Is Your Homeowners’ Insurance Company Being Honest?
As a society, we come to expect the things we own and pay for to work as intended – and it can be detrimental and frustrating when they don’t. In this issue of our newsletter, we’ll take a look at a couple of instances in which certain things aren’t working quite the way they should – namely, the Uconnect systems in certain Chrysler vehicles and the way our insurance companies may be handling homeowners’ claims. Plus, a settlement has been reached in a case filed over shatter-prone GE microwave doors and a suit has just been launched over the “natural” claims made by Nylabone Corp., which makes dental products and treats for dogs. Read on for more.
In a world where GPS navigation has all but replaced paper maps, reliability is key. So, when reports surface that a vehicle’s onboard navigation system may be defective, it raises some concerns – and in this case, a class action lawsuit. The case alleges that a defect in the 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler 300 models’ Uconnect systems is causing nearly all of the vehicles’ entertainment, communication and navigation features to malfunction. Granted, we have our phones if we get bored or lost, but drivers shouldn’t have to settle when a product isn’t performing as advertised. If you had issues with your Uconnect touch screen freezing or going black, the GPS navigation cutting out, or problems with the rear back-up camera, share your story with us.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether insurance companies are properly paying out claims to homeowners who suffered damage to their homes following a storm, fire or other unanticipated event. At least one lawsuit has already been filed and is claiming that some insurance companies are engaging in a scheme in which they intentionally deduct more than they should from policyholders’ claims in a way that consumers may never even notice. For a detailed breakdown of the scheme and information on what you can do about it, we have you covered.
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General Electric customers who had their microwave doors shatter may be in luck, as a $20 million settlement has just been granted preliminary approval. The affected models were manufactured between 1995 and 2007, were branded as GE Profile or GE Monogram products, and allegedly suffer a defect that could cause the glass on the doors to shatter. If you owned one of these microwaves between January 1995 and January 15, 2020, you may be able to claim up to $300. The settlement is still in its early stages, so there’s still some waiting to be done, but all the information we have so far – including the model numbers of the affected products - can be found right here.
The fight for everything “all natural” has inevitably reached what we give our pets. We want the best for our furry friends, so when we buy dog treats and other products that are advertised as containing only natural ingredients, we expect just that. Unfortunately, Nylabone is the latest company to be taken to task over its products’ “natural” claims. According to a recently filed class action, Nylabone Corp.’s dental solutions and treats for dogs contain a slew of difficult-to-pronounce synthetic ingredients despite what the company claims on the label. For a breakdown of the case and the types of products affected, check out our writeup here.
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