In this issue, we’ll tackle a few prominent cases filed in the wake of serious online security breaches. First, Ring LLC stands accused of failing to provide basic security for its customers and allowing hackers to watch and broadcast anything they want inside users’ homes. Then, Wawa is facing litigation over its actions – or lack thereof – following the 2019 data breach, with employees coming forward saying they were also affected and are now being made scapegoats in the recovery process. Plus, we’ll take a look at a possible acceleration defect in certain Acura vehicles and a slack-fill case against Kodiak Cakes.
After several reports of scenarios that wouldn’t be out of place in a horror movie, Ring LLC is facing a proposed class action over security vulnerabilities found in its indoor security systems. Ring stands accused of failing to implement even the most basic security precautions, which has allowed outside users to access the system, watch footage from cameras inside the home, and broadcast whatever they want to those inside. In one case, a hacker threatened: “Pay this 50 bitcoin ransom or you will get terminated!” For a detailed look at the case and information about what you can do as a Ring customer, we have you covered.
Acura drivers have reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that their MDX and RDX vehicles rapidly slow down without warning–especially when driving at high speeds. One driver claimed his RDX vehicle lost power multiple times when trying to pass other cars. Another MDX owner said that "acceleration was not possible" while pressing on the gas, forcing him to pull over on the highway. If filed and successful, a class action could allow drivers to recover money for repair costs and other damages, as well as force Acura to address the problem. If you own or lease a 2016-2020 MDX or RDX vehicle, join other drivers taking action over the possible defect. We have all the information you need here.
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A former Wawa store manager alleges in a proposed class action that he was inappropriately fired in a “sheepish” effort by the convenience store to show it has finally begun to take the security of customers’ information seriously. According to the lawsuit, Wawa – instead of trying to catch the hackers who caused the breach – is treating its employees “like criminals” as it turns a more watchful eye to its computer systems. The attorney for the plaintiff says his client got “red-flagged” – and fired – after changing workers’ hours in the system to comply with Wawa’s own overtime policy “as he was trained to do.” For more information on how employees have been caught in the crossfire, head over to our blog.
There’s a fine line that divides functional and non-functional slack-fill – and a proposed class action is claiming that Kodiak Cakes, LLC crossed that line. According to the case, the amount of unused space in Kodiak’s baking and breakfast mixes is unnecessary and only serves to make consumers think they’re getting more than they actually are. In fact, some of the company’s baking mix packages are allegedly as much as two-thirds empty. On top of that, the case claims Kodiak’s labels stating that its products are “healthy,” “nourishing” and “protein-packed” are misleading since they contain elevated levels of fat, cholesterol and sugar. More details can be found here.
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