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Rice Field in Arkansas

This class action alleges that the herbicide Loyant not only doesn’t control grasses and weeds but damages rice crops as well. The complaint names the Dow Chemical Co., Dow AgroSciences, LLC, Corteva, Inc., and EI DuPont de Nemours and Co. as having responsibility for Loyant. The plaintiffs are a number of farms that used Loyant, in a number of different states.

E-Mail Account List with Cursor Pointing to "Spam (372)"

Florida’s Electronic Mail Communications Act (FEMCA) regulates e-mail, including those sent to consumers and generally referred to as “spam.” The complaint for this class action alleges that NCWC, Inc. and Palmer Administrative Services, Inc. have violated the law by sending deceptive spam e-mails purportedly about servicing for the recipients’ cars.

Person Breaking into Home

Florida has an Electronic Mail Communications Act (FEMCA) governing e-mail, including advertising e-mails sent to consumers that are the electronic equivalent of telemarketing. The complaint for this class action alleges that Defenders, Inc. has violated this law in sending spam e-mails. 

Architectural Drawing of City National Bank of West Virginia Branch Building

This is one of a number of class actions filed this year against financial institutions for charging more than one non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee on a single item. In this case, the City National Bank of West Virginia is accused of charging as many as five on a single item.

One of the difficulties with automated calls is that they may not be for the person who currently owns the number. Getting connected to someone who can do something about it can be time consuming. The complaint for this class action alleges that Discover Financial Services, Inc. placed debt collection calls to consumer cell phones that were not owned by the parties it was trying to reach.

Figure Carrying Letters D-E-B-T on Its Back

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is meant to protect consumer debtors by requiring that debt collectors provide the truthful and accurate information necessary for them to make informed decisions. The complaint for this class action alleges that Penn Credit Corporation did not send consumers accurate information on how to dispute a debt.   

Gallon Jug of Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey

AriZona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey is a popular product that its makers claim is “America’s best-selling green tea.” The ginseng is supposed to provide energy. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that it does not contain “any detectible amounts of ginseng[.]” It brings suit against the companies involved—Beverage Marketing USA, Inc., Honell Brewing Co., Inc., and various AriZona companies. 

Customer Extending Credit Card to Payment Processing Device

Small business owners generally used payment processing companies to handle their customers’ credit or debit card payments. The complaint for this class action alleges that one such company, Northern Leasing Systems, Inc., “swindles” small business owners by hiding their services’ true costs and locking them in to contracts that they cannot cancel. The complaint brings suit under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA).

Policeman Reaching Out of Cell Phone

Why would a company as big and as well-established as the Coca-Cola Company use illegal telemarketing methods to gain customers? Still, the complaint for this class action alleges that the company did just that, sending text messages to consumer cell phones that violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Bottle of Califia Farms Almondmilk

Vanilla is a perennially popular flavor, both by itself and in combination with others. Unfortunately, it’s also the second most expensive flavoring in the world (after saffron). The complaint for this class action alleges that Califia Farms, LLC improperly labels some of its almondmilk products as vanilla.

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