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They Say Manus Island Was 'Hell.' Now Australia Will Pay

Country will pay $52M if deal is approved

(Newser) - Australia has agreed to pay $52 million to 1,900 refugees and asylum seekers kept in one of its heavily criticized offshore detention centers, which could lead to more settlements with detainees from other camps , reports CNN . If approved by a court, the settlement will cover $20 million in legal... More »

Car Rental Company Gets an 'F' Rating, Warning From BBB

Over 800 complaints have poured in against Payless Car Rental

(Newser) - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a warning to potential customers against a well-known car rental company used at airports nationwide, giving it an "F" rating and sending letters to four state attorneys general to investigate after receiving a storm of grievances. According to ABC News , over 800 complaints... More »

Lawsuits Filed Over 'Buttery Soft' Leggings

Customers say they tear easily

(Newser) - What's not to love about buttery soft leggings? When they tear as easily as "wet toilet paper," which a class action lawsuit alleges about the famously soft leggings put out by LuLaRoe. A pair of customers filed the lawsuit in California, reports Consumerist , accusing the company, which... More »

Wells Fargo to Pay $110M to Settle Fake Account Lawsuit

Bank employees opened 2M accounts without customers' permission

(Newser) - Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission, the bank announced Tuesday. It's the first private settlement that Wells has reached since the company paid $185 million to federal... 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 »

Women Claim Sex Was Prerequisite for Promotion at Kay, Jared

But class-action suit covering 69K workers covers pay, promotions discrimination

(Newser) - Women accusing managers at one of the nation's biggest jewelry companies of sexual harassment say that bosses called demanding sex in return for promotion "going to the big stage." In around 250 declarations filed as part of a huge class-action suit against Sterling Jewelers, owner of the... More »

Lawsuit Filed Over Unhatched Hatchimals

California mom sues Spin Master on behalf of 'millions'

(Newser) - Hatchimals, the hottest toys of the holiday season, laid an egg with many expectant kids Christmas morning when their furry hatchlings refused to come out of their shells. Now the manufacturer, Spin Master, is facing a class-action lawsuit from a California mom who alleges her child's egg was a... 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 »

$26.3M Settlement Possible in Hair Product Lawsuit

Those who suffered extreme reactions to Wen by Chaz Dean products could get up to $20K

(Newser) - A $26.3 million settlement has been given the preliminary green light in a class-action lawsuit by more than 200 women over what they say are damaging hair-care products—meaning around 6 million people may soon be richer for their tress troubles. An LA federal judge gave an initial OK... More »

Woman Sues Sex-Toy Maker for Invading Her Privacy

'Smart' vibrator tracks data on how customers use it

(Newser) - It's a tale for the ages: A woman buys a vibrator, uses it, and discovers the company that built it is tracking just what she does with it and how often. And yes, she's suing. In a class-action lawsuit representing what the Chicago Tribune reports is tens of... More »

MasterCard Sued for $18.6B on Behalf of 46M People

The lawsuit alleges it charged excessive fees

(Newser) - Approximately 46 million people in Britain could one day be $400 richer thanks to a massive $18.6 billion lawsuit filed Thursday against MasterCard, CNN reports. It's one of Britain's first class action lawsuits. Walter Merricks, the former head of Britain's Financial Ombudsman Service who filed the... More »

ITT Laid Off 8K Employees, Now They're Suing

They say ITT legally owed them 60 days' notice

(Newser) - ITT Technical Institute laid off 8,000 employees when it suddenly announced the closure of its 130 or so campuses Tuesday. That same day, two of its abruptly unemployed workers filed what they hope will be a class-action lawsuit against the for-profit school, the Wall Street Journal reports. The plaintiffs,... More »

Concertgoers Sue Sia for Lame Show

Tel Aviv concert that cost $90 per ticket lasted just 65 minutes

(Newser) - Sia may hide behind her fake bangs when she's performing, but her coif likely won't shield her from the $2.1 million class-action lawsuit just filed against her and an Israeli production company. Disgruntled concertgoers who forked over around $90 for tickets to the Australian singer's Aug.... More »

Teen Sues Snapchat for Sexually Explicit Content

He encountered Disney characters in 'too real' sex-with-a-penis situations

(Newser) - John Doe is a 14-year-old kid in Los Angeles who gets good grades, likes history and science, and uses Snapchat to communicate with friends. But on July 1, he came across a (NSFW) BuzzFeed piece via Snapchat's Discover feature headlined "23 Pictures That Are Too Real If You’... More »

Jeep Owners Sue for Flaw That May Have Killed Star Trek Actor

Suit claims Fiat Chrysler should have done more to remedy gear shift issue

(Newser) - First came last year's hefty $105 million fine for recall lapses affecting more than 11 million vehicles. Then came the death Sunday of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin , whose recalled Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled and pinned him, per Jalopnik . Now Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have lobbed a class-action lawsuit against... More »

Ticketmaster Offers Millions of Free Tickets, Faces Backlash

Gig selection in class-action settlement leaves much to be desired

(Newser) - If you used Ticketmaster between 1999 and 2013, you could be eligible for up to 17 vouchers for free concerts—but there's a strong chance you'll have to settle for a band you don't like that's playing in a distant city. Fans were outraged Tuesday when... More »

Judge OKs Class-Action Suit Over Starbucks Lattes

California plaintiffs complain about a lack of milk

(Newser) - Think your Starbucks lattes are light on the milk? Well, get this: Not only are two Starbucks customers suing over an alleged lack of milk in the coffee drinks, a judge on Friday allowed their proposed class-action suit to proceed, Reuters reports. The plaintiffs, California residents Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin... More »

Judge Trump Called 'Hater' and 'Mexican' OKs Release of Documents

Judge Gonzalo Curiel releases Trump University 'playbooks'

(Newser) - "I have a judge who is a hater of Donald Trump," said Donald Trump at a Friday rally in San Diego. "A hater. He's a hater. ... [And he] happens to be, we believe, Mexican." Well, that judge—US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel—has just allowed... More »

'Disastrous' Uber Deal Signed 'Under Duress': Driver

Others want lead lawyer removed from the case

(Newser) - Douglas O'Connor won part of an $84 million settlement for Uber drivers, but he's not at all thrilled. The former Uber driver—who sued in 2013 in the hope that drivers would be declared employees—says he feels "utterly betrayed and sold-out by an unjust settlement,"... More »

'100% Natural' Quaker Oats? Not Quite, Says Lawsuit

Suit contends oats can't be labeled 'natural' with even trace levels of herbicide

(Newser) - The nearly 140-year-old Quaker Oats brand isn't as wholesome as its name might imply, according to a lawsuit seeking class-action status after trace amounts of the active ingredient in Roundup were found in some oats, which are advertised as being "100% natural," reports the New York Times... More »

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