We’re opening this issue with two new investigations into Walgreens and Us Weekly, respectively – and both are looking into the ways these companies handle our personal data. Attorneys have reason to believe that Walgreens and Us Weekly may be sharing certain website users’ data with Meta – and breaking privacy laws in the process. More on this below.
In addition to the all-too-common data privacy issue, we have an investigation into NIU electric scooters over whether a potential defect is causing the KQi2 Pro model to lose braking power when the scooters are at full charge. We’ll round things out by touching on a lawsuit recently filed against the manufacturer of Pinkfong Baby Shark Bath toys that claims the products are unreasonably dangerous. Keep reading for the latest class action news and a handful of new settlements that you may be able to claim.
It’s believed that Walgreens may have used a tracking tool on its website to record users’ purchase histories – and then secretly transmitted the data to Facebook. In cases where customers purchased health-related items (e.g., prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, COVID-19 tests, etc.), their private medical information may have been shared in violation of certain states’ privacy laws. Now, attorneys are gathering customers to take action against the pharmacy chain via a process known as mass arbitration. (More on that process here.) So, if you have a Facebook account, logged in to your Walgreens.com account to buy any health-related product within the past two years, and live in Florida, Illinois, Washington, Pennsylvania or California, you may be able to join others taking action. While there are no guarantees, privacy laws in these states provide that consumers could be owed anywhere from $100 to $5,000 for violations. Head over to this page for more information.
If you subscribe to Us Weekly or any of its online newsletters, watch videos on UsMagazine.com and also have a Facebook account, you’ll want to listen up. Attorneys suspect that the operator of UsMagazine.com may have violated federal law by using a tracking tool that secretly transmits details about these users and the videos they’ve watched to Facebook – and it’s possible that a class action lawsuit could be filed. If filed and successful, a lawsuit could help compensate subscribers and newsletter recipients whose privacy may have been violated. It could also force the magazine’s owner to change its data privacy practices. So, if you’re an Us Weekly subscriber or newsletter recipient with a Facebook account and you’ve watched videos on UsMagazine.com, learn more here.
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If your healthcare benefits were coordinated by CareCentrix and your personal information was potentially exposed in a data breach at American Medical Collection Agency, you may be included in this settlement.
If you’ve been having issues with the brakes on your NIU Technologies KQi2 Pro electric scooter, you aren’t alone. Some KQi2 Pro users have reported that the kick scooter’s braking power is considerably diminished or gone entirely during the first ride following a charge, with some saying they couldn’t stop when going down a hill or incline. It’s suspected that the part of the brakes that provides most of the scooter’s braking power may be connected to the regenerative braking system in a way that prevents it from operating properly when the battery is fully charged. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a lawsuit can be filed. A class action lawsuit could help KQi2 Pro owners get back some of the money they spent on the product and force the manufacturer to provide a free fix. So, if you live in California, New York or Illinois and experienced braking problems when your KQi2 Pro was fully charged, you may be able to help get a lawsuit on file. Learn more here.
Taking advantage of the viral children’s song that has likely been stuck in your head at least once, plenty of companies have been putting “Baby Shark” merchandise on store shelves in recent years – and this includes the Pinkfong Baby Shark bath toys. Zuru, the maker of this particular product, is facing some scrutiny, however, as a proposed class action lawsuit has been filed claiming the company failed to warn consumers that the bath toy’s design poses a risk of impalement and laceration to children. The lawsuit claims that the now-recalled toys – namely, the full-size Robo Alive Junior Baby Shark Sing & Swim bath toys and mini-size Robo Alive Junior Mini Baby Shark Swimming bath toys – are defective and “unreasonably dangerous” because the sharp fins of the plastic shark can, with enough force, impale or cut users’ skin. The bath toys may also cause users to be shocked by or suffer chemical burns from defective battery systems that can leak battery acid, the suit claims. Want more? You can read up on the allegations being made here.
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