This week, we’re taking a break from data privacy cases and opening up this week’s newsletter with a couple of new investigations on other topics. The first involves attorneys looking into whether a certain Culturelle probiotic product works as well as the company behind it would have you believe. The second investigation is focused on Siemens Healthineers and whether the medical technology company is illegally underpaying employees who receive bonuses and work overtime.
In the latter half of this issue, we’re taking a look at a lawsuit filed against Frontier Airlines over hefty baggage fees it’s allegedly charging some flyers at the gate. To round things out, we have an alarming case against Baby Trend that alleges certain stroller models pose a serious risk of strangulation. Keep reading for the details.
When we buy a product for the sole purpose of improving stomach health, it can be frustrating to continue having the same issues. This has been the experience of some customers who’ve bought Culturelle Probiotics Ultimate Balance for Antibiotics – and attorneys are now investigating whether the maker of the supplement made false and misleading claims about the product’s health benefits. If so, it’s possible that a class action lawsuit could be filed on behalf of people who bought the probiotic supplement in question. A successful lawsuit could help buyers get back some of the money they spent on the product and potentially force the manufacturer to change how the supplement is advertised. Before that can happen, attorneys working with ClassAction.org need to speak with those who bought the Culturelle Probiotics Ultimate Balance for Antibiotics supplement while living in California. Share your story and read up on the investigation here.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether Siemens Healthineers employees who received overtime pay and bonuses or incentive payments within the last three years were illegally underpaid for their overtime work. Specifically, attorneys are looking into whether the company includes bonuses and other extra payments when calculating how much employees should be paid for each hour of overtime. If not, the company may be violating wage and hour law and a class action lawsuit could be filed over the issue. A successful lawsuit could give employees the chance to recover back wages and force the company to make changes to its overtime pay practices. If you work or worked for Siemens Healthineers and received overtime and bonuses or incentive payments, head over to this page to learn about how overtime rates should be calculated and a chance to help the investigation.
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Fees at the airport have become something to be expected, but a recently filed proposed class action is claiming that Frontier Airlines has taken it too far. The case claims that the airline traps flyers into paying hidden, last-minute baggage fees before being allowed to board their flights via a “bait-and-switch” scheme. Specifically, the company states that personal items larger than 14” height by 18” width by 8” depth are subject to an additional charge, but then uses a bag measurement tool at the gate that is significantly smaller than these dimensions, the lawsuit alleges. To make things worse, the imposed fee to Frontier customers is a substantial $100 – which is as much as four times the cost to check a bag normally, according to the case. Want to know more? Head over to this page for the details.
A proposed class action claims Baby Trend, Inc. has failed to appropriately warn consumers that an alleged design defect in certain strollers poses a head and neck entrapment hazard, placing infants at risk of strangulation. The lawsuit comes almost five months after Baby Trend and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a joint warning stating that a child’s head or neck can become trapped in the space in front of and behind the pivoting front canopy on Sit N’ Stand Double strollers with model numbers beginning with SS76 and Sit N’ Stand Ultra strollers with model numbers beginning with SS66. The suit accuses the company of actively concealing the alleged defect from caregivers and continuing to misleadingly market the products as “the safest, most reliable” way to transport infants and toddlers in both seated and standing positions. You can read up on the allegations being made here.
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