Advancements in technology are meant to make our lives easier, but what happens when the companies we rely on find other ways to profit from us? Well, class actions happen. In this issue, we'll touch on the latest Apple settlement and explore an investigation into the wireless phone chargers that come pre-installed in certain GM vehicles. Plus, a setback for the Kellogg sugary cereal settlement and the supposedly worthless insurance you need to take part in a Spartan Race. Read on for more.
Wireless chargers are a convenient piece of tech. But, like with anything else, they can become extremely frustrating when they don’t work – especially when we’re driving. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now looking into whether a class action can be filed against General Motors over claims that the wireless chargers that come pre-installed in several vehicle models don’t work with a slew of Apple and Android phones. Drivers are finding that their phones either won’t charge at all or will charge for a few seconds and then stop. One driver reported that a replacement charging system ended up costing him $500 out of pocket since GM wouldn’t cover the replacement – even though the original charger never worked. If this issue sounds all too familiar, help this investigation and let us know what happened to you.
After being accused of intentionally slowing down older iPhones through a series of software updates, Apple has agreed to pay as much as $500 million to settle two-plus years of litigation. The proposed deal looks to cover all current and former iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and SE device owners who ran iOS 10.2.1 or later or iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017. Now, the settlement is still in its preliminary stages, so there isn’t a way for class members to file claims just yet. When and if we see final approval, iPhone users can expect between $25 and $500 for each phone affected. In the meantime, this is everything we know so far.
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Just when it seemed like all was said and done with the proposed settlement over Kellogg’s high-sugar cereals and snack bars, a federal judge has sent the deal back to the drawing board. Occasionally, we are reminded that no matter how certain a settlement may seem, the judge always has the final say as to whether or not it goes through. The denial of the proposed settlement prolongs litigation that’s entered its fourth calendar year—not to mention extends how long consumers will have to wait before they’ll be able to file their claims. But, it’s not over yet as the parties involved have time to revise the settlement details. The judge noted several reasons for the settlement’s denial and we have them outlined for you here.
If you hosted an event that has competitors jumping over fire, crawling under barbed wire and climbing walls while covered in mud, it would make sense to watch your back. So, it comes as no surprise to find out that obstacle course event organizer Spartan Race Inc. requires its participants to pay an insurance fee when they sign up. According to a recently filed class action, however, this insurance is “nearly worthless” and provides only secondary coverage, meaning participants will still have to go through their own insurer to seek coverage for any medical expenses. Plus, to racers, it seems like Spartan is just passing on the $14 charge to a third-party insurer when it’s really pocketing some of the fee and pulling in a “massive profit” in the process, the suit claims. Want to know more? Here are the details.
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