Users of the Bumble dating app may be able to get as much as $129 from a $22.5 million class action settlement resolving auto-renewal claims.
There are two sets of Class Members: California consumers who were charged for an auto-renewal of a Bumble Boost subscription between Nov. 13, 2014 and July 15, 2020; and a nationwide Class of consumers who purchased the Bumble Boost between Nov. 13, 2014 and July 15, 2020.
In 2018 a pair of class action lawsuits accused the makers of the Bumble dating app of failing to inform users about their legal right to cancel their subscription to a “Boost” program. The complaints alleged that the Bumble Boost subscription violated California state auto renewal laws, as well as dating service laws in New York.
The plaintiffs claimed they and other Class Members subscribed to the Bumble Boost premium service through the Bumble dating app. Fees for the service allegedly ranged from between $8.99 to $139.99, depending on the length of the “boost,” one week to six months.
The plaintiffs said the Terms of Service for Bumble Boost did not clearly indicate the subscription would be renewed automatically unless the user cancelled. Additionally, Bumble allegedly made it difficult to cancel the Boost subscription.
Led by Chairman Larry Payne, the task force spent months listening to Houstonians and organizations about the type and kind of police department they desire and demand. The task force engaged in extensive research on issues and best practices around the country and received more than 7,000 responses from a community survey.
“In the events of recent months, it is clear in Houston and across the nation that our community, mayor, city council, police chief, officers, and the union must all work together to protect and serve the constitutional rights of all citizens,” Chairman Payne wrote in the report’s introduction.
The recommendations are divided into six categories: Community Policing, Independent Oversight, Power dynamics, Crisis Intervention, Field Readiness, and Clear Expectations.
“We have worked hard on this being a document that is not going to sit on a shelf. It has actionable items that can be implemented,” Payne said. “We are also going to stay committed to the mayor. As a task force, we are not going away.”
Prosecutors in the Joel Guy Jr murder trial on Wednesday presented more evidence against the man suspected of killing and dismembering both of his parents for financial gain, including chilling photos showing a meat grinder in the trunk of his car.
Guy Jr, 32, is facing first-degree murder charges in the horrific killings of Joel Guy Sr, 61, and Lisa Guy, 55, who were repeatedly stabbed and butchered inside their Knox County, Tennessee, home over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016.
Some of the couple’s remains were partially liquified in chemicals, Guy Sr’s severed hands were left inside his blood-spattered home gym where he was killed, and Lisa’s head was found boiling in a stockpot on the kitchen stove.
Among the photos entered into evidence on Wednesday were images that were taken at the time of Guy Jr’s arrest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just days after the murders, reported WVLT.
Scott Henning, a homicide investigator at the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office who was present when Guy Jr was taken into custody on November 29, 2016, took the stand and narrated a slideshow of pictures showing deep cuts, scratches and bruises covering the suspect’s hands and arms.
Other images that were presented in court showed Guy Jr’s dark-blue Honda. Inside the trunk, a white meat grinder rested on its side next to a deep mixing bowl and a red gasoline canister.
According to testimony from Day 2 of the trial, Guy Jr made detailed notes about how he would kill, slaughter and dispose of his parents.
Among the numerous items on the to-do list was: ‘Bring blender and food grinder – grind meat.’
Prosecutors said there was no evidence that Guy Jr used the appliances after the murders to dispose of the remains.
The court also heard testimony from Guy Jr’s best friend of 10 years, Michael McCracken, along with a portion of a phone call that the accused killer made to his friend from jail.
McCracken said he lived with Guy Jr at Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts, a boarding school for gifted students they both attended.
McCracken described his friend as ‘socially awkward’ and possibly estranged from his father, whom the roommate never once met over the course of 10 years.
According to the testimony, Guy Jr never received phone calls or letters from any relatives other than his mother. He also never mentioned that he had sisters.
He said the older Guy Jr got, the more withdrawn he became. He could go for weeks without seeing anyone.
McCracken said by the time Guy Jr left Baton Route, he had no friends other than his roommate, and he was beginning to pull away from him as well.
Following Guy Jr’s arrest, he called McCracken from jail, urging him to forget him.
‘I don’t have much of a chance to be happy anymore, but you do,’ Guy Jr says on the call. ‘Consider me dead and move on with life… I genuinely want you to be happy… Why did I do this blah blah blah…’
McCracken said he was not ‘totally surprised,’ presumably referring to the murders.
A pastor from a small town in Arkansas accused of performing an exorcism on a dangerously thin toddler is now facing drug charges after police discovered he was using meth at church with his parishioners.
Lloyd Eddie Lasker Jr., pastor of the House of Refuge and Deliverance, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a gun by a convicted felon on Sept. 22, according to the Kansas City Star.
Lasker first caught the eye of law enforcement on Sept. 18 during a wellness check at his church, located in the city Mayflower, about about 30 minutes north of Little Rock. According to an affidavit filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court, Detective Brittani Little discovered an emaciated 21-month-old child “with multiple bruises from head to toe,” along with his mother and Lasker when she arrived on the scene.
The child is now in the ICU “with a brain bleed and extreme malnourishment,” according to the affidavit.
The mother reportedly told police her child was “possessed by a demon,” and Lasker echoed the claim when officers tracked him down on Sept. 22 for questioning. The pastor was not home when officers began their search, but they quickly spotted his white Dodge truck at an Exxon gas station, the Star reported.
The first presidential debate devolved into chaos and an unrelenting volley of personal attacks Tuesday night as President Donald Trump derailed the night by repeatedly talking over former Vice President Joe Biden, who responded with jabs at the President — at one point calling him a clown and “the worst president that America has ever had.”
Trump attacked Biden and interrupted him during his answers on every subject. The technique led Biden to lose his train of thought on key points early in the debate, though he grew more and more used to Trump’s attacks as the night went on.
During a discussion about the explosive new reports from The New York Times that Trump paid little or no federal income taxes during much of the past two decades, Biden had tried to pivot into an argument about fairness, noting that the average schoolteacher paid more in taxes than Trump, but the President derailed him with his interruptions.
So the question is now who do you think won this mind-blowing Presidential debate?
An exhibit that honors Black lives lost to racial injustice is on display for the next two weeks in Houston’s Emancipation Park.
The Say Their Names Memorial, brought to Houston by rapper and activist Trae Tha Truth, features pillars with black-and-white photos of victims of police brutality and racial injustice. Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tamir Rice and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are among more than 200 people honored in the memorial. Colorful flowers adorn each pillar.
The exhibit will remain on display in Emancipation Park for the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 13.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted one of three Louisville officers in the March 13 fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.
It was announced Wednesday:
Former detective Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was not indicted.
Detective Myles Cosgrove was not indicted.
A wanton endangerment charge is a class D felony and carries a penalty of one to five years in prison. The charges read by Judge Annie O’Connell on Wednesday said that Hankison “wantonly shot a gun” into three apartments.
Ginsburg was appointed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton and in recent years served as the most senior member of the court’s liberal wing consistently delivering progressive votes on the most divisive social issues of the day, including abortion rights, same-sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, health care and affirmative action.