The headline for this week’s newsletter will probably jump out at nearly everyone. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are taking a closer look at the way hospitals are charging some patients to determine whether their billing practices violate federal law. In particular, they would like to hear from those who were sent to collections over their unpaid bills. From there, we find weight loss app Noom under some scrutiny for its automatic renewal practices, Febreze car vent air fresheners not living up to the hype and a company that may be in trouble over the way it advertises its car booster seats. Read on for more.
It’s no secret that hospital bills can be an absolute nightmare. For some households, it can cause a serious impact on their financials, with some being sent to collections over the debt. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether hospitals are overbilling some patients in violation of federal law. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could provide much needed relief in the form of refunds for any money already paid toward the bills, as well as the cancellation of any remaining debts. A lawsuit could also open the door for patients who need their credit repaired. If you’ve struggled to pay a hospital or ER bill to the point you’ve been threatened with or sent to collections, see if you can find relief.
A new class action lawsuit is attributing the explosive growth of weight loss app Noom to a “deceptive and illegal” automatic renewal scheme that makes it next to impossible for consumers to cancel their subscriptions. The lawsuit claims that those who sign up for a “risk-free” trial end up opted into “costly, auto-recurring plans” that they never intended to sign up for and are intentionally difficult to get out of. On top of that, Noom is allegedly hitting new subscribers with up to six months’ worth of non-refundable fees on the very first day of enrollment, rather than charging the typical monthly fee. The case is looking to cover all Noom customers in the United States who were automatically enrolled into the program and charged at least one month’s worth of membership. If this happened to you, you can find more information here.
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Having your car smell nice is definitely a plus, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of damage to your vehicle’s interior. This very issue is the subject of a recently filed class action against Proctor & Gamble over its Febreze car vent air freshener clips. The suit alleges that despite claims the air fresheners are “long-lasting” and “mess-free,” the products can leak oil and other chemicals inside the car, causing permanent damage. According to the lawsuit, Proctor & Gamble is aware of the issue, but has actively concealed it, forcing customers to bear the repair costs associated with the leaking oil. The full story and images of the damage can be found here.
Safety should be the primary concern when deciding which booster seat to buy for our children. Unfortunately, companies can take advantage of this fact and advertise their products as being much safer than they actually are. According to a recently filed class action, Graco Children’s Products is one such company. The suit claims that the company falsely claimed its TurboBooster and Affix car booster seats are safe for use by children weighing as little as 30 pounds and able to provide protection in the event of a side-impact collision. These safety claims are based on nothing more than tests of Graco’s own creation, however, and are essentially meaningless given that no federal standard exists for side-impact crashes. For a closer look at the case and images of a test run with the booster seats, we have you covered.
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