Hey—is it Revenge of the Geek week?
Top Class Actions
Microsoft Boxing Out Gamers? Microsoft got hit with a possible class action this week, over allegations that it unfairly banned Xbox Live Servicefrom subscribers with modified Xbox consoles.
The class action includes anyone who has had their Xbox console modified and banned from Xbox Live, and did not receive a refund for the prorated time left on the Xbox Live subscription.
YoCash is OurCash Now? Facebook and Zynga are also facing a class action, alleging that they operated a ‘scam advertising’ strategy related to online games including Farmville and Mafia Wars.
According to information from the law firm that filed the suit, “Users of these games may have been charged without their consent for “special offers” that result in unauthorized bank, credit, or phone charges, sometimes through the use of phone text messages and auto-recurring SMS subscriptions. Many of these companies and advertisers making “special offers” then make it very difficult—or impossible—for users to get their money refunded.”
One poor woman actually got billed more than $165 for stuff after she accepted a ‘free’ ad offer in exchange for YoCash usable in Zynga’s YoVille virtual world. She’s so pissed off she’s signed up as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
Mismanaged Mobile Media? A global settlement agreement was reached this week between plaintiffs in numerous separate class actions and mQube, over allegations that the company was charging people illegally for mobile content.
The settlement, entitles wireless customers across the country to receive refunds for unauthorized mobile content charges. FYI—mobile content refers to products such as ringtones, games, graphics, news, and other alerts that generally are received via text messages on mobile phones and are charged directly to customers’ mobile phone bills. FYI#2—mQube was recently sold by Verisign (yes, of the “secure site” logo fame); new owner: Mobile Messenger.
And a victory for folks working overtime but not getting paid for it…
O.T. B.S. over at BJ’s? A $9.3 million settlement of the overtime pay class action lawsuit against BJ’s Wholesale Club was reached this week. The lawsuit alleged that BJ’s misclassified certain Mid-Manager employees as exempt from receiving overtime for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. How’d they do that, you ask? See if this sounds familiar:
The plaintiffs claim that they were misclassified because their primary responsibilities included hourly duties such as loading and unloading materials, stocking shelves and other activities which are not exempt under federal and state overtime laws.
Under the settlement, approximately 1,500 current and former Mid Managers employed by BJ’s since November 2007 will be entitled to make claims to share in the recovery, based on the number of weeks they were employed by the company.
That’s all folks…see you at the bar…