Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! From prison guards to investors, our latest investigations are looking to make sure everyone is getting a fair shake. On the settlement side of things, we have a resolution to the Vizio smart TV litigation and whisperings of a possible settlement for Chevy Equinox owners in the near future. For all this and more, read on.
It is believed that some prison guards aren’t getting paid for all the work they’re performing and are therefore being cheated out of several hours of pay – including overtime – each week. The tasks that corrections officers allegedly aren’t being compensated for typically take place at the beginning or end of a shift and may include dressing in uniforms, walking to posts, passing through airlocks and control areas, and getting briefed by the last guard on duty. This adds up to about 30 to 50 minutes per day, or several hours per week – and may result in missed overtime wages. All time spent working must be paid, so if you’re a prison guard and aren’t paid from the time you arrive at work until the time you leave, check out this page for more information.
Allegations have surfaced that a group of banks has manipulated the financial benchmark Intercontinental Exchange London Interbank Offered Rate (ICE LIBOR) and set these rates lower than what they should have been over the past five years. If this is the case, then investors who purchased certain floating-rate financial instruments indexed to ICE LIBOR may have lost money. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking to file lawsuits against the group of banks suspected of engaging in the anticompetitive manipulation of this financial benchmark and are therefore interested in hearing from people with capital securities, Yankee CDs, subordinated bonds, debentures and more. If this sounds like something that affects you, read on for more.
At this point, you may have heard about the oil consumption issues surrounding 2010-2017 Chevy Equinox vehicles – and the class actions that followed. Now, court documents have revealed that as a result of mediation talks, a settlement may be just on the horizon. The potential settlement looks to resolve all three class actions that were filed over the issue, and the parties involved want it to apply nationwide. The specifics haven’t been ironed out yet, but the court has issued a deadline of April 5, 2019 for updates. Until then, here’s all the information we have.
The Vizio smart TV data settlement is now live. In case you missed it, Vizio was sued for allegedly selling its smart TV users’ data to third parties – data which included viewing history and content preferences. More than 20 lawsuits were consolidated and are now on the verge of resolution with a $17 million settlement. The deal still needs final approval from a judge, but the settlement website is up and you can fill out a form to claim your piece right now. For more on the history of the case and the settlement as it stands, you’ll want to check out this blog post.
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The fate of MoviePass has been all but sealed with the latest entry in the “Awesome Service Is No Longer Awesome” saga. Two MoviePass customers have filed a proposed class action claiming that the downgrade in service (from “any movie” on “any day” to a grand total of three in a year – for the plaintiffs, at least) represents a classic bait-and-switch scheme. The case goes on to claim that the plaintiffs each paid $105.35 for a one-year subscription and were not given a refund when they tried to cancel – a policy that MoviePass is said to strictly enforce. The suit proposes to cover a nationwide class of people who signed up with MoviePass. For more, head here.
Duracell is facing a proposed class action that claims its 250, 300 and 350 model LED flashlights are defective in that they drain their batteries – while turned off – in fewer than 30 days. If you haven’t completely given up actual flashlights in favor of your phone, you may have a flashlight like this tucked away in your junk drawer for when the power goes out during a storm – not exactly the best situation to find a dead flashlight. The lawsuit notes that the alleged 30-day lifespan of the batteries, which are sold in the same packages as the flashlights, falls far short of Duracell’s 10-year storage guarantee. For more on the suit, check out our blog post.
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