As the coronavirus continues to spread, consumers are seeking legal help in its wake. Here is our germ-free guide to the coronavirus outbreak that will be updated continually with the latest in legal news.
If you believe that your rights were violated by a company as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out the form on this page for more information.
An Alaska resident is facing a lawsuit after stockpiling thousands of N95 face masks and then selling them for a huge profit to consumers fearful of contracting COVID-19.
The state says Juan Lyle Aune, who has a business called Spazzylab, bought every N95 mask he could find at Home Depot, Spenard Builders Supply and Lowe’s.
At first, the lawsuit claims Aune was selling 20-packs that he purchased for $22 for $60, but by the end of February the price rose to $90.
The coronavirus lawsuit says Aune’s behavior “violates fundamental concepts of fairness.” The state is seeking fines of between $1,000 and $25,000 for each violation of the Unfair Trade Practices Act.
In addition, the state wants Aune to return his “unconscionable” profit back to consumers.
Read more about this price gouging case here.
A recently fired Chicago nurse says she was let go from Northwestern Medical Hospital for sending out an email to co-workers and supervisors that stated the masks provided to employees by the hospital were not as effective as N95 face masks.
According to the coronavirus lawsuit, hospital staff were told that they could not wear N95 masks even if they had one.
After treating COVID-19 patients for weeks without wearing a N95 mask, the plaintiff informed her supervisors via email that the following day she would be wearing a Particulate Respirator N95 mask to her job.
She was reportedly fired that day. Click here to learn more.
Inmates in a Texas geriatric prison say they don’t have proper access to hand sanitizer or hand soap and are left unprotected during the spread of the coronavirus.
The class action was filed by two inmates both over the age of 50 and with underlying medical problems. They say both of these factors makes them more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.
In addition, the plaintiffs claim that ironically they are tasked with making hand sanitizer that is then sold by the prison but are unable to use the product themselves.
Learn more about the conditions inmates are facing by clicking here.
Chicago businesses who have been forced to close their doors have filed a business interruption lawsuit against Society Insurance who has already refused to cover financial losses related to the required coronavirus closures.
Movie theaters, bars, and restaurants claim that Society Insurance’s policies state that it will cover the cost if the government mandates business closures.
According to the business interruption lawsuit, Society Insurance sent a notice to their customers letting them know that they would not be covering coronavirus related losses because the businesses didn’t suffer a “physical loss.”
The businesses argue that a dangerous virus that forces them to close does in fact constitute a physical loss.
Read more about the business insurance denial lawsuit by clicking here.
New laws related to employment are starting to be passed as the coronavirus outbreak has made working conditions change swiftly over the past few weeks.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Security (CARES) Act is offering unemployed Americans $600 per week and this benefit is also available to independent contractors, gig workers and freelancers.
Another law called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is providing paid leave to those who can’t work because they have to care for sick family members and those who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and therefore are unable to work.
Learn more about your employment rights during the COVID-19 pandemic here.
The League of Women Voters of Ohio and several Ohio residents claim that the new state law that prohibits in-person voting due to the coronavirus is unfair and may stop a lot of citizens from casting their ballots.
House Bill 197 was recently passed and reportedly limits voting options to mail-in only.
Some Ohio residents who planned on voting in-person say they don’t have the resources to print out voting forms and don’t have money to buy stamps.
“The unrealistic and unyielding process H.B. 197 sets forth for mail voting will unduly burden and disenfranchise Plaintiffs,” the coronavirus lawsuit states.
Read more by clicking here.
A federal employee union has filed a class action lawsuit that seeks hazard pay for those working in jobs that exposes them to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Federation of Government Employees claim they are owed a 25 percent pay increase for being exposed to “virulent biologicals.”
The coronavirus class action tells the story of several federal employees who were forced to work in contact with those who were exposed to the virus while not being offered protective gear or only given gloves.
Find out more about the government workers COVID-19 hazard pay class action here.
24 Hour Fitness has closed all of its 430 gyms nationwide but continues to charge its members monthly fees, according to a recently filed class action.
The 24 Hour Fitness class action claims that if the company continues to unfairly charge members while it remains closed, it will retain $120 million per month.
The plaintiff says the only reason why customers pay for the monthly gym fee is so they have 24 hour access to its equipment and facilities.
The 24 Hour Fitness class action seeks to represent all gym members nationwide who have been charged monthly fees since the company closed its doors.
Find out more about the gym class action here.
Two California restaurants owned by chef Thomas Keller have filed a lawsuit against Hartford Fire Insurance over claims that their “all-risk” policies should cover financial losses caused by the coronavirus shutdown.
The COVID-19 lawsuit claims that The French Laundry and Bouchon Bistro have been closed since March 18 and about 300 employees have been temporarily let go.
The restaurants allege that their business interruption insurance policies should cover government-mandated closures which is what has occurred in California.
“Under the policy, insurance is extended to apply to the actual loss of business income sustained and the actual, necessary and reasonable extra expenses incurred when access to the scheduled premises is specifically prohibited by order of civil authority,” the coronavirus lawsuit states.
Read more by clicking on this link.
A recently filed lawsuit claims that gun stores should be allowed to continue operations during the coronavirus outbreak as they are considered “essential.”
The National Rifle Association of America and various gun owners say forcing gun shops to close during the coronavirus not only prevents consumers from protecting their families, it’s also a violation of the Second Amendment.
According to the NRA lawsuit, government officials are taking advantage of public fear to infringe on constitutional gun rights.
Read more about the lawsuit here.
New York Sports Club locations have been closed since March 16, but gym members are still being charged upwards of $120 a month, according to a coronavirus class action lawsuit.
The class action states that charging consumers for something they don’t have access to is the “height of corporate greed, lack of empathy and putting profits before people.”
According to a New York Sports Club member, requests to cancel gym memberships are not being honored at this time.
Find out more about the gym closure class action here.
The Department of Justice has taken immediate action against an online company offering a fraudulent coronavirus cure.
According to the Justice Department, the website CoronavirusMedicalKit.com was offering consumers a vaccine kit if they paid a $4.99 shipping fee.
The federal agency says they are very concerned about coronavirus scams and are taking swift action against companies offering any fake cures.
The DOJ has reaffirmed that at this point there is no cure or vaccine for COVID-19 so they are warning the public to beware of fake coronavirus cures.
Read more about the fake cure website shut down here.
While the U.S. government is promising stimulus checks as a way to help the financial downturn, experts are warning consumers to be careful about coronavirus scams.
Some examples of stimulus check scams include having fake companies pose as government entities to obtain personal identifying information from consumers.
Another stimulus check scam could also take the form of individuals requesting a “processing fee” from consumers in order to get their stimulus checks faster.
Find out more ways to protect yourself against potential stimulus check scams here.
Arizona university students are asking for reimbursement of their room and board fees after dorms have closed during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a class action lawsuit, more than 100,000 students enrolled in Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona have already paid for their spring 2020 room and board but have not be refunded since the housing has closed.
Room and board at these universities reportedly range between close to $11,000 to $13,500. Parents and students who are paying for these fees without using the dorms say its “unlawful and unfair” for the Arizona universities to keep these funds.
Learn more about the Arizona universities class action by clicking here.
A student loan provider is facing a class action lawsuit after discontinuing its low interest program as the economy suffers due to the coronavirus.
Northstar Education Finance announced its decision to end its program in March 2020 in an alleged violation of its own loan contracts as well as a previous settlement agreement.
The loan repayment plan is called the “T.H.E. Repayment Bonus.” It reportedly gives consumers a lower interest rate if they pay their loans on-time or at least no more than 59 days late.
Find out more about this coronavirus class action here.
A class action filed on behalf of ICE detainees claims that immigrants are “literally trapped” in jail while the coronavirus continues to spread.
The plaintiffs allege that they are forced to remain in close proximity to each other without enough toilet paper or soap to adequately prevent becoming infected with COVID-19.
The ICE detainees class action argues that immigrants should be freed briefly with ankle monitors until the pandemic subsides.
Read more about the class action by clicking here.
A Pennsylvania small business along with two of its former employees have filed a class action that alleges the governor’s order to close all “inessential” companies violates federal protections.
The owners of Schulmerich Bells say Governor Tom Wolf’s closure order violates the Fifth Amendment because it ordered businesses to close without providing compensation.
The class action claims that the former employees are now out of work for an indefinite length of time.
Find out more about this small business class action lawsuit here.
Multiple new consumer protection laws have been established due to the coronavirus pandemic. The National Consumer Law Center has announced various ways that consumers can benefit from relief measures.
Foreclosure suspension – the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) offers homeowners who have a mortgage loan through a federally-backed service to postpone possible foreclosures.
Student loans – the Department of Education is offering borrowers a two month grace period where monthly payments are not required. In addition, the DOE has set a 0% interest rate on federal student loans for the next 60 days.
Phone service – the Federal Communications Commission has announced a commitment from 1,000 telecommunications companies to not cancel phone service from consumers who can’t pay their bills for 60 days.
Learn about more coronavirus consumer protections here.
Voters in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief that would remove the requirement to obtain a “witness signature” in order to submit an absentee ballot.
The Wisconsin voters say not only are they at a high risk of being infected with the coronavirus, they also live alone so finding a witness for their ballots is not an option.
The coronavirus lawsuit asks that the Wisconsin Election Commission put an end to the witness signature stipulation until the COVID-19 outbreak subsides.
Read more about Wisconsin’s voters concerns here.
Planned Parenthood says Texas’ executive order that prevents scheduled abortions during the coronavirus outbreak violates constitutional rights.
The group argues that by postponing abortions, patients may face a higher risk of being infected with the coronavirus since pregnant women are considered “at risk” when it comes to similar infections like influenza.
In addition, Planned Parenthood claims that forcing women to continue their pregnancies will “impose far greater strains on an already-taxed healthcare system, as prenatal care and delivery involve much greater exhaustion of hospital health care services and PPE (personal protective equipment) than abortions.”
Find out more about the coronavirus abortion ban and what Planned Parenthood is doing to stop it by clicking on this link.
A new coronavirus class action accuses the Republic of China of covering-up information about the novel virus that had the ability to spread worldwide.
According to the complaint, China knew its residents were becoming sick with a “new” virus since November 2019 but withheld this information from the World Health Organization (WHO) in its own self-interest.
While being aware of the new virus and allowing continuous travel from China to the United States, the plaintiffs say the Chinese government played a large role in widespread deaths across our nation.
“The Defendants’ conduct has set off an unprecedented world-wide pandemic, which has caused panic, illnesses, deaths, and a global recession financial meltdown that will result in a global recession worse than the great depression,” the coronavirus class action claims.
Read more about the China coronavirus class action here.
Whether you are working shorter hours or are temporarily laid off during this time, finances are on the minds of most Americans. What can you do to protect your money and credit score? We have a few suggestions to get us through the coronavirus outbreak.
Call your provider – from utility companies to internet services, a lot of companies offer deferred payments or a payment plan.
Protect your credit – do you have a student or auto loan balance? Don’t let that slip by, call your lender and see if there’s a way to set up a payment plan that works for you during this time.
Don’t be taken advantage of – there are a lot of people taking advantage of the public’s fear and charging outrageous prices for everyday items. Most states prohibit price gouging during a time of emergency and businesses can be sued for unfair prices.
Find out more ways to protect your finances by clicking here.
After being forced to cancel Boston’s Comic Con this month due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizer set out to refund all the fans. However, according to a recent lawsuit, this refund effort was thwarted by ticket company GrowTix who reportedly stole the money that was meant to pay back fans.
ACE Universe Inc. says that in addition to not providing refunds, GrowTix tried to withdraw $2.3 million out of ACE’s bank account. ACE speculates that GrowTix is experiencing “financial peril” and that’s why they are refusing the refunds and holding onto money meant for consumers.
However, “the continued failure to process the refunds expeditiously has and will result in substantial damage to ACE, amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars in chargeback fees and other related transactional fees avoidable if the Refund Agreement had been followed,” the Comic Con lawsuit states.
Find out more about this lawsuit here.
A class action lawsuit claims that Education First canceled student tour trips due to the coronavirus outbreak, but then denied refunds to those who paid in advance.
According to plaintiff Natalia Grabovsky, Education First has an unfair “No Public Health Emergency Cash Refund Clause” which enables them to refuse full refunds and instead offers travel vouchers.
The Education First class action states that high school students and their parents paid upwards of $15,000 for these tours that are now canceled and it’s unlikely they will be rescheduled.
The plaintiff says she was eventually offered a refund but it was $1,000 less than she paid to Education First.
The lawsuit is seeking a full refund for everyone who paid for a high school trip through Education First that was scheduled to depart after Jan. 31, 2020.
Read more about this case by clicking here.
Migrant families say “social distancing” is impossible in the detention centers they’re housed in.
In a recent emergency petition, the families are asking the courts to consider releasing them in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The court document states that these centers not only have shared living, eating and sleeping spaces, they also lack the medical services needed if an outbreak were to occur within the facilities.
The petition is seeking an immediate release of all migrants living in a detention facility.
Learn more about their concerns by clicking on this link.
New Jersey gun shops owners say that the governor’s decision to shut down all non-essential businesses which closed their doors is a clear violation of the second amendment.
In a recent coronavirus lawsuit, the gun shop owners allege that they are getting requests from consumers to buy firearms but they are turning business away due to the Executive Order.
One of the plaintiffs in the case is a New Jersey resident who has never purchased a gun but obtained a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The plaintiff says he was troubled by the quick spread of the virus and wanted a gun in order to defend his family. Due to the closure of gun shops, he is no longer able to buy a firearm.
Find out more about the gun rights lawsuit here.
A nonprofit pet rescue organization has filed a lawsuit claiming that some pet sellers in California are continuing to sell puppy mill puppies in violation of the state’s “stay at home” coronavirus order.
PetConnect claims that in addition to violating California governor’s order to remain home except for essential services due to the coronavirus outbreak, pet sellers are also violating state laws that prohibit the sale of non-rescue animals.
The pet rescue organization is seeking a permanent injunction to stop puppy sellers from continuing to operate as well as an immediate temporary restraining order as a way of protecting pets, owners and the public.
Learn more about the puppy mill lawsuit by clicking here.
Lyft and Uber drivers are still working despite showing symptoms of the coronavirus, according to recently filed affidavits.
The drivers claim that since they are labeled as contractors, they don’t get sick pay and are therefore forced to work because of the needed income.
“I do not want to pick up riders who were either coming from or going to risky locations, such as airports or college campuses, while the coronavirus is spreading across the state, but I am afraid to cancel rides because there are not very many ride requests right now and I need the money,” one of the drivers states.
The drivers say that they don’t feel like they have a choice but to continue working and possibly spreading the coronavirus unless the rideshare companies start deeming contractors as employees. The affidavits are seeking emergency injunctions with the two companies.
Read more about the case here.
Up to 1,000 New Jersey inmates are being released from state jails in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Criminal justice advocates and state prosecutors explain that those being released pose very little threat as they are either convicted of probation violations or low level crimes.
This decision comes as health experts have determined that the virus spreads quickly in small confined spaces.
Released inmates are required to self-quarantine and continue to meet with probation officers via phone or video conferencing.
New Jersey isn’t the only one considering this move, even President Trump says he is looking at freeing federal inmates who are considered nonviolent and elderly.
Find out more about what correctional facilities are doing to stop the spread of the coronavirus by clicking here.
Legal cases are piling up as courts continue to close across the nation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At first, many state and federal courts were only limiting individuals who were exposed to the coronavirus or to those who were diagnosed with COVID-19.
As the virus continues to spread, courts have taken a more proactive step and have either closed completely or only offering very limited services.
By closing their doors, court systems are hoping to flatten the curve of the coronavirus but legal professionals expect to face a growing pile of cases when things return back to normal.
What impact does this have on those waiting for a jury trial? Learn more here.
LGBTQ individuals are reportedly at risk of being denied shelter during the coronavirus outbreak after the Department of Health & Human Services issued a notice of non-enforcement of discrimination.
According to a lawsuit filed by several LGBTQ advocacy groups, $500 billion in HHS grants are supposed to be helping homeless youth, kids in foster care and the elderly.
However, since the HHS has decided not to enforce anti-discrimination laws within its program, the LGBTQ community reportedly faces an increased risk of homelessness.
The LGBTQ coronavirus lawsuit points out that kids and teens who come out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning have a 120 percent possibility of facing homelessness over their straight peers. Therefore, the impact of not enforcing discrimination laws could be significant on this community during the spread of the coronavirus.
Find out more about the LGBTQ coronavirus lawsuit here.
A class action lawsuit claims that Target is misrepresenting its store brand hand sanitizer as being able to kill “99.9% germs” and prevent viruses such as the coronavirus.
According to the plaintiff, there isn’t scientific evidence to support advertising claims that Target’s hand sanitizer has the ability to prevent viruses.
The Target class action states that the retail giant is aware of the public’s fear of viruses and therefore Target’s “implied misrepresentations that it prevents such diseases and illnesses, drives sales and, as a result, earns profits for the company.”
The plaintiff points to a recent action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who sent a warning letter to Purell (competitor of Target’s store brand sanitizer) which stated that there is no evidence that proves “killing or decreasing the number of bacteria or viruses on the skin by a certain magnitude produces a corresponding clinical reduction in infection or disease caused by such bacteria or virus.”
Learn more about the Target hand sanitizer class action here.
A popular New Orleans restaurant has filed a lawsuit over claims that business interruptions following the coronavirus pandemic should be covered by their insurance provider who has offered “all risk” coverage.
Oceana Grill says they’ve been ordered to close their doors early and reduce seating capacity by half which is causing a loss in revenue.
The restaurant claims that insurance provider Lloyd’s of London must honor the terms of their policy and provide financial assistance to make up for having to close their doors during the coronavirus outbreak.
“While some rouge media outlets have called the 2019-2020 coronavirus an exaggerated mass hysteria that will unlikely create significant physical damage, the scientific community, and those personally affected by the virus, recognize the coronavirus as a cause of real physical loss and damage,” Oceana Grill states in their coronavirus lawsuit.
The New Orleans restaurant is asking the court to intervene and require Lloyd’s to cover losses experienced during the virus outbreak.
Read more about the Oceana Grill coronavirus lawsuit by clicking here.
The Federal Trade Commission is urging the public to be cautious of scammers who might be using the coronavirus outbreak as a way to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers.
The FTC says before making online purchases for cleaning products and other household items, consumers should do a quick search of the company and see if there are any reviews or complaints about them online.
Another tip is to do research before giving to charities as some may be fake and never give money to charities through wire transfers or gift cards. The agency says the best method is via credit cards that you can track.
In addition, the FTC states that consumers should watch out for phishing emails that may expose your personal information.
“Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. They’re setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information,” the FTC warns.
Find out more tips for avoiding coronavirus scams here.
The Alaska Medical Employees Association faces a lawsuit that seeks to stop a planned strike during the coronavirus outbreak.
Employees set to strike include EKG technicians, pharmacists, surgical technicians, lab assistants, nursing assistants, registered nurses, and more.
Plaintiff Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center claims that if the medical staff strike, island residents will face “immediate, irreparable injury.”
The lawsuit urges the federal government along with President Trump to stop the impending strike with a court injunction.
Find out more about the coronavirus medical strike lawsuit here.
New Jersey employees cannot be fired solely because they display coronavirus symptoms, according to a recent guidance from Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.
If a worker coughs on the job, they still have civil rights and cannot be fired under New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination, the office states.
In addition to prohibiting unfair firings, the Attorney General also called out East Asian employees who are being targeted at their work by fellow employees and supervisors.
“If you have East Asian heritage and a co-worker repeatedly harasses you by claiming that Asian people caused COVID-19 or calling this ‘the Chinese virus,’ your employer must take reasonable action to stop the harassment if they knew or should have known about it,” Grewal states.
The Attorney General further says that New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (LAD) prohibits discrimination at hospitals or other medical care facilities. Medical staff cannot prevent those with East Asian heritage from getting the care they need.
Find out more about employees’ rights during the coronavirus pandemic by clicking here.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals is facing a class action lawsuit over claims that the company tricked investors and the public about the creation of a coronavirus vaccine.
Inovio’s stocks rose considerably after the CEO of Inovio went on Fox News and informed nationwide viewers of the coronavirus vaccine.
In addition, the CEO met with President Trump a few weeks later, sticking to the story that Inovio was “able to fully construct our vaccine within three hours […] Our plan is to start [U.S. based COVID-19 trials] in April of this year.”
After this development, Inovio’s stock quadrupled and the company decided to sell $50 million of its stock on the open market beginning on March 9.
Citron Research stepped in and asked the SEC to investigate the claims made by Inovio regarding a coronavirus vaccine.
After that, the company was forced to admit that they didn’t have a coronavirus vaccine but only a “viable approach to address the COVID-19 outbreak.”
Read more about the coronavirus vaccine scheme here.
While staying at home in an effort to flatten the cure of the coronavirus outbreak, many consumers are looking for ways to make a little extra money.
However, government agencies are warning Americans about money mule schemes that may be disguised as work at home job offers.
Unsuspecting consumers may think a new job offer that requires you to transfer money to a “supplier” or “client” is legitimate, when in reality you may be helping criminals move stolen cash.
Find out more about what a money mule scam looks like so you can be prepared during this time of coronavirus self isolation. Click here to learn more.
A class action lawsuit filed by West Virginia homeowners is asking Bank of America to stop foreclosure proceedings due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The plaintiffs are seeking a legal injunction that would require the banking giant to cease home foreclosures during the national and state declared coronavirus emergency.
The Bank of America class action claims the homeowners were victims of predatory lending and obtained a loan that was higher than their property value.
After a number of unfortunate events, the homeowners say Bank of America started the foreclosure process on their home on March 16, 2020.
Read more of their story here.
As self isolation becomes the norm due to the spread of COVID-19, a lot of people are using this time to figure out how to make extra money at home.
Top Class Actions is highlighting some of the easy ways to earn extra income in light of coronavirus isolation.
Our guide presents opportunities for consumers to get cash from remote working. Some of our tips include filing claims for every class action settlement you qualify for, taking surveys, watching videos, previewing ads, testing websites, freelance work and much more.
Check out our tips for extra cash by clicking on this link.
Immigrants at a Washington detention center have filed a class action lawsuit that requests they be temporarily released in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The detainees claim that the facilities where they are housed require them to be in close proximity with each other so social distancing cannot occur.
In addition, the class action lawsuit alleges that some immigrants have serious medical conditions that place them at a life-threatening risk of being infected with the virus.
The coronavirus class action lawsuit states that if they could be released it would help flatten the spread of the virus.
The immigrants claim that if they stay at the detention center they would be at high risk of getting the COVID-19 and there’s a lack of medical equipment or medical care in the facility.
Learn more about the ICE detainees’ class action lawsuit by clicking here.
In the wake of the spread of the coronavirus, businesses are either closed or asking employees to work from home in an attempt to flatten the curve. For a lot of employees this is the first time they’ve experienced remote working.
At Top Class Actions we consider ourselves work from home pros, since our entire company is 100 percent remote. We thought it would be fun to create a guide to help those transitioning to working from home for the first time.
A few of our tips include creating a designated space for working, putting on some background noise to cover up distracting sounds, schedule breaks away from your desk, do some yoga or stretching, and so many more.
Click on this link to find out more about remote working from your friends at Top Class Actions.
The owner of the website InfoWars has been ordered to stop selling a fake coronavirus cure by the New York Attorney General.
Alex Jones reportedly sold supplements such as Superblue toothpaste and Silver Sol on his InfoWars website with marketing claims that the products could “kill the whole SARS-corona family at point-blank range.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James says statements that there’s a coronavirus cure amounts to profiting off of public fears. “As the coronavirus continues to pose serious risks to public health, Alex Jones has spewed outright lies and has profited off of New Yorkers’ anxieties,” James said in the statement.
The silver generator products reportedly sold out quickly at prices upward of $250. According to James, this shows that consumers fell for the false advertising of a coronavirus cure.
Read more about the fake coronavirus cure here.
A Princess Cruise lawsuit claims that thousands of passengers were exposed to the coronavirus despite the cruise company being well aware of the risk.
The plaintiffs note that the coronavirus started to become a public fear after 10 case were reportedly discovered on a Princess Cruise Lines ship in Japan.
The Princess Cruise coronavirus lawsuit claims that the coronavirus outbreak on that ship spread to more than 700 passengers in a short amount of time.
The plaintiffs point to a statement made by the CDC three days before their cruise was to depart which warned that “the rate of new reports of positives new on board [the Diamond Princess], especially among those without symptoms, highlights the high burden of infection on the ship and potential for ongoing risk.”
Despite having a clear warning of the risk of COVID-19, the Princess Cruise Line reportedly decided to sail with 3,000 passengers and placed profits above the safety of the passengers.
Learn more about the Princess Cruise lawsuit by clicking here.
The Chinese government did not move fast enough to contain the coronavirus which has now turned into a worldwide pandemic, according to a class action lawsuit.
Five Florida residents are suing the People’s Republic of China along with other governmental agencies over allegations of mishandling the virus that started in December 2019.
The coronavirus class action claims that the Chinese government did not contain the virus, did not report the outbreak in a timely manner, and underreported cases by saying that deaths were because of pneumonia and not the coronavirus.
The plaintiffs are alleging harm in the form of emotional distress, financial injury, lost social contact, and fear.
Read more about the Chinese coronavirus class action here.
State and federal courts are closing their doors across the nation in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Top Class Actions is keeping track of the status of the court systems so our viewers will have the latest information.
Many of the closures involve postponing trials or excusing jurors over the age of 60 who are at a higher risk.
Those courthouses who haven’t shut down completely are limiting face-to-face litigation and opting for more telephone or video conferencing.
What does this mean for you? If you are a plaintiff or a defendant in an active case, this means rescheduled hearings and trials.
Top Class Actions viewers following cases and hoping for a settlement payout will have to wait even longer as courts remain closed.
Which courts are closed and for how long? Find out here.
Televangelist Jim Bakker faces a lawsuit filed by the state of Missouri over claims that he is selling a coronavirus cure on the Jim Bakker Show and on the Jim Bakker Show website.
The so-called coronavirus cure is reportedly sold as Silver Solution, Silver Sol and Optivida Silver Solution. For a $80 to $125 donation, Jim Bakker Show viewers can receive the fake coronavirus cure that is marketed as having the ability to “disrupt foreign elements without disturbing the body’s natural environment.”
According to the coronavirus cure lawsuit, Bakker’s actions violate the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act and unfairly targets the elderly.
In addition to the coronavirus lawsuit, Bakker has been sent a cease and desist order from the New York Attorney General’s office and a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA warning letter states that “there are currently no vaccines, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).”
Since receiving the warning letter, the coronavirus cure products have been removed from the Jim Bakker Show website.
Learn more about the so-called coronavirus cure by clicking on this link.
A couple still on board a Princess Cruise ship has filed a lawsuit over claims that company failed to protect its passengers from the novel coronavirus.
According to plaintiffs Ronald and Eva W., Princess Cruise knew that one passenger from a previous trip developed coronavirus symptoms and exposed fellow travelers and crew members.
However, the company made the decision to continue to sail with 3,000 passengers, 62 of which were on that previous voyage.
The Princess Cruise lawsuit states that the 62 passengers who were mingling with all the other guests were not tested for the coronavirus until two weeks into the trip.
The plaintiffs say that had they been aware of the COVID-19 risk on the cruise ship, they would have never boarded.
The Princess Cruise lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs are traumatized with fear as they remain confined to their cabin off the coast of San Francisco.
Find out more about the Princess Cruise lawsuit by clicking here.
A class action lawsuit filed shortly after the coronavirus outbreak accuses Amazon of charging “grossly unconscionable” prices for toilet paper and hand sanitizer.
Plaintiff Stephanie Armas says Amazon charged her $199 for a two-pack of 1 liter hand sanitizer bottles and $99 for a 36-pack of toilet paper. The Amazon class action claims that charging excessive prices is essentially price gouging as the online retail giant is taking advantage of the public’s fear of the epidemic.
According to the Amazon class action, charging exorbitant prices is not only unfair, it’s illegal when there’s been a state of emergency declaration.
Read more about the Amazon price gouging class action by clicking here.
With the spread of the epidemic, consumers are not only hoping for a coronavirus cure, they are also stocking up on basic goods such as cleaning wipes, face masks and hand sanitizer.
A recently filed class action lawsuit claims the maker of Germ-X is falsely marketing its hand sanitizer as being able to reduce the likelihood of being infected with not only the flu but other viruses including the coronavirus.
Plaintiffs Geraldine David, Susan Lara and Theresa Haas say there is no proof that a topical alcohol-based hand sanitizer has the ability to prevent diseases such as the coronavirus.
According to the Germ-X class action, the maker of the product is profiting off of deceptive marketing by taking advantage of the public’s fear of the coronavirus outbreak.
Learn more about the Germ-X class action by clicking on this link.
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