Summer has officially begun! Now’s the time to take that trip you’ve been looking forward to. Or maybe you just want to stay local and enjoy something cold and bubbly. But even with the rays of sunshine, it can’t be rainbows and butterflies all the time because, well, life gets in the way. Trips can get canceled and those beverages you’re drinking may contain more than you bargained for. You’ll see what we mean in a moment. Read on for an investigation into travel insurance, plus a lawsuit against a popular drink manufacturer that may be hiding something from its customers.
It’s no fun being excited for vacation and having to cancel your trip. If you happened to experience such an unfortunate event, be aware that a proposed class action has been filed against Travelex, a popular travel insurance company. The suit explains that Travelex’s policies provide combined coverage for two types of incidents – those that occur prior to departure (death in the family, etc.) and those that occur after you jet off (lost baggage, medical emergencies, etc.). Unfortunately, for those who cancel their trips before the departure date, Travelex is allegedly refusing to provide refunds for the portion of the insurance that can only really take effect once a traveler has left for vacation. The lawsuit argues these people paid for something - that is, post-departure coverage - that they never actually received. More people are needed to step forward to help strengthen the case – so if this sounds like something that happened to you, share your story here.
Beverage carbonation company NuCO2 is facing a proposed class action claiming that it has carried out a “systematic deceptive scheme” to overcharge customers. Specifically, the suit claims that NuCO2 secretly increases prices for beverage-grade carbon dioxide and draught beer nitrogen gas (as well as for other goodies needed to make beverages bubbly) without justification and in violation of its contracts – and these extra costs can really add up for business owners. To be clear, NuCO2 is allowed to raise its prices – it is a business, after all – but its contracts spell out exactly how it's allowed to do so. Namely, the contracts stipulate that prices can only be raised by a certain percentage annually on the effective date of the contract or within 15 days of sending a “price adjustment notification” to the customer. According to the lawsuit, the company isn’t doing either of these things. If you contracted with NuCO2 for your restaurant or other venture, learn more here.
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If you took out an auto loan with a credit union recommended by a dealership, you may have been charged a marked-up interest rate. Many dealerships use credit unions as their “preferred lenders” when offering auto loan financing to customers and may encourage new car buyers to sign up with these credit unions to get a special rate. Attorneys have reason to believe, however, that some dealerships are in cahoots with these “preferred” credit unions, add a markup to these rates and fail to disclose this to borrowers. If a class action is filed and successful, customers may be able to recover some of the money they overpaid in interest. Find out if you can help get a lawsuit started here.
According to a recently filed lawsuit, Keurig may have known since as early as 2013 that its Peñafiel bottled water contained unlawful levels of arsenic. Arsenic is a known poison and can cause serious health problems, but Keurig didn’t admit to the contamination issue until it was uncovered by Consumer Reports in April 2019. So far, there has been no recall issued, but the Food and Drug Administration has begun an investigation into the matter. The proposed class action looks to order Keurig to stop selling the allegedly contaminated water. The case could also compensate California consumers for the money they spent on the potentially harmful Peñafiel products. We have the rest of the details for you here.
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