Class-Action Settlement Alert: Zara Shoppers Could Get $100 (or More)

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There’s nothing better than getting paid for things you’ve already purchased.

I can attest to this, as a happy recipient of $44.08 from a Kashi class-action settlement I forgot I’d joined, 17 vouchers for free pairs of tickets from a Ticketmaster class-action settlement, and countless other class-action freebies over the years.

If you’ve shopped at Zara in the U.S., you, too, can reap the rewards of our legal system. You may be entitled to up to $100 — but you have to act fast.

What You Need to Know About the Zara Class-Action Settlement

The retailer recently reached a settlement in the class-action lawsuit Tsang v. Zara USA, Inc., which claimed it violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) by printing the first six digits of customers’ credit and debit card numbers on its receipts. (FACTA only allows retailers to print the last five digits to prevent identify theft.)

As a result, Zara USA has agreed to provide all Class Members up to $100 per eligible transaction — which means if you’ve made multiple eligible transactions, you could potentially be awarded several times over.

But the clock is ticking. You have until September 26, 2016 to submit a claim, so if you suspect you’re eligible, now’s the time to stake that claim.

Are You Eligible for a Payout?

If you made an in-store purchase at any Zara store in the U.S. between April 28, 2015, and July 1, 2015, you may be a class member.

You must have made your purchase with a credit card or a debit card used as a credit card (in other words, without a PIN).

You also must have received an electronically printed receipt at the point of sale that listed the first six digits of your card. But don’t worry about scrambling to find that receipt; it’s not necessary to submit a claim. All you need to provide is some basic information about your purchase (see below).

How to Get Your Money

If you’re eligible (or even if you think you might be eligible), head over here to submit your claim.

Apart from your personal contact information, you simply need to identify the Zara store you shopped at, the type of debit or credit card you used, and the last four digits of that card. If you have your receipt, you can also scan and upload it as further documentation, but that isn’t a requirement.

So, what are you waiting for? If you’re eligible, submit your claim now — you’ve got nothing to lose, and a potential $100 (or more) to gain.

Your Turn: Have you ever benefitted from a class-action settlement?

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

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