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Blackstone Transfer of Genetic Information Illinois GIPA Class Action

The Blackstone Group, Inc. acquired Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a genetic testing company, in 2020. The complaint alleges that this involved “the illegal transfer of thousands if not millions of individuals’ genetic information to [Blackstone], a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm…” The law cited is Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA), an Illinois state law that the complaint  Read more

Privacy, News
Your Privacy, GIPA, Genetic Information
Eatz Smoked Almonds

Eatz “Smoked” Almonds Added Smoke Flavor Multi-State Class Action

Eatz brand Smoked Almonds come in a red-toned package. They are made by, and sold in, Family Dollar Stores, Inc. But are the almonds really “smoked”? The complaint for this class action claims that the flavoring comes not from actual smoking but from added smoke flavor, and that this does not meet the flavor labeling  Read more

News, Consumer
Deceptive Labels, Deceptive Advertising, "Smoked" Food Is Only Smoke-Flavored
Bag of Tostitos Hint of Lime Tortilla Chips

Tostitos “Hint of Lime” Corn Chips Lime Content California Class Action

Tostitos corn chips come in a number of varieties, including Hint of Lime. The complaint for this class action alleges that the name of the product and other representations on the front of the package lead consumers to believe that the product contains some amount of actual lime, when the ingredient panel indicates it either  Read more

News, Consumer
Deceptive Labels, Deceptive Advertising, Contains Too Little of Featured Ingredients
Colonial Pipeline

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack and Shutdown Class Action

In May 2021, the Colonial Pipeline Company was hit with a ransomware attack that locked data in its systems and led to a pipeline shutdown. Colonial quickly paid the ransom, but it took five days to restart the pipeline. This class action brings suit on behalf of the gas stations impacted by the attack, alleging  Read more

Inadequate Cybersecurity
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Burt’s Bees “99.7% Natural” Pet Shampoos and Conditioners New York Class Action

Consumers nowadays prefer natural products, for their pets as well as for themselves, and Burt’s Bees, Inc. has responded by creating dog shampoos and conditioners that it advertises as being “99.7% Natural.” But the complaint for this class action alleges that this is deceptive because the products are actually “highly synthetic.”  Read more

News, Consumer
Deceptive Labels, Deceptive Advertising, All Natural Claims
UMB Bank Sign on Building

UMB Bank Debit Holds and Overdraft Fees Class Action

If your bank okays your debit transaction because you have sufficient funds in your account, can it later charge you an overdraft fee for that same transaction? The complaint for this transaction alleges that UMB Bank, NA authorizes debit transactions but later, at settlement, may claim there are now insufficient funds in the account and  Read more

Your Bank, Overdraft Fees
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AmeriFirst Data Breach Exposure of Customer PII Class Action

As a provider of mortgage loans, AmeriFirst Financial, Inc. collects and stores a great deal of sensitive, private information on customers. The complaint for this class action alleges that AmeriFirst “is among those companies that have failed to meet their obligation to protect the sensitive personal identifying information (PII) entrusted to them by their customers.”  Read more

Privacy, News
Your Privacy, Exposure to cyber crime, Exposing Private Information
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Universal Screen Arts Automatic Renewal California Class Action

Universal Screen Arts, Inc. owns multiple companies with online e-commerce websites, including Acorn, Bas Bleu, Daedalus Books, Signals, Support Plus, and What on Earth. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that the websites entraps customers into a difficult-to-cancel automatic renewal membership that comes with a monthly charge of $14.95.  Read more

News, Consumer
Unlawful Subscription Renewal, Deceptive Advertising

I Heart Canna Telemarketing Texts TCPA Class Action

Mothership Enterprises, Inc., which does business as I Heart Canna, is a cannabis dispensary located in California. Unfortunately, the complaint for this class action alleges that it “engages in aggressive unsolicited marketing” via telephone, in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).  Read more

Privacy, News
Use of Automatic-Capable Dialer, Unsolicited Text Messages, TCPA
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Vida Longevity Fund Omissions in Offering Materials Class Action

This class action brings suit under the Texas Securities Act (TSA) against a number of parties related to the Vida Longevity Fund, LP, established in 2010. The Fund promised a high rate of return, but the complaint alleges that it was hiding “serious weaknesses in the Funds’s internal processes and procedures…” It claims that these  Read more

Omitting or Withholding Information, Investments, Investment Losses, False or Misleading Information