Leaky Water Heaters and Potential Privacy Violations
We open this issue with a story on leaky water heaters and the potential defect that may be plaguing certain A.O. Smith models. From there, attorneys are looking into the letters Selene Finance supposedly sends to those who fall behind on their mortgage payments and whether the letters contain false and misleading statements intended to intimidate recipients.
We round things out with a couple of websites that may be improperly sharing users’ data with Facebook – namely, CBS.com and CNBC.com. If you watch videos on either site and have a Facebook account, keep reading for details on how you can take action. And, as always, we have the latest settlements that you may be able to claim.
Some A.O. Smith customers have been reporting that their water heaters have started leaking well before their useful life expectancies. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now investigating whether a defect is causing the water heaters in question to leak from the side panels, bottom or top – and if so, whether a class action lawsuit can be filed. Specifically, it’s suspected that a defect may be causing the water heaters’ interior lining to corrode. Although A.O. Smith claims on its website that the water heaters are “built to last” and typically have a lifespan of “well over a decade or more,” consumers have stated in online reviews that the product began leaking within a few years, months or even weeks of normal use. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could help consumers get back some of the money they spent on the product and potentially force A.O. Smith to recall or fix its water heaters. If you’ve had issues with your A.O. Smith water heater leaking, head over to this page for the details.
If you fell behind on your mortgage payments and received a letter from Selene Finance stating that your loan would be accelerated, you aren’t alone. Attorneys have reason to believe these letters may have been sent to consumers with potentially false and misleading statements intended to intimidate borrowers into making immediate payments. In its letters, Selene has reportedly implied that homeowners’ loans would be accelerated – meaning the full amount of the mortgage would be due – if the consumer failed to pay the money they owed within a certain time frame. Attorneys are now looking into whether a class action lawsuit can be filed against the mortgage servicer over possible violations of federal debt collection law. A successful lawsuit could help consumers recover money for Selene’s letters and force the company to stop including potentially misleading statements in its notices. Before that can happen, attorneys need to hear from homeowners who received a letter from Selene after falling behind on their mortgage payments. If this sounds like something you went through, find out how you could help get a lawsuit on file and see an example of the letter at issue right here.
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Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that CBS owner Paramount may have used a tracking tool called the Meta pixel on CBS.com to collect accountholders’ information – including which videos they watch – and secretly share it with Facebook. Now, the attorneys are looking into a mass arbitration against Paramount over possible violations of a law known as the Video Privacy Protection Act. With mass arbitration, hundreds or thousands of consumers will file individual arbitration claims at the same time – and those who sign up could be entitled to up to $2,500. It costs nothing to sign up, and you don’t have to pay if the attorneys don’t win your claim. So, if you have a CBS account and a Facebook account and have watched videos on CBS.com, join others taking action. Learn more on this page.
Echoing the CBS.com story, it’s suspected that NBCUniversal, the owner of CNBC.com, may have also secretly shared accountholders’ data with Facebook. Specifically, attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that NBCUniversal may have violated the federal Video Privacy Protection Act by sharing certain data about consumers (including their Facebook IDs and details about the videos they’ve watched on CNBC.com) without their consent – and they’re now gathering CNBC.com accountholders to take action. The attorneys are pursuing a legal strategy called mass arbitration, which involves many consumers filing individual claims against the same company over the same issue. While there are no guarantees, it’s possible that those who participate could be entitled to as much as $2,500. If you’re a Facebook user who has a CNBC account (i.e., you registered to receive additional content, emails and newsletters) and watched videos on CNBC.com, read up on the issue and learn how you can take action here.
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