We hope you’re staying safe out there – and, in here, the class action news continues to roll on. In our latest issue, we take a look at a potentially dangerous problem plaguing BMW K1600 motorcycles, a pricing policy from Amazon that may be costing you money whether you use the retail platform or not, potentially illegal facial recognition practices at Chicago Blackhawks home games and mattresses that may be releasing dangerous amounts of glass fibers into people’s homes. All this, plus the latest settlements can be found below.
I’m not much of a motorcycle guy myself, but I imagine one of the quickest ways to spoil a relaxing ride would be sudden and violent shaking. Well, complaints have now surfaced that 2018-2019 BMW K1600 motorcycles may suffer from an issue that can very well ruin a smooth ride – and, in the worst cases, cause serious injury. While riding at highway speeds or decelerating, riders have reportedly experienced the front handlebars wobbling and shaking violently, which can cause them to lose control. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the matter after receiving several complaints and now attorneys are determining whether lawsuits can be filed to compensate those who bought BMW’s K1600 models. A successful lawsuit could help compensate riders for repair costs and force BMW to recall the motorcycles and issue a fix. If this sounds like an issue you’ve had, share your story with us.
Online retail should be the most competitive industry in the world due to its accessibility, but Amazon’s anticompetitive “fair pricing” policy has allegedly cheated shoppers out of $55 billion to $172 billion in savings, according to a recently filed lawsuit. The suit claims that Amazon’s pricing policy blocks third-party sellers from charging lower prices for their goods on other sites and that the online retail titan threatens to punish those who undercut their Amazon.com prices – including by removing offers, canceling shipments and even revoking selling privileges. Losing the business they get through Amazon isn’t something most third parties can afford because of the massive market it represents, so smaller companies have no choice but to comply. See how this alleged scheme may have cost you money – we have the details over on our blog.
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Having your face shown on the jumbotron is all a part of the experience when you go to the big game – but a recently filed lawsuit is claiming that one sports team went a step too far in capturing just what spectators look like. Chicago’s National Hockey League team, the Blackhawks, is facing a proposed class action claiming that they use facial recognition technology at home games and store facial templates within their own database, all without the fans’ knowledge and in violation of Illinois biometric privacy law. The details of the case can be found here.
Turns out, bed bugs aren’t the only things to worry about when it comes to sleeping tight. That’s because Zinus, Inc. is now facing a proposed class action claiming that some of its mattresses can release large amounts of glass fibers when their removable outer covers are taken off, potentially leading to life-threatening injuries. Intentionally included in the mattresses for fire retardant purposes, these glass fibers can disperse through the air and into a home’s HVAC system and cause skin, eye and upper respiratory tract irritation. They can even become embedded in the skin and require surgical removal, the case says. Here’s the rest of the story.
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