Big Companies May Act Badly, But Individual Rights Matter
Data breaches seem to be constantly in the news at the moment, while General Motors has revealed that more than 3 million vehicles may contain defects, and are subject to recall. There's strong evidence that the company knew about the problems as far back as 2004 - so why has it taken ten years to act? it's not the only company accused of dragging its feet, either - Pella Corporation is facing claims that it, too, knew about problematic products but attempted to hide the truth.
It's hard to know how much large corporations will ever be trustworthy - but, here at ClassAction.org, we're all about empowering individuals to know about and assert their legal rights. Companies may act badly, but as long as they're held accountable, there's plenty of hope for the future.
It's been a busy few weeks for General Motors. The company has issued multiple recalls for vehicles that may have defective ignition switches, and more than 300 deaths may be linked to the problem. Individuals who suffered injury have now begun filing personal injury lawsuits, while a class action lawsuit seeks to represent all customers whose property was allegedly devalued following the recalls. Read More.
Pella Corporation's Architect and Design series windows are facing a potential class action lawsuits over an alleged manufacturing defect that allows moisture to get in, causing the wood to rot and in some cases leading to property damage. Making matters worse, Pella may have known about the problem but chosen not to warn its customers - a serious breach of warranty and something that could land the company in hot water. Some Pella customers have taken to online forums to complain about the windows and the company's response to complaints. Read More
The list of companies that have announced data breaches - lapses in security in which customers' debit and credit card details are stolen - seems to grow by the day. News broke recently that Michaels, the nationwide craft store, has been targeted by thieves and is now working with the authorities to determine its next steps. As before, it looks like customers who used their cards to shop in-store may have had their details stolen, while those using the online store remain relatively safe. Read More.
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"Low T" therapies such as Androgel are marketed as a great way to boost your energy - but they may be linked to strokes and heart attacks in older men with a history of heart disease. The FDA has begun an investigation into prescription testosterone therapies. Read More
Flushable toilet wipes are designed to disintegrate after use - but homeowners have reported plumbing problems and property damage caused by blocked pipes after the wipes proved not to be so "flushable" after all. Read More
Black financial advisors or securities professionals who have been treated differently by employers because of their race may be able to take part in a class action lawsuit seeking compensation - and an end to discrimination. Read More
More good news for those fighting for compensation from vaginal mesh manufacturers - Coloplast will soon announce a new settlement worth $16 million, according to sources close to the company. Read More
Wells Fargo has announced that "significant monetary relief" will be paid to customers who were the victims of force-placed insurance policies. It's about time - other companies, including CitiBank and JPMorgan Chase, have already announced settlement details in similar FPI lawsuits. Read More
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