The Trial Lawyer Winter 2018 - Page 42

and the plaintiffs in a recent joint statement. As part of the agreement, Motel 6 has implemented additional controls to protect private information and enhance corporate oversight in cases where law enforcement requests information, including when lawful requests are made. The agreement, if approved by the court, would also establish a claims process for both named plaintiffs and others who were impacted by the sharing of guest information with immigration authorities. According to the Motel 6 Latino discrimination class action lawsuit, beginning in 2017 the hotel implemented a policy instructing employees to send personal information about its guests to ICE. The plaintiffs said the goal of Motel 6’s policy was for ICE to question, detain, and ultimately arrest guests — all without a warrant or reasonable suspicion of a crime. Additional classes include those who were questioned or interrogated by ICE, as well as those who were placed in immigration removal proceedings as a result of Motel 6 providing their information to the agency. According to the motion preliminary approval of the Motel 6 Latino discrimination class action settlement, the hotel expects to pay up to $5.6 million to class members, along with plaintiff awards and attorney’s fees and costs. Honda Civic Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Dangerous Rollaway Defect Two Honda lessees say that 2016, 2017, and 2018 Honda Civic cars have a defect that makes drivers unable to see if they are properly placed in park before exiting the vehicle. The Honda Civic class action claims that in some cases the defect causes drivers to exit the car when it isn’t properly parked, and can result in the vehicle rolling away. According to the two plaintiffs, the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Honda Civics do not notify users if the vehicles are out of gear when a user attempts to park them. The Honda Civic class action claims that the vehicles also fail to automatically activate electric parking brakes in certain situations, like when a driver exits the vehicle or when a driver’s door is open. In these instances, the vehicles reportedly roll away when they should be parked. The two plaintiffs say the gear shifters in the vehicles rely solely on visual feedback to convey gear selection and to put the vehicle in park. Allegedly, this is dangerous and ineffective because when the vehicles roll away, they can cause crashes and injuries. The Honda class action lawsuit claims that Honda knew of the defect but failed to disclose it and continued to sell the vehicles nonetheless. One plaintiff alleges that when she returned to the car, she saw that the vehicle had rolled down her driveway and across the street and into her neighbor’s yard. Reportedly, the vehicle hit a cable pole and damaged the front of the bumper. She says that she took it to a body shop a couple of days later, and had to pay around $700 in repairs. According to the Honda parking defect class action lawsuit, the plaintiff then contacted Honda and reported the two incidents. Allegedly, the Honda representative assigned to her case never contacted her. She says that the agent then sent her a letter closing her case. General Mills Class Action Says Cheerios Contain Dangerous Weedkiller A class action lawsuit accuses General Mills of hiding the presence of glyphosate, a dangerous weedkiller, in Cheerios. The plaintiff who filed the Cheerios weedkiller class action lawsuit claims that she has purchased both Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. She alleges that the chemical can cause cancer, a fact which General Mills knew or should have known. Additionally, the Cheerios class action lawsuit claims that General Mills actively tried to cover up the presence of the dangerous chemical from consumers. Glyphosate is a chemical that is found in common herbicides including Roundup, a weedkiller produced by Monsanto. The World Health Organization has categorized the chemical as a “probable human carcinogen,” and the state of California categorized it as a known carcinogen, arguing that the chemical is widely acknowledged to be connected to cancer. The plaintiff alleges that because the company knew or should have known that its product contained a dangerous chemical, General Mills engaged in deceptive business practices by not alerting the public to the possible danger posed by the cereal, and breached both warranty and implied warranty with its consumers. The Cheerios chemicals class action lawsuit states that glyphosate is commonly used on corn and soybeans, and has increasingly been used on oat crops. Each year, more than 300 million pounds of the chemical are sprayed on