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Walmart Sign Against Blue Sky

Walmart sells gift cards that can be loaded with a specific value and used to buy items at its stores. Unfortunately, scammers have found a way to rob customers of the cards’ value. The complaint for this class action holds responsible Walmart, Inc., Walmart Stores of Arkansas, LLC, Walmart Stores East, LP, saying that many of their gift cards have been tampered with and customers lose the funds loaded on them. 

Vivint Logo

Despite efforts to limit calls to consumers, “[r]obocalls and telemarketing calls are currently the number one source of consumer complaints” at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). So reported the FCC chairman in 2016. This class action is yet another bringing suit against a telemarketer, Vivint, Inc., and DSI Systems, its telemarketer. The law allegedly violated is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta

This California class action takes up the issue of “slack fill” or too much empty space inside containers of consumer goods. The complaint alleges that Riviana Foods, Inc. and New World Pasta Company, which do business as Ronzoni, leave excessive slack fill in their boxes of specialty pasta. This is particularly deceptive, as the specialty boxes are the same size as its regular pasta boxes, but they contain 25% less pasta.

Hand Held Out for Payment

The complaint for this class action alleges that Velocity Investments, LLC improperly sues consumers for loans which it does not have the right to collect on. The complaint cites the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Pennsylvania’s  Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act (FCEUA) and Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL). However, very important to this case is the state’s Consumer Discount Company Act (CDCA).

2019 Ford F-150 Truck

A number of cases have been filed recently against Ford Motor Company triggered by its admission in its official filings that it may have reported incorrect fuel economy figures for one or more of its vehicles. This class action makes the same allegations, but with more details about the process Ford allegedly used to manipulate figures. The complaint portrays it baldly as “cheating.” 

A Wyndham Vacation Resort, with a Swimming Pool Area and High Rise

Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Inc. is the largest timeshare ownership program in the world. But the complaint for this class action alleges that it uses deceptive and misleading presentations to sell its timeshares, misleading potential customers about things like the value of its points and the availability of the properties for vacations.

Young Woman in Jean Jacket with Black Nail Polish Holding E-Cigarette

This class action against Juul Labs, Inc. asserts that Juul’s “unfair and deceptive trade practices misled” minors “into use of its highly addictive e-cigarette products.” The e-cigarettes, the complaint claims, were “unreasonably dangerous” yet were marketed and sold to minors.

SolarCity Van

Do you have solar panels on your home? Were they provided and installed by SolarCity or—under its new name—Tesla Energy Operations? Unfortunately, they might be a fire hazard. Walmart filed a lawsuit on August 20, 2019 against Tesla, claiming that its stores have had seven fires caused by the Tesla/SolarCity panel rooftop installations.

Cell Phone in Circle with Strikethrough

This complaint calls Saks Fifth Avenue “a chain of luxury department stores.” This chain seems to include Saks Fifth Avenue, LLC, Saks Direct, Inc, Saks Direct II, LLC, and Saks Department Stores. It’s not clear which of these parties is responsible for sending unsolicited text messages to consumers, but this class action’s contention is that Saks has violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Policeman Reaching Out of Cell Phone

For some reason, real estate agents or companies seem to be frequent violators of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The complaint for this class action brings suit against Re/Max Real Pros for both placing calls and sending text messages in violation of the TCPA.

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