Ticketmaster, Live Nation Customers: Did You Get a Refund?
In keeping up with our attempt at normalcy, we’ve put together the latest in class action news for your perusal. First off, attorneys are investigating the relationship between the pesticide paraquat and Parkinson’s disease to see if lawsuits could be filed on behalf of those who developed the progressive nervous system disorder. Then, insurance companies are coming under some scrutiny for denying coverage for substance abuse treatment, including for opioid addiction. Plus, more COVID-19 related cases involving Houseparty, Ticketmaster and Live Nation. The details can be found below.
Several lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of paraquat alleging that they failed to properly warn the public about the harmful risks of the pesticide. Specifically, studies have linked paraquat to neurological problems, with one finding that low-level exposure can cause cell mutations in the brain that mimic Parkinson’s disease. Now, attorneys are evaluating legal claims on behalf of those who developed the disease after exposure to the pesticide. You may have been exposed to the chemical if you worked in farming or agriculture – or if you lived near a farm, orchard or other large property that used it. If filed and successful, lawsuits could seek compensation from the manufacturer for damages including medical bills and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to paraquat, learn more here.
It’s no secret that insurance companies have a financial incentive to minimize the amount they pay out for medical claims. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that some insurance companies may be wrongfully denying coverage for substance abuse treatment, including for opioid addiction. Unfortunately, in many of these cases, the insurance company’s interpretation of what is “medically necessary” doesn’t seem to fall in line with the views of doctors and others in the healthcare community who actually care for addiction patients. If this sounds like something that happened to you or a loved one, you can find more information here and may be able to help get a lawsuit started that could force your insurance company to change its policies regarding substance abuse treatment.
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This settlement covers current and former Freedom Mortgage clients who received at least one call or voicemail from the company – without granting permission – between September 1, 2013 and July 22, 2019.
Echoing a similar case involving Zoom, a proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against the companies behind the Houseparty video chatting app over allegations that they failed to tell users that their personal information would be shared with third parties such as Facebook. The companies who run the app, which has become immensely popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, assured users that they have “not ever sold your data and will not ever sell your data.” The suit claims, however, that the companies do just that, routinely sending customer information and analytics to Facebook and other third parties without notification or consent. On top of that, the defendants never provided users with an opportunity to opt out of having their information accessed and then sold to third parties, the case claims. The details of the suit can be found here.
With social gatherings on hold or canceled until further notice, many are trying to get refunds for the shows and concerts they’ve paid for but have been forced to miss out on. And now, some of the companies who sold the tickets to these shows – in this case, Ticketmaster and Live Nation – are facing legal action over the way they’ve treated customers trying to get their money back. According to the suit, the companies retroactively changed their refund policy to allow refunds for canceled events only—and not for those that have been “indefinitely postponed” or rescheduled. The same day the suit was filed, Ticketmaster and Live Nation announced that a new change to their policy would, in fact, allow ticket buyers to claim refunds for postponed events. But there are still some concerns that the refund decisions have been left to event organizers – and that when it comes to events that haven’t been rescheduled yet, refunds are still not available. Want more information on the case? You can find it here.
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