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Pokemon Go to Pay Out $1.6 Million and 6 More Summer Class-Actions

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A parade of Pikachus, the iconic Pokemon character, in a Yokohama, Japan shopping district in 2016. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP Photo


If you missed your creatures at the Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago last year, or if you paid too much for Monster HDMI cables at Best Buy, you could be eligible for cash from class-action settlements.

Hurry and complete the claim forms, though. These offers won’t hide under your bed, but they will expire soon!

Hustler Hollywood

Did you shop at a Hustler Hollywood between April 18, 2015, and Feb. 26, 2018? If so, check your receipt to see if you’re owed cash from this class-action settlement.

Several plaintiffs claim Hustler Hollywood adult entertainment stores violated federal law by providing receipts that contained more than the last five digits of their credit card account number and/or the card’s expiration date.

HH Entertainment, which owns the chain of stores where the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) violations allegedly occurred, admit no liability under the terms of the class-action settlement of $750,000 but have agreed to pay a class of consumers who received receipts that violated FACTA laws.

The amount of the award will be determined by the number of valid and timely claim forms received by the July 21, 2018 deadline.

For more information, and the claim form, click here.

A&B Insurance and Financial

A&B Insurance and Financial has agreed to settle a Telephone Consumer Protections Act (TCPA) class-action lawsuit for $4.25 million.

A&B Insurance and Financial was accused of violating federal law by having a third party call consumers’ cell phones by means of an autodialer or prerecorded messages.

The company is also accused of calling phone numbers listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.

Class members include consumers whose phone numbers were called without providing the company permission between Aug. 18, 2012, and April 26, 2017.

An estimated award of $85 is available to those who qualify by providing the phone number that received the allegedly illegal calls and completing a claim form by the July 9, 2018 deadline.

More information is available here.

Chase Bank

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People use Chase Bank ATMs in California. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

Chase Bank has reached an $11.5 million class-action settlement in a lawsuit that alleged the bank hurt credit card account holders’ credit scores and collected payment on debts that had been discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Top Class Actions defines the class as “all individuals (i) who maintained a credit card account with CBUSA; (ii) whose account CBUSA charged off and then sold to a debt buyer on or after Jan. 1, 2008, and (iii) who post-sale sought and obtained a discharge of the debt as a result of his/her bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code, through and including the date of the bankruptcy court’s preliminary approval of the settlement,” which was April 4, 2018.

Qualifying class members will receive a full refund of the amount paid on a discharged Chase Bank credit card account in addition to a share of the settlement award.

It’s easy to chase down the money owed to you. Simply complete a reimbursement claim form and a distribution claim form by July 18, 2018.

Click here to file a claim.

Best Buy, Monster Inc.

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Monster Inc. and Best Buy have reached a class-action settlement over allegations that they convinced consumers to buy a more expensive HDMI cable under false pretenses.

If you purchased a Monster HDMI cable advertised with a bandwidth exceeding 10.2 GPS in the U.S. between Aug. 25, 2011, and March 6, 2018, you could qualify to receive $10 to $35 in cash or store credit through this Best Buy class-action settlement.

HDMI cables included in this settlement are Monster’s Advanced High Speed, Ultimate High Speed, and Ultra High Speed.

Neither Monster nor Best Buy admit any liability, but agreed to the settlement.

Potential awards depend upon the type of cable purchased and if the consumer has a receipt.

Click here to follow proof of purchase instructions (where applicable) and complete the claim form by July 23, 2018.

Pokemon GO Fest

If you attended the Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, Illinois, in July 2017, but were unable to play Pokemon GO while you were there, you could qualify for a portion of a nearly $1.6 million class-action settlement.

Niantic Inc. allegedly advertised the Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago as a way to celebrate the game’s one-year anniversary.

The company’s marketing materials supposedly lured attendees with the promise of playing Pokemon GO with thousands of other players from throughout the world.

Plaintiffs allege technical issues and other interfering factors kept them from being able to play Pokemon GO while they were at the Pokemon GO Fest.

Niantic denies any wrongdoing, but agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit to avoid the risk and expense of further litigation.

Class members need to submit supporting documents related to airfare, lodging or car rental expenses in addition to completing a claim form.

If your Pokemon GO got up and went, click here for further information and to file a claim form by the July 24, 2018 deadline.

British Airways

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British Airways passenger planes sit at Heathrow Airport in London. /Frank Augstein/AP Photo

British Airways has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit regarding allegations that the airline illegally charged members of its frequent-flyer program a fuel surcharge fee.

Any U.S. resident and member of British Airways’ Executive Club frequent-flier program who redeemed frequent-flier miles for an award ticket between Nov. 9, 2006, and April 17, 2013, could be eligible for a cash payment or frequent-flyer points if you paid a British Airways-imposed fuel surcharge. British Airways members know its frequent-flier miles by the term Avios.

Payout amounts for the frequent-flier settlement are valued at $63 million, and the maximum of $27 million exists under the cash option.

British Airways allegedly based the fuel surcharges on the cost of fuel in an arbitrary year of 2003 or 2004, which allegedly is not permissible under English law.

The airline denies any wrongdoing, but agreed to settle the fuel surcharge class-action lawsuit to avoid the expense of ongoing litigation.

The potential award varies, but British Airways is automatically providing up to 2.2 billion Avios to active Executive Club members, who also could receive about 16.9% of the total fuel surcharges paid.

Class members must provide the unique ID number found on a settlement notice that was sent to them.

Click here to file a claim by the July 29, 2018 deadline.

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to a $2.25 million class-action settlement in a lawsuit alleging the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Lead plaintiffs alleged the bank used a robocaller with a prerecorded or artificial voice to contact hundreds of thousands of consumers to collect on mortgage and home equity line of credit accounts. They also claim they asked JPMorgan Chase to stop making the calls, but they continued.

JPMorgan Chase denies any wrongdoing, but agreed to settle the TCPA class-action lawsuit to avoid the risks and costs of ongoing litigation.

Class members will receive cash awards, and the company has agreed to disburse any unused settlement money to two non-profit organizations, Prosperity Now and New Media Rights.

Class members include anyone who received calls from JPMorgan Chase, or “any affiliate or agent acting on its behalf, to their cellular telephone through the use of an automatic telephone dialing system or a prerecorded or artificial voice between April 20, 2012, through March 16, 2018, regarding a mortgage or home equity line of credit account despite orally requesting, prior to the call, not to be called,” according to Top Class Actions.

The potential award will vary from $5 to $101, depending upon the number of valid claims submitted by the Aug. 13, 2018 deadline.

Class members must submit a W-9 form in addition to a claim form, which is available by clicking here.

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