8 Class Action Lawsuits You May Be Eligible for This Fall
Your portion of millions of dollars could be just one click away.
Take a peek at these class-action settlements available from 3 Day Blinds, Pei Wei and American Airlines. Plus, if you found more air than Muddy Bears in your box of candy, we have a sweet deal for you.
P.F. Chang’s, Pei Wei Call Recording
If you live in California and called a P.F. Chang’s or Pei Wei customer service number and the call was recorded without your permission, you could be eligible for a portion of a $2.7 million class-action settlement.
Recording a phone call without the consent of all parties on the line is a violation of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.
Class members include those who made or received calls between March 1, 2016, and Sept. 20, 2017, and were not informed the call would be recorded.
Each class member is eligible to receive an estimated $150 per call.
File a claim by the Oct. 5, 2018, deadline.
Volkswagen, Audi Timing Chains
Customers who owned or leased Volkswagen (VW) or Audi vehicles with model years between 2008 and 2014 could be eligible to receive up to $6,500. The class-action settlement resolves allegations related to a defect in the timing chain tension systems.
Class members include customers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who owned or leased nearly 20 different models of VW and Audi vehicles.
The settlement covers repairing or replacing a timing chain or timing chain tensioner or the repair or replacement of an engine damaged by a timing belt chain or timing chain tensioner.
Don’t run out of time! File a claim by the Jan. 25, 2019, deadline.
Behr DeckOver Resurfacer
If you had barely done your deck over with Behr DeckOver resurfacer when the premium stain product began deteriorating, you could be eligible for a portion of a class-action settlement.
In the lawsuit, consumers said they paid more for Behr DeckOver because marketing materials promoted a longer-lasting product that required less upkeep compared to similar staining products.
Plaintiffs claim the resurfacer began to deteriorate just a few months after application.
Customers who bought or used the Behr DeckOver resurfacer stain between Sept. 1, 2012, and June 27, 2018, are eligible.
Behr admits no wrongdoing, but has agreed to pay class members who can provide proof of purchase. They will receive a refund for the DeckOver they purchased and for any repairs to the deck.
The amount per class member varies.
The deadline to file for a refund and any reimbursement for repairs is Feb. 27, 2019.
Taste of Nature Half-Empty Candy Boxes
Did you buy Cookie Dough Bites, Muddy Bears, Hello Kitty Treats or other packaged candy products from Taste of Nature Inc.? If so, you could be eligible for a portion of a slack-fill class-action settlement.
The lawsuit alleged some of the candy products were packaged in oversized cardboard containers that included an unlawful amount of empty space. Taste of Nature admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to the settlement.
If you purchased any Taste of Nature candies stored in cardboard boxes between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 18, 2018, you could receive up to $12.50 per household.
Class members are divided into two tiers as follows:
Tier 1: Includes class members who do not have valid proof of purchase. Tier 1 class members are entitled to a payment of 25 cents per product purchased for a maximum of four products (up to $1).
Tier 2: Includes class members who provide valid proof of purchase with their claim form. Tier 2 class members are entitled to a payment of 25 cents per documented purchase for a maximum of 50 units (up to $12.50).
Click here to see a complete list of covered candies and to file a claim by the Dec. 24, 2018, deadline.
3 Day Blinds Marketing Texts
If you received unwanted text messages from 3 Day Blinds, you could receive an estimated $45 under the terms of a class-action settlement.
3 Day Blinds allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by sending unsolicited marketing texts to cell phones from Oct. 27, 2013, to July 13, 2018.
Although 3 Day Blinds admitted no wrongdoing, the company agreed to comply with TCPA regulations and settle the lawsuit.
Class members include those who “received at least one text message advertisement on their cellular phone from, on behalf of or promoting 3 Day Blinds or its merchandise and did not provide 3 Day Blinds their consent to receive such messages.”
Each eligible claimant will need to provide a claim ID number and PIN number from the notice or the number of the cell phone that received the message.
Claims must be filed by Oct. 9, 2018.
TransPerfect Employee Data Breach
Current and former TransPerfect employees may be eligible for free identity theft protection and reimbursement because of a class-action settlement resulting from an alleged data breach.
Class-action lawsuit plaintiffs claim that TransPerfect failed to protect payroll information and W-2 data during a breach in January 2017.
TransPerfect admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to provide reimbursement and identity theft protection services through Experian for three years to class members.
Class members include “all current and former TransPerfect employees in the United States whose Form W-2 data and/or payroll information was compromised as a result of the data breach.”
Class members can receive Experian’s three-bureau credit monitoring and up to $4,000 reimbursement for costs related to the data breach.
The deadline to file a claim for the identity theft protection is Dec. 5, 2018; for reimbursement, the deadline is Feb. 10, 2021.
For more information and to file a claim, click here.
American Airlines Checked-Bag Fee
If you flew American Airlines any time between July 13, 2013, and June 7, 2018, you could be eligible for a cash refund.
American Airlines travelers who were charged checked baggage fees at odds with their confirmation email or the company’s baggage fee policies at the time could receive a refund between $18.75 and $200 plus interest for each mischarged fee.
A 100% refund will go to those who paid fees inconsistent with American Airlines policies; a 75 %refund is available to those who paid fees inconsistent with their confirmation emails.
Claims will be accepted through the Oct. 19, 2018, deadline.
Trans-Pacific Airlines Price-Fixing
If you bought a plane ticket between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 1, 2016, for a flight that began in the U.S. and flew to Asia or Oceania, you could be eligible for a portion of a $50 million class-action settlement.
In 2015, eight airlines agreed to pay almost $40 million to settle the Transpacific Passenger Air Transportation antitrust class-action lawsuit, including Air France, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Vietnam Airlines.
More recently, Air New Zealand, China Airlines, EVA Air and Philippine Airlines have agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit.
These four airlines have agreed to pay $49.9 million, with EVA agreeing to pay $21 million and China Airlines paying $19.5 million to bring the litigation to a close.
(All Nippon Airways remains the sole airline that has not yet agreed to settle the suit.)
Defendants in the lawsuit allegedly conspired to increase the costs of airfare and surcharges, artificially inflating their profits.
Class members include those who purchased flights from Air New Zealand, China Airlines, EVA Air or Philippine Airlines from Jan. 1, 2000, to Dec. 1, 2016. The flights must have included a segment that originated in the U.S. and flew to Asia or Oceania.
Class members are eligible to collect $8.50 per eligible ticket claimed.
Click here for more information and to file a claim by the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline.