Matthew Perrone with the Associated Press reports that an allegation of misleading advertising is the basis of a class action complaint regarding genetic tests sold by the privately-held genomics company 23andMe based in California. (According to Wikipedia, the company derives its name from the 23 chromosome pairs in a normal human cell.)
It turns out that more than 10 professional hockey players - way more than 10 - think that the NHL has not done enough to protect its athletes from the dangers of concussions during their playing careers. Brian Stubits for CBS Sports reports that there are now more than 200 former hockey players involved in a class action lawsuit that resembles the one brought against the NFL.
Stubits characterized the situation as a "snowball rolling downhill," gathering more and more players as the days pass.
Brian Stubits, a hockey writer for CBS Sports, writes: "[I]t felt like only a matter of time before this happened in hockey, too." Stubits refers to the class action lawsuit filed against the National Hockey League, accusing the NHL of not doing enough to protect players from concussions.
"The stem of the complaint," Stubits writes, "is that the NHL knew of the dangers of concussions but didn't do enough to protect the players," and that the NHL only amended the rules recently, though it had a program in place to study concussions since 1997.
Michael Bobelian with Forbes writes that JPMorgan, as part of its recent $13B settlement with the government over "toxic mortgages" and the role these mortgages played in the 2008 recession, has apparently admitted to some wrongdoing.
"JPMorgan admitted to marketing and selling loans it knew did not conform to underwriting guidelines in the packages of mortgage-backed securities the bank sold to investors. [...] Part of the reason companies have resisted [admitting to wrongdoing] is because of the value [admissions] provide to adversaries in corresponding securities class action lawsuits."
Earlier this month, Brent Kendall with the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal regarding the settlement of a class action lawsuit brought against Facebook regarding its now-terminated Beacon advertising program.
The settlement involved $9.5 million, the bulk of which would go to the Digital Trust Foundation, which promotes online privacy. Fitting, as at least one Facebook user had his plans ruined when a purchase he made - a diamond ring for his wife purchased on Overstock.com - was broadcasted all over folks' newsfeeds. You can see this coming. His wife apparently saw it in her own newsfeed, too. So much for the element of surprise.
How do you put a number on this kind of breach of privacy?
Andy Malt with Complete Music Update writes that the music-streaming service Spotify is facing a class action lawsuit in California from some of its customers. The lead plaintiff listed on the complaint, Melissa Bleak, and others "similarly situated," as the term goes, claims that Spotify "failed to gain proper consent to take repeat payments." The lawsuit involves those who signed up for paid Spotify accounts. (Free accounts contain advertising; paid accounts are ad-free.)
Marcus Garner with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a nightclub in the Atlanta area, Pleasers, was sued in federal court for alleged violations of the labor laws. The lawsuit raises questions about the treatment of workers in the adult entertainment industry.
That's the essential question raised by Brent Kendall, who, writing for the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, describes a case heard recently in the U.S. Supreme Court. The top government attorney for the state of Mississippi, Attorney General Jim Hood, brought what defendants characterize as a "mass action." Hood's claim seeks compensation from companies that make LCD screens for electronic devices, alleging price fixing, on behalf of the citizens.
Nate Raymond with Reuters reports that Deutsche Bank AG dodged a class action lawsuit brought against it, when the judge refused to certify the group of plaintiffs as a class (though the plaintiffs can file suit against the bank individually).
The judge cited the lack of expertise held by the plaintiffs' expert.
A group of dedicated volunteer reviewers on the popular site Yelp has sued the company. They are claiming, according to Lydia O'Connor with the Huffington Post, that they are really employees and as such have gone unpaid while Yelp has benefited greatly off of their written reviews.