As an everyday American consumer, you could be eligible for some class-action settlement gold.
You could really clean up with offerings involving shampoo, soap and washing machines. Other settlements include a misleading beer and a falsely marketed food product. And of course, there’s that nosy TV that’s watching you watch TV.
See if you qualify to collect some green from any of these class-action settlements.
Vizio Smart TV Viewer Spying
Vizio Inc. has reached a $17-million class-action settlement with the owners of smart TVs who alleged the company collected, stored and shared their viewing habits without their knowledge or consent.
Eligible class members are Vizio smart TV owners who connected their TVs to the internet between Feb. 1, 2014 and Feb. 6, 2017.
Several class-action lawsuits were filed against Vizio, which was accused of violating consumer privacy laws by failing to disclose to TV owners that Vizio would track their viewing habits and share the results with third parties to create targeted advertising plans.
Each class member who files a valid and timely claim is expected to receive between $13 and $31.
The settlement requires Vizio to delete the stored viewing data it collected during the class period and the company must provide an option for TV owners to accept or decline the option of whether Vizio is allowed to see what the TV owners are seeing.
Click here for more information and to file a claim by the April 29, 2019 deadline.
Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Conditioner
Certain Sexy Hair Concepts products were allegedly falsely promoted as being sulfate-free, leading to a $2.33-million class-action settlement.
Class members include customers who bought the following Sexy Hair shampoos and conditioners since Nov 19, 2012:
- Big Sexy Hair Extra Volumizing Shampoo (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz., 128 oz.)
- Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz., 128 oz.)
- Curly Sexy Hair Curl Defining Shampoo & Conditioner (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz., 128 oz.)
- Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz., 128 oz.)
- Smooth Sexy Hair Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz.)
- Blonde Sexy Hair Bombshell Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz)
- Blond Sexy Hair Bright Blonde Shampoo (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz.)
- Vibrant Sexy Hair Color Lock Shampoo & Conditioner (1.7 oz., 10.1 oz., 33.8 oz)
Class members can receive $6 per product. Without proof of purchase, consumers can receive a maximum of $12. Those with receipts can receive $6 per product for all of the above-mentioned products they purchased.
The deadline to submit a claim is March 20, 2019. For more details, visit our sulfate-free website by clicking here.
Samsung Top-Load Washing Machine
A class-action settlement has been reached with Samsung regarding more than 30 models of top-loading washing machines that could lose their lids during a wash cycle.
In some cases, the Samsung washing machines allegedly exploded and were under recall in 2016. On some models, the drain pumps could detach or break.
In any event, it’s best not to become agitated. If you’re the original owner of the machine, you could receive a full refund of the purchase price of the washer and up to $400, plus other benefits.
There are five tiers of awards under the terms of the settlement:
Enhanced Minimum Recall Rebate for customers who received a rebate as part of the recall. These class members can receive a percentage of the difference between the rebate amount and an estimated purchase price of the washing machine.
Recall Repair Additional Benefit is for class members who received a repair under the recall. These customers can receive a cash rebate between $25 and $85 toward the purchase of another Samsung appliance.
Top Separation Relief is for customers who experienced the lid separating from their Samsung washing machine. These class members may receive a full refund of the purchase price of the washer and up to $400 reimbursement for particular expenses.
Recall Repair Commitment is available to class members who choose to have their Samsung washing machine repaired under the recall. These customers can receive the repair from a Samsung Authorized Service Provider within 14 days of the request. Alternatively, class members can receive a $50 cash-equivalent card if the repair cannot be completed or does not resolve the issue.
- Drain Pump Failure Relief is available to class members whose Samsung washing machines experienced a drain pump failure. These customers may be able to receive a repair or reimbursement for their drain pump and up to $400 reimbursement of certain expenses resulting from the drain pump failure.
Claim forms must be submitted by Aug. 6, 2019. Click here for more details and for the list of affected Samsung washers.
Asahi Beer “Made in Japan”
You could receive up to $10 from an Asahi Beer class-action settlement.
Two men filed the class-action lawsuit alleging Asahi Beer falsely led consumers to believe the beer was made in Japan, due to packaging that included Japanese words and symbols. Asahi Beer is actually brewed in Canada.
Class members include consumers across the United States (including territories and U.S. military facilities) who bought Asahi Beer for personal use between April 5, 2013 and Dec. 20, 2018.
In addition, California residents who bought Asahi Beer for household use during the same timeframe are also included as California settlement class members.
Class members are eligible to receive 10 cents per big bottle of Asahi Beer; 50 cents per six-pack of Asahi Beer bottles or cans; $1 per 12-pack of Asahi Beer cans; and $2 per 24-pack of Asahi Beer cans.
Although receipts are not required to submit with the claim form, the settlement administrator might request further information about the class member’s Asahi Beer purchase and has the right to do so.
To submit a claim by the May 3, 2019 deadline, click here.
FedEx Kiosk Receipts
FedEx Office and Print Services has agreed to a class-action settlement regarding allegations the company violated federal law by printing more than the last five digits of a card number on receipts at self-serve kiosks.
Eligible class members are those who paid with a debit or credit card at a FedEx Office Self-Service Express Pay kiosk between Jan. 21, 2017 and Aug. 23, 2017 and received a receipt that contained the first two and last four digits of the card number.
Such a receipt violates the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) that prohibits anything other than the last five digits of a credit card or debit card from showing on computer-generated receipts.
Class members who are able to provide a copy of their FedEx Office receipt displaying the first two and last four digits of their payment card will receive a $25 store value card. Those who file a claim form without a receipt will receive a $10 store value card.
Click here to see you don’t have to overnight your claim form, but time IS running out to submit a claim by the March 8, 2019 deadline.
Canada Dry Ginger Ale “Made from Real Ginger”
Canada Dry Ginger Ale has agreed to an $11.2-million settlement over allegations the soda does not contain real ginger as advertised.
If you purchased Canada Dry Ginger Ale between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 19, 2018 in any U.S. state (except California), you could get cash from this class-action settlement.
California residents are also included in the Canada Dry Ginger Ale class action settlement as long as they purchased the beverage between Dec. 28, 2012 and June 26, 2018.
Canada Dry’s parent company Dr. Pepper Snapple Group allegedly tried to cash in on the fact that ginger root is promoted as a natural stomach settling treatment.
The class-action lawsuits allege the soda is made of carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, preservatives and chemical flavoring, all of which provide none of the benefits of ginger.
Canada Dry Ginger Ale’s label claimed “Made from Real Ginger,” which plaintiffs challenged in court.
Non-California consumers who purchased Canada Dry Ginger Ale between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 19, 2018 are considered class members.
In addition, California residents who bought Canada Dry Ginger Ale between Dec. 28, 2012 and June 26, 2018 can also file a claim.
Class members may fall into one of two tiers. Tier 1 claims can recover 40¢ per unit, up to $5.20 per household. Tier 2 claims can recover 40¢ per unit, up to $40 per household. Proof of purchase is required with Tier 2 claims.
For more information and to file a claim before this offer loses its fizz on the March 19, 2019 deadline, click here.
CareFirst Breastfeeding Support
Mothers who breastfeed may be eligible to receive a portion of a $3.6-million class-action settlement with CareFirst Inc.
CareFirst and other related companies allegedly violated the Affordable Care Act when the company denied coverage for lactation and breastfeeding support benefits.
Class members include those who were enrolled in certain health plans through CareFirst Inc., Group Hospitalization and Medical Services Inc., CareFirst of Maryland Inc., or CareFirst BlueChoice Inc. and did not receive coverage for Comprehensive Breastfeeding Support and Counseling Services that they received between Aug. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2018.
Two potential awards are available as follows:
CLS Settlement Payment: Compensation for out-of-pocket copayments, out-of-pocket coinsurance, and out-of-pocket expenses applied to a deductible.
Balance Bill Settlement Payment: 25% of the difference between the amount paid to an out-of-network provider and any reimbursement.
Click here for more information and to file a claim by the July 8, 2019 deadline.
Metagenics Medical Food
A class-action lawsuit alleged products by Metaganics were falsely advertised as able to treat diseases and medical conditions, which led to a $1.3 million settlement.
If you’ve purchased Metagenics products labeled “Medical Food” since Nov. 9, 2011, you could receive cash from this settlement.
Metagenics is a worldwide nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company that sells 17 different types of “Medical Foods” for more than $150 per container.
Class members include U.S. residents who bought UltraMeal Plus, UltraMeal Plus 360, UltraGlycemX, UltraClear and other Metagenics products labeled as “Medical Food” since Nov. 9, 2011.
Class members can submit claims for up to five products without proof of purchase. For more than five products, class members must provide receipts or other proof of purchase.
The potential award will depend upon the number of valid claims submitted by the April 26, 2019 deadline. Click here for details.