Diet Pepsi, Tylenol Rapid Release Gels Under Investigation
In this issue, we have a couple of investigations into common consumer products. The first concerns the potential presence of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in Diet Pepsi – and attorneys are specifically looking to hear from those who bought the soda in California. The second investigation is looking into Tylenol’s Rapid Release Gels and whether they work as fast as advertised.
From there, we’re taking a look at Kasa Living and how the property rental company handles the privacy of users who’ve uploaded a photo ID and real-time face scan to confirm their identities. Lastly, we’ll touch on an alarming case filed against Tesla that claims the company’s employees have violated the privacy of consumers by viewing and circulating private images and videos captured by its vehicles’ onboard cameras. Keep reading for details on these stories and the latest in class action settlements.
While artificial sweeteners, such as those used in diet soda, have long been scrutinized for a potential cancer risk, health agencies have ultimately held that sugar substitutes do not cause serious health problems – but, in the case of Diet Pepsi, attorneys are looking into whether another questionable ingredient may be lurking in the soda. Specifically, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether Diet Pepsi contains PFAS, a group of manufactured chemicals that have been associated with a host of environmental and health effects, including liver problems, increased cholesterol levels and certain types of cancer. If so, a class action lawsuit could be filed over the issue. A successful lawsuit could give consumers a chance to get back some of the money they spent on Diet Pepsi and could also force PepsiCo to make changes to its manufacturing or labeling practices. If you live in California, bought Diet Pepsi and still have the product in your home, you may be able to help get a lawsuit started. Learn more on this page.
Illinois residents: If you booked a rental through Kasa.com and uploaded a photo ID and real-time face scan for verification purposes, it’s possible that your biometric information may have been illegally collected. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that Kasa Living may have gathered and stored Illinois users’ facial geometries when they uploaded their IDs and live selfies without providing the required disclosures or obtaining proper consent. Attorneys are now gathering Kasa.com users in Illinois to potentially take action via mass arbitration. This type of legal proceeding is different than a class action lawsuit but still allows a large group of people to seek compensation for an alleged wrongdoing. While there are no guarantees, Illinois law provides that consumers who’ve had their biometrics wrongfully collected could be owed as much as $5,000. For a breakdown of the situation and information on how you can join others taking action, head over to this page.
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If you received notice from Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) that your information may have been exposed in a data breach that occurred in August 2020, you may be included in this settlement.
If you bought Tylenol’s Rapid Release Gels, you probably ended up paying more than you would have for the regular tablets – but is the premium price really justified? Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to suspect that despite Johnson & Johnson's representations that the gelcaps are specifically designed to provide "even faster" relief due to “laser-drilled holes,” the product may not work as quickly as consumers have been led to believe. In fact, one study has concluded that "fast-release" gelcaps, including the Tylenol product, dissolve more slowly than regular tablets even though they're sold at a higher price. In light of this, it’s possible that a class action lawsuit could be filed to help consumers recover some of the money they spent on the medicine. So, if you live in New York or Massachusetts and purchased Tylenol Rapid Release Gels within the past six years, you may be able to help get a lawsuit on file. Read up on the details here.
One may assume that the onboard Autopilot system cameras in Tesla vehicles are only used for the operation of the vehicle and the safety of the driver – but a recently filed lawsuit is claiming otherwise. The proposed class action lawsuit charges that Tesla employees have violated the privacy of consumers by viewing and circulating private images and videos, which were captured by the cameras and stored by the automaker, for their own amusement and without consent. According to the filing, one former employee described how some recordings were captured by onboard cameras even when the cars were parked and powered off in consumers’ garages. The complaint also says that Tesla employees have gone so far as to make memes out of photos of customers’ pets, while others have circulated images of people’s children and videos of car crashes. Want more? You can read up on the details here.
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