RadioShack pays $5.3 million to settle class action lawsuit

RadioShack agreed to pay up to $5.3 million to settle alleged violations of a federal law barring a credit card’s expiration date from being printed on a sales receipt.

The suit, claimed a violation of the Fairness and Accurate Transaction Act that Congress passed in 2003 and took effect Jan. 1, 2005. The law restricts the information that can be printed on a receipt, barring the display of an expiration date and limiting the credit card number to five digits.

The settlement is limited to those customers making purchases between Aug. 24, 2010, and Nov. 11, 2011, and calls for $10 vouchers good for store or online purchases to be issued to those whose claims are approved. The vouchers will be distributed as bar codes and must be used within six months of being issued. Claim forms must be returned by Aug. 27 to be eligible for the settlement. A maximum of three vouchers can be used for a single purchase, the settlement said. If the settlement vouchers exceed $5.3 million, they will be reduced pro rata, it said. Settlement notices will be sent to about 3.5 million customers via direct mail, while another 1 million get one via email, according to the settlement.

Touch-Tel settles class action lawsuit over pre-paid calling cards

If you purchased a pre-paid calling card where Touch-Tel was the distributor of the pre-paid calling card, anywhere in the United States, between August 27, 2004, and May 20, 2013, you could receive benefits from a class action settlement.

This summary notice informs you about the settlement of Crescencio Galvez, et al. v. Touch-Tel U.S.A., L.P. d/b/a Touch-Tel USA, LLC, United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. 2:08-CV-05642-RGK (JCx).  Crescencio Galvez and Guadalupe Galvez represent a class of pre-paid calling card customers who purchased certain calling cards distributed by Touch-Tel between August 27, 2004, and May 20, 2013, other than for purposes of re-sale.  A list of those cards can be reviewed by accessing

If you submit a claim form you can receive a Refund PIN or Calling Card in $2.00 increments that can be used to make telephone calls, at the rate of 10 cents/minute to any telephone number within the United States and Canada, and 25 cents/minute to any telephone number in any of the following countries: Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador and El Salvador.  There shall be a total cap of $375,000 on the dollar amount of Refund PINs.  Individual claims are capped at $20.00 based on 40% of the face value of your Touch-Tel calling card purchases during the Class Period.  The Refund PIN or calling card will be good for a period of one year from the date of distribution.  You can submit a Proof of Claim Form online at

Pepperidge Farm named in class action lawsuit over GMOs in its “Natural” Cheddar Goldfish® Crackers

Pepperidge Farm markets, advertises, sells and distributes “Natural” Cheddar Goldfish® Crackers

According to the complaint, Defendant made and continues to make false and misleading claims regarding its representation that the Product is “Natural.” Defendant has mistakenly or misleadingly represented that the Product is “Natural,” when in fact, it is not, because it contains bio-engineered food, more commonly known as Genetically Modified Organisms (“GMOs”) in the form of GMO soy and/or soy derivatives.

As alleged,  Defendant’s “Natural” statement prominently displayed on the Product’s packaging and/or labeling is false, misleading, and likely to deceive reasonable consumers, such as Plaintiff and members of the Class, because the Product is not “Natural,” due to the presence of soybean oil in the Product.

GMOs are plants that grow from seeds in which DNA splicing has been used to place genes from another source into a plant. Contrary to Defendant’s express or implied representations, the Product uses plants or plant derivatives grown or created from GMOs.  Defendant’s marketing of the Product as “Natural” is false, because GMOs’ genetic makeup has been altered through biotechnology to exhibit characteristics that do not otherwise occur in nature.

The complaint seeks an Order prohibiting Defendant from including genetically modified ingredients in its “Natural” Products or, in the alternative, from representing the Products are “Natural” when they are not, because bio-engineered soy is not “Natural.”

Living Essentials named in class action — accused of falsely advertising benefits of 5-hour ENERGY

The class action is brought on behalf of a Class of consumers who purchased 5-hour ENERGY shots manufactured and sold by Defendant, Living Essentials

Defendant manufactured and marketed its product under various brands and product names including, but not limited to, 5-hour ENERGY, Extra Strength 5-hour ENERGY, and Decaf 5-hour ENERGY shot (“5-hour Energy” or the “Product”).  Defendant represents to consumers, among other representations as alleged herein, that 5-Hour Energy produces a sustained level of “energy” for five hours, that the consumer will have “hours of energy now, no crash later,” “contains B Vitamins for energy and amino acids for focus,” and that you can “drink it in seconds and in minutes you’re feeling alert and productive and that feeling lasts for hours”.

Defendant claims to base its representations upon scientific studies which it claims demonstrates the superior nature of 5-hour Energy branded drinks over simpler and less expensive caffeine only products, such as a caffeine tablet or a cup of coffee.

The complaint alleges that there is no genuine scientific research and there are no scientifically reliable studies in existence that support Defendant’s claims that 5-hour Energy drinks provide any additional benefits over a caffeine tablet or a cup of coffee.

As alleged, Defendant knew or should have known that there is no greater benefit of ingesting 5 -hour Energy than ingesting an equivalent dose of caffeine and has taken no meaningful steps to clear up consumer misconceptions regarding its product.

Titeflex named in class action lawsuit over sale of Gastite® corrugated stainless steel tubing

This lawsuit is brought on behalf of a Class of all similarly situated property owners, against Titeflex. Titeflex manufactured, distributed, and supplied Gastite® corrugated stainless steel tubing (“CSST”) throughout the United States.

CSST is an ultrathin, flexible piping used to transport natural gas within both residential and commercial structures. It was developed as an alternative to the much thicker, more durable black iron pipe that has been used to transport gas within residential and commercial structures for more than a century.

This action alleges that Titeflex improperly designed and manufactured Gastite® and failed to properly test its resistance to lightning strikes. Gastite’s thin walls are susceptible to perforation by an electrical arc generated by a lightning strike, which can cause and has caused fires, damage to and destruction of residential structures, and creates a substantial and unreasonable risk of death or personal injury.

As alleged, after concluding that Gastite® was deficient, Titeflex developed FlashShield® in 2012, which purportedly contains all the features of Gastite®, plus a layer of metal mesh and two layers of semi-conductive polymer to “protect against potential arcing during lightning strikes by mitigating the potential damage to such system caused by electrical arcing.” The presence of Gastite® in Plaintiff and Class Members’ structures creates an unreasonable risk of fire due to lightning strikes.

BMW named in class action over defective convertible tops in BMW E64 (6 Series Convertible) vehicles

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The complaint is brought on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased or leased any 2004-2010 model year BMW E64 (6 Series Convertible) vehicles (collectively, “Class Vehicles”) imported, distributed, warranted, serviced, repaired and sold by BMW of North America, LLC (“Defendant” or “BMW”).

According to the complaint, since 2004 BMW knew or should have known that the Class Vehicles and their convertible tops contain one or more design and/or manufacturing defects that prevent their convertible tops from completely opening and closing; cause their convertible tops to become jammed into a fixed position; and cause the convertible top operation light to flash, the “top not locked” warning message to appear, and/or an alarm to sound (the “Convertible Top Defect” or “defect”). When this occurs, consumers cannot open the trunk lid and/or are unable to roll the windows up or down.

The Convertible Top Defect, which can cost up to $5,000 to repair or replace, is not simply an economic or aesthetic concern: it is also a serious safety hazard. BMW’s 2005 6 Series Owner’s Manual (“2005 Owner’s Manual”) explicitly identifies the Convertible Top Defect as a dangerous condition: “Driving without having completed the opening or closing action [of the convertible top] can lead to damage or injury.” BMW’s 2006 6 Series Owner’s Manual (“2006 Owner’s Manual”) acknowledges that a “convertible top which is not completely opened or closed presents a danger.”

According to the complaint, BMW knew and concealed the Convertible Top Defect that is contained in every Class Vehicle, along with the attendant dangerous safety problems and associated costs, from Plaintiff and the other Class Members at the time of sale and thereafter.

Despite notice of the defect from numerous consumer complaints, dealership repair orders, as well as various other sources, BMW has not recalled the Class Vehicles to repair the Convertible Top Defect, has not offered all of its customers a suitable repair or replacement free of charge, and has not offered to reimburse all Class Vehicles’ owners and leaseholders who incurred costs relating to repair or replacement of the convertible tops.

Class action filed against Vitamin Shoppe over sales of True Athlete Training Formula


The class action complaint is brought on behalf of those who purchased the dietary supplement True Athlete Training Formula (“Product”) from Defendant Vitamin Shoppe. While Defendant makes certain claims in the labeling and advertising of the Product as a bodybuilding, fitness training and endurance developing formula, none of the ingredients themselves or as formulated by Defendant will deliver the results Defendant promises.

Vitamin Shoppe, Inc., advertises, manufactures, markets, sells and distributes the Product which is sold in the growing and extremely competitive fitness industry as a “Pre-Workout Muscle Building and Performance Enhancing” product. Although the Vitamin Shoppe boasts about the Product’s efficacy in labeling and advertising the Product, it dramatically under-doses and uses ineffective compounds such that none of the promised benefits is or can be delivered by the Product.

As a result of Defendant’s unfair, deceptive, fraudulent, unfair and misleading practices, Plaintiff and Class Members have been unfairly deceived into purchasing the Product which they would not otherwise have purchased, or would have purchased only at a substantially lower price than that charged by Defendant.

Plaintiff brings this action seeking damages and other relief from Defendant for its violations of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, for its breaches of express and implied warranties, and for its unjust enrichment at the expense of Plaintiff and the class.

Apple settles class action suit over failure to honor warranty claims associated with water damage.

Apple Inc. agreed to pay $53 million to settle a class-action suit associated with warranties for iPhones and iPods.  The money is to be distributed to approximately 153,000 customers who had been denied warranty coverage under an Apple policy associated with handling water damage.

The lawsuit suit stemmed from technology Apple built into its iPhones and some iPod music players that was designed to indicate when the devices had come into contact with liquid, such as through submersion or a large spill.

According to the complaint, Apple had a “liquid damage policy,” which required Apple’s employees to deny warranty coverage for any device if the liquid indicator had been triggered by changing color. The plaintiffs alleged that the indicators, which were manufactured by 3M Co., could be triggered by moisture or humidity during ordinary use.

Penguin settles allegations of price fixing e-book prices for $75 million

The lawsuit asserts that Penguin actively participated in a price-fixing scheme orchestrated by Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) that artificially raised e-book prices and created a virtual cartel, eliminating any retailer competition on price.

The $75 million settlement, if approved by the court, would resolve claims filed by 33 states against Penguin as well as class-action lawsuits filed by consumers alleging that the company’s behavior violated unfair competition laws, causing consumers to overpay for e-books.

This settlement is with 33 state attorney generals. Late last year, Penguin settled similar claims with the Department of Justice. Under that settlement, Penguin agreed to end its allegedly anticompetitive agreements with Apple and other retailers for a period of two years.

The states and the Department of Justice are scheduled to face Apple in a civil trial regarding these claims beginning on June 3, 2013.

The settlement with Penguin must be approved by the court. A hearing is expected later this summer.

Dendreon Corporation settles securities class action

The settlement class includes all persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired Dendreon common stock between April 29, 2010, and August 3, 2011, inclusive:

A hearing will be held with respect to the settlement on August 2, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. before the Honorable James L. Robart in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 700 Stewart Street, Courtroom Suite 14106, Seattle, WA 98101.

The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether the proposed settlement of the securities class action claims asserted in this litigation, pursuant to which Defendants will pay or cause to be paid the sum of $40,000,000.00 in cash into a settlement fund in exchange for the dismissal of the litigation and a release of claims against Defendants and their related persons and entities, should be approved by the Court as fair, reasonable, adequate and in the best interests of the Class, which includes all persons and entities who purchased or otherwise acquired Dendreon common stock between April 29, 2010 and August 3, 2011, inclusive, excluding the Defendants, and their Related Persons (as defined in the Stipulation of Settlement).

If you purchased or otherwise acquired Dendreon common stock at any time between April 29, 2010 and August 3, 2011, inclusive, and were damaged thereby, you may be potentially eligible to share in the distribution of the settlement fund if you submit a claim form no later than September 7, 2013, establishing that you may be entitled to a recovery.

If you purchased or otherwise acquired Dendreon common stock at any time between April 29, 2010 and August 3, 2011, inclusive, and were damaged thereby, you have the right to object to the settlement, the plan of allocation and/or the request by Lead Counsel for an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses, or otherwise request to be heard, by submitting for receipt no later than July 12, 2013, a written objection in accordance with the procedures described in a more detailed notice that has been mailed to persons known to be purchasers or other acquirers of Dendreon common stock between April 29, 2010 and August 3, 2011, inclusive.  You also have the right to exclude yourself from the class by submitting for receipt no later than July 12, 2013, a written request for exclusion from the Class in accordance with the procedures described in the more detailed notice.  If the settlement is approved by the Court, you will be bound by the settlement and the Court’s final order and judgment, including the releases provided for in the final order and judgment, unless you submit a timely and valid request to be excluded.

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