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A Drive Lawsuit Could Have a Wide-Reaching Impact

A Drive Lawsuit Could Have a Wide-Reaching Impact

A woman from Michigan is suing the distributors of the movie Drive, claiming that the trailer mislead her and that the movie was not what she expected. Drive is advertised as a Fast and Furious-style movie, but the trailer left her disappointed. This woman is seeking monetary compensation from the film’s distributors and the Village of South Jacksonville. The lawsuit is currently pending in Michigan state court. While this lawsuit is unlikely to win the case, it could have a wide-ranging impact.

Seagate

There is a new class-action lawsuit targeting Seagate, accusing the storage company of violating consumer protection laws, false advertising, and unjust enrichment. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Seagate drives failed at an extremely high rate, leaving consumers with broken hardware and significant loss of data. The lawsuit relies on the plaintiffs’ experiences with the products, including their use of Backblaze, which collects hard drive metrics.

Backblaze, an online backup service, discontinued the use of 3TB Seagate hard drives due to their unacceptable failure rates. The failure rates were about five times higher than comparable drives. Despite the warranty program, these consumers were still left with a defective drive. Hagens Berman and Sheller, a firm specializing in consumer electronics and product liability, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in January 2013.

Goggle

Google is facing a Google drive lawsuit after Local Guides alleged they were promised free storage space on Google Drive. A judge recently ruled that Google cannot dismiss the case as a class action, finding that consumers presented enough evidence to prove their claims. This lawsuit is an example of how Google misled consumers. Thousands of Local Guides have filed a similar lawsuit and are now demanding monetary compensation. While they did not receive the promised free space, they are claiming that Google lied about the offer.

Optical disc drive

The Optical disc drive lawsuit claims that the manufacturers of optical disc drives conspired to fix, raise and stabilize the prices of these products. The lawsuit names Sony Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, and NEC Corporation as defendants. It is an antitrust suit that alleges the companies fixed prices and forced consumers to pay too much. The lawsuit targets both stand-alone optical disc drives and internal DVD-ROM or DVD-RW disks. The settlement will not be finalized until the District Court grants final approval of the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs in the suit are consumers who have purchased an optical disc drive and have suffered price increases or quality problems. The companies are facing a class-action lawsuit because of this price-fixing scheme. In this case, Canadian residents who purchased an optical disc drive from a manufacturer may be entitled to a settlement in the future. The lawsuit is names Panasonic, BenQ, Pioneer, Sony, and NEC among others. Listed as defendants, the companies are required to pay a total of $124.5 million to settle the case.

Village of South Jacksonville

The Village of South Jacksonville is currently in a lawsuit over Labor Drive billing practices. The lawsuit has been pending for 5 years, but the village has yet to settle it. According to news sources, former Village President Harry Jennings made a resolution offer to Labor Drive residents, but the offer has since been removed by the current Mayor Tyson Manker. This lawsuit comes as a result of the Village’s failure to pay some bills.

In addition to the lawsuit, the Village of South Jacksonville is currently seeking a new chief of police. Its Mayor Tyson Manker recently fired Chief Eric Hansell. The village says Hansell was being aggressive towards Village employees and reminded him of his previous counseling sessions and involvement in a DUI of a former Village employee. Manker also claims that the police chief’s behavior was unprofessional and that it had caused a rift between the Village and its residents.

Sarah Deming

The alleged anti-Semitic content of the film “Drive” led a Muskegon woman to sue Oscar-winning actors Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, director Francis Lawrence, and Fox Entertainment Group Inc., as well as the film studio Water for Elephants. The lawsuit is one of several filed by women in Michigan after viewing the movie. Originally filed in Oakland County, the lawsuit was subsequently dismissed after the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling.

The movie “Drive” was a critical and commercial failure when compared to other films in the Fast and Furious franchise, according to a lawsuit filed by Sarah Deming, a Michigan resident. In the suit, she claims that the film was misrepresented by its trailer and was therefore not what she expected. Despite the allegedly vague trailer, “Drive” has earned a 93 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 79 percent approval from audiences.

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