As the weather warms up, so do sales of all our favorite summer products. Cool drinks? Check. Sunglasses? Of course. Sunscreen and aloe vera? Maybe. It turns out that your aloe vera, however, may not contain much aloe at all (see below) – and it’s a good reminder that consumers always need to be wary of what they’re buying. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are always working to help protect consumers’ rights and hold companies accountable when the rules are broken. So, read on for the latest news and class action settlements – and remember, you can always get in touch on social media if you have questions.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether certain aloe gel products, including CVS’s Aftersun Aloe Vera Moisturising Gel, CVS’s 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gel and Fruit of the Earth’s Aloe 100% Gel, actually contain any aloe. The investigation started after independent tests, including one performed by ConsumerLabs.com, found little to no trace of the key aloe vera compound acemannan in the products. The International Aloe Science Council – an organization established specifically to protect consumers from falsely labeled aloe products – has previously stated that products that don’t contain acemannan “are not considered to be true aloe vera.” Just as concerning, tests of CVS’s aloe products show that the gels may also contain propylene glycol, a form of anti-freeze, though a non-toxic one. If you purchased these products, you may be able to get your money back. Get in touch today to find out more and to help with this investigation.
Women across the country are filing lawsuits against the manufacturer of Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug that some say has caused permanent hair loss, also known as alopecia. According to the suits, Sanofi, Taxotere’s maker, encouraged off-label use of the drug by offering doctors kickbacks, exposing patients to the drug even when less toxic alternatives were available. Taxotere, which has been available since 1996, is prescribed for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer if chemotherapy and other drugs prove ineffective. In 2009, however, Sanofi was warned by the FDA. The warning dealt with misleading statements the company made regarding Taxotere’s superiority – and now lawsuits claim that the company promoted the drug for patients with early-stage breast cancer, rather than the metastatic type. Women who filed the suits are seeking compensation from Sanofi for mental suffering, therapy bills, and loss of earnings after they were unable to return to work. Read more.
If you’ve been having problems with your credit report – something that can impact getting a loan, buying a house, and a range of other things – attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to speak with you. This is all part of their investigation into companies that run credit reports and whether these companies have broken the law. If that turns out to be the case, you may be owed up to $1,000. Problems can include inaccurate information, falsely reported deaths, and pulling information on closed accounts without consent. Successful lawsuits have already been filed against credit reporting agencies, so if you’ve had problems, get in touch today.
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Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed over allegedly defective retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters made by C.R. Bard and Cook Medical. Patients say the devices are unreasonably dangerous in that they can cause hemorrhaging, blood clots and other problems. The suits also allege that the companies knew their devices were unfit for use and failed to recall them. Read more.
If you were forced to quit or were fired after being sexually harassed, attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to hear from you. All workers, whether male or female, have a right to a harassment-free workplace and have legal protections against being fired for reporting such incidents. A number of cases have already been successful, so get in touch today if you were fired after being sexually harassed in the workplace.
If you had to move a loved one from a continuing-care community into assisted living, skilled nursing or another type of dependent care, your insurance company may have charged too much. Attorneys have reason to believe that some companies – particularly long-term insurance carriers – are refusing to pay out full policy benefits when residents move, resulting in higher costs to patients and their families. One company, John Hancock, has already been sued for allegedly doing just that. Read more.
The ClassAction.org blog is still the place to go for the latest news and opinion. Recently, we covered an underreported – but very important – Supreme Court decision that may affect how and when consumers can file class action lawsuits. The question before the court concerns how to define injuries in lawsuits that focus on federal consumer law and, though that might not sound like much, it’s a big question. We’ve also been looking into lawsuits about “slack fill,” which is the empty space manufacturers build into their packaging. Again, it doesn’t sound important, but the more slack fill, the less product you’re getting for your money – which is why there are laws about this very thing. For more, check out our piece, “Are Manufacturers Slacking Off?”
The antipsychotic drug Abilify will now come with stronger warnings from the FDA after the agency highlighted the drug’s link to uncontrollable urges for gambling, eating, shopping and sex. The drug is already at the center of federal and state lawsuits over some unexpected side effects – and now the FDA is eager to get the word out about the possibility of further complications. For more information and to get in touch if this affects you, see our dedicated Abilify page.
Johnson & Johnson has been sued by Washington and California over claims that the company’s pelvic mesh was falsely advertised and deceptively marketed. The states claim that patients and doctors were not told about the possibility of severe complications and injuries from the mesh – and that now thousands of women have been harmed by the products. The case could eventually cost J&J millions and is the latest in a long string of lawsuits, mostly from consumers, targeting several mesh manufacturers. Read more.
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