If Case Updates Are What You’re Looking for, We've Got Two Big Ones for You
Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. We finally have some news on two prominent cases that affect a ton of people – maybe you’re one of them. (Hint: the cases involve some oil-hungry cars and troublesome icemakers.) While we don’t have final resolutions just yet, the news may signify that an end is in sight. We’ve also got an investigation into Glen Mills in this newsletter, plus two new cases against companies that may be adding a little something extra to your deliveries. Read on!
Recent investigations carried out by news outlets and government organizations have revealed that students at the Glen Mills reform school are being physically and mentally abused by staff members and fellow students. The investigations detail reports of staff members allegedly using “unreasonable force” to punish juveniles “under the guise of discipline,” with the abuse ranging from students being spit on to having their bones broken. Now, attorneys have filed a lawsuit on victims’ behalf. If successful, a lawsuit could provide compensation for abuse victims and require Glen Mills Schools to properly report abuse allegations going forward. You can find more information here.
DoorDash is facing yet another lawsuit. And this time, the on-demand food delivery service is being accused of charging sales tax on orders placed in tax-free states, including Delaware, New Hampshire, and Montana. According to the suit, Delaware and Montana don’t charge sales tax for prepared food or meals, and New Hampshire doesn’t charge sales tax when those meals are not eaten on premises, as is the case with DoorDash. Still, the company is allegedly charging a sales tax of up to 8.75 percent on orders delivered to addresses in these states. It’s worth noting that Oregon and Alaska are tax-free as well, but DoorDash appears to properly refrain from applying tax to orders delivered in those states. Here’s the rest of the story.
Bedbugs shouldn’t be an issue we need to worry about until after we’ve had a mattress for a few years – not before it even ships to our homes. But, in a turn of events that could be considered nightmare fuel for some, Wayfair has been accused of selling mattresses and other items (from bedframes to headboards) that were “infested and crawling” with bedbugs – for the past two years. According to the recently filed lawsuit, Wayfair has known about the problem, failed to do anything to fix it, and is still selling bedbug-ridden products to this day. The suit goes on to claim that despite the multitude of customer complaints, Wayfair attempted to conceal the infestation with the hope of protecting its bottom line. More information on the case can be found here.
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Meanwhile, we have an update to yet another case that has been getting plenty of attention – the Samsung icemaker debacle. As of April 2nd, the lawsuit has been ordered to private mediation and both sides have been given until April 16th to mutually agree on a mediator. Essentially, this means that both parties are coming together in an attempt to resolve the matter with the help of a third party (the mediator). It’s important to note that the order was handed down by the court and was not a mutual decision made by the defendants and plaintiffs. If the matter cannot be resolved through mediation, the defendant’s motion to dismiss will be back on the table. If you’re into legal documents, you can find the order linked on our blog.
If you have been keeping up on the Chevy Equinox oil consumption litigation, you were probably expecting a more substantial update by now (since the last deadline we reported was April 5th). But the parties involved have been given an extension by the court and now have until April 19th to tie up some loose ends. You’ll be happy to know that, according to the most recent court documents, both sides are working on finalizing a settlement agreement, settlement notices and a motion for preliminary approval of their settlement. They’ve reported “very significant progress” to the court and revealed that “very few issues remain” in their negotiations. From our vantage point, it looks like we only have to wait a bit longer for the final touches to be made. So, sit tight. And, again, if you’re into legal documents, you can find the motion on our blog.
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