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  • Mexican fast-food chain Rubio’s sends employment-related, non-marketing text messages to its employees. When one of the restaurant’s former employees’ cell phone was lost, however, the number was “repossessed” and ascribed to a new user. The company was under the impression that it was texting an employee — but that didn’t stop the number’s new owner from waiting until he received 876 text messages before filing a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit against Rubio’s.  Read more.
  • Lifetime Products, a California company that makes basketball hoops, has paid out more than $1.3 million in a class action lawsuit over the hoops’ “Made in the USA” label. The basis of the suit? The company imported bolts and the net packaged with the hoop were apparently made in China. Read more.
  • A picture can be worth—a thousand burns? Selena Edwards of Victorville, CA claimed that hot McDonald’s coffee spilled on her right hand, resulting in second-degree burns. However, after an investigation by state insurance officials, it was discovered that “the photos and medical documents Edwards provided to bolster her case came from the Internet.” Read more.

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