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food crops in the U.S., according to the Cheerios class action. Research from multiple sources show that both Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios contain glyphosate. The Cheerios cereal class action lawsuit says even extremely low levels of the chemical can cause cancer. 2013, in which one billion users’ data had been stolen. Later, in 2017, Yahoo announced that the 2013 breach had affected three billion users — the total number of Yahoo accounts that were in operation at the time. Yahoo further announced that 32 million accounts had been hacked between 2015 and 2016 in another instance, when hackers used forged cookies to access the accounts without a password. Consumers took legal action against Yahoo over these breaches, and then the class action lawsuits were consolidated in December 2016. Judge Koh oversaw the consolidation. Yahoo Agrees to Pay $50M to Settle Email Data Breach Class Action Yahoo users are seeking approval from a California federal judge for a $50 million settlement deal that would end three class action lawsuits claiming that Yahoo’s negligence led to data breaches affecting American and Israeli email users. Consumers in the Yahoo data breach class action lawsuit said that the proposed $50 million deal would be the largest cash fund in history for data breach class members. Part of what makes this settlement so large for consumers is that as part of the deal, Yahoo agreed to pay separate compensation for attorneys fees, costs and expenses, and fees for the named plaintiffs. So, the $35 million agreed- upon for these fees won’t come out of the consumers’ $50 million. The Yahoo data breach class action lawsuits were filed after Yahoo made several announcements, starting in 2016 that hackers had broken into the company’s computer systems in late 2014. According to Yahoo, hackers stole customer names, passwords, and account data of 500 million users. This was thought to be the largest data breach in history, until in December 2016, Yahoo announced that it had suffered another data breach in August Ford Truck Brake Problems Reportedly Linked to Master Cylinder Defect According to an investigation by Nashville’s WSMV, there have been more than 200 drivers who filed complaints over Ford truck brake problems in their 2015-2016 vehicles with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The drivers report that their F-150s are failing to stop and that even though they are pressing the brake pedal all the way to the floor of the vehicle, the truck just does not come to a complete stop. According to NHTSA documents, Ford has been aware of these complaints since 2016 but has failed to announce a recall. One consumer reports that, while on a trip with his wife in Savannah, Ga., he experienced serious Ford truck brake problems. He says that “It’s a true safety defect that needs immediate attention.” The WSMV investigation says that it found complaints stemming from 38 states around the country pertaining to Ford F-150s manufactured between 2015 and 2016. According to the report, one driver said that when their brakes failed to work they almost hit the back of a school bus. Other consumers reported that the failure of the brakes to work “could have killed me” and that the Ford truck brake problems are “a very big safety issue.” Other consumers stated, according to the investigation, that there were many minor injuries resulting from the crashes caused by Ford brakes problems. One consumer, according to the report, said that he was lucky that he didn’t die. Internal documents that have been sent to NHTSA from Ford indicated that the company, while it was aware of the issue, had reported failure numbers too low relative to the number of complaints. In fact, complaints have definitely ballooned, WSMV reports. In the space of two weeks, consumers from Arizona, Colorado, and California have filed complaints over Ford truck brakes problems. While there has been a recall announced for Ford F-150 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2014, there has not been one for vehicles manufactured between 2015 and 2016. One consumer advised that “The recall needs to be expanded.” A class action lawsuit has been filed, alleging that the braking systems are defective. The Trial Lawyer x 41