Even though it may take years before a settlement is reached in a class-action lawsuit, the time frame to claim your share can fly by.
But if you purchased a Lenovo laptop that’s slow because of tracking software, a blouse at a Ross Dress for Less that had a misleading price-comparison label or Dial foaming liquid hand soap that promised to rid you of 99.9% of germs, you could be eligible for anywhere from a few cents to several hundred dollars.
Check out this month’s choice selection of class-action settlements that have deadlines approaching to see which ones align with purchases you’ve made.
Ross Stores “Compare at” Pricing
Did you purchase items at a Ross Dress for Less believing you were saving more money than you actually did?
Ross has agreed to a $4.85 million class-action settlement to resolve allegations that the store used deceptive pricing methods to convince customers they were getting a great deal.
Class members are customers who bought one or more items with a Ross price tag indicating a “compare at” price from any Ross store since June 20, 2011, and have not received a refund or credit for these purchases.
Plaintiffs allege the “compare at” price tags are not a true price comparison but are instead simply a reference price. They claim that this is not properly conveyed to the shopper.
Ross admits no wrongdoing by settling the lawsuit, but with the settlement, both parties avoid the risks and costs associated with continued litigation.
Class members may receive store credit in the form of a merchandise certificate or cash equal to 75% of the value of the merchandise certificate. No proof of purchase is required.
Click here now to file a claim, because this offer goes out of fashion (no more claims will be accepted after) May 31, 2019.
Lenovo Laptops Adware
If you bought a Lenovo laptop between Sept. 1, 2014, and Feb. 28, 2015, you could be eligible for a portion of an $8.3 million class-action settlement.
Plaintiffs allege several models of the non-Think-branded Lenovo laptops experienced inhibited performance capabilities because the company added a tracking software called VisualDiscovery by Superfish.
The software allegedly allowed Lenovo to monitor user activity to tailor advertisements to users.
Owners of the laptops also claim the monitoring of their online habits was an invasion of privacy.
Under the settlement, eligible class members include consumers who purchased certain non-Think-branded Lenovo laptops between Sept. 1, 2014, and Feb. 28, 2015. Models included in the settlement are:
- G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30 and G50-45.
- U Series: U430P, U430Touch and U530Touch.
- Y Series: Y40-70 and Y50-70.
- Z Series: Z50-75, Z40-70 and Z50-70.
- Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 15(BTM) and Flex 10.
- MIIX Series: MIIX2-10 and MIIX2-11.
- YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11BTM and YOGA2-11HSW.
A bar-code sticker should be located on the bottom of the laptop to indicate the machine’s model.
Class members may receive anywhere from $40 to $750 if they can provide proof of loss, such as receipts for expenses related to technical assistance or credit monitoring, with their claim form.
For more details on how to file a claim by the March 25, 2019, deadline, click here — even if you’re on your Lenovo laptop and the company might know you click.
Flagship Credit Acceptance Robocalls
Auto loan company Flagship Credit Acceptance LLC has agreed to a $4 million class-action settlement over alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Class members include anyone who received a call from Flagship through a TCN, LiveVox or Aspect dialing system or artificial/prerecorded voice between May 5, 2013, and Sept. 18, 2018.
The TCPA prohibits telemarketing practices that make use of robocalls through autodialers or prerecorded messages.
Flagship admits no wrongdoing but has settled the lawsuit to avoid the costs of future litigation and the uncertainty of a trial verdict.
The TCPA allows eligible consumers to collect between $500 and $1,500 per violation, but the potential reward through the settlement will be determined by the number of valid claims submitted by the Feb. 25, 2019, deadline.
For more information and to submit your claim, click here.
NIBCO Plumbing Fixtures
If you have NIBCO PEX plumbing in your home that has leaked and caused water damage, you could be eligible for a portion of a $43.5 million class-action settlement.
Class members include consumers who have owned or occupied a building that contained NIBCO plumbing fixtures since Jan. 1, 2005, and either have costs from water damage or costs from repairing water damage that have not been reimbursed.
In addition, compensation will be available for six years after the start of the settlement to compensate homeowners for future property damage if it occurs.
Plaintiffs allege NIBCO PEX plumbing tubes, brass fittings and stainless steel clamps include a manufacturing defect that can result in potentially damaging water leaks.
Class members who file a claim with qualifying supporting documents may be able to receive between 25% and 70% of their monetary losses due to water damage.
Time, if not water, is running out. Click here for more information and to make a claim by the May 31, 2019, estimated deadline.
Charmin Freshmates Flushable Wipes
If you bought Charmin Freshmates flushable wipes, or any other Charmin pre-moistened wipes that said “flushable” on the label, between April 6, 2011, and Nov. 26, 2018, you might be eligible for a portion of a class-action settlement.
The Charmin Freshmates wipes plaintiffs allege that consumers incur financial injuries of at least a few hundred dollars when they have to hire a plumber to unclog sewer lines impaired by the collection of wipes.
Plaintiffs allege the wipes were falsely advertised as flushable and safe for septic systems, when in fact the wipes purportedly clog and damage sewage systems.
Class members who submit proof of purchase may receive a payout of up to $30. Those without proof of purchase may claim up to seven purchases.
Class members will receive 60 cents per package. Class members include consumers throughout the U.S., except for those in the state of New York.
If plumbing problems from Charmin flushable wipes have been a drain on your wallet, click here for more information on how to file a claim before the Feb. 28, 2019, deadline.
Dial Complete Foaming Liquid Hand Soap
Several lawsuits against Dial Complete foaming liquid hand soap have been resolved with a $7.4 million class-action settlement.
The lawsuits alleged marketing, advertising and sales violations by Dial, based on its use of active ingredient triclosan.
The false advertising claims include statements such as: “Kills 99.99% of germs encountered in household settings,” “no. 1 doctor recommended antibacterial liquid hand wash” and “kills more germs than any other liquid hand soap.”
Dial Corporation denies any wrongdoing, but both parties agreed to the class-action settlement to avoid the costs and risks of ongoing litigation.
Class members include consumers who purchased Dial Complete foaming liquid hand soap between Jan. 1, 2001, and Jan. 2, 2019
They will receive 27 cents per package for up to 30 packages without proof of purchase for a total of $8.10. Those who provide proof of purchase may receive 27 cents per package as settlement compensation for all packages purchased.
If, after subtracting all expenses from the settlement fund, the funds remaining are insufficient to pay all timely valid approved claims, then payments will be reduced proportionately on a pro-rata basis.
Don’t miss your chance to clean up with this settlement offer. Click here for details on submitting a claim by April 12, 2019.
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