Was Your Paycheck Protection Program Application Denied?
In the latest issue of our newsletter, we’re diving back into the issue of dog food labeling as attorneys narrow their investigation to three specific brands that may not be living up to their advertised claims. Then, several banks are being scrutinized for the way they’re handling paycheck protection program applications in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Plus, both Apple and Microsoft are facing lawsuits over hardware issues found in their MacBook Pros and Xbox One controllers, respectively. And, as always, we have the latest settlements you can claim at the bottom of this newsletter. Keep reading for more.
You’ve likely heard about our investigation into how companies are labeling their dog food products, and now attorneys working with ClassAction.org are zeroing in on three brands in particular. They have reason to believe that certain CANIDAE, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance and NUTRO products weren’t properly labeled and, in turn, caused dog owners to pay a premium for inferior products. Several of the tested foods claimed to be “limited ingredient” products, but were found to contain additional sources of protein, as well as corn, wheat and other ingredients that they were supposed to be free of. For an itemized list of the products under investigation and information on how you could potentially get your money back, head on over to this page.
One solution to help make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic has come from the government in the form of the paycheck protection program (PPP). Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a simple matter for many of those who need the extra cash, as several banks have been sued for processing PPP applications in an order that serves their own best interests and throws aside the first-come, first-served rule set by the government. A successful lawsuit could help business owners who had their applications denied or put in limbo collect money for the damage it caused to their business during the COVID-19 outbreak. It seems like the ones getting their applications through aren’t the ones who need it the most. So, if this sounds like something that happened to you, learn more about your options here.
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For how expensive a new MacBook is, one would hope that it was built to last. But, according to a recently filed lawsuit, Apple “is aware, and has been aware” of a defect that causes a “stage lighting” effect – that is, alternating patches of light and darkness – at the bottom of the computer’s screen. Despite knowing about the issue, which is said to affect the company’s 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops, Apple has allegedly concealed the defect while continuing to sell a subpar product. To date, Apple has denied there was ever a problem with the screens, despite launching a program last year to fix the displays in the 13-inch 2016 model. The suit claims that the program isn’t enough, however, as MacBook Pros with the larger screen and those sold after 2016 are also affected. Want a closer look at the case? You can find it here.
Microsoft is also facing a proposed class action over allegations that some of its hardware isn’t functioning as intended. According to the lawsuit, certain Xbox One controllers are defective in that a joystick issue can cause “phantom input” or “stick drift,” which can disrupt gameplay. If you play video games at all, you can imagine the annoyance of a controller that doesn’t properly register your inputs. Those who’ve bought Microsoft-made wireless Xbox One controllers—which cost $50 to $80 each, with the “Elite Series” variation costing as much as $179.99—have paid “more for the controllers than they are worth,” the lawsuit argues. The background behind the alleged defect gets a little complicated. So, if you want a detailed look at the case, you can find it here.
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