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What Are Your Rights When Your Concert is Postponed or Canceled?

When a concert is postponed or canceled, the news can hit hard. Sometimes the ticket holder doesn't have the luxury of abundant free time, and can't make the new date. Other times, the purchase price was a lot of money, and the ticket holder really needs that money refunded immediately rather than waiting to resell a postponed concert for a date still to be determined.

So, what are your rights when a concert is canceled or postponed? It depends on who you bought the ticket from, and the decisions of the artist, team, venue, or promoter.

Spark Networks USA, the company behind niche online dating sites like Christian Mingle and Jdate, has settled a consumer protection action filed by San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties on behalf of customers who were automatically renewed for the service and denied refunds.

The company will pay $500,000 in civil penalties and almost $1 million in restitution, distributed to users and the municipalities, including the city of Santa Monica. Here's a closer look.

LaCroix Sued for Alleged Cockroach Insecticide in Drinks

LaCroix's parent company, National Beverage, is being sued for false advertising. LaCroix carbonated beverages claim to be "all natural," but plaintiff Lenora Rice contends the beverage contains linalool, which is a cockroach insecticide, as well as a host of other artificial ingredients. Rice further contends that National Beverage knew about these artificial ingredients, and continued to intentionally market the product as "innocent," "naturally essenced," and "always 100% natural."

The Great Smoky Mountains are gorgeous. So, of course the prospect of a dream vacation in the Smokies is going to appeal to quite a few people. And if you pay for that dream vacation by, say, investing in a Gatlinburg timeshare, you'd like to actually go on that dream vacation.

But according to a recent lawsuit, one Tennessee resort was using high-pressure sales tactics to sell timeshares, and then never allowing buyers to visit.

Most Common Foods Adults Choke On

Choking is no joking matter. It is the third leading cause of death in American homes. Most of us have been eating for decades and have gotten a lot of practice at it! But that's why they call it an accident -- an unfortunate and unplanned event. But is it? Here are the three most common choking food challenges for adults. If you're concerned about a choking hazard, perhaps consider cutting these out, or at least limiting them in certain situations where the risk of choking is higher or if your ability to deal with a choking hazard is compromised. Translation -- these are not the best foods to serve at a cocktail party.

Kind Bars Sued for Misleading Customers With Ingredients

If it tastes too good to be true, or at least "natural," it probably is.

A class-action lawsuit against the makers of Kind snack bars claiming their "non-GMO" and "natural" labeling is false and creating unjust enrichment is currently pending in federal court. Plaintiffs claim that "Pressed by Kind" and "Fruit Pieces" packaging convince the consumers that their ingredients are whole unsweetened fruit, though they are actually processed with sugar prior to the dehydration process.

USDA Lab Sued for Killing Kittens

The Animal Parasitic Disease Lab, a USDA lab in Beltsville, Maryland, has been hit with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over its refusal to hand over information regarding its killing of approximately 3,000 two-month-old kittens involved in scientific experiments related to food borne illnesses.

Though it is believed that the kittens were healthy after going through the experiment, they were still euthanized. The Washington D.C. watchdog group, White Coat Waste Project, wants the testing that has been transpiring at this lab for the last 50 years to end, and until it does, the group wants the kittens sent out for adoption.

FDA Ordered to Stop Delaying Graphic Cigarette Warnings

Almost 10 years ago, in 2009, a bipartisan Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act, requiring graphic health warnings on all cigarette packs and ads. Have you seen them? Undoubtedly not, since the FDA never created the necessary guidelines.

In 2016, eight public health and medical groups filed a lawsuit, claiming the FDA has both "unlawfully withheld" and "unreasonably delayed" agency actions on the guidelines, and sought to compel the FDA to issue guidelines immediately. And they just won.

Jamba Juice Sued for 'Whole Fruits' Misleading Advertising

The Center for Science in the Public's Interest (CSPI) has filed a class action lawsuit against Jamba Juice in a Northern District of California federal court, claiming its marketing is tricking consumer into believing its beverages are 'whole fruit and vegetable smoothies'. CSPI is seeking unspecified damages.

It's never a good sign when 23 district attorneys are coming after you. But that's what happened when almost two dozen California district attorneys targeted retailing giant Amazon over plastic products labeled as "compostable" or "biodegradable" on its website. Golden State statutes ban such claims without caveats about exactly how long it will take for the product to actually break down. (Somewhere between 450 and 1,000 years.)

But Amazon settled those claims last week, dishing out $1.5 million and agreeing to fund testing of plastic products marketed to consumers as compostable or degradable.