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The online payment powerhouse PayPal is facing a public image fiasco as a result of a recent class action lawsuit alleging they lied to people making charitable contributions. Essentially, the lawsuit claims that people were tricked into donating to charities of their choosing, when in fact, many of the chosen charities were ineligible to receive the funds donated through PayPal.

Although the charitable contributions people made still were given to charity, many of the intended recipients never received funds. PayPal is alleged to have redirected the undeliverable charitable contributions to other organizations that were eligible.

Consumers in California have filed a lawsuit claiming that the distributors of Kona Brewing Company beers intentionally misled them to believe the beer "originates from Hawaii," when in fact Kona beers available in the continental United States are brewed in Oregon, Washington, Tennessee, or New Hampshire.

The lawsuit claims consumers paid more for the beer based on their belief that the beer was brewed in Hawaii. The dispute is just the latest in a string of craft beer lawsuits.

Last month, 11 diabetes sufferers banded together to sue the makers of the life saving insulin drugs they rely upon to manage their conditions as a result of alleged price fixing, fraud, and racketeering. Their complaint alleges that the manufacturers conspired to raise their prices at virtually identical times and by nearly identical amounts, such that over the last 20 years, the price has gone up 700 percent. One such drug went from $21 in 1996, to $255 in 2016.

While the allegations of conspiracy, fraud, and price fixing are yet to be proven, the 700 percent increase is an undisputed fact that is seen beyond just one drug manufacturer. The complaint alleges that the manufacturers continued to inflate the list prices in order to offer larger "secret" discounts to insurers, who were then free to keep the discounts for themselves while passing on the added costs to consumers.

We all hear about the massive, multi-million dollar class action settlements. These cases make headlines both for the stunning verdicts, and also frequently for resolving claims for hundreds or thousands of individuals all in one fell swoop.

While many people ignore the class action notices that get sent to them, failing to review these and file your claim could result in you never actually getting your slice of the pie. Below, you'll find general tips on how to claim your slice of the class action pie.

A recently filed lawsuit in the Northern District of California Federal Court alleges that Coca-Cola engaged in unfair and deceptive marketing practices in an effort to mislead consumers. While there is no claim of tampering with the results of the Coke Versus Pepsi challenge results, the lawsuit does claim that the beverage-maker intentionally downplayed the harmful health effects of sugar in their advertising. Additionally, the suit alleges that Coca-Cola has deliberated focused marketing on children despite having pledged not to do so.

This case is part of the larger war on sugar. Makers of sugar-sweetened beverages, and food products that needlessly contain high-fructose corn syrup, have found themselves coming under increased scrutiny over the past decade as a result of the relatively new found public awareness of the dangers of sugar. The organization that filed suit specifically stated when asked about Pepsi, that they were not sued because Pepsi doesn't misrepresent the effects of sugar to consumers.

Volkswagen Offers $15 Billion to Settle Diesel Scandal Case

Volkswagen owners may be happy to hear that the car company that rigged its diesel emission tests has submitted a $15 billion settlement offer for review with a federal court in San Francisco. The settlement, if approved, would set aside about $10 billion dollars for owners and pay about five billion dollars in fines to state and federal agencies.

According to Bloomberg News, which first reported the settlement, the car maker is also going to announce a settlement with states in another separate case soon. The settlement amount under consideration now is reportedly more than any other automaker has ever paid to settle a civil suit, and the automaker is still facing cases on three continents.

Feds Blame Oil Company Negligence for Toxic Spill in California

A year ago this week,Plains All American Pipeline spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil on the California coastline, killing wildlife and causing environmental damage. On the one-year anniversary of the spill, May 19, federal regulators released a report holding the oil company responsible for the devastation.

The findings were released just two days after the company was indicted on 46 criminal counts in Santa Barbara County Court, reports ABC News. With the evidence of its negligence and possible criminality piling up, Plains All American Pipeline is no doubt preparing for a slew of additional lawsuits related to the oil spill.

Not So Cute: EOS Lip Balms Sued for Causing Blisters

You know those cute little egg-shaped lip balms that celebs say are the bomb? Well, they are insofar as they will leave your lips looking coarse and scorched and your skin blistered, according to a lawsuit filed by Rachel Cronin against EOS lip balm on behalf of a class of people harmed by the product, reports Jezebel.

Fitbit Sued, Heart Monitors Not Counting Every Beat

Every beat counts, according to Fitbit's advertising for its heart rate monitors. But consumers in California, Colorado, and Wisconsin today filed a nationwide class action lawsuit against the company, alleging that the monitors do not and cannot accurately measure heart rates during intensive exercise, according to a press release.

Diet Pill Wrongful Death Suits Survive

Three lawsuits against a diet drug maker for wrongful death of one woman were consolidated and allowed to continue, a federal court judge in Hawaii ruled this week. Sonnette Marras, wife and mother of seven, died due to liver damage caused by OxyElite Pro diet pills, say the plaintiffs, who between the three cases sued a slew of associated individuals and entities..