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Not everyone loves Facebook's suggestions when it comes to tagging people in photos. On top of that, those suggestions may be illegal. That's what we learned from a recent ruling in a class action lawsuit filed against Facebook over its use of facial recognition.

A federal judge in California allowed the lawsuit to proceed, ruling that Facebook may have violated an Illinois law limiting the collection of biometric information, but limited the potential class of plaintiffs at the same time. Here's a look.

After an uncontained engine failure aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on Tuesday, pilot Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, calmly guided the crippled aircraft to a relatively safe landing. Although one passenger was killed during the flight, Shults averted what could've been a deadlier catastrophe.

Still, where there are injuries aboard an aircraft, lawsuits are certain to follow. Here are some of the legal considerations following the Southwest accident.

Nestle's Bottled Water Filled With Microplastics, Lawsuit Claims�

When it comes to healthy living, weight loss, getting in shape, and the like, we're constantly being told to drink more water. But what if even your water isn't good for you?

A class action lawsuit filed against Nestle claims that the company engaged in deceptive marketing because their bottled water, Pure Life, is not so pure and contains microplastics, according to a recent study.

It's a pretty common assumption: you walk into a fast food establishment, see combo meals on the menu, and assume that the meal is less expensive than buying each of the items individually. After all, that's why they're called "value meals," right? But our parents have all told us what happens when you assume, and it's apparently common knowledge that McDonald's Extra Value Meals actually cost more than the individually priced items.

But that didn't stop one Illinois woman from suing McDonald's, claiming the chain is tricking customers into paying more for food they could have bought at a lower cost, in violation of state consumer fraud statutes. But a federal judge disagreed. Here's why:

Tootsie Roll Sued for Consumer Fraud Over Half-Empty Junior Mints Box

Opening a box of candy only to find it half full feels like a cruel joke. It's akin to unwrapping a giant present on Christmas morning, but discovering a lone pair of fuzzy socks enclosed within. It's nice and all, but not what you expected. A similarly unhappy customer is taking her partially-filled box of Jr. Mints to court and suing Tootsie Roll for consumer fraud.

Subaru Faces Third Lawsuit Over Alleged Engine Defects

Everybody loves that new car smell. But no one loves the sound that car makes when it's breaking down, especially if it's a serious issue due to the manufacturer's errors. In three recent lawsuits, many Subaru owners are claiming they were sold vehicles with engine defects. Subaru, of course, denies the claims and is celebrating record sales years.

Burrito Delight Sued Over Salmonella Outbreak

It's never fun getting food poisoning, but usually it passes within a few days. Sometimes, however, you end up with a severe case that can take much longer to recover from and have a significant impact on your life. When that happens, you may have the right to a legal remedy. Dawn Malek is one person affected by food poisoning who has decided to take legal action. She has filed a lawsuit against Burrito Delight, which is currently being investigated for a salmonella outbreak that occurred in February.

Smoke Alarm Recall: Half a Million Alarms Defective

Product liability law helps to keep consumers safe from products that have design defects, manufacturing defects, or don't provide sufficient warnings. When a company realizes that a product it provides to consumers has a defect, it usually issues a recall.

The realization can occur after people have already been injured by the defective product, or before any reported injuries. Luckily, Kidde, a well-known brand in fire prevention, has been able to identify a manufacturing defect in its smoke alarms before any reported injuries and has now issued a recall of close to 500,000 smoke alarms.

Ford Announces Major Recall of 1.4M Cars

Under product liability laws, companies generally have a duty to protect consumers from potential dangers. That's why when a company discovers that there's a defect in one of their products, it issues a recall. While any type of product can be recalled for defects, it seems that the most common recalls involve food and cars.

The most recent recall involves cars made by Ford Motor Company. More specifically, Ford has issued a recall of 1.4 million vehicles in North America for steering wheel bolts that can potentially become loose.

3 Tips to Protect Your Personal Information

There's a balance between the convenience that advancement in technology has provided with the fact that it's created new avenues for potential scams. For this reason, it's important to be aware of the current scams that are going around during a given period of time, like the FedEx shipping scam that occurred during the holidays, and to take certain steps to protect yourself.

It's also important to report any scams you become aware of, as they can help identify the scammer or at least get the word out. Here are some helpful tips to protect your personal information, so that you don't fall victim to identity theft.