Happy New Year! – Here’s the Latest in Class Action Litigation
Welcome to our first newsletter of the new year! While the overall landscape of the class action world may not seem to change much day to day, more and more people are being covered by new and ongoing litigation. For our part, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are doing their best to help families of former college football players, patients who had kidney problems after taking certain acid reflux medications, and people who had issues with the Anthem Life Insurance Company taking money from their personal injury settlements. Read on for the latest – and remember, you can reach me on Twitter or Facebook if you have any questions.
Manufacturers of certain acid reflux drugs (known as proton pump inhibitors – or PPIs) are being sued by patients who were diagnosed with kidney problems. The lawsuits claim that the makers of these PPIs failed to properly warn patients about the risk of acute interstitial nephritis (AIN), which causes sudden kidney inflammation and can lead to significant damage down the line. AIN, if left untreated, has been linked to chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. Studies also show that patients taking PPIs may have a higher risk of developing stomach and esophageal cancer. If you or a loved one took a PPI, such as Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec, and were diagnosed with kidney disease, stomach or esophageal cancer, or renal failure, read up on the litigation here and fill out the form to learn more about your rights.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is facing lawsuits that claim the organization was negligent in preventing football players from developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This form of degenerative brain disease can occur when a player takes multiple concussive hits and unfortunately, can only be diagnosed post-mortem. These lawsuits are being filed mainly by families of the deceased who allege that the NCAA “kept critical information in the dark” as it knew about the “grave consequences” that could develop decades after an athlete stops playing. While nothing can bring back a lost loved one, a successful case could help families recover money for funeral expenses, medical bills, and other damages. You can find more information on the cases being filed and what potential options you have here.
Anthem Life Insurance Company has been sued for allegedly breaking state law and violating its own contracts by attempting to take back money it already paid out in disability benefits from policyholders’ personal injury settlements and verdicts. It works a bit like this: let’s say that Derek got in a car accident and he collects disability benefits from Anthem. He then files a lawsuit against the person who hit him and gets a settlement. It’s been alleged that Anthem would then go after, in this case, Derek’s settlement money to pay itself back for the disability benefits it provided following the crash. If this sounds like something that happened to you, fill out the form on this page to learn more. After you get in touch, one of the attorneys looking into the allegations against Anthem may reach out to you directly.
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Aetna Health Insurance has been hit with a lawsuit that claims the company is trying to repay itself from policyholders’ personal injury recoveries and breaking state law in the process. Essentially, if you won money through a personal injury settlement or verdict and had Aetna go after this award to recoup money for medical bills it paid, you may have been affected. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org would like to speak with anyone who received requests from Aetna Health Insurance or The Rawlings Company - its suspected collection agent - attempting to take a piece of their settlement or jury verdict. If successful, a class action may require Aetna to give accident victims their money back. To learn more about this case and how it affects you, you’ll want to head over to our page dedicated to the litigation.
A recent lawsuit alleges that the claims behind Dr. Teal’s brand of Epsom salt products are really just old wives’ tales. The case takes issue with the products’ labeling, which states that when dissolved in a bath, the Epsom salts will relieve muscle pain and soreness, even though several scientific sources adamantly deny that Epsom salts can accomplish such a feat. Apparently, it’s “biologically impossible” for the magnesium in Epsom salt to pass through the skin according to sources cited in the complaint. Who knew? The proposed class action is looking to compensate consumers who purchased the products and to stop the defendant’s “false and misleading advertising.” Read more here.
Yeti Coolers has made some bold claims about its Rambler Colster – a koozie that can keep your beverage of choice cold for “so long that you’ll have to re-think your understanding of a few natural laws.” Now, while this is obviously (hopefully) hyperbole, there are some potential issues with the Rambler Colster that the case does take issue with. According to the lawsuit, the $24.99 koozie doesn’t fit cans and bottles “like a glove – a glove with double-wall vacuum insulation” like Yeti claims and allows the drinks to slip out when the consumer attempts to take a sip. The lawsuit also alleges that when certain aluminum cans are “fastened” into the Rambler Colster, the holder can produce metal shavings that are easily ingested and leave the user’s beverage tasting metallic. More on the case here.
Store brands are usually just cheaper options for common products without the fancy labels – but according to a recently filed lawsuit, Rite Aid’s rapid-release acetaminophen just can’t seem to live up to its name-brand counterpart. According to the lawsuit, the drug, despite what Rite Aid claims, isn’t comparable to Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release Gels and isn't actually fast-acting. In fact, Rite Aid’s version allegedly dissolves slower than its non-rapid-release counterparts, which defeats the purpose entirely. As a result, the suit claims, consumers looking for the fastest pain relief possible are out of luck should they choose the thriftier option presented by Rite Aid. You can find more on the lawsuit here.
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