards, with the company waiting months to notify victims and “shamelessly” attempting to shift the blame for any negative consequences onto users who now face a heightened risk of identity theft and fraud. Users may even be at risk for ransom threats and blackmail attempts given their home addresses and the types of accounts they own may have been exposed, according to the suit. Want more? You can read up on the case details here.
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