In the latest edition of the newsletter, we have a couple of new settlements that may cover items you already have at home. Apple has settled a lawsuit filed over iOS updates that allegedly caused its iPhone 6 and 7 models to slow down significantly – to the point where you may have given in and bought yourself a new phone. Then, a settlement has been reached that offers money back to those who bought certain Roundup Weed & Grass Killer products that a lawsuit claimed were misleadingly advertised. Plus, Walmart is facing a new lawsuit over its children’s pain relievers and YouTube is up against claims that it’s doing next to nothing to protect the average person from copyright infringement. Keep reading for the latest.
Back in 2017, iPhone users were reporting that their cell phones had slowed down dramatically after downloading new updates put out by Apple. A lawsuit was filed soon thereafter claiming that the reported performance issue was an intentional ploy by Apple to push those still hanging onto their older iPhones into upgrading to newer models. Well, that lawsuit has finally settled and now iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus or SE owners that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later and iPhone 7 or 7 Plus owners that ran iOS 11.2 or later before December 21, 2017 can file claims for their piece of the settlement. If you owned one of these iPhones and experienced the throttling issue, you may be able to claim a cool $25 per phone – and it’s OK if you no longer have the device. Want more information on how to file your claim? The details can be found here.
A $39.5 million settlement deal has been reached to resolve a lawsuit that claimed Monsanto falsely advertised certain Roundup Weed & Grass Killer products – and this means it’s your time to act. If you bought one or more of the affected Roundup products, you can now submit a claim to get some of your money back. The refund amounts are based on the product type and go up to $10.63 for the one-gallon Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate. The case claimed that the statement “targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets” on the labels of several Roundup products was false and misleading. So, if you bought Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer III, Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer Plus, Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus, or Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate, be sure to check out the settlement site.
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If you bought one of several protein powders or shakes made by Cytosport (including Muscle Milk products), you may be included in this settlement. A full list of products can be found on the settlement site.
This settlement covers those who bought day passes, children passes, VIP passes, camping passes, RV passes, hotel passes or packages, or passes of any other kind to Thunder on the Mountain Music Festival that was to be held between June 26 and 28, 2015.
Walmart is facing a proposed class action that claims the only difference between its Children’s Pain & Fever acetaminophen and Infant’s Pain & Fever acetaminophen is the price. According to the lawsuit, Walmart charges three times as much for the infant product in an attempt to deceive reasonable consumers into thinking the cheaper children’s product cannot be safely taken by infants. The case goes on to say the products are nearly identical when it comes to the ingredients and that the only reason a customer would buy the more expensive option is because they were led to believe it was better for their child than the alternative. Acetaminophen, the products’ active ingredient, can be dangerous or even fatal if taken in large doses. Accordingly, the risk of an acetaminophen overdose is terrifying to parents and caregivers, who tend to be extra careful when buying over-the-counter medicine for children. Did Walmart take advantage of this fear? You can find the full story here.
Things always seem to be stacked against the little guy, and according to a recently filed lawsuit, things are no different over at YouTube. A new lawsuit is claiming that YouTube’s copyright enforcement system disproportionately protects big studios and record labels while denying less-powerful individuals any meaningful opportunity to protect their original works from infringement. The reason for this, according to the complaint, is that YouTube doesn’t feel the need to defend the rights of those who lack the resources to take the video sharing platform to court on their own. For those with enough legal muscle, YouTube provides access to its Content ID program, which allows qualifying copyright holders to automatically identify and manage their content on the platform, while others are left to fend for themselves. This is only the beginning of the story, so if you want more, check out the details here.
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