From Cracking Windshields to Under-Caffeinated Coffee
The first few cases in this newsletter could mean a bit of a bummer for your morning. First, you wake up and head to the garage to find a nice new crack in your Honda CR-V’s windshield. Then, on the way to work, glaring at the new crack the entire way, you decide you need a coffee. You stop at Starbucks, make it a Venti (to smooth out the rough start to your day), only to find out that you’re not getting as much espresso as you expected with your size upgrade. These unfortunate stories and more, continued below.
Honda has been hit with a class action lawsuit that claims a defect is causing the windshields in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 CR-Vs to crack for no reason. The problem is allegedly caused by the vehicles' frame, which may exert excessive pressure on the windshields’ edges and ultimately result in stress cracks. Drivers are reporting that the cracks appear out of nowhere and without impact – in some cases, appearing overnight or while the car was parked in a covered garage. If your CR-V windshield cracked out of nowhere, we want to hear from you. Tell us about it and you may be able to help force Honda to fix the problem and reimburse drivers who already had their windshields repaired.
If you’re having a rough morning and need a little extra pick-me-up, you go for a size up on your regular Starbucks order. “Make it a Venti,” you say. But some Starbucks customers believe that the coffee company isn’t being honest about the amount of caffeine in its larger espresso drinks – and have filed a proposed class action to make things right. According to the lawsuit, while the caffeine content is bumped up proportionately from a Tall (75mg) to a Grande (150mg), the same is not the case with the Grande and the Venti, which both have the same amount of espresso. Starbucks stands accused of leading customers to believe they’re getting more caffeine with a bigger size when the cheaper Grande size gets the job done just as effectively. For a full rundown of the case, head over to our blog.
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While Gerber is recognized in America as a trusted brand of baby food products, a proposed class action claims Gerber Life Insurance Company’s “savings” products are “the financial equivalent of junk food.” The suit alleges that Gerber’s “Grow-Up Plan” and “College Plan” provide no meaningful savings benefits despite being marketed as an easy way for parents and grandparents to save for a child’s future. Gerber is being accused of intentionally misleading customers and sticking them with life insurance policies – rather than actual savings products – that will most likely end up causing “a guaranteed loss at best and a total loss of their investment at worst.” For instance, the Grow-Up Plan, the suit says, only protects parents in the tragic event of a child’s death and has no value if the child “actually grows up.” The full story can be found here.
We’ve all seen the side of hand sanitizer bottles that say “Kills 99.99% of Germs!” because the manufacturers can’t make a claim that it can kill everything. Well, the company behind Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer is facing legal action alleging that it can’t even back up the “99.99%” claim. Citing an FDA warning letter, the proposed class action is alleging there are “no credible scientific studies” that link the germ-fighting power of Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer to the prevention of the multiple diseases Gojo Industries says its product can prevent. The case also takes issue with Purell’s claim that its hand sanitizer can reduce the number of missed school days due to sickness, alleging such statements may make parents “less likely to engage in other precautionary and preventive behavior” to stop the spread of disease. You can find the case details here.
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