Canon, Sprint or Holiday Inn Might Owe You Money. Here’s How to Find Out
This month’s roundup of class-action settlements is pretty eclectic. If you recently bought anything from a computer monitor to a pool diving board to frozen waffles, you could be eligible to claim some free money!
Plus, five of the settlements I told you about last month are still accepting claims, so check them out to see whether you qualify.
Do any of these companies owe you money?
Did you purchase a Canon printer only to have it give you an “UO52 -- Print Head Error” message that made it inoperable? If so, you could be eligible for benefits from a class-action settlement.
This error message allegedly comes up after the warranty period has expired, and Canon supposedly refused to replace or repair the printer for free. According to the class-action lawsuit, it often cost more to repair the printer than to just buy a new one.
Class members can choose between a cash payment of up to $50 or a voucher valued at up to $75.
The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 7, 2015. Learn more here.
2. CRT Antitrust
If you purchased a cathode ray tube (CRT) product such as a television or computer monitor between March 1, 1995 and Nov. 25, 2007, you can submit a claim for a cash payment from a class-action settlement.
Only consumers who purchased the CRT products in one of 21 states are eligible for payment, so check it out now to see if you qualify! Even if you didn’t keep your receipts, you can still submit a claim for benefits (but you may be asked to provide proof of purchase at a later date).
Eligible claimants will likely receive a minimum cash payment of $25, though you could receive much more than that depending on the type and number of products you purchased.
The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 7, 2015. Find out more here.
3. Swimming Pool Companies
Did you know there was an alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the swimming pool products industry?
Pentair Water Pool & Spa Inc., Hayward Industries Inc. and Zodiac Pool Systems Inc. deny the allegations, but agreed to a class-action settlement that will provide benefits to consumers who purchased pool products such as chemicals, cleaners, filters, diving boards, heaters, pumps and pool liners.
The amount each claimant will receive depends on a number of factors, including the type of pool products purchased and the number of claims that are filed.
The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 11, 2015. Learn more here.
4. California Hotels
If you were in California, called a toll-free number and spoke to a representative of one of the following hotels between March 1, 2011 and July 18, 2012, you could be eligible to receive a maximum of $5,000 from a class-action settlement.
The eligible hotels are Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Priority Club Rewards, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo.
According to a class-action lawsuit, consumers who placed toll-free calls to inquire about hotel rates and reservations may have had their calls recorded without their knowledge or consent, in violation of California law.
Eligible claimants will likely receive $100 from the settlement, though it’s possible to receive up to $5,000 depending on the number of claims filed.
The claim filing deadline is Dec. 14, 2015. Find out more here.
Did you buy Van’s breakfast products labeled as “all natural”? If so, you might be eligible for compensation from a class-action settlement alleging these so-called natural products actually contained artificial or synthetic ingredients.
The settlement applies to a number of Van’s frozen breakfast products, including frozen waffles, pancakes, French toast sticks, waffle sticks, English muffins and muffin crowns.
If you purchased any of these products, you could claim up to $18 per household! The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 16, 2015. Learn more.
6. Asset Acceptance
Did you get a phone call from Asset Acceptance or someone acting on its behalf between April 17, 2009 and Sept. 4, 2014? If so, you might be entitled to a payment of up to $1,500 from a class-action settlement.
Asset Acceptance allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by using an automatic telephone dialing system, or artificial or recorded voice to contact consumers on their cell phones without their consent.
The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 28, 2015. Find out more.
If you’re a current or former Sprint customer who paid for unauthorized third-party premium SMS services such as ringtones, wallpapers and text message subscriptions to receive celebrity gossip and horoscopes, you can apply for a refund (if you didn’t already receive one).
If you’re a postpaid customer, you’re eligible for full refunds of unauthorized charges, and if you’re a prepaid customer, you can get a one-time refund of $7.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2015. Learn more here.
Your Turn: Do you qualify for any of these settlements? Let us know in the comments if you filed a claim -- and what you received!
Anne Bucher is the Managing Editor of TopClassActions.com