Mazda, Marijuana and an Old-Fashioned Pyramid Scheme
This issue of our newsletter focuses on car problems and employment troubles. First, on the automotive side of things, we’ll touch on a lawsuit filed over potentially defective Mazda CX-5 daytime running lights and an investigation into oil consumption issues in Ford F-150s. Then, in employment news, we’ll have a look into the cannabis industry and the way employees are being paid, as well as a case filed against Young Living claiming that the essential oil company is a nothing more than a pyramid scheme. Let’s get into it.
A handful of lawsuits have been filed alleging that some workers in the cannabis industry aren’t being paid properly, with some workers claiming they were deprived of overtime pay. When it comes down to it, most employees are entitled to overtime wages when working extra hours, and being paid a salary does not mean you are automatically exempt from this additional form of pay. If successful, lawsuits could help workers recover money for unpaid overtime and any other wages they may have missed out on. So, if you worked at a marijuana dispensary and suspect you weren’t paid properly, share your story with us. Growers who want to learn more about the investigation can visit this page for more information.
A lawsuit has been filed alleging that the daytime running lights in 2016 Mazda CX-5s are defective and can burn out prematurely. Failure of these particular lights can be both dangerous to drivers and expensive to repair. On top of that, Mazda has been accused of knowing about the issue since at least 2014 and actively concealing the true nature and extent of the problem. A lawsuit, if successful, could force Mazda to repair the affected parts, extend warranties for affected CX-5s, and reimburse drivers for expenses for diagnostics and repairs. If you had problems with your running lights not working properly, we want to hear from you.
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Excessive oil consumption has been a huge issue among our readers and the 2018 Ford F-150 may be the next vehicle to spark litigation because of it. Drivers are complaining that their trucks are consuming oil too quickly and, in some cases, needed engine replacements. Now, attorneys are investigating whether a lawsuit can be filed. If filed and successful, a lawsuit could help drivers recover compensation for repairs and other damages. This wouldn’t be the first case to be filed over excessive oil consumption – so, if you own or lease one of these trucks, head over to our designated page for more information.
Young Living is an illegal pyramid scheme that thrives at the expense of its members and its promises of financial gain are “nothing more than a pipe dream,” according to a recently filed class action. Though not all MLM businesses are illegitimate, the lawsuit argues Young Living exhibits the “defining characteristic” of an illegal pyramid scheme— primarily that the financial success of its members is “overwhelmingly dependent” on their recruitment of new members rather than the sale of products. The case goes on to claim that more than 96 percent of Young Living’s members lost money working for the company, with many totaling a loss of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. You can find more information on the case here.
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