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Defective Product

Flooring Installed in Room

This settlement resolves two class action lawsuits about Chinese-manufactured laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators. One (MDL 2627) alleges that certain Chinese-made laminate flooring was improperly labeled to state that the flooring complied with the California Air Resources Board regulations for formaldehyde levels.

Interline Brands Building

Interline Brands, Inc. has agreed to set aside $16.5 million for a settlement regarding DuroPro toilet connectors with certain kinds of coupling nuts made from acetal plastic. The complaint contends that the coupling nuts were defective and failed, resulting in damage to property, and that Interline knew about the defects and did not provide proper installation instructions.

Taser Pulse Safety Switch

Plaintiff Douglas Richey was carrying his Taser in a neoprene case in his jacket pocket, the complaint for this class action says, with the safety switch in the “safe” position. But as he got out of his car, it says, he heard a muffled pop and smelled gunpowder. He looked down to see the Taser’s electric barbs sticking out of his jacket. The complaint claims that the weapon has a defect that permits it to slip into the “armed” mode too easily, and that it can also be fired with very little pressure on the trigger.

Apple Watch Series 3

Kenneth Sciacca had just removed his Series 2 Stainless Steel Apple watch from its charger when the screen suddenly detached from the body. When he took it to his local Apple store, the employees claimed it had detached because of “non-warrantable damage” and that he would have to pay $249 for a repair. According to the complaint for this class action, however, Apple watches have had a history of detaching or shattering screens and the cause may be not abuse but an inherent defect in the watches. 

Arco Baby Monitor

It seems as if Netgear, Inc. wanted to create a sort of super baby monitor with its Arlo Baby. But according to the complaint for this class action, the monitor did not fulfill its most basic purpose of working steadily, with good-quality audio and video, so that parents would not have to keep going to the baby’s room to see if everything was all right. According to the complaint, the monitor frequently disconnected. To make matters worse, after a number of delays, Netgear cancelled the Arlo Baby companion tablet. The complaint alleges breaches of warranties, among other legal violations. 

Polaris 2016 RZR XP 1000

Plaintiff Jose Luna bought a brand-new $15,000 Polaris RZR 1000 recreational off-highway vehicle in February 2018. He took it out to use it for the first time, the complaint for this class action says, and within an hour, it caught fire and burned. According to the class action, Polaris Industries, Inc. and Polaris Sales, Inc. have been aware for at least the past five years that its 2013-2018 900 and 1000 series vehicles tend to do that. It cites violations of consumer protection laws, breaches of warranty, and fraudulent concealment among the reasons for the action.

Sig Sauer Model P320 Pistol

Sig Sauer, Inc. has traditionally designed hammer-fired pistols, but its model P320 is a striker-fired pistol. The complaint for this class action alleges that the P320 is defective, because it was designed without an item known as a disconnector safety. The lack of this item allows the pistols to fire when dropped or in an out-of-battery state, the complaint claims, even as Sig claims that the pistols are safe and exceed US safety standards.

Alcatel Idol 3 Phone

TCL Communication is settling a class action alleging that it removed LTE Band 12 frequency from Alcatel One Touc Idol 3 smartphones. The plaintiffs claimed that the removal was done via a software update and that it greatly reduced the functionality of the phones.

Apple iPhone 6

Did Apple “throttle” older iPhones in order to get customers to buy new models? According to the complaint for this class action, the company put out an update that was meant to help with battery problems but which did this by slowing the phones’ performance, a problem the company did not tell users when they upgraded.

Attic with Zonolite Insulation

The Zonolite Attic Insulation (ZAI) Trust was established as part of a legal settlement with WR Grace to reimburse homeowners or renters for a portion of the money they have spent removing or replacing Zonolite brand vermiculite attic insulation. Vermiculite was sold as attic insulation between the 1940s and 1980s. It has a brown-gray or silver-gold color and a pebble-like texture.