You may not be aware but there are many Class Action Lawsuits every year against companies that sell and manufacture products and service we use every day. When these lawsuits are settled these companies are responsible to pay the consumers of their product/services the amount settled in the lawsuit. Many consumers are unaware of these class action lawsuits and the free money they are entitled to receive as consumers.
Check out the class action lawsuits below and see if you have purchased any of these products or use any of these services and are entitled to file a claim to receive compensation. I do my best to continually update this section of my site throughout the year. So check back each month for new class action lawsuits you may be eligible to file a claim.
Browse this list and to see if you have purchased any of these products or services. If so, you are eligible to submit a claim.
If you purchased a Barbara’s Bakery product between 2008 and 2013, you may be eligible to claim up to $100 from the class action settlement. The Barbara’s Bakery settlement resolves a class action lawsuit (Trammell v. Barbara’s Bakery) that all alleges the company mislabeled its cereal and snack products as “all natural” when they actually contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.
Barbara’s Bakery denies the allegations, but has agreed to resolve the litigation by offering up to $100 in reimbursements to consumers and removing the terms “all natural,” “no artificial additives,” “no artificial preservatives” and “no artificial flavors” from its packaging on foods that contain GMOs or artificial ingredients.
A federal judge preliminarily approved the class action settlement on June 21, 2013. A Final Fairness Hearing will be held November 8, 2013. Class Members of the Barbara’s Bakery settlement include all U.S. consumers who purchased eligible products from May 23, 2008 through July 5, 2013. These products include cereals, cereal bars, fig bars, cheese puffs, granola bars, Snackimals animal cookies, organic mini cookies, snack mixes and crackers. See the full list of eligible products.
Class Members that submit a valid Claim Form no later than January 1, 2014 will get up to $100 to reimburse the money they paid to purchase these products. The amount of money you may receive will depend on the total amount of money you spent on the eligible products during the Class Period.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Barbara’s Bakery Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.BarbarasBakerySettlement.com.
PROOF OF PURCHASE REQUIRED
If you paid for game currency charges that a minor charged to your iTunes account without your knowledge, you may be eligible for a $5 iTunes Store credit or a cash refund from the class action settlement.
The Apple in-app purchase settlement will resolve a number of class action lawsuits filed in 2011 that accused Apple of not clearly spelling out its in-app purchase policy in an attempt to trick children into racking up expensive game currency charges. Under Apple’s former policy, minors were able to charge in-app purchases, such as virtual currency or other virtual content, to an iTunes account without the account holder’s knowledge or permission.
Apple denies the allegations but has agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement to end the costly litigation.
Class Members of the Apple game currency settlement include all U.S. residents who, prior to May 2, 2013, paid for an in-app purchase of game currency in a Qualified App charged to their iTunes account by a minor without their knowledge or permission.
Owners of Apple devices have the option to implement parental controls that prevent minors from purchasing game currency in apps without the owner’s knowledge or permission. You can learn more about these parental controls and how to activate them on your device at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4213.
If you are eligible for settlement benefits, you may choose between a single $5 iTunes Store credit or a credit equal to the total amount of game currency that a minor charged to your iTunes account without your knowledge or permission within a single 45 day period, less any refund you previously received.
You may elect to receive a cash refund in lieu of an iTunes Store credit if you no longer have an active iTunes account, or your claims exceed $30 in total. Additional requirements for claiming charges after the forty-five (45) day period apply.
The only way to receive a credit or cash refund from the class action settlement is to submit a valid Claim Form either online at www.iTunesInAppPurchaseSettlement.com or mailed to the Settlement Administrator postmarked on or before January 13, 2014.
A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for October 18, 2013.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Apple iTunes In-App Purchase Class Action Settlement can be found at www.iTunesInAppPurchaseSettlement.com.
Horizon Organic Milk and Silk Soy Milk products
A federal judge has approved a class action lawsuit settlement providing refunds to consumers who purchased Silk Soymilk, Silk Coconutmilk, or Horizon Organic milk, yogurt or Tuberz products between 2005 and 2013.
Class Members have until October 26, 2013 to file a claim to receive up to $50 cash from the class action settlement. Some early filers are already reporting to Top Class Actions that they’ve already received settlement checks in the mail. We first reported on the Horizon milk class action settlement in May.
The Silk/Horizon milk settlement resolves a class action lawsuit (Singer v. WWF Operating Company) that alleges these products have been falsely marketed because they list “evaporated cane juice” in the ingredients. According to the class action lawsuit, evaporated cane juice is actually sugar (not juice) and therefore the products, including their ingredient lists, are mislabeled. WWF continues to deny it violated any laws in labeling the products but agreed to refund consumers to resolve the litigation.
Class Members of the Silk/Horizon Organic Milk settlement include all persons who, from January 1, 2005 to April 19, 2013, purchased WWF products with evaporated cane juice for personal use.
These products include, but are not limited to:
- Horizon Organic Lowfat Chocolate Milk plus DHA Omega-3
- Horizon Strawberry Lemonade Squeeze Tuberz
- Horizon Surfin’ Strawberry Tuberz
- Horizon Sour Apple Spray Tuberz
- Horizon Blueberry Wave Tuberz
- Horizon Lowfat Strawberry Milk Box
- Horizon Lowfat Vanilla Milk Box
- Horizon Lowfat Chocolate Milk Box
- Silk Organic Original Soymilk
- Silk Organic Vanilla Soymilk
- Silk Pure Coconut Original Coconutmilk
- Silk Horizon Fat Free Vanilla Yogurt
Under the class action settlement, Class Members with valid proof of purchase will receive reimbursement for 75% of the purchase price, subject to a cap of $50 per household. Those without proof of purchase can still receive a refund of 25% of the purchase price of up to 5 products, under penalty of perjury.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Horizon Organic/Silk Milk Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.SingerECJSettlement.com.
PROOF OF PURCHASE NOT REQUIRED
If you purchased an eligible Naked Juice product between September 27, 2007 and August 19, 2013, you can file a claim to receive up to $75 cash with proof of purchase or up to $45 cash without proof of purchase.
The Naked Juice settlement will resolve several class action lawsuits filed in 2011 alleging that Naked Juice Co. engaged in deceptive advertising by labeling its products as “all natural” and “non-GMO.” Plaintiffs alleged they contained processed and synthetic ingredients, as well as ingredients from genetically modified crops.
Naked Juice denies the allegations but has agreed to refund consumers as part of a $9 million class action lawsuit settlement to resolve the litigation.
If you purchased eligible Naked Juice products during the Class Period, you can file a claim to receive a cash reimbursement from the class action settlement.
Class Members with proof of purchase can receive a full reimbursement of what they paid for the listed products, up to a maximum of $75. Class Members without proof of purchase can receive a reimbursement based on the following chart:
Payments will be adjusted based on how many valid claims are filed. That means if the total value of the approved claims is greater than the amount of money available to pay claims, Class Members’ payments will be reduced on a pro rata basis.
The only way to receive a cash award from the Naked Juice class action settlement is to submit a valid Claim Form and supporting documents (if available) online at www.NakedJuiceClass.com no later than December 17, 2013 or by mail postmarked no later than December 17, 2013.
Payments will not be distributed until the settlement is made Effective and all appeals, if filed, are resolved. A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for December 2, 2013.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Naked Juice Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.NakedJuiceClass.com.
NO PROOF OF PURCHASE REQUIRED
Intuit Inc. has reached a $6.55 million class action lawsuit settlement over claims it charged deceptive fees to TurboTax Online customers. If you used TurboTax Online and opted to have your TurboTax fees, including your tax preparation fees or e-filing fees, deducted from your tax return, you may be eligible to claim a cash award from the proposed class action settlement.
The TurboTax settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit (Smith v. Intuit Inc.) filed in February that claims Intuit violated California and federal consumer protection laws in connection with TurboTax.com’s Refund Processing Service. The service, sometimes referred to as a Refund Processing Option or Refund Transfer, allows TurboTax customers to choose to pay their TurboTax fees by deducting the amount owed from their tax refunds for a fee (typically $29.95).
The class action lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Intuit failed to properly disclose the fee for the Refund Processing Service as a finance charge, and failed to properly disclose the Annual Percentage Rate (“APR”) of what plaintiffs allege is a loan.
Intuit denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to refund consumers through a class action lawsuit settlement fund to resolve the litigation.
Class Members of the TurboTax class action settlement include all Intuit customers in the U.S. who used Intuit’s TurboTax Online and utilized the Refund Processing Service from and including January 12, 2008 through May 28, 2013.
The amount of money you can claim from the TurboTax class action settlement will be based on the number of times you purchased the Refund Processing Service during the Class Period divided by the total number of times that all Class Members who submit a valid Claim Form purchased the service. It is anticipated, on average, that Class Members who submit Claim Forms will receive more than $10. Actual payment could be more or less, depending on how many people file valid claims.
The only way to receive a cash award from the TurboTax settlement is to submit a valid Claim Form either online at www.TurboTaxClassAction.com or mailed to the Settlement Administrator so that it is postmarked or received on or before October 28, 2013.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the TurboTax Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.TurboTaxClassAction.com.
If you purchased certain Alexia frozen potato products between December 6, 2007 and July 10, 2013, you can claim up to $35 cash or up to $75 in food product vouchers from the class action lawsuit settlement.
A federal judge preliminarily approved the Alexia class action settlement in July, resolving allegations that Alexia Food Inc. falsely labeled its potato products as “natural” when they contained an artificial chemical called disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate to prevent discoloration.
Alexia denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to establish a $3.2 million class action lawsuit settlement fund to resolve the litigation. Parent company ConAgra Inc. has also agreed to use citric acid or other naturally-sourced compounds in Alexia potatoes to prevent them from turning brown.
Class Members of the Alexia settlement include anyone who purchased the following Alexia frozen potato products in the United States during the Class Period:
- Sauté Reds
- Mashed Potatoes Yukon Gold Potatoes & Sea Salt
- Mashed Potatoes Red Potatoes with Garlic & Parmesan
- Waffle Fries
- Harvest Sauté
- Italian Sauté
- Sauté Sweets
- Potato Bites
Class Members who submit a valid Claim Form by the deadline of November 27, 2013 will be able to choose one of the following class action settlement benefits:
- A cash payment of $3.50 for each product purchased (up to 10 products), for a total of $35.
- Two $3.75 Alexia product food vouchers for every one Alexia product purchased (up to 10 products), for a total of up to $75.00 in vouchers.
- You may also choose a combination of cash and vouchers for up to a total of 10 products purchased. For example, you may file a claim for five cash payments and five voucher awards.
A Final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for December 11, 2013. Claims will not be paid unless the settlement is approved and all appeals, if any, are resolved.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Alexia Frozen Potato Products Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.AlexiaSettlement.com.
NO PROOF OF PURCHASE REQUIRED
The Mini-Wheats settlement will resolve a four-year-old class action lawsuit (Dennis v. Kellogg Co.) that accuses Kellogg of falsely advertising that Mini-Wheats improved kids’ attentiveness, memory and other cognitive functions to a degree not supported by competent clinical evidence.
Kellogg stands by its advertising and denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to establish a $4 million class action lawsuit settlement fund to refund consumers and resolve the litigation. A federal judge preliminarily approved the class action settlement on May 5, 2013.
Class Members of the Frosted-Mini Wheats class action settlement include anyone who purchased the cereal in the United States between January 28, 2008 and October 1, 2009.
Class Members may seek reimbursement of $5 per box of cereal purchased, up to a maximum of three boxes ($15).
The only way to receive a cash payment is to submit a valid claim online at www.CerealSettlement.com no later than November 29, 2013.
NO PROOF OF PURCHASE REQUIRED