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December 2014 - California U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied Facebook‘s petition to dismiss the class action lawsuit brought against Facebook accusing it of violating their user‘s privacy when they scanned their private messages fot obtain information for advertising purposes. The lawsuit had been filed in 2013. Facebook still scans private messages to protect against viruses and spam...

Mondaq - CVS was named in a Florida class action lawsuit alleging that consumers are being sent unsolicited text messages. This violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This class action suit joins two separate class action suits in Illinois each alleging "robocall violations"...

Legal Newsline - A class action lawsuit was filed November 2014 against Anheuser-Busch alleging deceptive labeling. Bud Light‘s Lime-A-Ritas contain more calories than any other product sold by Anheuser-Busch. The lawsuit alleges that Anheuser-Busch "deceptively concealed, omitted and misrepresented the calories in the product...

Uber is facing two separate class action suits. The first class action suit filed in a San Francisco Court alleges the company has violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. (FCRA) This Act requires an employer using a credit report notify the potential employee of, and allow him to respond to, problems with his credit report...something Uber is accused of not doing.

Uber is also facing a classaction lawsuit brought in 2013 and still in the courts filed by Uber drivers. They allege that Uber has misclassified their drivers as "independent contractors" and therefore are not entitled to reimbursement for their expenses. In addition, Uber's practice of telling passengers that the gratuity is included in the fee when, in fact, it is not is also being challenged.

In a third class action lawsuit brought against Uber in San Francisco, the $1 "Safe Rides Fee" is being challenged. This class action challenges Uber's claims that the fee is being assessed to provide more stringent background checks than those conducted by the cab companies - a claim not supported by fact.

A fourth class action lawsuit against Uber was filed by Atlanta taxi drivers Sept. 2014 alleging that Uber has "tortuously and intentionally interfered with the Taxicab drivers' and Medallion owners' business relationships." They join cab drivers in Chicago, and San Francisco

A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit brought against certain models of Vibram FiveFingers footwear. It was alleged that the Defendants falsely advertised certain benefits associated with Five Fingers footwear. A Final Approval Hearing is scheduled for October 29, 2014 and the deadline for filing a claim is September 24, 2014. More information about forms and deadlines can be found at Vibram FiveFingers Class Action Settlement Website.

GM's ignition switch recall is prompting questions about its liability for accidents and injuries that occurred prior to its 2009 reorganization. "According to Automotive News, GM negotiated with state attorneys general and consumer groups during its restructuring to only carry product liability on faults with vehicles from after it left bankruptcy." Class action lawsuits have been filed in both the US and Canada regarding GM's ignition switch recall...

On December 13, 2013 the Court granted approval to a Class Settlement among merchants, Visa, MasterCard and other Defendants. The lawsuit claimed that merchants paid excessive fees for accepting Visa and MasterCard who had conspired to fix interchange fees in violation of the Sherman Act. The 2013 Court Approved Settlement of $6+ billion is currently being appealed. The settlement effects two classes: 1) all persons, businesses, and other entities that accepted any Visa or MasterCard any time from January 1, 2004 to November 28, 2012. 2) all persons, businesses, and other entities that as of November 28, 2012 into the future accept those cards.

In Class Action lawsuit against Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp (formerly known as Merck & Co.) first filed in August 1, 2005, a settlement agreement has been reached. If you paid for the drug Vioxx prior to October 1, 2004 this agreement affects you. The lawsuit claimed that Merck falsely advertised the durg Vioxx as more effective battling pain than the less expensive pain medication. While denying any wrong doing, Merck has agreed to pay a total of up to $23 million to settle this suit. More detailed information about the lawsuit and how you may or may not be effected can be found on the Vioxx Consummer Settlement website.

A class action settlement has been reached In re UltraMist Sunscreen Litigation, Case No. 13-cv-131 (N.D.Ill.). EPC conducted a voluntary Market Withdrawal of certain Banana Boat UltraMist Products due to a potential risk of the product igniting on the skin if there was contact with a source of ignition before the product was completely dry. The class action suit seeks compensation for those who purchased the product and discarded it because of the recall. The UltraMist Class Action Notice explains the settlement class and details the settlement benefits. The UltraMist Sunscreen Litigation Website contains links to additional information and the link for a Claim Form request.. All claim forms must be received by June 27, 2014.

To read Class Action News updated daily visit Class Action Related Headlines. Our Class Action News Search also contains links to recent Class Action Cases in the News. Our Class Action Litigation Library offers articles on Consumer law, Class Action, Tours, Travel Agents, and additional offsite legal articles. Read our recently posted CONSUMER LAW 2008 Update written by Judge Dickerson discussing consumer protection statutes most frequently used in New York State courts. This paper is prepared annually for New York State Civil Court Judges and the Town & Village Resource Center. This paper updates the information in earlier versions (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007) also found in our Class Action Litigation Library.

Other articles in our library include Burdens of Jurisdictional Proof written by Professor Lonny Hoffman, George Butler Research Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, discussing who bears the burden of jurisdictional proof under the Class Action Fairness Act. Avoiding Investment Fraud: Don't Get Taken and Avoid E-mail Scams: Don't Get Taken both written by Timothy E. Eble...

"It is a fact that any investments involve a certain degree of risk. So how does an invididual avoid being taken in by a fraudulent investment adviser?..."
"Choosing a class action rep"is reprinted by permission of LawyersUSA discussing important considerations an attorney must examine when selecting a class action representative...

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