Timberland Offering Up To $150 To Recipients Of Its Text Message Spam

Timberland Offering Up To $150 To Recipients Of Its Text Message Spam

Under the terms of a preliminary settlement agreement, [Timberland and e-commerce company GSI] will pay $7 million into a cash fund to reimburse those who received the messages, according to KamberEdelson LLC, one of the law firms that helped bring the suit.

Consumerist's 4 Most Frequently Given Ways To Kick Ass

Consumerist's 4 Most Frequently Given Ways To Kick Ass

There’s four things we say over and over to readers writing in with problems who have gotten their legitimate claims spurned by regular customer service. They just keep working! They’re EECB, Executive Customer Service, Chargeback and Small Claims Court. Inside, what these tools mean and how to get started using one.

Court: Tyson Can No Longer Claim Chickens Are "Raised Without Antibiotics"

Tyson Foods has 14 days to stop claiming that their chickens are “raised without antibiotics.” The deceptive nationwide campaign was brought to an end after rivals Sanderson Farms and Purdue filed suit claiming that all three poultry processors use antibiotics, and that Tyson was trying to steal an undeserved appearance of health.

UPS Breaks, Steals Computer

UPS Breaks, Steals Computer

Nick paid the UPS store in Woburn, Massachusetts $600 to ship his computer with insurance to and from England. UPS smashed the computer somewhere along the way and insisted that Nick would need to wait 4-6 weeks for a decision on his claim. After a month, Nick called the UPS store and was told that they needed additional documentation. Another month later, Nick decided to get a new computer and asked for the damaged computer back so he could use it for parts, only to find out that the UPS store had inexplicably shipped it to headquarters, which then delivered it to a stranger in New York named Ken.

Apple Sued: New 20" iMac Screens Display 260k Colors, Not Millions

Apple Sued: New 20" iMac Screens Display 260k Colors, Not Millions

Anyone who has been on the receiving end of an Apple ad campaign in the past 10 years knows that they tend to play fast and loose with the truth in their ad copy. Their towers are the fastest, their laptop is the thinnest, their phone is the most advanced. With so many unchecked exaggerations, Apple sometimes comes across as the consumer electronics version of Donald Trump, augmented by killer industrial and UI designers. Now a law firm in California has filed a class-action suit against the company for misrepresenting its new 20-inch iMac models as being capable of producing millions of colors, when in fact they use a substandard el-cheapo screen that is nowhere near as capable as what’s in the 24-inch models.

Dannon Sued Over Probiotic Yogurt Claims

Dannon Sued Over Probiotic Yogurt Claims

A proposed class action lawsuit was filed yesterday in California against Dannon over the company’s unsubstantiated claims that its Activia, Activia Lite and DanActive “probiotic” yogurts were healthier than regular yogurt.

TSA Breaks Your Laptop, Threatens You With Arrest

TSA Breaks Your Laptop, Threatens You With Arrest

Reader Jake says a TSA agent dropped his laptop, smashing it in several places, then threatened him with arrest when he asked about filing a damage claim.

What To Do When Your Luggage Is Hopelessly Totally Completely Lost

What To Do When Your Luggage Is Hopelessly Totally Completely Lost

Here at Consumerist we get a lot of complaints that go something like this:

Why Are Insurance Companies So Interested In Your Car's Onboard Computer System?

Why Are Insurance Companies So Interested In Your Car's Onboard Computer System?

Insurance companies are beginning to view the increasingly advanced onboard computer systems found on many vehicles as mini black-boxes. The data collected by the systems can help determine if a driver was speeding or driving recklessly.

It’s done by capturing data about speed, braking and steering input from what is called an event data recorder. And it’s going to get even more complex — already there are systems on some cars that warn when there’s a vehicle in a car’s blind spot, as well as anti-collision warning systems like the one currently featured in a Volvo commercial.

Help! Apple Denied My Class-Actioned iPod Battery Claim!

Help! Apple Denied My Class-Actioned iPod Battery Claim!

Apple hates fixing their bust-ass iPod batteries for free, even if a class action suit tells them to, but there may be a workaround.

HOWTO: Appeal Denial of Care

HOWTO: Appeal Denial of Care

We all know that health insurance companies are evil. What we don’t know is what to do when our evil health insurance company denies our claim.