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No Added Benefit from Reebok Easy Tone Shoes, says FTC

Popular shoe maker, Reebok, reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Reebok’ controversial Easy Tone shoes. Reebok marketed the shoes as a way for consumers to tone their legs and backsides merely by wearing the shoes. However, an FTC investigation and a class action lawsuit over Reebok’s claims revealed that it was just puffery. The settlement is reportedly worth $25 million, according to sources. Reebok will create a fund to refund customer’s money. For its part, Reebok said that it stands behind the Easy Tone shoes and that a settlement does not mean it agrees with the FTC’s investigation. The FTC found that the shoes provided no added benefits over traditional workout shoes. The American Council on Exercise said whether you work out in Easy Tone shoes or regular workout shoes, your results will be the same. Reebok maintains that thousands of customers provided positive feedback about…
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Pandora is the Latest Service Sued for Privacy Violations

The class action lawsuit filed against Pandora is the latest in a string of invasion of privacy allegations stemming from Internet-based services. Pandora is the music streaming service popular on work computers across the country. Users can customize playlists and create their own radio stations based on their preferences. However, a man in Michigan says Pandora breaches users’ privacy by making their profile pages and listener history searchable online. The class action suit says it is a violation of Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act and Consumer Protection Act, according to a report at hollywoodreporter.com. The class action complaint asks for damages of $5,000 per user, according to hollywoodreporter.com. The lawsuit alleges further violations by Pandora for combining users’ listening history with their Facebook accounts. The allegations could go even deeper. A Wall Street Journal investigation found that the Pandora smartphone app sends users’ age, gender and location to ad networks. Users cannot…
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Lawsuit Says Maryland Non-Profit Knowingly Exposed Children to Lead Paint

The allegations against a Baltimore, Maryland, non-profit institute that focused on research, treatment and education for children with disabilities since 1937 are shocking and hard to believe. The Kennedy Krieger Institute conducted a study in the 1990s on lead-based paint and its effect on children. Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit now claim that the Institute knowingly allowed impoverished minority children to remain in homes with high levels of lead as part of its study. In addition, the Institute moved white and more affluent families with children into safer homes as part of its study, according to the complaint. In a report at aboutlawsuits.com, the Institute left the minority children in the unsafe homes for the sole purpose of observing the paint’s effects on their health. The Institute, according to the plaintiffs, failed to inform the parents about the risks to their children’s health. For its part, the Institute denies…
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Cobell Settlement Payments Pending – Again

Payouts in the largest class action lawsuit settlement in the history of the United States government were set to begin in October 2011. However, according to a report at cronkitenewsonline.com settlement payments in the Cobell v. Salazar class action lawsuit may not begin for yet another 12 to 18 months. The lawsuit is 15-years-old and stems from allegations that the Interior Department mismanaged Native American trust royalties. A Native American class member, Kimberly Craven, filed an appeal alleging that the settlement unevenly distributes the money between mishandled and non-mishandled accounts. Her attorney said his client is not trying to hold-up the settlement payments, which total $3.4 billion. A lawyer representing the class said the appeal would delay the payouts that class members hoped to receive by Christmas. With each plaintiff set to receive anywhere from $500.00 to $1 million per piece, a spokesperson for the class said the majority of class members…
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Nokia Faced with Lawsuit from Angry Shareholders

On May 3, 2012 disgruntled Nokia shareholders filed a class action lawsuit against the communication giant in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The lawsuit stems from Nokia’s failed attempt at rivaling the iPhone with its Lumia 900 Windows-based smartphone. The lawsuit alleges that Nokia assured shareholders that the Lumia would revive Nokia’s presence in the competitive smartphone market. The Lumia failed from the beginning and shareholders accuse Nokia of misleading them. The key element to the shareholders’ lawsuit is the allegation that Nokia knew they were making misleading statements in order to artificially inflate the price of Nokia’s securities. The plaintiffs claim Nokia shipped the phone to market with a glitch. Nokia had to refund $100.00 to each of its customers because of the glitch. In all, Nokia lost $1.7 billion on the Lumia. Nokia sold approximately two million Lumia smartphones in the first quarter…
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Facebook Might Be Tracking You After You Log-Out

Like most people, you probably have a Facebook account.  In a report at thomsonreuters.com, a class action lawsuit filed in California federal court in late 2011 states that Facebook admitted to tracking user’s online activity after the user logs off the site. As of February 2012, the U.S. Judicial panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) have sent 1o additional  federal lawsuits filed against Facebook last year to a federal court in San Francisco. All of the class action lawsuits allege that Facebook is in violation of the Federal Wire Tap Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and other laws. They also claim that Facebook’s actions are in violation of its own privacy policy, which says Facebook does not track post-log-out activity. The  lawsuits have been consolidated under the title: “Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation.” The Judicial Panel denied Facebook’s counsel request to entitle it “Facebook Cookie Litigation,” saying that  “would imply an unduly restrictive scope on this…
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