As a mom of a tween and teen, I feel like I’m constantly at the grocery store. They’re growing a ton and eating just as much!
One thing I always look for is the word “natural” on labels. I want my kids to eat healthy so they can be healthy! And apparently, I’m not alone. More than half of all American consumers actively seek out a “natural” label, according to Consumer Reports.
That’s why I’m always disappointed when food manufacturers use the word “natural” as a marketing scheme but don’t deliver on their promise.
This month, I found a Blue Diamond settlement that resolves allegations that Almond Breeze milk and Nut Thins snack crackers were falsely advertised as “natural” when they contained synthetic ingredients. Do you know how many gallons of Almond Breeze milk I’ve purchased? I’m definitely filing a claim!
This month, I found a variety of settlements for my fellow Penny Hoarders.
1. BetterBody Coconut Oil
Did you buy BetterBody Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or Naturally Refined Coconut Oil in the last three years? If so, you could benefit from this class-action settlement.
The lawsuit claimed the company falsely advertised these products as “healthy,” which misled consumers.
If you purchased either of these products for household use, you can get $40 without proof of purchase or a full refund if you include a receipt with your claim.
The deadline to submit a claim for the BetterBody Coconut Oil class-action settlement is Jan. 20, 2017. So act fast!
2. Active.com Membership (California Only)
The Active Network agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the online sports enthusiasts website of automatically enrolling consumers in its Active Advantage program and charging their credit or debit cards accordingly.
Consumers use Active.com to sign up for recreational activities like races; for some events, it’s the only way to register. The class-action lawsuit alleged that Active.com charged consumers for an Active Advantage membership without their consent.
California residents who used Active.com and were automatically enrolled in a membership between 2010 and 2013 can get a full refund for any fees paid.
To benefit from this settlement, class members must file a claim form no later than Jan. 9, 2017.
3. Chase Credit Card Rewards Points
If you held a Chase credit card at any time in the past seven years but forfeited your rewards points when you closed the account, you may benefit from this settlement!
According to the lawsuit, Chase Bank engaged in a “ubiquitous, pervasive media marketing campaign” by offering rewards points that “never expire.”
Consumers were allegedly lured into the “relentless, omnipresent media campaign” and signed up for credit cards hoping to use their rewards points.
However, plaintiffs claim that the rewards points, which weren’t supposed to expire, were forfeited once they closed the account.
The $2 million settlement will be distributed among all class members who file a valid claim by Mar. 17, 2017.
4. RCN Telecom Services Unwanted Phone Calls
If you received an automated call from RCN Telecom Services between April 1, 2011, and Nov. 1, 2016, you could get up to $140 from a class-action settlement.
The lawsuit claimed RCN Telecom used a predictive dialer along with an robocall system to call individuals and collect alleged debts or for other “business reasons.”
However, many individuals who received those calls weren’t RCN customers; they simply had a former customer’s old cell phone number.
Class members must file a claim no later than March 15, 2017, if they want to benefit from this settlement.
5. Pocket Hose
Did you buy a Pocket Hose expandable garden hose between Jan. 31, 2014, and Nov. 4, 2016 ? If so, you may benefit from a false advertising class-action settlement.
According to the plaintiffs, Telebrands, the Pocket Hose’s manufacturer, made misleading statements about the durability of its products that were allegedly prone to leak or burst.
The settlement will pay up to $50 to consumers who submit proof of purchase. Those who file a claim no later than Feb. 10, 2017, without a receipt can get $7.
Your Turn: Will you claim any of these settlements? Let us know when you get your checks!
Melissa LaFreniere is the News Editor of TopClassActions.com