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Hagens Berman: Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Honda of Selling Acura RDX with Infotainment Defect

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2019 and 2020 Acura RDX owners sue Honda over warranty breach and safety hazards

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$HMC #acura–Owners of 2019 and 2020 Acura RDX vehicles today filed a class-action lawsuit against Honda alleging the automaker knowingly sold vehicles equipped with defective infotainment systems which it refuses to fix, according to Hagens Berman.

The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California states the defect renders many of the infotainment system features – including safety-related systems such as the backup camera – inoperable and frequently freezes or crashes entirely. Owners also report regular failure of the car’s Bluetooth connection to Android and Apple phones. The defect has manifested in the vehicles almost immediately after consumers leave the dealership in their new RDX, and owners have vocally taken to online forums and reported the defect to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

If you purchased or leased a 2019 or 2020 Acura RDX vehicle, find out more about the lawsuit and your rights.

“This poses a safety risk because when the system malfunctions, unexpected audio or video errors can cause the driver to become distracted,” the suit states.

“Honda and its dealers fail to take responsibility for a clearly broken technology component in the affected Acura RDX vehicles,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and attorney representing Acura owners in the class action. “We intend to hold Honda fully accountable for ignoring this serious defect and for failing to deliver on its promises to consumers.”

Attorneys say that Honda knew about the defect through various sources including pre-release design, manufacturing and testing data; warranty claims data; consumer complaints made directly to Honda and those collected by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and/or posted on public online forums; testing done in response to those complaints and aggregate data; and complaints from authorized dealers.

Acura RDX owners have voiced frustration concerning the defective infotainment system:

  • “Enjoyed it while I had it, but after driving less than 25 miles and owning for under 3 hours, the Infotainment center flashed between the home screen and ‘touchpad is not available.’”
  • “I regard this as a safety and driver distraction issue that can lead to collisions.”
  • “Almost EVERY single day I have an issue with this infotainment system. Radio unavailable. Tuner not found, Messages shriek. Yesterday it was ‘Device not connected’ which I have had before.”
  • “The whole screen freezes on a regular basis… It’s very distracting as its totally unexpected. I usually try to play with it trying to get it to work again…NOT SAFE.”

The lawsuit against Honda seeks both monetary reimbursement for those who purchased or leased an affected Acura RDX, and seeks action from the court barring Honda from continuing to sell vehicles with the defective infotainment system.

The affected Acura models were also slated to include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as standard features. Honda released promotional materials to dealers touting the features, yet when sales began in 2018 only Apple CarPlay was available. After a year of empty promises from the automaker, owners and lessees are still waiting to receive the feature Honda promised, according to the lawsuit.

The suit’s named plaintiffs from 12 states report the infotainment system sporadically freezing, shutting off and becoming inoperative while driving. Plaintiffs with Android phones are left with glitch-riddled workarounds just to listen to music in their vehicles: “…Defendant’s promise to release Android Auto ‘soon’ was an important consideration for him in choosing to purchase the Vehicle. It has been 10 months since Plaintiff Banh purchased the Vehicle and still no software update has been released containing Android Auto. Plaintiff Banh has been forced to use an adaptor, USB stick, and MP3 player to listen to music. But the Vehicle’s infotainment system often has trouble identifying these sources during start up, which causes the screen to display ‘initializing … not found.’ The problem can sometimes be resolved by unplugging and then re-plugging the source. But even then, the system’s Bluetooth connection frequently drops during telephone calls.”

The plaintiffs in the case state that had they been aware of the faulty infotainment system and lack of Android Auto software in the affected Acura models they purchased, they either would not have paid as much for them, or would not have bought them at all.

Find out more about the class-action lawsuit against Honda on behalf of Acura RDX owners.

About Hagens Berman

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with nine offices across the country. The firm’s tenacious drive for plaintiffs’ rights has earned it numerous national accolades, awards and titles of “Most Feared Plaintiff’s Firm,” and MVPs and Trailblazers of class-action law. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.

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GEICO’s Fredericksburg, Virginia ‘Pioneers’ Reflect on 25 Years in the Stafford County Community

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Fredericksburg–Time flies at a company you love. Just ask Angela Cooke; she is one of the “pioneer” associates who was there when GEICO’s Fredericksburg Regional Office opened in 1994.


“I look back at that time and we were all in it together—one team,” she remembers. “I’m really proud and sentimental about it.”

The 25th anniversary of the opening of the Fredericksburg Regional Office has opened a floodgate of memories for other pioneers as well. Past and current associates from the first “pioneer” group took a look back at how much the company and the office have grown while still retaining its familial atmosphere.

“The expectation was that this would be the model for all GEICO offices around the country,” said former regional vice president John Izzo, who supervised the new office opening and celebrated a 38-year career with the company. “Helping establish our insurance operations here in Fredericksburg was one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” he said.

Cooke, now a software engineering manager, remembers the cooperation and teamwork that were necessary to keep the office running smoothly and growing. “It was just a real sense of community and family when we first started.”

“Every day was definitely an adventure,” recalled Donna Stocking, who currently works as an HR representative.

The office had legendary picnics with dunk tanks and festive games, Field Day events which felt more like a family reunion than a corporate event, and holiday gatherings. That sense of camaraderie has existed since the company was founded in 1936 and helped GEICO grow into the second-largest auto insurer in the country, and the number one auto insurer in Virginia.

GEICO has a history of not only serving its customers, but also serving its local communities. Associates were—and continue to be—active in the community, volunteering their time and fundraising on behalf of hundreds of non-profit organizations.

“Fredericksburg associates have always been dedicated to helping in the community,” said current Regional Vice President Scott Markel, who was also part of that pioneer group. “Even back in the day, our associates were as committed to doing good works as they are to helping our customers.”

Over the past 25 years, GEICO’s Fredericksburg office and its associates donated more than $14 million to local charitable causes. Some notable items funded include handicapped-accessible playground, multiple busses and vans for summer camps, golf carts for law enforcement safe driving programs, child safety seat inspections and donations, and many other projects.

About GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles. For more than 80 years, the company has worked to make people’s lives better by protecting policyholders against unexpected events. As GEICO has grown, it has delivered money-saving coverage and outstanding customer service to policyholders through its investment in human resources and technology. GEICO is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. GEICO also provides homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft and term life coverages through non-affiliated insurance companies secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. GEICO has a national workforce of 40,000 associates. GEICO sales representatives throughout the country are licensed insurance agents in order to help guide customers through coverage decisions. To make changes, report claims, print insurance cards and/or purchase additional products, policyholders can access their insurance policy here, connect via GEICO Mobile or by phone. Sales and service is also available at GEICO Local Offices. Visit www.geico.com for a quote or to learn more.

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PRICESMART 72 HOUR DEADLINE ALERT: Approximately 72 Hours Remain; Former Louisiana Attorney General and Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Remind Investors With Losses in Excess of $100,000 of Deadline in Class Action Lawsuit Against PriceSmart, Inc. – PSMT

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NEW ORLEANS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (“KSF”) and KSF partner, the former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., remind investors with large financial interests that they have only until July 22, 2019 to file lead plaintiff applications in a securities class action lawsuit against PriceSmart, Inc. (NasdaqGS: PSMT). Investor losses must relate to purchases of the Company’s securities between October 26, 2017 and October 25, 2018. This action is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

What You May Do

If you purchased securities of PriceSmart and would like to discuss your legal rights and how this case might affect you and your right to recover for your economic loss, you may, without obligation or cost to you, contact KSF Managing Partner Lewis Kahn toll-free at 1-877-515-1850 or via email (lewis.kahn@ksfcounsel.com), or visit https://www.ksfcounsel.com/cases/nasdaqgs-psmt/ to learn more. If you wish to serve as a lead plaintiff in this class action by overseeing lead counsel with the goal of obtaining a fair and just resolution, you must request this position by application to the Court by July 22, 2019.

About the Lawsuit

On October 25, 2018, the Company disclosed disappointing operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended August 31, 2018, as well as the discovery of a “balance sheet misclassification” requiring the restatement of certain financial statements and the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer.

The case is Harari v. PriceSmart, Inc., et al, 19-cv-00958.

About Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

KSF, whose partners include the former Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr., is a law firm focused on securities, antitrust and consumer class actions, along with merger & acquisition and breach of fiduciary litigation against publicly traded companies on behalf of shareholders. The firm has offices in New York, California and Louisiana.

To learn more about KSF, you may visit www.ksfcounsel.com.

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Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

Lewis Kahn, Managing Partner

lewis.kahn@ksfcounsel.com

1-877-515-1850

1100 Poydras St., Suite 3200

New Orleans, LA 70163

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INVESTIGATION ALERT: The Schall Law Firm Announces it is Investigating Claims Against Netflix, Inc. and Encourages Investors with Losses in Excess of $100,000 to Contact the Firm

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$NFLX #NFLXThe Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm, announces that it is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Netflix, Inc. (“Netflix” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: NFLX) for violations of §§10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The investigation focuses on whether the Company issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors. Netflix announced its second quarter 2019 earnings on July 17, 2019. During the Company’s earnings call, as well as in its shareholder letter, it was revealed that Netflix gained only 2.7 million new subscribers against a forecast of 5 million new subscribers. Based on this startling news, shares of Netflix dropped by more than 13% over the next two days.

If you are a shareholder who suffered a loss, click here to participate.

We also encourage you to contact Brian Schall of the Schall Law Firm, 1880 Century Park East, Suite 404, Los Angeles, CA 90067, at 424-303-1964, to discuss your rights free of charge. You can also reach us through the firm’s website at www.schallfirm.com, or by email at brian@schallfirm.com.

The class in this case has not yet been certified, and until certification occurs, you are not represented by an attorney. If you choose to take no action, you can remain an absent class member.

The Schall Law Firm represents investors around the world and specializes in securities class action lawsuits and shareholder rights litigation.

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and rules of ethics.

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The Schall Law Firm

Brian Schall, Esq.

310-301-3335

Cell: 424-303-1964

info@schallfirm.com

www.schallfirm.com

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