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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 »

Woman Sues Starbucks for $5M Over Ice in Its Drinks

Is a Venti really 24 ounces?

(Newser) - A cold drink is one thing—but a cold drink filled partly with ice? An Illinois woman is suing Starbucks for $5 million, claiming the company misrepresents the size of its cold drinks by including a hefty amount of ice, the Huffington Post reports. Take the company's 24-ounce Venti... More »

One Part of New Uber Deal: Drivers Can Encourage Tips

But they'll remain independent contractors

(Newser) - It will cost Uber up to $100 million and some significant policy concessions, but the ride-hailing company is forging forward with its thriving business model by keeping its drivers independent contractors—for now, the AP reports. Uber settled major class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that sought employee status and... More »

Grad Loses Case Against 'Misleading' Law School

Jury votes 9-3 against Anna Alaburda

(Newser) - A split jury Thursday decided the case of Anna Alaburda versus the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and it came down on the side of the school, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Alaburda, 37, sued the nonprofit California school in 2011, claiming it fudged post-graduation employment numbers. She said those... More »

Starbucks Sued Over Under-Filled Lattes

Lawsuit claims the company is saving millions on milk

(Newser) - Two former Starbucks fanatics are suing the coffee giant for chronically under-filling its lattes in an attempt to save money on milk, Grub Street reports. The class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday by Siera Strumlauf and Benjamin Robles—who used to go to Starbucks multiple times every week—claims the company has... More »

Kiss of Death for Lawsuit Against $24 Lip Balm

California woman loses case alleging cosmetics maker cheated consumers

(Newser) - Can't get that last bit of lip balm out of the tube? Scrape it out with your finger. That's basically what a federal appeals court told a California woman Thursday when it dismissed her class-action lawsuit alleging Fresh Inc. conned consumers into thinking there was more of its... More »

Jets Cheerleaders Score $325K Settlement

Their hourly wage was about $3.77

(Newser) - A New Jersey court on Wednesday gave the Flight Crew—aka the New York Jets cheerleaders—something to cheer about: a $325,000 settlement of the class-action lawsuit filed in 2014 by a cheerleader identified as Krystal C., CNNMoney reports. That amounts to each of the 52 cheerleaders getting $2,... More »

Lip Balm to the Stars Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit

Woman alleges that hugely popular lip balm causes flaking, bleeding, rashes

(Newser) - When Rachael Cronin's lips became dry and coarse, she began to apply even more of her gluten-free EOS lip balm "to achieve the results of becoming 'sensationally smooth'" as the packaging promised, only to discover that her lips "began severely cracking on the edges, causing... More »

Law Grads Win 'Historic' Court Date Against School

Students accuse California school of fraud over employment stats

(Newser) - Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego is often listed pretty far down the national rankings, with relatively low LSAT scores and a 46% bar passage rate, reports the Daily Caller . And the post-graduation employment rate may be even lower than the 60% the school advertises, which prompted 2008... More »

Fitbit Has Had a Really Bad Week

Company sees lawsuit, security breach, falling stock

(Newser) - Fitbit devices may have sold like hotcakes around the holidays, but the company is off to a miserable start in 2016. Just how bad has the past week been? Well, on Tuesday, Fitbit revealed Blaze, its new "smart" fitness watch. Immediately the company's stock fell 18%, reports Fortune ... More »

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