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These 8 Class-Action Settlements Are Easier To Catch Than a Leprechaun
You won’t need the luck of the Irish to get your fair share of this month’s class-action settlements. Add some green to your pocket if you’ve paid for leaking windows, faux discounts on clothing or jukebox songs that never played.
Even if you don’t discover a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you might find a few dollars back on copper-laced clothing that didn’t magically heal your ailments as promised.
Behold, this month’s highlighted class-action settlements:
Chrysler Clutch Device
Owners of certain 2006 to 2007 Chrysler vehicles equipped with manual transmissions that include an allegedly faulty Stoneridge clutch safety interlock device could qualify for a free replacement part.
Class Members are those who own a qualifying Chrysler vehicle that uses a Stoneridge CSID built between Feb. 24, 2005 and Jan. 1, 2007.
The CSID is intended to keep the engine from starting unless the clutch is disengaged. The allegedly faulty CSIDs have a return spring that might fail due to metal fatigue, allowing the engine to start with the clutch engaged, which could cause the vehicle to lurch forward.
Stoneridge denies its CSIDs are defective but has agreed to provide qualifying class members with a free replacement CSID. The part is valued at $80. The settlement is for the part itself — installation is not included.
The deadline to submit a claim is Oct. 5, 2018.
Tommie Copper Athletic Clothing
Tommie Copper has agreed to a $700,000 class-action settlement regarding allegations the company’s copper-infused clothing does not relieve pain from arthritis or injury as promised.
Customers who bought a Tommie Copper product from April 11, 2011 to Dec. 19, 2017 could qualify for $10 per product if they can provide a receipt. Without a receipt, consumers may qualify for a $5 payment.
Class members who forgo a cash refund and use their settlement to purchase more Tommie Copper products will get a 40% enhancement bonus on top of the settlement amount.
Put the pedal to the metal to cash in on this Tommie Copper settlement because you must submit a claim by March 19, 2018.
Eddie Bauer California Call Recording
Eddie Bauer has agreed to a class-action settlement regarding allegations that the company violated California’s Invasion of Privacy Act by recording phone calls without permission.
If you were in California and had a telephone conversation with an Eddie Bauer representative that was recorded without your permission between July 1, 2014 and Jan. 13, 2015, you could be eligible for a portion of the $300,000 settlement.
California is a two-party state, which means all parties on a phone call must be aware the call is being recorded and grant permission to be recorded.
The amount each class member receives will depend on the number of valid claims received by the deadline of March 22, 2018.
Medicredit Unwanted Calls
You could be eligible for a portion of a $5 million class-action settlement Medicredit Inc. and NPAS Inc.have agreed to pay.
Medicredit and NPAS allegedly made unwanted pre-recorded collection calls to more than 600,000 consumers’ mobile phones using an automatic dialing system without the consumers’ consent, violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
TCPA prohibits the use of artificially made messages or pre-recorded messages and also doesn’t allow the use of an automatic dialer to call cell phones without prior consent.
Medicredit and NPAS deny liability but agreed to the settlement to avoid ongoing litigation.
Class members include anyone who received a call from Medicredit on their cell phone from July 2015 through October 2016 or from NPAS Inc. from April 2012 through October 2016.
The amount each class member receives depends on the number of valid claims received, but is estimated at $82 per payout. You’ll need to hurry, as you must file a claim by March 30, 2018.
Ann Taylor Fake Discounts
ANN Inc. has agreed to a $6.1 million settlement over allegations its Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet Stores misled consumers about the cost and quality of store merchandise.
Allegedly, clothing and other articles for sale in those stores were never sold in the regular Ann Taylor stores. The lawsuit went on to claim merchandise sold at Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet Stores were manufactured separately and exclusively for those retail outlets. If this is true, then the advertised discounts were based on fake original prices.
If you purchased merchandise from an Ann Taylor Factory or LOFT Outlet store that appeared to be discounted from an original price between May 5, 2012 and May 4, 2016, you could be eligible for a cash award valued at around $5 or a voucher worth approximately $12.
Ann Taylor denies the allegations but agreed to the settlement to avoid litigation.
You must file a claim by May 19, 2018.
TouchTunes Jukebox Skipped Songs
If you bought a song on a digital jukebox, and it never played, you could be eligible for a refund.
Class members are those whose songs were skipped by someone using a TouchTunes remote from May 30, 2010 through Oct. 31, 2012.
Each class member will receive one free play credit, but the delivery of the credit varies, depending on when the song was skipped. If your song was skipped between Nov. 30, 2010 and Oct 28, 2013, then you’ll automatically receive a credit. If your song was skipped before that date range, you must file a claim to receive your credit.
You must file a claim by June 21, 2018, and each claimant can receive only one credit, regardless of how many songs were skipped.
If your Windsor windows leaked, damaging the windows and the surrounding structures, you could qualify for up to $2,500.
Windsor denies its creations are faulty but agreed to settle a lawsuit comprised of 15 named plaintiffs who insisted Windsor Window Company and Woodgrain Millwork Inc. manufactured defective products.
Class members bought qualifying windows in the Pinnacle, Legend and Legend Hybrid lines manufactured between Jan. 1, 2000 and Jan. 5, 2018.
To qualify, class members must submit proof of damage to the window or surrounding structure by Jan. 15, 2019.
Cuisinart Food Processor Blades
If you own a Cuisinart food processor with a riveted blade, it could crack over time and leave portions of the blade in your food.
Conair Corporation recalled the blades in December 2016 and asked owners to immediately stop using the appliance’s primary chopping blade.
According to the class-action lawsuit, units have been unusable while customers wait on replacement blades that, in some cases, have taken more than six months to arrive.
Conair denies wrongdoing but has agreed to settle the case.
Class members are entitled to receive a replacement blade with a three-year warranty. In addition, those who did not receive a replacement blade by the applicable deadline are also eligible for a $15 check.
To be a part of this settlement, you must submit a claim form by Dec. 13, 2020.
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