Do These 6 Companies Owe You Money? Here’s How to Find Out


Do you sign up for text ads from your favorite companies? Me too!

I actually love the convenience of getting coupon codes delivered right to my cell phone for deals like these:

  • $10 gift card with $50 grocery purchase at Target
  • Free small popcorn at AMC Theatres
  • 10% off my next order at Boto Sushi

But getting a text alert from a company I have no connection to is flat-out annoying!

Recently, I’ve received texts advertising random things, like cheap meds from Canada and Rack Room Shoes. I even got one from a real estate company that saw I was browsing its site.

Talk about invasive and unwanted!

The good news is there’s a federal law that protects consumers from robocalls and text spam — which brings us to the first class-action settlement in this month’s roundup.

1. GUESS Unwanted Texts

This month, as I searched for settlements to share with my fellow Penny Hoarders, I found a recent class-action lawsuit claiming clothing retailer GUESS sent texts without permission from the recipient.

If you received an unsolicited text message from GUESS between Oct. 16, 2013 and Nov. 8, 2016, you could get $15 cash or a $30 store voucher from this proposed class-action settlement!

The deadline to file a claim for the GUESS unwanted text settlement is March 10, 2017, so act fast!

2. Trump University Live Events

If you attended a Trump University Live Event between Jan. 1, 2007 and May 23, 2010, you could get a refund of approximately 50% of the seminar price.

This preliminary Trump University settlement resolves two class-action lawsuits and a civil suit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accusing President Donald J. Trump and his now-defunct Trump University of misleading customers with false statements about Trump University’s Live Events.

According to the lawsuits, Trump University promoted seminars to prospective students by telling them they would learn how to invest in real estate and obtain financial independence using Trump’s techniques. The suits claim students were told they would learn from instructors “hand-picked” by Trump himself.

Instead, plaintiffs say they were tricked into buying access to Trump University Live Events that ran “more like an infomercial, selling non-accredited products, such as sales workshops.” The suits allege “the representations were false because Trump had no substantive involvement in the selection of the Live Events instructors or the content of the Live Events.”

You must file a claim form by March 6, 2017. Find out if you qualify here.

3. Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Dryer

Conair has agreed to pay $5.4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claims Infiniti Pro hair dryers spontaneously catch fire due to several design defects.

If you bought a Conair 259 or 279 Infiniti Pro 1875-watt hair dryer in California between Aug. 15, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2016, or in New York between Aug. 15, 2010 and Aug. 31, 2016, you could get either $5 in cash or a replacement hair dryer, depending on the manufacturer of your device.

This settlement does not cover personal injury or property damages. That means if you file a claim, you won’t give up your right to pursue further litigation if you were hurt or your property was damaged as a result of the alleged defects.

If you’re seeking a refund or replacement from Conair, you must file a claim form no later than March 9, 2017.

Additional details are available here.

4. Toyota Rust-Prone Truck Frame

Some Toyota Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia owners can get a frame inspection, and possibly, a replacement worth up to $2,500 as the result of a recently settled class-action lawsuit.

According to the complaint, certain models have a defect that causes premature corrosion, leaving their frames unstable and unsafe.

If you own or lease a 2005-10 Toyota Tacoma, 2007-08 Toyota Tundra or 2005-08 Toyota Sequoia, you could receive a free replacement if your vehicle’s frame is inspected and found to be rusty once the settlement becomes final.

If you paid to replace the frame on one of these vehicles due to early signs of rust prior to Jan. 3, 2017, Toyota will reimburse you.

You must file a claim and provide supporting documents by June 26, 2017, to be part of the settlement.

More information is available here.

5. Chewable Fluoride Tablets

Did you buy chewable vitamins containing fluoride between Oct. 31, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2015? If so, you could get a share of a tentative $15.5 million class-action settlement.

Chewable vitamin brands Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Vintage Pharmaceuticals and Physicians Total Care were allegedly mislabeled as containing more fluoride than they actually had.

The class-action lawsuit alleges the tablets were labeled as containing 1 mg, 0.5 mg or 0.25 mg doses of fluoride. However, they consistently contained less than 50% of the amount listed on the label, according to the suit.

If you purchased these chewable fluoride tablets between 2007 and 2015, you could receive a to-be-determined portion of settlement funds if you file a claim by April 17, 2017.

Proof of purchase will be required only if you’re submitting a claim for more than $250.

Learn more about the settlement here.

6. JPMorgan Chase Robocalls

If you got a robocall from JPMorgan Chase & Co. in the past few years, you could get a share of this $3.75 million settlement.

A lawsuit accuses the banking giant of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by placing automated calls to cell phones without consent from recipients.

You could be eligible for a payout of $45 to $75 if you received an unwanted call from Chase between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 22, 2016.

You must submit a claim form by March 21, 2017. More information is available here.

Your Turn: Do any of these companies owe you money?

Melissa LaFreniere is the news editor of She LOVES getting text advertisements for sushi, AMC popcorn and Target!