Deceptive Business Practices
Vending machines now accept credit, debit, or prepaid cards as payment. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that some of them, including the machines of Compass Group USA, Inc. in California, charge extra for the use of cards but do not warn potential customers of this.
The Arkansas Constitution imposes an interest rate cap of 17%. The complaint for this class action alleges that Santander Consumer USA, Inc. violates this basic provision, and the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTP), with its interest charges in the financing agreement for the purchase of a vehicle.
If a company makes a promise when a consumer first buys an item, must it continue to keep that promise for years to come? The complaint for this class action says yes. It claims that Tricopian, Inc. sold a portable charging product and then made “such a fundamental change in the nature of its support of the product as to deprive consumers of the primary benefit of the bargain.”
Airbnb Ireland UC, Airbnb, Inc., and Airbnb Payments UK Ltd. are settling a Canadian class action alleging that Airbnb’s pricing system violated the laws of Quebec. The complaint alleged that the company’s website displayed one price at the first stage of browsing, then added additional charges at checkout.
Too many people are complaining these days of being enrolled in subscriptions or memberships they never agreed to or knew about. The complaint for this class action claims that Superior Global Marketing, Inc. (SGM) is one of those who enrolls consumers in continuous-service program without the disclosures and consent required by California law.
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).
The complaint for this class action alleges that Comcast Corporation offered some Utah customers “lifetime” subscription rates, but is now going back on that promise and increasing their rates.
Plaintiff Barabara Rosenbloom called Telebrands Corp. to buy one item. Without her permission, the complaint alleges, Telebrands then began to charge her credit card $14.99 per month for its Everyday Savings Program.
What’s the Pink Tax? It’s the extra amount charged on women’s products as compared to similar products for men. The complaint for this class action alleges that a number of companies are guilty of this gender-based price discrimination, including Conopco, Inc. (Unilever), Walgreen Co., CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Walmart, Inc. Target Corporation, Schnuck Markets, Inc., and Dierbergs Markets, Inc.
Ametros Financial Corporation offers “post-settlement medical administration services.” This means that when a person receives a settlement, for example, from a liability lawsuit or workers’ compensation, Ametros offers to manage those funds. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that the company does not deliver on what it offers.