Who will triumph at this year's FIFA World Cup? Whether you're a sports fan or not, it's hard to avoid all the talk about soccer right now. With so many great teams already knocked out (the less said about my own home team - England - the better), it's fair to say one thing - nothing's certain. That's definitely true when it comes to the reliability of the products you buy. Whether it's air conditioners, PEX tubing, or the drywall you'll have to replace if either or those first two leak, this week's newsletter is filled with products that are giving people headaches.
It's summer. It's hot. You're home, and you turn on the AC. Blissful cool air awaits, right? Well... maybe. Unfortunately, it has been alleged that several major manufacturers' air conditioning units contain defective evaporator coils. The coils allegedly leak, letting coolant escape and rendering the ACs ineffective. It's the last thing you need as summer gets going - and the problem may be more widespread than we first thought. Read More
As if broken air conditioners weren't enough, homeowners with NIBCO polyethylene plumbing installed in their homes could find themselves facing leaks and water damage. A class action lawsuit alleges that the plumbing system is defective, and that problems inherent in the product can cause leaks, cracks, and "dezincification" - a process that can make the solid brass fittings weak, spongy and altogether unfit for their intended purpose. Read More
ClassAction.org's open settlement page has been up and running for a few months now, but every week new settlements are added, covering a wide range of products and services. Those who qualify are able to submit their claims now. This week, we added information on settlements involving Big 5 Sporting Goods, Buffalo Bills, Barney's Beanery Kobe Beef and Electrolux dishwashers - and there are plenty more to come. Read More
We here at ClassAction.org work hard to make sure we provide up-to-date news, information and guides for our users. We always post new blog entries explaining important issues and this week's big cases, and new information about class action and mass tort lawsuits is added every week. Well, now we have a new section - an About Us page where you can learn about the history and goals of the company, as well as who we all are and what we do. If you've ever wanted to know what the ClassAction.org staff looks like - well, this is your chance. Read More
There are few things more important than the safety of your car - and the strength of your windshield's an integral part of that. Attorneys working with our site, however, are investigating allegations that some factory-installed and replacement windshields are defective and can fail prematurely. The problem may affect several companies and manufacturers. Read More
How much did you pay for your drywall? If you purchased drywall within the last three years, it's possible you paid too much due to a secret, illegal agreement between drywall companies. Almost all gypsum sold in the United States may have been affected. Read More
Companies can't get away with failing to pay overtime wages simply by pretending their workers are exempt from the rules - but this happens far more often than you'd think. Employee misclassification is a big problem in the United States - but workers continue to fight back. Read More
You don't often see plaintiffs arguing against a settlement in their favor - or a federal judge suggesting that the case might be strong enough to keep going - but that's exactly what's happening in the Silicon Valley anti-poaching suit. It's been a fascinating case - and it's not over yet. Read More
The number of lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson's Janssen unit is now higher than ever, with hundreds of suits throughout the United States seeking compensation on behalf of Risperdal users.
Last November, in a joint civil settlement/criminal plea with the FDA and U.S. Department of Justice, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. agreed to pay more than $1.6 billion to resolve allegations of misbranding and filing false claims. For patients who suffered gynecomastia (male breast growth), however, the legal battle is not over yet. Read More
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