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Did you know you may be eligible to receive free money or other benefits from a class-action settlement?

It typically takes just a few minutes to file a claim, and you could be entitled to cash, products or other compensation.

Last month, I told you about nine settlements currently accepting claims. This month I’ve found six more great options. I know you’re busy, so let’s get started!

1.  Earth Friendly Products

If you’re like me, you read labels and do your best to purchase natural cleaning products that don’t have harmful ingredients.

Well, if you purchased Earth Friendly Products labeled as “all natural,” “100% Natural,” “Naturally-derived,” “Plant-based” or something similar, you may be entitled to up to $25.

The Earth Friendly Products settlement resolves a class action lawsuit alleging the so-called “natural” cleaning products include methylisothiazoline (MIT), a powerful allergen and skin irritant.

You must have purchased the products between Jan. 23 and Nov. 5, 2011 to be eligible for payment.

The deadline to file a claim is Feb. 15, 2016. Find out if you qualify now!

2. Norton Download Insurance

Did you purchase Norton Download Insurance or Extended Download Service for Norton Products between Jan. 23, 2005 and March 10, 2011?

You may be entitled to free cash!

Symantec and Digital River allegedly misrepresented that these services were necessary if a customer wanted to re-download their software more than 60 days after purchase.

You can file a claim to receive a cash payment of up to $50 for each download service you purchased.

The deadline to file a claim is Feb. 18, 2016. Learn more.

3. Rite Aid Pharmacy Records

If you paid Rite Aid a $50 or $85 fixed records charge for pharmacy records after Jan. 1, 2005, you may be entitled to a $25 or $50 Rite Aid gift card for each fee you paid.

A settlement has been reached after Rite Aid allegedly charged customers unreasonable and arbitrary fees. The amount bears no relationship to the actual cost Rite Aid experiences processing records requests.

The deadline to file a claim is March 7, 2016. Find out more.

4. Toyota Corolla

If you’re a current or former owner or lessee of a 2009 or 2010 Toyota Corolla, you may be eligible for benefits from a recent settlement.

Toyota settled the suit alleging some Corollas’ electric power steering systems caused the cars to suddenly veer in one direction during normal use.

If you qualify, you may be eligible for reimbursement of the costs you paid to install a re-tuned electronic control unit. Or, you may qualify to have the part installed for free or for a discount.

The deadline to file a claim is March 15, 2016. More information is available here.

5. Wells Fargo Inspection Fee

Wells Fargo has settled a suit alleging it improperly assessed property inspections when a mortgage borrower fell behind on payments.

The bank concealed the fees from consumers, labeling them as “Other Charges” on mortgage statements.

If you had a mortgage serviced by Wells Fargo, and owe or paid for a bank-assessed inspection fee between Aug. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2013, you may be entitled to compensation.

The deadline to file a claim is March 16, 2016. Click here to learn more.

6. Justice Stores

If you’ve purchased merchandise from a Justice store between Jan. 1, 2012 and Feb. 28, 2015, you may be entitled to up to $20 in cash or a $30 Justice voucher (or more if you have proof of purchase).

The retailer is offering benefits to consumers due to a settlement over claims it misrepresented items as 40% off, when this “sale” price was actually regular price.

Even if you filed a claim for an earlier Justice settlement in Ohio, you may still qualify for benefits from this one.

The deadline to file a claim is April 4, 2016. Learn more.

Your turn: Have you received money or products from a class-action settlement? Let us know in the comments below!

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor at TopClassActions.com.

Last month I told you about eight class-action settlements that pay cash. This month, I’m back to tell you about nine more accepting claims.

Let’s just say this month’s article should be titled, “Do You Buy Things? If So, Somebody Probably Owes You Money!”

If you’ve purchased Groupon vouchers, natural cosmetic products or a refrigerator, you could be entitled to cash benefits from one of these class-action settlements.

Let’s take a look!

1.  iYogi

If you’re a current or former iYogi subscriber and you received telephone calls on behalf of iYogi -- even if you told them to stop calling -- you could be eligible to receive a cash payment of $40 from a class-action settlement.

To qualify, you must have received at least one call from iYogi or an affiliate between Sept. 23, 2009 and Nov. 18, 2013.

The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 2, 2016. Find out more.

2. Groupon Vouchers

Did you purchase or receive a Groupon voucher between Nov. 1, 2008 and Dec. 1, 2011 that you never redeemed (and you didn’t receive a refund)?

If so, you may be entitled to receive credits for up to 130% off the price of the original, unredeemed, unrefunded Groupon voucher.

The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 9, 2016. Learn more here.

3. JASON and Avalon Organics

Hain Celestial Group has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over allegations it falsely represented its popular JASON and Avalon Organics cosmetic products as organic.

If you purchased JASON and/or Avalon Organics products that were not USDA-certified as organic, you may be entitled to receive cash and coupons worth up to $80 -- or more if you submit receipts!

To qualify for benefits from this settlement, the Avalon Organics products must have been purchased between May 11, 2007 and Jan. 6, 2015.

The JASON products must have been purchased between May 11, 2007 and Jan. 31, 2011.

The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 12, 2016. Learn more.

4. Burlington Coat Factory

Did you provide a phone number upon to a cashier when you used your credit card at a Burlington Coat Factory California location between Feb. 10, 2010 and Jan. 28, 2015?

If so, you may be able to claim $10 in cash or a $15 merchandise voucher from a recent settlement.

The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 20, 2016. Learn more here.

5. Zara

Did you shop at Zara and pay with a credit or debit card between Dec. 17, 2014 and Apr. 27, 2015? If so, you may be entitled to $100 or more.

Zara is settling a class action suit alleging it printed the first six digits of customers’ credit and debit account numbers -- a violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.

The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 22, 2016. Find out if you qualify.

6. Lennox Refrigerator Coils

Lennox Industries Inc. has settled a class-action suit alleging it manufactured and sold defective refrigerator coils.

Did you purchase at least one uncoated copper tube Lennox Aire-Flo, Armstrong Air, AirEase, Concord or Ducane brand evaporator coil?

If so, you could be entitled to a service rebate, replacement coil or reimbursement for what you paid to replace the allegedly defective coil.

Deadline to file is Feb. 1, 2016. Learn more.

7. Electrolux Refrigerators

If you purchased an Electrolux, Crosley or Frigidaire “French Door” refrigerator-freezer unit with an ice maker, you may be entitled to $100 cash or more.

The settlement resolves allegations that Electrolux manufactured and sold refrigerators that contained a defective ice maker.

The deadline to file a claim is Feb. 3, 2016. Learn more here.

8. Michael Kors Outlet Pricing

Michael Kors recently settled a lawsuit alleging it deceptively marketed merchandise at its outlet stores to make consumers believe products were previously available at a retail store, even though they were made specifically for the outlet.

If you bought at least one Michael Kors item at an outlet store with a price tag showing both an “MSRP” and an “Our Price” label, you may be entitled to cash from the settlement.

The amount you receive depends on how much you spent and whether you submit a receipt.

The deadline hasn’t been set, but it’s estimated to be Feb. 18, 2016. Find out if you qualify.

9. Polyurethane Foam

If you purchased upholstered furniture (such as a couch with foam cushions), bedding products (such as a mattress, mattress topper or pillows) or carpet padding containing polyurethane foam that was manufactured in the United States, you may be entitled to cash. (The amount depends how many people file claims.)

To qualify, the polyurethane foam product must have been purchased between Jan. 1, 1999 and Aug. 1, 2015 in certain states.

The deadline to file is Feb. 29, 2016. Learn more.

Your Turn: Have you received money from a class-action settlement?

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor at TopClassActions.com.

I’ve had another busy month tracking down class-action settlements that will pay you cash!

Last month I told you about seven settlements that were accepting claims. This month, I’m back with a whopping eight class-action settlements with major companies like Walmart, LinkedIn, eBay and Nike.

There’s a good chance you qualify for free money from one of these settlements, so let’s get started!

1. Walmart

If you purchased anything from Walmart, Sam’s Club or their websites (or if you were given an item from one of these retailers as a gift) and then returned it, you could be eligible for a $3 gift card from a class-action settlement.

This settlement resolves allegations Walmart failed to refund or credit the full amount of sales tax paid by consumers when they returned merchandise.

To qualify for benefits from this settlement, the item must have been returned between May 2, 2010 and July 16, 2015.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 18, 2015. Learn more here.

2. eBay

EBay sellers who paid listing fees for a “Buy It Now” item between July 30, 2008 and Sept. 10, 2015 may be entitled to a payment of up to $15.

This eBay class action settlement resolves allegations that sellers were deprived of the full value of their listings if a prospective buyer selected the “Buy It Now” option, but failed to go through with the purchase because the item was automatically de-listed.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 8, 2015. Find out more here.

3. LinkedIn

Did you use LinkedIn’s “Add Connections” feature between Sept. 17, 2011 and Oct. 31, 2014, only to find out that all of your email contacts were spammed with emails asking them to connect with you? If so, you could be entitled to at least $10 cash from a class-action settlement.

You might even receive more than $10, depending on how many claims are filed.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 14, 2015. Learn more here.

4. The Warranty Group

If you received a call from The Warranty Group or American Residential Warranty, you could be eligible for a payment of up to $500.

The companies settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they made unauthorized calls to consumers, even those on the National Do Not Call Registry. This is a hefty payout, and who couldn’t use a few extra hundred dollars? Check to see if you qualify!

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 17, 2015. More information right here.

5. Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s Credit Card

Did you receive an automated call on your cell phone from Department Stores National Bank and/or FDS Bank for debt collection purposes regarding a Macy’s and/or Bloomingdale’s credit card account?

If so, you could be entitled to a cash payment of $750. To qualify, the calls must have been received between Sept. 3, 2009 and July 22, 2015.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 29, 2015. Find out more.

6. Verizon Wireless

Consumers who had unauthorized Premium SMS charges for services such as ringtones, wallpapers, celebrity gossip and sports information by third parties on their Verizon Wireless phone bills since July 1, 2010 may be entitled to a full refund for the charges.

The actual amount each claimant receives depends on the number of charges that were placed on their bills. Do you qualify?

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 31, 2015. Learn more here.

7. Nike+ FuelBand

Did you buy a Nike+ FuelBand to track your steps and find out how many calories you burn each day? If so, the product may not have performed as advertised, and you may be entitled to a $15 or $25 gift card. The settlement resolves allegations that the Nike+ FuelBand registers inaccurate readings and misleads users.

To qualify, you must have purchased your Nike+ FuelBand between Jan. 19, 2012 and June 17, 2015.

The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 4, 2016. More information is available here.

8. Kashi

If you’re like me, you like to check food labels, and you’re willing to pay a little extra for natural products. Well, if you purchased Kashi products labeled as “all natural,” “100% natural,” or “nothing artificial,” you may be entitled to a payment of up to $27.70.

The settlement applies to anyone who who bought specific Kashi products between May 3, 2008 and Sept. 4, 2015. It resolves allegations Kashi misleadingly labeled some of its products as natural, even though they contained genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

This does not apply to residents of California -- they were covered by a separate settlement reached last year.

The deadline to file a claim is Jan. 19, 2016. Find out more.

Your Turn: Do you qualify for any of these class-action settlements? Let us know when you get your benefits!

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor at TopClassActions.com.

This month’s roundup of class-action settlements is pretty eclectic. If you recently bought anything from a computer monitor to a pool diving board to frozen waffles, you could be eligible to claim some free money!

Plus, five of the settlements I told you about last month are still accepting claims, so check them out to see whether you qualify.

Do any of these companies owe you money?

1. Canon  

Did you purchase a Canon printer only to have it give you an “UO52 -- Print Head Error” message that made it inoperable? If so, you could be eligible for benefits from a class-action settlement.

This error message allegedly comes up after the warranty period has expired, and Canon supposedly refused to replace or repair the printer for free. According to the class-action lawsuit, it often cost more to repair the printer than to just buy a new one.

Class members can choose between a cash payment of up to $50 or a voucher valued at up to $75.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 7, 2015. Learn more here.

2. CRT Antitrust

If you purchased a cathode ray tube (CRT) product such as a television or computer monitor between March 1, 1995 and Nov. 25, 2007, you can submit a claim for a cash payment from a class-action settlement.

Only consumers who purchased the CRT products in one of 21 states are eligible for payment, so check it out now to see if you qualify! Even if you didn’t keep your receipts, you can still submit a claim for benefits (but you may be asked to provide proof of purchase at a later date).

Eligible claimants will likely receive a minimum cash payment of $25, though you could receive much more than that depending on the type and number of products you purchased.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 7, 2015. Find out more here.

3. Swimming Pool Companies

Did you know there was an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the swimming pool products industry?

Pentair Water Pool & Spa Inc., Hayward Industries Inc. and Zodiac Pool Systems Inc. deny the allegations, but agreed to a class-action settlement that will provide benefits to consumers who purchased pool products such as chemicals, cleaners, filters, diving boards, heaters, pumps and pool liners.

The amount each claimant will receive depends on a number of factors, including the type of pool products purchased and the number of claims that are filed.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 11, 2015. Learn more here.

4. California Hotels

If you were in California, called a toll-free number and spoke to a representative of one of the following hotels between March 1, 2011 and July 18, 2012, you could be eligible to receive a maximum of $5,000 from a class-action settlement.

The eligible hotels are Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Priority Club Rewards, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo.

According to a class-action lawsuit, consumers who placed toll-free calls to inquire about hotel rates and reservations may have had their calls recorded without their knowledge or consent, in violation of California law.

Eligible claimants will likely receive $100 from the settlement, though it’s possible to receive up to $5,000 depending on the number of claims filed.

The claim filing deadline is Dec. 14, 2015. Find out more here.

5. Van’s

Did you buy Van’s breakfast products labeled as “all natural”? If so, you might be eligible for compensation from a class-action settlement alleging these so-called natural products actually contained artificial or synthetic ingredients.

The settlement applies to a number of Van’s frozen breakfast products, including frozen waffles, pancakes, French toast sticks, waffle sticks, English muffins and muffin crowns.

If you purchased any of these products, you could claim up to $18 per household! The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 16, 2015. Learn more.

6. Asset Acceptance   

Did you get a phone call from Asset Acceptance or someone acting on its behalf between April 17, 2009 and Sept. 4, 2014? If so, you might be entitled to a payment of up to $1,500 from a class-action settlement.

Asset Acceptance allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by using an automatic telephone dialing system, or artificial or recorded voice to contact consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 28, 2015. Find out more.

7. Sprint

If you’re a current or former Sprint customer who paid for unauthorized third-party premium SMS services such as ringtones, wallpapers and text message subscriptions to receive celebrity gossip and horoscopes, you can apply for a refund (if you didn’t already receive one).

If you’re a postpaid customer, you’re eligible for full refunds of unauthorized charges, and if you’re a prepaid customer, you can get a one-time refund of $7.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2015. Learn more here.

Your Turn: Do you qualify for any of these settlements? Let us know in the comments if you filed a claim -- and what you received!

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com

Have you bought canned tuna, whiskey, jeans or computer software in the past couple of years?

If so, you may qualify for free money or products from one of the following class-action settlements. It only takes a few minutes to check whether you’re eligible and file a claim. Here’s how to get your hands on free stuff from class-action lawsuits against these companies.

1. Schiff Glucosamine Joint Health

If you purchased joint health supplements containing glucosamine within the past 10 years, chances are you’re eligible to claim between $3 and $50 from a class-action settlement about the labeling and packaging of the products, which may have misled consumers.

The settlement resolves a class-action lawsuit alleging the packaging and labeling of certain joint health products were misleading. The claims about the supplements’ effectiveness were not backed by scientific proof and the labels didn’t warn consumers about their potentially dangerous side effects.

Several large brand names are included, such as Kirkland, Metaform and Move Free. The deadline to file a claim is Sept. 24, 2015. More details, including the full list of products covered by this settlement, are available here.

2. True Religion

Do you seek out products made in the United States? If so, you’re not alone. Many consumers choose to pay more for products that include a “Made in the USA” label.

However, some companies may include this label even if some of the product’s components are foreign-made.

True Religion Apparel Inc. has recently agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it deceptively advertised its jeans as being “Made in the USA,” even though they contained some components made outside of the country.

California residents who purchased one or more True Religion products based on the “Made in USA” label between Dec. 10, 2010 and July 31, 2015 can file a claim to receive a True Religion T-shirt (valued at about $25).

The claim filing deadline is Oct. 30, 2015. Learn more here.

3. Gallup

Gallup Inc. has been accused of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by using an automated telephone dialing system to place calls to cell phones without the consent of the recipient.

If you received a survey call from Gallup on your cell phone between Aug. 16, 2009 and Aug. 16, 2013, you may be able to claim up to $80 from the class-action settlement.

The deadline to file a claim is Nov. 13, 2015. Find out more here.

4. Templeton Rye

If you drink Templeton Rye whiskey, you could be eligible to claim up to $36 from a class-action settlement. Templeton Rye Spirits has settled a class-action lawsuit accusing it of charging premium prices for its products by deceptively labeling them as “small batch” and “made in Iowa” -- even though the product is actually distilled in Indiana.

Consumers who purchased Templeton Rye between Jan. 1, 2006 and July 21, 2015 must file a claim by Nov. 18, 2015 to be eligible for compensation. You don’t need proof of purchase to claim the cash benefit.

You also qualify for benefits if you purchased a drink made with Templeton Rye whiskey at a restaurant or bar. Find out more here.

5. Beck’s

If you purchased Beck’s beer in the last four years, you could be entitled to claim up to $50 from a class-action settlement. The settlement resolves allegations Anheuser-Busch misrepresented to consumers that Beck’s beer is brewed in and imported from Germany, even though it’s brewed domestically.

If you purchased Beck’s Pilsner, Beck’s Dar, Beck’s Light and/or Beck’s Oktoberfest between May 1, 2011 and June 23, 2015, you have until Nov. 20, 2015 to file a claim. Even if you don’t have proof of purchase, you could still be able to claim up to $12 per household. Find out more here.

6. Charming Charlie

If you were asked to provide personal information such as your address or telephone number when you used a credit card to pay for merchandise at a Charming Charlie store in California, you may be eligible to claim a voucher redeemable for Charming Charlie merchandise.  

These vouchers are available as part of a class-action settlement over allegations Charming Charlie violated California law by asking for customers’ personal information during credit card transactions, leading customers to believe the information was required to complete the transaction.

The deadline to file a claim for the Charming Charlie settlement is Oct. 12, 2015. Learn more here.

7. MacKeeper

If you paid for MacKeeper software, you could get a full refund from a class-action settlement over allegations MacKeeper was deceptively advertised as being capable of enhancing an Apple computer’s speed, performance and security by detecting and eliminating harmful errors and threats.

According to the class-action lawsuit, MacKeeper actually identifies problems that don’t exist and generates false error messages to scare users into purchasing an upgrade.

If you purchased MacKeeper software before July 8, 2015, you have until Nov. 30, 2015 to file a claim. Learn more here.

Your Turn: Do you qualify for any of these class-action settlements? Let us know when you get your benefits!

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com.

Last month, I told you about seven class-action settlements you might qualify for.

Now, I’ll share seven more opportunities to get your hands on free stuff, from free children’s products to a payment of up to $500. All it takes is a few minutes to file a claim or update your address and see if you’re eligible.

If you made made a call to Howard Johnson’s reservations number, purchased a Peg Perego children’s riding vehicle or even if you simply bought fresh potatoes, you could claim free products or a cash payment. Let’s find out more now!

1. Howard Johnson Call Recording

Did you make a call to Howard Johnson’s reservation line while you were in California between Feb. 28, 2011 and March 23, 2012? If so, you may be able to file a claim and receive $140 or more from a class action settlement.

The settlement resolves a class-action lawsuit that alleges HoJo recorded phone calls without informing the caller, in violation of California law. The deadline to file a claim is Sept. 5, 2015. Find out more here.

2. Bank of America/Countrywide Lien Release

Are you a Georgia homeowner who recently paid off your mortgage?

Bank of America and Countrywide have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging they failed to provide homeowners who paid off their mortgages in full with a message of “satisfaction” or transfer of the lien within the timeframe required by Georgia law.

If you owned previously mortgaged property on Feb. 27, 2007 or April 1, 2015 and didn’t receive the required lien release documentation on time, you may be eligible to claim up to $500 from this class-action settlement.

You have to submit your claim by Aug. 24, 2015. Learn more.

3. Peg Perego Children’s Riding Vehicles

If you purchased a children’s riding vehicle made by Peg Perego with a label indicating it was “Made in the USA,” you may be able to claim free products from a class-action settlement!

The settlement resolves allegations Peg Perego included the “Made in the USA” label on its products even though they didn’t meet the standards required by law. If you submit a claim by Sept. 28, 2015, you could receive a free children’s safety vest, which is valued at $20.

To qualify for this settlement, you must have purchased the children’s riding vehicle between Aug. 11, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2014. Find out more.

4. Nationwide Anti-Theft Device Discount

Pennsylvanians who use Nationwide for their auto insurance may be entitled to cash benefits from a class-action settlement.

Allegedly, the insurance company failed to provide policyholders with an anti-theft device discount, even though they had passive anti-theft systems installed in their vehicles by the manufacturers.

Eligible policyholders will automatically receive a payment, which is estimated to be about 6% of the amount paid for the insurance premium. However, you must make sure your current address is on file, and return an address verification form by Sept. 30, 2015. Learn more here.

5. Fresh Potatoes

If you purchased fresh potatoes, did you know you could be able to claim cash from a class-action settlement?

The settlement resolves allegations of a price-fixing conspiracy in the potato industry.

To be eligible for benefits, you must have purchased fresh potatoes for your own use (not for resale) from retailers in Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont or Wisconsin between Oct. 14, 2004 and April 10, 2015. The deadline to file a claim is Oct. 16, 2015. Learn more.

6. ExamSoft Bar Exam

If you took the July 2014 Bar Exam and were affected by a program glitch with the ExamSoft testing software, you could claim up to $90 from a class-action settlement.

The settlement resolves allegations that test takers were unable to upload their answers and were therefore unable to complete the Bar Exam due to the program glitch.

The deadline to file a claim hasn’t been set yet, but it will likely be in November 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out! Find out more.

7. American Psychological Association Fees

Current and former members of the American Psychological Association (APA) who paid practice assessment fees to the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (APAPO) may be entitled to a full refund of the  fees.

These organizations allegedly misled members into believing these dues were required for APA membership, even though they were only actually required for APAPO membership. The deadline to file a claim is Oct. 12, 2015. Learn more.

If you think you qualify for any of these class-action settlements, don’t hesitate to file a claim!

Your Turn: Have you received money from any of these class-action settlements? Will you submit a claim?

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com.

Did you know that you might be owed money by major brands? There are a number of open class action lawsuits and it typically takes just a few minutes to file a claim. If your claim is approved, you could get receive a check, free products and other benefits.

In June, I wrote about eight class-action settlements whose deadlines are approaching soon. If you shopped at Target, BevMo or Walgreens, you may be eligible to join. Some of them are still accepting claims, so see if you qualify! This month, I’m back to let you know about seven more popular settlements.

1. Kettle Brand Chips

Did you purchase Kettle brand chips that were marked as “natural,” “non-GMO,” “nothing artificial,” “reduced fat” or something similar? If so, you could be entitled to a payment of up to $20 from a class-action settlement!

Unless you submit a claim for more than 10 products, you don’t even need to submit proof of purchase. If you have proof of purchase, though, you can claim benefits for up to 20 eligible Kettle brand products. The deadline to file a claim is August 1, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

2. Arm & Hammer “Natural” Deodorant

Many companies have been accused of capitalizing on consumers’ growing health-consciousness by falsely advertising products as “natural,” even when they contain artificial or synthetic ingredients. Church & Dwight Co. recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging it misled consumers by including the terms “Natural Deodorant” and “Natural Protection” on its Arm & Hammer Essentials deodorant, even though not all of the ingredients were natural.

If you purchased Arm & Hammer Essentials deodorant with the allegedly misleading label, you may be able to submit a claim for a $4 refund for each unit you purchased. The deadline to file a claim is September 2, 2015. Here’s where you can get more information.

3. PlayStation Network Data Breach

If you had a Sony PlayStation Network, Qriocity or Sony Online Entertainment account prior to May 15, 2011, you may have been affected by an unauthorized attack on some of Sony’s network platforms.

Sony has agreed to settle the data breach class-action lawsuit, and is offering a variety of benefits to eligible Class Members. Some of the benefits include virtual currency, free subscriptions, PS3 games or themes, or up to $2,500 reimbursement for theft-related charges. The deadline to file a claim is September 4, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

4. Ocwen, Assurant Force-Placed Insurance

Were you charged by Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC under a hazard, flood, flood-gap or wind insurance policy between January 1, 2008 and January 23, 2015? If so, you could be eligible for a cash payment or account credit from a class-action settlement.

Mortgage lender Ocwen and insurance giant Assurant Inc. have agreed to pay $140 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging they charged homeowners inflated premiums for insurance policies that were forced on the properties. The deadline to file a claim is September 9, 2015. Do you qualify? Find out here.

5. Chase Bank TCPA

Did you receive an automated call or text from Chase Bank on your cell phone that was either a collection call or was intended for someone else? If you received the call or text between July 1, 2008 and December 1, 2013, you may qualify for a cash payment from a class-action settlement.

Class Members who submit timely and valid claims will be eligible to receive up to $40 from the class-action settlement; however, that amount could increase depending on how many claims are filed. The claim filing deadline has been extended until September 10, 2015. Here’s where you can get more information.

6. Lenovo Ultrabook

If you own a Lenovo Ultrabook computer, you may be able to claim $100 in cash or a $250 certificate you can redeem for products on the Lenovo website.

The Lenovo settlement resolves a class-action lawsuit alleging the Ultrabook computers had a design defect that affected their ability to connect to Wi-Fi. Lenovo has also agreed to reimburse consumers for out-of-pocket expenses they incurred when trying to fix the connectivity issue. The deadline to file a claim is September 11, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

7. Transpacific Airlines

Have you traveled between the United States and Asia, Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Island since January 1, 2000? If so, you could be eligible to receive a cash payment.

Several airlines have agreed to settle class-action lawsuits that accused them of conspiring to fix the prices of airline tickets for travel between the United States and Asia/Oceania. The deadline to file a claim is September 19, 2015. Here’s where you can find more information.

Your Turn: Are you going to file a claim for any of these settlements?

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com.

Did you know that you may qualify for free cash from class-action settlements? In most cases, all it takes is just a few minutes to file a claim and you could receive benefits worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

In May, I told you about seven class-action settlements with quickly approaching claim-filing deadlines. Many of those deadlines are still open, so take a look to see if you qualify!

This month, I picked out eight more class-action settlements that I think you’ll be excited about, and organized them into four categories. Let’s take a look!

Data Breach Settlements

It seems like every time I check the news, I’m hearing about another data breach affecting retailers. Angry consumers have filed class-action lawsuits against these companies, and sometimes they result in settlements that offer money to the affected consumers.

1. Target

The highly publicized Target data breach during the 2013 Christmas shopping season led to dozens of class-acion lawsuits accusing the retailer of failing to protect shoppers’ personal information. Target denies any wrongdoing but agreed to a $10 million class-action settlement to resolve the litigation.

If you’re one of the 40 million customers who used a debit or credit card at a Target store between November 27 and December 18, 2013, or if you previously provided your contact information to Target, you may be eligible for a cash payment from the Target data breach settlement. Shoppers affected by the Target data breach may be eligible to make a claim for up to $10,000!

The deadline to file a claim is July 31, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

2. Vendini

Target is not the only company to settle with consumers following a data breach. Ticket seller Vendini Inc. has also agreed to offer up to $3,000 to eligible claimants as part of a $3 million class-action settlement over claims it failed to protect customers’ sensitive data. Vendini offers online ticketing services for college athletic programs, PGA golf tournaments, performing arts centers, speedways, concerts, festivals and more.

If your personal identification information resided on Vendini’s computer network services prior to April 25, 2013, you have until July 25, 2015 to submit a claim for benefits. Here’s where you can find more information.

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Violations

Did you know that receiving unwanted cell phone calls and text messages from companies is against the law if you did not give them prior express permission to contact you?

Violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act carry stiff penalties, and TCPA class-action settlements often pay out big time to consumers. Walgreens and Life Time Fitness have both agreed to settle allegations they made cell phone calls in violation of the TCPA.

3. Walgreens

Did you receive an automated cell phone call from Walgreens notifying you that it was time for a prescription to be refilled? If so, you could be eligible to claim part of the $11 million settlement fund.

The amount you could receive from this class-action settlement depends on how many people file claims by July 22, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

4. Life Time Fitness

If you received one or more text messages on your cell phone from Life Time Fitness between January 1, 2014 and April 15, 2014, you can claim a cash award of $100, or choose a Life Time Fitness membership award.

The July 6, 2015 claim-filing deadline is coming soon, so find out if you qualify now!

Deceptive Marketing

Sometimes companies offer promotions that really are too good to be true. That’s where class-action lawsuits can help. Capital One and BevMo have settled allegations they lured customers with deceptive promotions.

5. Capital One

If you used a 0% Access Check or No Hassle Check on your Capital One credit card between August 1, 2008 and January 2, 2015, you may be entitled to free money! Capital One reached a settlement over allegations it misled consumers about the fees associated with the checks.

Submit your claim by July 1, 2015 to claim up to $5.50 in cash. Here’s where you can find more information.

6. BevMo

Are you a ClubBev member who purchased wine at a BevMo “5 Cent Sale” between October 9, 2005 and February 9, 2010? If so, you may be entitled to discount coupons from a class-action settlement over allegations BevMo tricked consumers into thinking they were getting a bigger discount than they really received.

Make sure you don’t miss out on these coupons by ensuring your email address is correct by July 27, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

Car Trouble

It seems like car makers are always in the news for something these days. Hyundai and Honda recently agreed to provide benefits to consumers whose vehicles may not perform as advertised.

7. Hyundai

Hyundai has taken heat for allegedly misrepresenting the fuel economy on some of its vehicles, and the car maker has agreed to settle the allegations. Class Members must file a claim by July 6, 2015 to be eligible for an up-front lump sum payment (potential average payment of $353), gas cards or additional compensation. Here’s where you can get more information.

8. Honda

Some Honda CR-Vs are equipped with defective door locks, according to a class-action lawsuit. Owners and lessees of certain CR-V models can submit a claim for replacement of the allegedly defective part. Those who already paid out-of-pocket expenses to have the part replaced may submit a claim for reimbursement.

The deadline to file a claim is July 6, 2015, so act quickly! Here’s where you can learn more.

Whew! That’s it for now. Be sure to check in next month to find out what you can claim from other class action settlements.

Your Turn: Are you eligible to claim rewards from any of these settlements?

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com.


Looking to make easy money? Submitting claims to open class-action settlements can help you get free cash, products and other benefits with minimal effort on your end. The average claim takes less than 10 minutes to complete, but can reap rewards of $50, $100 or more.

Last month, I told you about six class-action settlements you might be eligible to join if you’ve purchased certain products from big companies like Verizon Wireless and Rue La La.

This month, I’m back with seven more settlements you may be eligible to join. If you’ve paid for any of these products or services in the specified time frames, hurry -- these settlements will close soon, so submit your claim now!

1. Kirin Ichiban Beer

Thirsting for a cold Japanese brew? You might want to skip Kirin Ichiban beer, which is actually made in Virginia.

This distinction may not bother most people, but others who were craving an authentic Japanese-made beer sued Anheuser-Busch for using misleading packaging that gave the false impression that Kirin is brewed in Japan.

If you purchased Kirin beer between October 25, 2009 and December 17, 2014, you can receive up to $50 with proof of purchase or $12 without proof from the class-action settlement if you file a claim by June 15, 2015. Here’s where you can find more information.

2. Tween Brands Justice Store

If you shopped at an Ohio Tween Brands Justice store between July 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014, you may be able to collect money from a settlement involving false sale prices.

The class action lawsuit accuses the popular “tween” girl clothing retailer of misleading customers into believing they were purchasing items that were “40% off,” even though the “sale” price actually reflected the regular price.

Submitting store receipts from this time period will help you receive a refund of 20% of your total purchases, minus any returns. If you don’t have your receipts, you can choose between a $12 cash award or a 40%-off coupon.

The deadline to file a claim is June 8, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

3. Excelsior College Nursing Exam

Did you take a nursing exam at Excelsior College and fail? A cool $200 may help soften the blow.

That’s how much money current and former nursing students can claim for each time they failed the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination at Excelsior College between February 19, 2011 and March 5, 2015.

Why? Because according to a class-action lawsuit, the college’s distance learning nursing program “was devoid of any education” and failed to prepare students to pass the final nursing exam.

The deadline to file a claim is June 14, 2015. Here’s where you can find more information.

4. TracFone Data Throttling

The nation’s largest prepaid wireless service provider, TracFone Wireless Inc., has agreed to pay $40 million in refunds to consumers as part of a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.

The settlement resolves claims that TracFone falsely promoted its data plans as  “unlimited,” only to throttle data transfer speeds when customers exceeded certain limits. Some customers allegedly experienced a 60-90% reduction in data service during these throttling sessions.

You can receive a cash refund if you purchased a Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile or Telcel America wireless service plan that was advertised to include “unlimited” data within the United States between July 24, 2009 and December 31, 2014, and you had your data usage slowed or suspended, or had all phone services terminated by TracFone before your service plan’s expiration date.

You must submit a claim no later than June 19, 2015. Here’s where to find more information.

5. Foogo Straw Bottle

Thermos LLC makes nifty reusable drinking bottles called “Foogo straw bottles” that are supposed to be “leak-proof.” Not true, according to a class-action lawsuit, which claims the bottles have a tendency to leak.

If you purchased a Foogo stainless steel vacuum-insulated straw bottle or a Foogo plastic straw bottle from January 1, 2007 through December 23, 2014, you can claim a cash payment of up to $8.50 or a free replacement bottle without submitting proof of purchase.

If you do submit proof of purchase with your claim, you can receive a full refund of your purchase price.

If you’re eligible, you must file a claim by June 22, 2015. Here’s where you can learn more.

6. FTC PlayStation Vita

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it deceptively advertised the “cross-platform gaming” and “cross-save” capabilities of its PlayStation Vita gaming feature.

If you purchased a PlayStation Vita prior to June 1, 2012 and did not return the device for a full refund, you can file a claim to receive either a check (or PSN account credit) worth $25 or a merchandise voucher that has a retail value of $50 or more.

You must submit your claim by June 30, 2015. Here’s where to get more information.

7. T-Mobile Premium SMS Text Message Refund Program

T-Mobile has implemented a refund program for current and former customers who incurred unauthorized charges for third-party premium SMS (text message) services.

These services included monthly subscriptions to text messages containing sports scores, weather information, horoscopes or jokes.

T-Mobile has since discontinued these services, but has agreed to issue a full refund or a flat $40 cash payment to customers who incurred unauthorized premium text message charges.

Although the claim filing deadline is not until June 30, 2015, some people have let us know they’ve already received payments from the T-Mobile refund program within a few weeks of filing their claims. If you think you’re eligible for this refund, here’s where you can learn more.

Your Turn: Are you going to file for your share of any of these class-action settlements?

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com.

Each year, the courts award millions of dollars in class-action settlements to consumers who purchased products or services that did not work as advertised. This free money is yours for the taking -- all you have to do is claim it.

Some of these settlements pay out less than $20. Others can pay $100 or more -- like the Apple iPhone/iPod warranty settlement, which provided payments of between $122 and $250 to consumers who said Apple improperly determined their devices had come into contact with water, or the Target data breach settlement, which could net affected individuals up to $10,000.

Did you miss out on the iPhone/iPod class-action settlement? Never fear. Each month, I’ll highlight settlements that are closing soon so you can grab your share of the pie before time runs out. If you’re curious about other suits you could join, check out my list of open class-action settlements.

Are you owed money for purchasing any of these products/services?

1. LinkedIn Password Hack

In 2012, Russian hackers broke into LinkedIn’s servers and stole the passwords of 6.5 million users, later posting the sensitive data on a public website.

Multiple class-action lawsuits accused LinkedIn of being responsible for the breach by using inadequate and outdated security programs that allowed hackers to “easily” crack the password encryptions.

If you paid for a LinkedIn Premium subscription at any time between March 15, 2006 and June 7, 2012, you may be eligible to claim up to $50 in compensation. The claim filing deadline is May 2, 2015. Find more information here.

2. Bosch/Siemens Front-Loading Washing Machines

Several consumers were fed up with foul odors coming from their washing machines, so they decided to sue BSH Home Appliances Corp. for selling defective and deceptively marketed Bosch and Siemens brand front-loading washing machines.

Plaintiffs alleged in the class-action lawsuit that the washing machines did not work as advertised, caused washed clothes to stink and were prone to mold and bacteria growth.

Anyone who purchased a 27” Bosch Nexxt, Bosch Vision or Siemens ultraSense front-loading washing machine for personal use can file a claim by May 29, 2015 to receive a $55 cash payment. Find more information here.

3. Verizon Wireless Family SharePlan

Verizon Wireless has reached a $36.7 million class-action settlement over allegations it improperly billed some of its Family SharePlan customers between May 11, 2002 and May 10, 2006.

Current and former customers who received notice by mail or email of the settlement, and who do not exclude themselves, will automatically receive an equal portion of the settlement fund. (The actual amount of money you can receive cannot be determined until all claims are filed.) In addition, Verizon will provide these Class Members with 600 free minutes for domestic calls.

If you did not receive a notice but believe you are a Class Member, you must submit a claim form no later than April 29, 2015. Find more information here.

4. Alltel Early Termination Fee (ETF)

Arkansas plaintiff Peter Rosenow sued Alltel in 2006, alleging he was improperly charged a $200 early termination fee after he cancelled his Alltel service. His class-action lawsuit claims this fee was excessive and against state law.

Arkansas residents who paid an early termination fee to Alltel from February 15, 2001 through November 10, 2014 can claim $70 per line on which they paid the fee if they file a claim by May 5, 2015. Find more information here.

5. Wacoal iPants

Wacoal America Inc. sells “caffeinated” shapewear undergarments called iPants that are supposed to reduce cellulite and a person’s thigh measurements. Sounds too good to be true, right?

The Federal Trade Commission thinks so. It filed a complaint against the company that says these advertising claims simply aren’t true.

The agency has ordered the company to pay $1.3 million in refunds to consumers who purchased Wacoal iPants after January 2011. The amount of money you can receive will depend on the type and number of iPants products you purchased. The deadline to claim your refund is May 19, 2015. Find more information here.

6. Rue La La Voucher

Members-only shopping website Rue La La has reached a class-action settlement over allegations it sold gift certificates/vouchers on or before May 3, 2013 with deceptive and illegal expiration dates. As many as 7.5 million Rue La La members are estimated to be included in the settlement.

Are you eligible? Find out here, and be sure to submit your claim no later than May 12, 2015 to receive a refund of the purchase price you paid for all eligible Rue La La vouchers.

Your Turn: Have you ever received money from a class-action settlement? What was the product or service, and how much money did you get back?

Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com.