Class Actions - What Are They Good For? Quite a Lot, Actually.
A lot's been happening recently - and that's a good thing. There have been major developments in several lawsuits, and here at ClassAction.org, we continue to find new ways to help keep consumers informed about cases that may affect them. Electrolux and Endo both recently announced settlement agreements, while public reaction to the filing of the Insomniac / Live Nation "volunteer" lawsuit has been interesting to watch. The place of class action lawsuits in the world has never been more important, though - and a new series of blog posts exploring the impact they've had on various aspects of modern life should help show just how vital they are. On top of that, we've launched our new Open Settlement Page - read below for more details, and be sure to visit the site!
You may have noticed that our past few newsletters always ended with links to open class action settlements, giving you the chance to claim settlement money that you otherwise might not have known about. Well, now we've gone a step further - an entire page, updated twice weekly, filled with all the settlement details you need. The page already lists more than 35 resolved cases, with some settlement deadlines stretching into the next six years. Could you be covered by one of the settlements? Read More
Insomniac and Live Nation are facing a class action lawsuit over their use of unpaid volunteers to staff music gatherings. It's fair to say that, as news broke of the case, public reaction was mixed. Some were vocal in their support of the volunteers, while others criticized what they saw as unnecessary legal action. Many, though, may have been confused. Doesn't "volunteer" mean you don't get paid? How is this illegal? The fact is, the word "volunteer" has a specific definition and companies that misuse the term could be trying to avoid paying wages, and violating federal and state laws in the process. The companies are accused of recordkeeping, minimum wage, and overtime wages violations, among others. Read More
How Class Actions Changed the World
You don't need to have filed a class action lawsuit, or even claimed part of a settlement, to benefit from a suit's outcome. You might not know this, but almost every aspect of modern life - from the food we eat to the technology we use - has been changed (and, hopefully, improved) through the use of class action lawsuits. Sometimes, class actions are used to reign in companies that are misleading consumers. Sometimes, they're used to make sure consumer protections are improved. The point is, class actions work for you. A new series of blog posts, Class Actions That Changed the World, has begun exploring the ways our lives have been altered by class actions over the last few years. Part one looked at class actions that changed the Internet, and part two, up this week, explored how lawsuits have changed the way we eat. The next post in the series will be coming soon.
Drugs always come with side effects, but it's the responsibility of pharmaceutical companies to investigate and report these risks before placing their products on the market. A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that men who took Viagra, available generically as sildenafil, were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who didn't take the drug. Attorneys are now investigating whether lawsuits could be filed seeking compensation for Viagra users who were diagnosed with melanoma. Read More
Do you take fish oil supplements? It's possible that the products' health benefits have been exaggerated - and attorneys working with ClassAction.org have just started investigating whether consumers have been misled. Read More
IKO Manufacturing is facing lawsuits over its organic roofing shingles. You'd think shingles would be able to stand up to rain, but the suits allege a defect allows water to invade the shingles, which can result in cracking, curling, or blistering. Learn More
It's no secret that here at ClassAction.org, we're no fan of arbitration agreements - which is why it's so satisfying to report that General Mills has done a u-turn after news broke that they'd inserted arbitration clauses into their website's legal terms. Consumers' rights need protecting - especially if companies continue to try to avoid facing class actions when they do something wrong. Learn more.
News broke last week that Electrolux, Inc. has agreed to settle a lawsuit over clothes dryers alleged to contain a design defect. Customers reported that lint build up in the machines could be igniting fires and causing property damage. The company has now agreed to an $8 million settlement. Read More
Endo / American Medical Systems announced last week that they'll soon settle the "majority" of their TVM cases. There's no final details yet, but it looks like the deal will end up costing Endo as much as $1.1 billion in legal costs when all's said and done. Will other mesh manufacturers follow suit? We can only hope... Read More
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