“Natural” is an increasingly overused term found on the labels of food, drinks and even hair care products.
Recently, I came across a TRESemme class-action lawsuit that accused the manufacturer of falsely labeling some of its shampoos and conditioners as “natural” when they allegedly contained several synthetic ingredients, including a chemical known to release formaldehyde. Gross!
I’ve purchased “TRESemme Naturals” shampoos and conditioners in the past, but of course I didn’t keep my receipts. That’s OK — I can still get up to $5 without a receipt as long as I submit a claim form by Oct. 24, 2016.
And it also only takes about two minutes to fill out the claim form online!
If this one doesn’t apply to you, don’t worry. Here are five other open settlements you might be eligible for:
1. Angie’s List Membership
If you paid for a membership to Angie’s List at any time since 2009, you could get $5, $10 or four months of free subscription to the online service from a class-action settlement.
The Angie’s List class-action lawsuit accused the subscription-based online review company of manipulating search results, contradicting its claim that “businesses do not pay” to be on “the List.”
To benefit from this settlement, you must submit a claim form no later than Nov. 15, 2016.
2. Synchrony Bank TCPA
Did Synchrony Bank call you on your cell phone without permission between 2008 and 2016? You could be entitled to a portion of this $7 million class-action settlement. The actual amount each person receives will ultimately depend on the number of valid claims filed.
Synchrony Bank (formerly known as GE Capital Retail Bank) was accused of using an automatic dialing system to place calls to U.S. residents regarding a bank account that did not belong to the call recipient.
The class-action lawsuit claimed that this act violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Synchrony decided to settle the allegations by establishing a $7 million settlement fund.
Those who want to receive a portion of this settlement need to file a claim by Nov. 14, 2016.
3. Shell Ski Free
Did you loyally fill up at Shell stations due to a “Ski Free” promotion? If so, then you could get up to $40 from this class-action settlement.
According to the lawsuit, Shell gas stations in California, Michigan, Oregon and Washington falsely advertised that customers could get a “free” ski lift ticket after purchasing 10 gallons of gas.
Instead, Shell consumers said they got a coupon for a “two for one” deal, not the advertised voucher good for a free lift ticket.
You don’t have to provide a proof of purchase, but you must fill out a claim form no later than Oct. 25, 2016.
4. Citizens Bank Robocalls
If you received a robocall from Citizens Bank, you could get an estimated $280 from a class-action settlement.
The $4.5 million Citizens Bank settlement resolves allegations the financial institution used an automatic telephone dialing system to call consumers in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
U.S. residents who received an unsolicited phone call from Citizens Bank between 2009 and 2015 must filed a claim form by Oct. 27, 2016, if they want a portion of the TCPA class-action settlement.
5. BMW MINI Cooper Water Pump
If you’ve ever owned or leased a BMW MINI Cooper, you could get up to $500 from a recently settled class-action lawsuit.
The settlement resolves claims that the water pump in certain MINI Coopers is defective and fails earlier than it should, resulting in engines overheating.
Class Members who own a MINI R55, R56, R57, R58, R59 or R60 vehicle made between October 2006 and November 2012 are included in this settlement and have until Oct. 21, 2016, to file a claim form.
BMW has agreed to pay for either the actual cost of the water pump or $500 in reimbursement.
Your turn: Let us know if you filed a claim for any of these settlements. We want to hear from you!
Melissa LaFreniere is the News Editor of TopClassActions.com