Certain chemicals can make some of the products we own last longer, but they pose a serious risk to anyone who has to wear clothes containing, say, mercury and formaldehyde. Flight attendants working for Delta are now facing serious health issues after wearing potentially toxic uniforms provided by Lands’ End – and multiple lawsuits have been filed on their behalf. Also in this issue – textbook publishers are facing litigation over a scheme that’s poised to eliminate the secondhand market entirely by forcing students to buy new books every semester. And, in our final two stories, we find Major League Baseball and Coca-Cola facing litigation over sports betting and sugar content, respectively.
Lands’ End, the company that provided the “Passport Plum” uniforms for Delta Airlines, is facing multiple class action lawsuits claiming that the outfits contain an array of toxic chemicals and heavy metals that have made employees sick. The additives used to make the uniforms waterproof, comfortable and stain-resistant reportedly also come with a slew of negative effects – including skin rashes, sinus issues and breathing difficulties. If you showed any symptoms that you think may be related to your Delta uniform, share your story with us.
The Coca-Cola Company’s Honest brand of iced tea is under fire over the labels’ claims that the beverages are “just a tad sweet.” A proposed class action lawsuit claims that this type of advertising is prohibited by FDA regulations and that the products aren’t as low in sugar and calories as the label would lead the average consumer to believe. The case goes on to state that Honest Tea actually contains a significant amount of added sugar – being the second most predominant ingredient by weight. You can find a detailed look at the lawsuit here.
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Textbooks are an expensive part of the college experience already, and it doesn’t help that the three leading higher-education publishers are being accused of trying to eliminate the option for many students to buy or rent used textbooks. McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education and Cengage Learning have all been hit with a lawsuit claiming they conspired with retailers Barnes & Noble and Follett to sell something they call “Inclusive Access,” a product that must be purchased new by every single student every single semester. The publishers promised savings and greater access to course materials, but a handful of independent college bookstores are saying the “Inclusive Access” product is anything but. A full breakdown of the case can be found here.
DraftKings players are up in arms against Major League Baseball, claiming that the league’s sign stealing scandal tainted the sports gambling platform’s fantasy baseball contests. The suit says that those who partook in DraftKings’ daily fantasy baseball at any point from early in the 2017 season through the 2019 season were harmed financially given that their wagers were compromised by “the cheating by MLB’s teams and their players.” The case goes on to single out the Astros and Red Sox specifically and claims that MLB was well aware of cheating in the game, yet failed to do anything to remedy the situation. Here’s the rest of the story.
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