Posts Categorized: Consumer Protection

Chris Ridout Appointed to Leadership Role in Apple iPhone Battery MDL

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Zimmerman Reed partner Chris Ridout has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee on behalf of consumers nationwide in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Apple.  The MDL litigation relates to allegations that Apple purposely slowed down the performance of older iPhones following a software update, and failed to inform its customers, presumably to… Read more »

Brian Gudmundson Appointed to Leadership Role in Equifax Data Breach MDL

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Zimmerman Reed partner Brian Gudmundson has been appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) on behalf of financial institutions nationwide in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Equifax.  The MDL litigation relates to Equifax’s massive data breach, which compromised the sensitive personal information of nearly half the United States population.  The PSC, along with… Read more »

Dometic Corp. Under Fire

Posted by & filed under Class Action, Consumer Protection.

RV owners have filed a class action suit against Dometic Corp. alleging a design defect rendering them a serious fire hazard risk. The Legal NewsLine reports that Dometic released a line of gas absorption fridges that were prone to premature corrosion, stress fatigue and cracks, causing noxious and flammable chemicals and gases inside the sealed… Read more »

Equifax Data Breach Affects 143 Million Consumers Nationwide

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More than 143 million U.S. consumers’ personal and financial information, including social security numbers, may have been compromised by an Equifax data breach. Equifax is one of three credit reporting companies tracking the financial and credit history of consumers. Equifax has known about the breach since July, but did not disclose it to the public… Read more »

Navient Student Loan Borrowers Steered Into Bad Repayment Program

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has accused student loan processor Navient of directing borrowers into costly forbearance programs rather than into alternate, income-based repayment programs, as reported by Reuters. Federal student loan borrowers are entitled to participate in certain income-based repayment programs if they run into difficulty making payment due to economic hardship. Navient, which… Read more »

Former Lyft/Uber Driver Challenges Uber’s use of “Hell” Spyware

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A driver, who drove for both Lyft and Uber, filed a lawsuit against Uber for using a secret software program called “Hell” to access Lyft drivers’ information and whereabouts in violation of privacy and other laws. As reported by Law360, the driver alleges that Uber accessed the driver’s Lyft data – without permission –  to… Read more »

Minnesota Supreme Court Decides to Hear Challenge to State’s Management of Unclaimed Property

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Minnesota Supreme Court grants further review of Appellate ruling on dormant accounts with large sums of money that the Minnesota Department of Commerce seized. Initially, this system was put in place in 1969 to protect inactive financial accounts and properties from financial institutions under the Minnesota Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (MUPA). In 2015,… Read more »

Home Depot Settles Data Breach Case for $25M

Posted by & filed under Class Action, Consumer Protection, Settlements.

As reported by Law360, the home improvement retailer, Home Depot, agreed to pay $25 million to settle a class action involving a data breach that jeopardized the personal and financial information of 56 million credit and debit card holders. Zimmerman Reed represents financial institutions that will now qualify to recover financial losses in addressing and… Read more »