Mass arbitration is an alternate way of resolving a dispute that involves potentially thousands of individual claims being made over the same issue, at the same time and against the same company. Now, this relatively new legal technique is providing Lyft drivers labeled as independent contractors a brand-new opportunity to recover compensation for lost wages. More on that below.
Also down below, you’ll find information on the massive Fabuloso recall and a lawsuit filed over potential bacterial contamination. We’ll round out this issue by looking at whether Michigan and Texas residents were underpaid on certain insurance claims. Keep reading for the latest, including the newest settlements.
If you drove 40+ hours in a week for Lyft (even if it was just once) in the past three years in Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York or Illinois, you may be able to join others taking action. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are signing up Lyft drivers in light of persistent allegations that the rideshare company is misclassifying these workers as independent contractors – when they should be employees – and therefore depriving them of the minimum wage, overtime pay and other benefits. While there are no guarantees, it’s estimated that those who sign up for this new opportunity could be owed $2,000 or more. This isn’t being handled as a class action lawsuit, but rather as a mass arbitration – a relatively new legal technique that still allows for a larger group of people to recover compensation for an alleged wrongdoing. If you’ve driven for Lyft in the past three years and live in Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York or Illinois, learn more about the new process and your options here.
Colgate-Palmolive recently recalled nearly 4.9 million bottles of Fabuloso multi-purpose cleaners nationwide because of potential bacterial contamination – and now a lawsuit has been filed over the issue. Colgate-Palmolive stated that it voluntarily pulled the cleaners from the market because “a preservative was not added at the intended levels during manufacturing,” which created “a risk of bacteria growth” in the products. The case says this boils down to “poor manufacturing processes” on part of Colgate-Palmolive and adds that the contamination issue is especially egregious given that consumers may have been spreading bacteria around their homes via a product that is supposed to make things clean. Want more? Head over to this page for a list of affected products, information on how to request a refund and a rundown of the allegations being made in the lawsuit.
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If you live in Michigan and received payment for a totaled vehicle from your insurance company, you may have been underpaid. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to suspect that some car insurance companies may be failing to include the cost of sales tax and certain fees when paying out these types of claims – and lawsuits may be filed because of it. If successful, a lawsuit could help Michigan residents get some of the money they should have been paid – but weren’t – for their total loss claims. Before that can happen, however, attorneys need to speak with more people. So, if you live in Michigan and received a total loss payout from your insurance company, share your story with us here.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are currently investigating whether some homeowners’ insurance companies (including State Farm) are intentionally deducting more than they should be from policyholders’ payouts in a way that most would never notice. Specifically, these deductions come in the form of “labor depreciation,” or the practice of deducting money on the basis of labor losing value over time despite the fact that labor costs don’t depreciate like building materials do. What’s worse, many insurance companies’ paperwork will include both labor and materials on the same line, making it impossible to determine which costs are actually being depreciated. Ultimately, homeowners may not be getting paid for the full cost of repairing damage done to their properties. So, if you live in Texas and had a homeowners’ insurance claim approved by your insurer, check out this page to find out more about this investigation and how you could have been underpaid.
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