Monthly Archives: April 2014

General Mills Imposes Forced Arbitration on Customers, then Backpedals after Public Admonishment

General Mills, manufacturer of Trix, Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and other foods, attempted to prohibit consumers from being able to sue if they have a consumer protection-related grievance. However, after considerably public backlash, the food manufacturer backed off on what essentially amounted to forced arbitration.

In an effort to stop consumers from being able to launch class action suits, General Mills tried to limit the public’s ability to file a lawsuit against the company. Instead, under the proposed plan, consumers would have to arbitrate their complaint, likely limiting compensation.

In the past year, one person got sick with salmonella poisoning from eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch and another person found chunks of glass in their Old El Paso Salsa. Under the proposed terms, General Mills would not have been liable for those incidents and those consumers would have no legal recourse.

Consumer rights must be protected. Chris Placitella, Esq. is a partner at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, and an established national influencer in legal circles. If you or a loved one has a question or concern about consumer rights or class action suits, contact him today.

Johnson & Johnson Must Pay Out $1.2 Million Following Vaginal Mesh Jury Verdict

In the first ruling against Johnson & Johnson’s line of vaginal-mesh products, a Texas jury ruled that the TVT-O mesh sling was incorrectly designed. It awarded $1.2 million to Linda Batiste in compensatory damages. Batiste complained of pelvic pain while the device was inside of her. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 12,000Continue Reading

Plaintiffs and GM Battle over “Park-it-Now” Decision

The debate in the controversial General Motors vehicle recalls have shifted over to whether or not all of the near 2.6 million vehicles should be grounded until the ignition defect has been fixed. Spokespeople for GM have claimed that the cars could be driven safely if operators used keys which were not weighed down. AContinue Reading

General Motors Hit with Fine for Failing to Provide Proper Recall Information

Following the recall of near 2.6 million vehicles in February 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued General Motors a list of 107 questions regarding the company’s response to the faulty ignition switches. General Motors’ failure to respond to those questions has prompted a $28,000 fine from the NHTSA, according to the New YorkContinue Reading

This is Why We Need A Civil Justice System

The decision makers at General Motors ought to be ashamed of themselves. Just as they were crawling from the shadow of bankruptcy, they reminded us of their underhanded and back-alley tactics. The result is 13 wrongful deaths, countless injuries, a bevy of questions and few answers. Take a look at this video to get someContinue Reading