Chapped Lips

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom

Courtroom

With celebrity endorsements from Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and more, EOS lip balm has become increasingly popular. Despite the growing brand, some customers have had a less than buzz worthy experience. On January 12, a class action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles. Consumer, Rachael Cronin, applied EOS lip balm, and was alarmed when her lips quickly became dry and coarse “like sandpaper”. In an attempt to relieve her symptoms, Cronin applied more of the EOS lip balm. To her dismay, however, the symptoms worsened. Her lips cracked around the edges and she had severe blistering, which caused her to seek medical attention on December 7, 2015. Cronin shared an image of her lips on Facebook. According to the lawsuit, the post “set off a frenzy of responses from other individuals who shared the identical experience with EOS”.

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Grumpiest Cat Gets Grumpier

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Lil Bub

Tardar Sauce, the grumpiest feline to strike the Internet in 2012 owes her success to Reddit. Her pictures went viral on the site. She has retained Marty Singer, one of Hollywood’s most notable litigators. The cat and her owners have initiated an intellectual property dispute against Grenade Beverage, a company that is producing an iced coffee brand marketed as “Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino”. On December 11, Singer filed a lawsuit on behalf of Grumpy Cat Limited in California federal court. “Ironically, while the world-famous feline Grumpy Cat and her valuable brand are most often invoked in a tongue-and-cheek fashion, Defendants’ despicable misconduct here has actually given Grumpy Cat and her owners something to be grumpy about,” the lawsuit’s first line reads.

 

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Deceptive Price Tags Lead to Lawsuit

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Decisions

As the holidays approach, it is important that consumers shop smart and save. Thousands of bargain hunters flood the outlet malls, in search of major savings. A recent lawsuit against Kate Spade and Company alleges that the store has been advertising a fake original price. They are forging these “retail” prices so that consumers believe they are getting a deep discount on those products when, in reality, they are not. Kate Spade and Company operates 97 boutiques and 62 outlet stores in the United States, which sell high-end handbags, clothing, and accessories. According to this class action lawsuit, “Kate Spade misrepresented the existence, nature and amount of price discounts to consumers in its outlet stores.” The store marked “our price” as a fabricated value, encouraging eager shoppers to believe they were catching a great steal.

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Leading Antibiotic Causing Autoimmune Condition

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Antibiotics Causing Disease?

Azithromycin is among the most frequently prescribed antibiotics in the United States. Commonly known as Zithromax (also sold as Z-pak or Zmax), it is used to treat bacterial infections such as tonsillitis and ear infections in a very short amount of time. Unfortunately, this medication may be causing severe side effects. One of these serious side effects is the allergic skin reaction formally known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome, or SJS. Approximately 300 cases are recognized annually.

Airbag Malfunction Sparks Lawsuit

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Airbag may cause injury.

Millions of cars are produced and sold each year. A Japanese company, the Takata Corporation, manufactures airbags for at least eleven automakers for nearly fifteen years. Currently, they are facing lawsuits due to faulty airbags. Takata Corporation’s airbags have been reported to rupture and spray bits of metal at the driver and front seat passengers. This issue first surfaced in 2004, but Takata did not issue a recall until 2008. Takata bowed to government pressure and declared many of its products defective, agreeing to double the number of air bag inflators being recalled to 33.8 million, making it the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

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