May 29, 2020 (WiredRelease via COMTEX) -- The world was taken by surprise due to the novel virus known as COVID-19. Employers, retailers, business owners, governments, and people all around the world were caught in a new normal and unprecedented time in modern history. Not all reactions to the global pandemic were charitable or equitable, and as a result, numerous class action lawsuits have been filed to obtain justice against those attempting to behave in illegal or unscrupulous ways. Some of the class action lawsuits currently in progress are included below.
eBay and Amazon
At the beginning of the pandemic, eBay allowed its sellers to price gouge and charge massive markups on products such as face masks that were needed by people to keep themselves safe. IN some cases, a three-pack of N95 face masks sold for nearly $600 and a can of Lysol sold for $45. Similarly, Amazon allowed several household goods to increase by more than 1,000%, such as cold medicines, pain relievers, protective equipment, and hand sanitizer.
Class Action Lawsuits Against Individuals
In Alaska, a local resident stockpiled thousands of N95 masks after purchasing them from several local retailers. He then attempted to sell them for a huge profit to consumers looking for face masks. Under the Unfair Trade Practices Act, the state is looking to fine the person between $1,000 to $25,000 for every violation.
Class Actions Against Fake COVID-19 Preventions and Cures
Some people, such as one Utah doctor, is now facing litigation for selling a false COVID-19 “cure.” The product, known as the Silver Solution was said to cure those suffering from coronavirus. A Texas chiropractor also attempted to sell a fake homeopathic cure for hundreds of dollars, and a California doctor sold fraudulent COVID-19 treatment kits for $4,000. In California, one person attempted to sell fake coronavirus at-home testing kits without any approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Inovio is a pharmaceutical company that is also facing a class-action lawsuit about the fraudulent creation of a COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, even former televangelist Jim Bakker attempted to sell a fake cure to combat coronavirus and is now facing a lawsuit.
Target Class Action Lawsuit
Target misrepresented its hand sanitizer to be able to kill viruses such as COVID-19, however, there are no scientific studies to suggest that claim. In fact, the FDA sent a letter to Purcell warning them that to date there is no evidence suggesting that viruses are killed on the skin due to the use of their product. As a result, there is a Target hand sanitizer class-action lawsuit, and a Germ-X class-action lawsuit for the same reason.
Class Actions Based on Denied Funds
24 Hour Fitness is a gym that failed to cancel monthly fees to members, even though it was completely closed throughout the country. There is a class-action lawsuit against Planet Fitness for the exact same reason. The Southwest Airlines, Volaris, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant class action lawsuits denied airline passenger refunds for completely canceled flights. Along the same legal lines, there are class-action lawsuits against SeatGeek, MLB Baseball, Vivid Seats, Lightning in a bottle, Comic-Con, StubHub, Boston Sports Club, Ticketmaster, Six Flags, and SXSW for the failure to refund consumers for canceled music events and performances.
Voters Rights Class Action Lawsuits
The coronavirus has certainly been a politicized virus, and there are class action lawsuits in several states that say that vote-by-mail options are either unfair or necessary. Some of the states that have pending class action lawsuits include Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, and Ohio to date.
Employee Class Action Lawsuits
Many employees have felt unfairly treated throughout the coronavirus responses of their employers. Some employers are being sued due to the fact that they would not let employees wear protective face masks, such as Trader Joe’s and Wal-mart employees. Other employers have lawsuits against them for wrongful death due to employees dying from coronavirus that was contracted at the place of employment, such as the Royal Caribbean crew, and some New York hospital employees.
WARN Act Class Action Lawsuits
The WARN Act requires certain employers to give 60 days’ notice to their employees prior to laying them off. Several employees of different companies are filing class-action lawsuits for failure to comply with the WARN Act, such as Hooters employees, and more.
Bank of America Class Action Lawsuit
The class-action lawsuit against Bank of America alleges that they gave loans from the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program to its weather clients first, instead of small businesses that applied first. This same type of lawsuit is now pending also against Wells Fargo Bank.
Class Action Lawsuit Against China and other World Organizations
Some small business owners in California joined together to file a class-action lawsuit against China for covering up the magnitude of the coronavirus. Also, another class action lawsuit exists against China regarding their “hoarding” of COVID-19 supplies such as face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). Another class-action lawsuit is directly against the World Health Organization (WHO) that alleges the organization knew about the COVID-19 outbreak in November 2019 but failed to warn the world of its development. Finally, Fox News is also the subject of a class-action lawsuit alleging that they circulated false information regarding the coronavirus.
Class Actions Are Endless
From gun owners to graduate students, everyone seems to be jumping on the class action coronavirus bandwagon. With this many class action lawsuits already into the first two months of this global pandemic, the only thing that is certain is that there will certainly be more class-action lawsuits to come. If you feel that you have been harmed in any way by an employer, by a company’s refusal to refund you for purchases made and not delivered, or discriminated in any way, you should seek out the counsel of an experienced attorney to help you understand your rights and also if there are any class action lawsuits already in progress that you could join.
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