For the past month, I’ve been searching for new class-action settlements that could end up paying you in cash or free products!
If you’re interested in free money (I know you are), check to see if you qualify for these seven settlements.
It only takes a few minutes to file a claim — and the rewards are substantial! Let’s jump right in.
1. Midland Credit Management
Have you received annoying phone calls from the debt collection agency Midland Credit Management? If so, you could be eligible to receive a portion of Midland’s $15 million class-action settlement.
Midland Credit has settled allegations the company placed harassing robocalls to customers regarding debt without their consent.
Those called repeatedly by the debt agency are eligible for either a cash payout or debt forgiveness.
But you must file a claim no later than April 12, 2016.
You’ll need to include the phone number Midland called on the claim form, as well as the last four digits of your social security number to determine if you have an existing collection account that can be credited.
Find out more here.
2. Blue Buffalo Pet Food
If you purchased Blue Buffalo pet food within the last seven years, you could receive up to $200 in reimbursement!
Blue Buffalo agreed to pay $32 million to settle allegations its “True Blue Promise” isn’t as “natural” as it claims.
Former Blue Buffalo customers, as well as rival pet food maker Nestle Purina, said several investigations found poultry byproducts, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives within the pet food ingredients, though the label says those ingredients are not included.
Customers who have their receipts can claim up to $200, but Blue Buffalo consumers without receipts can still get up to $10!
The deadline to file a claim is April 14, 2016.
Click here for more details.
3. Tom’s of Maine
Did you buy Tom’s of Maine personal care items like toothpaste, deodorant or soap?
You could be owed $28!
Tom’s of Maine set up a $4.5 million settlement fund in order to partially reimburse customers for the “natural” beauty products allegedly containing chemical ingredients.
You don’t have to provide a receipt, but you must fill out a claim form by May 7, 2016.
Learn more here!
4. Gogo InFlight Wi-Fi
Airline travelers who paid for Gogo Internet during their flight could be eligible for six one-day passes, plus a one-hour pass, thanks to a recent settlement.
Wi-Fi customers filed a class action against Gogo after claiming they were tricked into signing up for an automatic monthly renewal of the in-flight internet.
Airline travelers said they believed they were only being charged for a single month, but found out otherwise on their credit card statements.
No proof of purchase is required to receive the passes but you must submit a claim form by Aug. 4, 2016.
Check out the settlement here.
Are you still hanging on to a RadioShack gift card? If so, you could receive the entire remaining balance in cash!
There are nearly $46 million worth of unused RadioShack gift cards. Under the terms of its bankruptcy plan, the defunct electronics store MUST exchange them for cash.
You don’t need to know your gift card balance to file a claim, but to get the cash you’re owed, you have to file a claim by Dec. 2, 2016.
Click here for more information.
6. VW and Audi Goodwill Package
Do you own a Volkswagen or Audi vehicle?
If it was named in the recent diesel emissions scandal, you may be able to receive a $500 VW or Audi Prepaid Visa Loyalty Card, a $500 Volkswagen or Audi Dealership Card and 24-hour Roadside Assistance for three years — at no charge.
Some car owners are worried if they accept the “goodwill package” they won’t be able to sue VW later on.
However, VW spokesperson Jeannine Ginivan said those affected by the emissions scandal won’t be required to sign anything forcing them to give up their legal rights.
To get your $500 Prepaid Visa Card, you must register by April 30, 2016.
7. Kenmore, KitchenAid or Whirlpool Dishwasher
If you own a Kenmore, KitchenAid or Whirlpool dishwasher, you could receive a number of benefits including a cash rebate due to a recently settled class-action suit.
The settlement ends allegations Whirlpool manufactured dishwashers with a defective electronic control board that easily overheats, creating a fire hazard.
Dishwasher owners who file a valid claim can receive reimbursement for dishwasher repairs from the alleged defect, a cash rebate or a cash payment for future overheating events.
To receive full reimbursement for repairs, you’ll need to provide a copy of your receipt. If you can submit proof you made repairs, but it doesn’t show the amount paid, you’ll still receive $200.
If you replaced the dishwasher because of the defect and can provide a copy of the receipt, Whirlpool will reimburse the out-of-pocket costs — up to $300 for a Whirlpool, Kenmore or KitchenAid brand dishwasher, and up to $200 for a non-Whirlpool replacement dishwasher.
You must file a claim by June 2, 2016 to be eligible for benefits. Find out more here.
Whew! That’s it for now. Be sure to check in next month to find out about more class-action settlements.
Your Turn: Are you going to file a claim for any of these settlements?
Melissa LaFreniere is the News Editor at TopClassActions.com.