Our Bread and Butter: Car Trouble and More Settlements
If we had to name the two things we’re always talking about in our newsletter, they would be car problems and settlements. Well, we aren’t here to subvert expectations this week, so that’s exactly what we have for you – two investigations involving power steering issues and leaky sunroofs, plus the details of two recent settlements from Kellogg’s and Zappos.com. Let’s get into it.
We don’t think about it too often these days but driving a car when the power steering quits working is no fun. Now, drivers are reporting that the power steering in certain Chevy and GMC vehicles - including the Traverse and Acadia - has been completely failing after only 30,000 miles. Many have voiced safety concerns, with some saying that they were in accidents because of the problem – and then stuck with costly repair bills on top of it. A successful class action lawsuit could help drivers recover money they spent on repairs and force General Motors to at least warn people about the problem. For more information on the issue and a list of affected vehicles, we have you covered.
From your basement to the crinkled pages of a good book (people still read books, right?), water leaking into spaces where it shouldn’t be is always stressful – and your car definitely counts as one of those spaces. If you drive a Volkswagen or an Audi, you may have noticed some unwelcome moisture when it rains, as several models are suspected to have problematic panoramic sunroof seals. The issue may stem from the seals’ failure to properly adhere to the body of the vehicles, which can allow water to flow through the open space. A successful class action could help drivers get compensation for repairs and force the manufacturers to fix the problem. To learn more, check out the details here.
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Kellogg Sales Company has agreed to shell out $20 million to settle “hotly contested” class action litigation over the company’s claims that some of its sugar-laden cereals are healthy. If the settlement is finalized as it currently stands, Kellogg’s customers will be able to file claims for cash or vouchers for certain Kellogg’s products. The potentially more important part of the settlement, however, is the injunctive relief – which would require Kellogg’s to modify its product labels to actually address the concerns raised by the lawsuit. We have more information on the settlement here.
There’s been a lot of buzz going around about the Zappos settlement – you know, the one that grants customers a juicy 10-percent-off coupon. Many customers, to put it lightly, are not quite satisfied with the settlement, which, if granted final approval, would put an unsatisfying end to litigation stemming from the 2012 data breach that affected nearly 24 million Zappos.com customers. If you are one of those affected by the data breach and are dissatisfied with the coupon offer, you have options. Head over to our blog for the details.
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