Top Class Actions
Giving new meaning to Renaissance architecture? Hundreds more people in Florida may be onboard with a new Chinese Drywall class action filed this week. The suit names Coastal Condominiums and Precision Drywall as defendants, and alleges that the toxic drywall used in the construction of Renaissance Commons (at right) is emitting toxic gases into people’s homes.
During the Florida building boom hundreds of millions of pounds of drywall was shipped to ports around the United States from China. While 25 states have reported issues, problems were first noted in Florida, likely because the defective drywall seems to react strongly in humid conditions.
Apparently, some 600 Floridians in 30 counties have reported symptoms such as irritated eyes, bloody noses, rashes and insomnia. This certainly puts a new twist on that old expression— ‘there’s no place like home…’
Mario Aliano is one pissed off beer drinker (bad pun, I know). In fact he’s so angry he filed a class action lawsuit against Miller Coors. What’s his beef? Defective prize codes issued in the “Coors Light Silver Ticket Sweepstakes.”
The backstory is that Coors launched the sweepstakes August 1, 2009 in an effort to increase beer sales. The prizes on offer include NFL tickets and gift certificates. The prize codes were placed inside the beer cartons, and purchasers were supposed to find them and enter them via the sweepstakes Web site or text message.
Mario, who has filed the suit on behalf of hundreds of fellow NFL and beer fans, claims to have purchased a carton of Coors Light just because of the promotion, which was the purpose of the whole marketing ploy in the first place. Trouble is, Coors didn’t come through on their end. When Mario entered his prize code on the website and sent it in by text message he was informed that the code was invalid. The suit alleges that Molson Coors Brewing, MillerCoors and Miller Brewing deliberately issued false prize codes. Ummm, this doesn’t sound like good publicity to me.
$1.2 million asbestos mesothelioma settlement in Texas. A widow, whose husband died of asbestos mesothelioma, was recently awarded $1.2 million as settlement of a lawsuit she and her husband brought against his former employer. Danny Puckett worked for Dowell Company as a member of the cement crew between 1975 and 1985. From 1975 to 1980 he was lethally exposed to asbestos, and that led to the diagnosis of mesothelioma.
The verdict represents the first known asbestos drilling mud additive verdict in Texas.
And This Just In…
Not-so-smooth operator? If you live in California you may be interested to know that Yogurtland is facing a class action over unsanitary business practices—read 1) emptying their product from the soft-serve machines and reusing old product the next morning or (2) leaving product in the soft-serve machines overnight for reuse the next day. Yuk!
The suit also alleges that their frozen yogurt doesn’t meet manufacturing standards for frozen yogurt. So, if you’ve been duped, or been sick after partaking in what you thought was a healthy treat (isn’t that an oxymoron?)—you may want to check this one out.
That’s it for this week! See you at the bar…