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Women Say Their Ulta Makeup Was Once Someone Else's

2 lawsuits allege cosmetics retailer resold used items

(Newser) - There's nothing like opening up a brand-new makeup kit and glamming it up—though that glamorous feeling may be lost if you find out you're applying makeup someone else already used. That's the gist of a complaint filed in Chicago last month by a California woman who... More »

Plug In Your Phone Number, See if Robocallers Owe You

Calls about a cruise could get you up to $900

(Newser) - It's the best kind of revenge against robocallers: money in your pocket. The Miami Herald reports that people who got a call about a cruise may be due $300 to $900 thanks to a class-action lawsuit. To find out if you're eligible, you can plug in your phone... More »

'Smart Vibrator' Maker Settles Suit From Outraged Users

Users complained it was sending data back to company

(Newser) - The makers of an internet-connected sex toy that harvested data about its users' intimate moments have settled a lawsuit from outraged customers. Standard Innovation Corp., the company behind the "We-Vibe" smart vibrator, has agreed to pay up to $10,000 to customers who used a smartphone app that allowed... More »

Volkswagen Agrees to Pay $1.2B to 75K More Owners

Without a fix, that could rise to $4B

(Newser) - Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from US owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests. And the company could pay even more—as much as $4 billion—if it can'... More »

11K Marlboro Smokers Seek Share of $45M Settlement

Anybody who bought them in Arkansas before 2010 qualifies

(Newser) - Anybody who bought Marlboro Lights or Ultra Lights in Arkansas over a 40-year period qualifies for a share of a $45 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit, and more than 11,000 have applied. The settlement applies to anybody who bought the brands between 1971, when Marlboro Lights were introduced,... More »

Anheuser-Busch Mocks Alcohol Content Claims

Meanwhile, CNN conducts its own beer testing

(Newser) - Anheuser-Busch is having a bit of fun with the class-action lawsuits accusing it of watering down its beers , Bloomberg reports. In full-page advertisements that ran in 10 major newspapers yesterday, the brewer jokes, "They must have tested one of these," showing a can of drinking water. The company... More »

Shareholders Sue JPMorgan

They say it misled them regarding risk

(Newser) - Two shareholders filed separate lawsuits against JPMorgan and its top executives in the wake of its $2 billion trading loss , accusing them of misleading investors about the company's risk exposure. One aspires to be a class action suit, representing anyone who owned JPMorgan stock from April 13 to May... More »

Shareholders Sue Netflix

Class-action suit says company issued 'misleading statements'

(Newser) - Netflix's shareholders are none too happy with the streaming video giant's plummeting share price, and now they're biting back with a class action lawsuit. The suit, filed recently in California, alleges that Netflix "issued materially false and misleading statements," and failing to disclose crucial info.... More »

Female Workers Hit Walmart With New Class-Action Suits

Colossal nationwide suit split into regional cases

(Newser) - Four months after the Supreme Court decided that 1.5 million past and present female workers at Walmart couldn't be lumped together in a single class-action suit , the first of what promises to be a flood of fresh lawsuits have begun. The original plaintiffs—who say they were denied... More »

Lawsuit: NFL Hid Concussion Effects for 90 Years

75 ex-players suing the league

(Newser) - A group of 75 former NFL players is suing the league, claiming that it has been hiding the harmful effects of the concussions for nearly a century. “The NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects on a player's brain of concussions,” the lawsuit... More »

Apple Pays Off South Korean for iPhone Tracking

Lawyer snags $946 in compensation

(Newser) - A South Korean lawyer has drawn first blood in the battle to make Apple pay for its iPhone tracking glitch , scoring a 1 million won ($946) payout from the tech giant, Reuters reports. The lawyer, Kim Hyung-suk, originally sued Apple on his own for collecting his location data without his... More »

Supreme Court Sides With Wal-Mart in Sex Bias Case

More than 1M women don't have enough in common: justices

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled for Wal-Mart in the biggest sex discrimination lawsuit ever, holding that the case cannot proceed as a class action. The court rejected a US appeals court decision that as many as 1.6 million women could take part in the suit, which could have ultimately... More »

Walmart: Too Big to Sue?

Company says it's too big to be sued by 1.5M female employees

(Newser) - Walmart will go before the Supreme Court today and argue that it is simply too big to face a class action gender discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of some 1.5 million current and former female employees. “They have brought a case that implicates 3,400 stores around the... More »

Lawyers Mass for Assault on BP

Firms involved in spill will be in court for decades

(Newser) - The Deepwater Horizon rig was ablaze for less than 24 hours when the first lawsuit on behalf of a dead worker's widow was filed—marking the start of a flood of legal action that will match the gush of oil spilling into the Gulf, say experts. Damages are far reaching... More »

Lawsuits Over Chinese Drywall Mounting

More homeowners cite damage, sickness, as feds finish inquiry

(Newser) - With the controversy over Chinese drywall about to come to a head, the New York Times checks in on the issue and finds hundreds of lawsuits piling up around the country. The imported material, which became common as builders scrambled for supplies during the housing boom, is said to be... More »

Female Brokers Sue BofA for Discrimination

Men got higher retention bonuses, they allege

(Newser) - A former Merrill Lynch broker is leading a class-action lawsuit against Bank of America for offering female workers lower retention bonuses, Reuters reports. The suit alleges that Merrill had a longtime practice of steering wealthier clients to its male brokers. Because of that, when BofA acquired the firm and offered... More »

NAACP Accuses Banks of Loan Discrimination

Blacks were forced into subprime mortgages, group says

(Newser) - The NAACP is accusing Wells Fargo and HSBC of forcing black people into subprime mortgages while whites with identical qualifications got lower rates. Class-action lawsuits were to be filed against the banks today in federal court in Los Angeles. Similar NAACP lawsuits are pending against a dozen other subprime lenders.... More »

'Winston Man' Dies of Cancer Amidst Trial

Actor was set to testify against tobacco giant RJ Reynolds

(Newser) - Alan Landers, the one-time face of Winston cigarettes, has died at 68 of lung and throat cancer in the middle of a multi-million dollar legal action against his former employers, the Guardian reports. Landers, who was to testify next month, was among about 9,000 Florida smokers suing cigarette companies... More »

Apple Customer Sues Over iPhone 3G Glitches

Service nowhere close to what's advertised, complaint alleges

(Newser) - An Alabama woman is suing Apple after purchasing the new iPhone 3G, alleging the gizmo does not nearly live it to its hype—plagued by problems like slow email and text-messaging, excessive dropped calls, and the inability to connect to AT&T’s 3G network. Her complaints are echoed across... More »

Airborne Will Offer Refunds Over Ad Claims

Maker of fizzy orange tablet settles with feds after cold-cure boasts

(Newser) - Airborne—the fizzy orange tablet long pitched as a way to cure and prevent the common cold—will refund consumers the price of up to six purchases because it has no evidence to back up those claims, the Washington Post reports. Under a deal cut yesterday, the company will add... More »

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