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Cruise Control Malfunction Causes a Recall of Over 4.8 Million Vehicles

On May 25, 2018, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles ("FCA") recalled 4.8 million vehicles due to a possible cruise control malfunction, including various models of Chryslers, Dodges, Jeeps, and Ram pickups. The recall is to resolve the "unlikely" possibility that the cruise control system fails to turn off upon driver command.

Volkswagen Agrees to $8.5 Million Settlement to End False Advertising Suit

On June 6, 2018, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter ("Hunter") announced an $8.5 million settlement has been reached with Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Audi AG, and Audi of America LLC ("Volkswagen"). The payment will end the lawsuit Oklahoma brought against Volkswagen after an investigation revealed the company purposely installed deceptive software to its diesel vehicles in order to allow them to score better on emissions tests.

Bai Drink Company Sued Over Allegedly Misleading Labeling

On April 19, 2018, California resident Kevin Branca ("Plaintiff"), on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, filed a putative class action against drink maker, Bai Brands LLC ("Defendant"), accusing the company of using misleading packaging that suggests its products are made with "all-natural" ingredients even though they are artificially flavored.

Facebook Users Granted Class Certification in Facial Recognition Suit

On April 16, 2018, the Honorable James Donato, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, granted class certification to a group of Illinois Facebook users ("Plaintiffs") who claim that the social media company, Facebook, Inc. ("Facebook" or "Defendant"), scanned images of their faces as part of its "Tag Suggestions" feature without first obtaining their consent, in violation of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act ("BIPA").

Long-time profit driver for Johnson & Johnson now a clear nemesis

Executives with global colossus Johnson & Johnson are presently viewing talcum powder and other talc-based products in a manner sharply divergent from the elation that has long marked their preeminence as profit drivers for the company.

Judge Narrows Claims Ford Must Face In Class Action Over Allegedly Defective Sunroofs

On January 16, 2018, Judge Ronald B. Leighton, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, ruled that Ford Motor Company ("Ford") must face some of the claims in a proposed class action over allegedly defective sunroofs that can spontaneously shatter.