One of These 7 Companies Screw You Over? You Can Get Up to $750
It’s been a busy month for class-action settlements. This month, I tracked down seven new settlements that are accepting claims. From consumer goods to service disruptions, there’s a little bit of everything this month.
These seven companies are paying big in August. Will you file a claim?
1. Wild Planet, Sustainable Seas Canned Tuna
If you bought canned tuna under the Wild Planet or Sustainable Seas brand, you could get up to $29 from a class-action settlement. A 2015 lawsuit accused Wild Planet Foods Inc. of underfilling its cans of tuna below the 5 ounces listed on their labels.
According to the plaintiff, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tests of Wild Planet canned tuna found the contents were 30% less than the minimum weight required by federal standards.
Wild Planet denied the claims but agreed to pay $1.7 million to resolve the class-action lawsuit.
If you purchased Wild Planet or Sustainable Seas tuna between Nov. 5, 2011 and May 12, 2017 you’re eligible to file a claim. To benefit from this settlement, you have until Aug. 25, 2017 to file a claim form. You don’t need to submit proof of purchase to receive a payout, but you must confirm under penalty of perjury that all the information included on your claim form is correct.
If too many people file claims, the final payout may be lower than $29 per person.
2. JASON Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
The makers of JASON products will pay $1.1 million to settle allegations that it mislabeled some of its personal care items as free of sodium lauryl sulfate, which can cause skin irritation. If you purchased any of the following JASON products between Aug. 17, 2011 and June 2, 2017, you can get up to $40 from this class-action settlement:
- JASON Smoothing Coconut Body Wash
- JASON Volumizing Lavender Shampoo
- JASON Natural Product Long & Strong Jojoba Pure Natural Shampoo
- JASON Normalizing Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo
- JASON Dandruff Relief 2-in-1 Treatment Shampoo & Conditioner
You have until Sept. 18, 2017 to file a claim for this settlement. You don’t need proof of purchase, but if you can produce proof, you’ll be eligible for a higher settlement check.
Without a receipt, you can file a claim for $2 per JASON product purchased, up to $10. With proof of purchase, you can receive $8 per product, up to $40.
3. SoulCycle Classes
If you purchased SoulCycle classes that expired before you had a chance to use them, you could benefit from a class-action settlement.
A lawsuit claims that since SoulCycle requires customers to purchase cycling classes with expiration dates, they should be gift certificates under state and federal law. The lawsuit alleges that customers were not refunded for SoulCycle classes that went unused and expired. SoulCycle denied claims that its classes should be gift certificates, but it agreed to settle to avoid the ongoing cost and risk of litigation.
If you bought a SoulCycle class between Aug. 25, 2014 and Feb. 10, 2017 that went unused and expired can file a claim. You’re also eligible to file a claim if you’re a California resident who purchased a SoulCycle class from Feb. 1, 2012 through Feb. 10, 2017 and were unable to use it before the certificate expired.
If you purchased one SoulCycle class that went unused and expired, you’ll automatically have one class added to your existing SoulCycle account. If you purchased more than one SoulCycle class, you’ll automatically receive two classes on your SoulCycle account.
If you prefer a one-time cash payment instead of SoulCycle classes, you can file a cash claim form instead. SoulCycle has agreed to pay a total of $500,000 in cash payouts. You can receive up to $25 for one expired class or up to $50 for two expired classes. If the total payouts exceed the $500,000 SoulCycle agreed to pay, you’ll receive a pro rata payment.
You have until Sept. 11, 2017 to file a claim form.
4. Skeeter Snacks Nut Free “All Natural” Products
Skeeter Snacks LLC has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit stemming claiming that some of its all-natural products were misleading. The Skeeter Snacks lawsuit claims the company mislabeled various cookie and cracker products as natural when they actually contained non-natural, artificial or synthetic ingredients like anhydrous dextrose, lecithin, soy lecithin and cocoa processed with alkali.
If you purchased any of the following Skeeter Snacks in the U.S. between July 1, 2012 and June 29, 2017, you’re eligible for a payout:
- Chocolate Chip 8-ounce
- Cinnamon Grahams 10-ounce
- Chocolate Grahams 10-ounce
- Chocolate Chip 36-count, 1ounce
- Cinnamon Grahams 36-count, 1-ounce
- Chocolate Grahams 36-count, 1.2-ounce
- Cookie Variety 36-count
- Chocolate Chip Family Pack 8-count, 1-ounce
- Graham Variety Family Pack 8-count, 1-ounce
- Chocolate Chip Minis 4- or 3-pack, 8-ounce
- Double Chocolate Minis 4- or 3-pack, 8-ounce
- Cookie Variety 4- or 3-pack, 8-ounce
- Honey Grahams 4- or 3-pack, 10-ounce
- Shortbread 8-ounce
- Honey Graham 8-ounce
- Double Chocolate 8-ounce
If you can provide proof of purchase with your claim form, you’re eligible to receive a full refund for any of the covered products. Without proof of purchase, you can receive up to $3 as long as you file no later than the Aug. 28, 2017 deadline.
5. Neiman Marcus Data Breach
Neiman Marcus shoppers could get up to $100 from a data breach class-action settlement. If you made an in-store purchase at a Neiman Marcus Group retail location between July 16, 2013 and Jan. 10, 2014, you could benefit from a $1.6 million settlement.
A group of plaintiffs filed the lawsuit after Neiman Marcus announced its payment systems were subject to a data hack that potentially exposed shoppers’ credit and debit card information.
During the six-month class period, customers used more than 2 million payment cards at Neiman Marcus Group stores. The malware was not active the entire time, so the data breach only affected roughly 370,000 of the 2 million cards used during that time.
Other Neiman Marcus Group stores named in this class-action settlement include Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp and Last Call. According to the lawsuit, the breach only affected retail stores — it allegedly did not affect store restaurants or online purchases.
If you file a claim by Jan. 17, 2018, you can get up to $100. Depending on the number of qualifying claims, the actual payout may be less.
6. Rust-Oleum 2X Spray Paint
If you bought Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint products in the past six years, you could get up to $20 from this class-action settlement. A lawsuit claims Rust-Oleum falsely advertised certain spray paints as being able to give consumers twice the paint coverage.
If you purchased any of the following spray paints between Dec. 12, 2011 and May 30, 2017, you may qualify for a settlement:
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Spray Paint
- Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint
- Rust-Oleum PaintPlus Ultra Cover 2X Spray Paint
- Rust-Oleum American Accents Ultra Cover 2X Spray Paint
- Rust-Oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint
To benefit from the Rust-Oleum spray paint settlement, you must submit a claim form by Oct. 16, 2017. If you can submit a proof of purchase with your claim, you can get up to $20. If you cannot provide proof of purchase, you can claim $1 per can for up to three or six cans, depending on which benefit tier you select.
7. Green Dot Prepaid Debit Card, Walmart MoneyCard Service Disruption
If you were impacted by the longer-than-anticipated service disruption affecting Green Dot prepaid debit card and Walmart MoneyCard holders, you could get up to $750 from this settlement.
According to the class-action lawsuit, prepaid debit card holders were warned of a 12-hour service disruption on May 14, 2016 while Green Dot (who issues both cards) switched to a new processor. Instead of 12 hours of not being able to access their funds, consumers were allegedly unable to use their cards for several days.
The class-action lawsuit claims that during this time, some consumers were left without a way to pay for basic essentials, like food and household bills. Green Dot denied it was responsible for the allegations but agreed to settle the case to avoid ongoing litigation.
Users who “attempted to and were unable to use their Green Dot-issued, MasterCard-processed cards to access or spend their account funds from May 15, 2016 through May 22, 2016 as a result of the Service Disruption” are eligible to file a claim.
If you were affected by this outage, Green Dot will automatically issue a one-month maintenance-fee credit on your account.
There is also a cash element to this settlement. If you can provide documentation of financial loss incurred during the service disruption, you could get up to $750. If you don’t have documentation to prove financial loss, you can still get up to $100. If you wish to receive a cash payment from this settlement you must submit a claim by Dec. 2, 2017.
Melissa LaFreniere is the news editor of TopClassActions.com. This month she received a $10 check in the mail from the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, Nut Thins class-action settlement.