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Deceptive Advertising

Blendtec Designer 650 Blender

How strong are the motors of blenders? The complaint for this class action alleges that Blendtec, Inc. and its parent company, K-Tech Holdings, Ltd., advertise higher power for their blenders than they are able to achieve, specifically 3.0 and 3.8 peak horsepower (HP).

Plastic Bottle of Seagram's Ginger Ale

How much real ginger does ginger ale contain? The Coca-Cola Company has agreed to settle a class action questioning its use of the phrase “Made with Real Ginger” on the labels of its Seagram’s ginger ale containers. The complaint alleged that the labeling misled customers about the form of ginger in the drink and its health properties. 

Box of VSL#3

When people buy a certain product, which goes by a certain name, they expect the product to remain the same, unless they’re told otherwise. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that, when VSL Pharmaceuticals lost the rights to the formula for their VSL#3 probiotic medical food formula, they simply replaced it with an inferior formula and continued to sell it under the same name. Their distributor was Leadiant Biosciences, Inc., later replaced with Alfasigma USA, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products

According to the complaint for this class action, Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals, LLC, and Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. have claimed for years that their talcum products don’t contain any asbestos or asbestiform fibers. The complaint alleges that this is false, and brings suit under California laws, including its Proposition 65, which says that “businesses must provide persons with a ‘clear and reasonable warning’ before exposing individuals to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer.”

Container of Friendly's Vanilla Ice Cream

Is your favorite vanilla ice cream really flavored with vanilla? This is one of a number of class actions alleging that ice cream companies are fudging on vanilla—not flavoring with real vanilla, but manipulating wording on packaging to suggest that they are. At issue in this case are vanilla ice creams used in a variety of products from Friendly’s Manufacturing and Retail, LLC. 

Ford 2019 F-150 Truck

One of the plaintiffs in this case, Darren Honeycutt, bought a 2018 Ford F-150 in January 2018 for just over $45,505. Three months later, in April 2018, he traded it in for $31,230, because of its poor fuel economy. Ford has already been accused of falsifying the fuel economy of its Ranger vehicles in more than one class action. The complaint for this class action alleges that Ford also falsified the fuel economy of its F-150 trucks.

Bottle of aSquared Nutrition SAM-e

Do you take SAM-e supplements? Unfortunately, the amounts of SAM-e found in a number of brands of SAM-d supplements may not always be as much as the label says—sometimes as little as 12 to 18%. 

Fallout 4 Season Pass

Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Media, Inc. make the game Fallout 4 and its downloadable content (DLC). The complaint for this class action alleges that the companies sold a season pass for the game that they advertised as giving purchasers all the DLC for the game. However, the complaint says, the companies provided additional DLC that was not available with the season pass. 

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Flight

The relationship between Southwest Airlines Co. and the Boeing Company was special, according to the complaint for this class action. And when Boeing brought out the flawed 737 MAX 8, the complaint alleges, Southwest helped cover up the plane’s fatal deficiencies. 

RCA RPJ129 Home Theater Projector

Curtis International, Ltd. and Technicolor USA, Inc. licensed the RCA brand name for their digital home theater projectors. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the companies are hiding inferior equipment behind a respected brand name, because, it says, the projectors are not nearly as bright as advertised. 

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