Unfortunately, we don’t have much in the way of happy news for our 50th issue – but as always, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. This week, we’ve got lawsuits filed on behalf of InventHelp customers who were scammed out of their hard-earned cash and car insurance companies that may be shorting policyholders on the money they get after totaling their vehicles. Plus, we’ve got the latest on Claire’s beauty products, that massive college admissions bribery scandal, and more.
InventHelp is facing a number of class action lawsuits that claim the company scams aspiring inventors out of thousands of dollars for “invention promotion services” it cannot and does not intend to provide. The company’s ads promise that it’ll help people develop and monetize their inventions by using its connections with “more than 9,000 companies” that can review new ideas. Unfortunately, those relationships - and in some cases the companies themselves - don’t exist, according to the lawsuits. If you feel like you were scammed by InventHelp, share your story with us today.
Look, if you totaled your car, you’re already having a rough enough time – at least the insurance claim could proceed smoothly. But allegations are now surfacing that some car insurance companies are failing to include the cost of sales tax and certain fees when paying out claims for totaled vehicles, leaving drivers without the full amount they need to replace their vehicles. Now, attorneys are looking to see if a class action can be filed to help policyholders get back the difference between what they were paid and what they should have been paid. Read up on the situation here.
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When I think of asbestos, I tend to imagine an old abandoned building – not makeup. So, I was a little surprised to read that Claire’s Stores, Inc. recalled three of its products (a contour palette, a compact powder, and an eyeshadow kit) after FDA testing reportedly found the possible presence of asbestos. Now, a proposed class action has been filed arguing that the recall wasn’t enough to compensate Claire’s customers for the damage they’ve suffered, which includes the cost of diagnostic testing needed following exposure to the “extremely dangerous” and “potentially lethal” substance. Claire’s apparently hasn’t received any reports of adverse reactions yet, but the lawsuit claims that anyone who used the products is now at an increased risk of harm. Head over to our blog for the rest of the story.
You’ve probably already heard about the massive college admissions scandal and the first proposed class action filed in its wake – but if you haven’t, we’ve got you covered. Two Stanford University students have filed a lawsuit against The Key Worldwide Foundation, William Singer, and a host of top-tier universities over the actions of parents, test administrators, and school employees who gamed the college admissions system so that the children of well-to-do parents could gain admission into highly selective universities over those who truly deserved to attend. In short, parents (who had the money to do so) would pay to have certain information (test results and fake sports profiles) created or altered to ensure that their children could go to the university of their choice, while those who worked for their chance were left out in the cold. For a more detailed look at the case, check out our blog.
As a society, we care more and more about our how our food is sourced. In and of itself, it’s a good thing, but some companies are willing to take advantage of our growing concern so they can sell more of a product. According to a recently filed lawsuit, Nellie’s is one of these companies. On a package of Nellie’s eggs, you’ll find things like “Free Range” and “We Love Our Hens,” but the lawsuit claims that this is simply a marketing ploy to persuade the conscientious consumer to buy their eggs instead of “the other guy’s.” The proposed class action claims that, in reality, the chickens are “overworked, crowded, and malnourished” and not “frolicking outside under blue skies” as depicted on the label. You can find the rest of the story here.
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