May Class Action Settlements Involve IKEA, AT&T, Subaru

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Consumers have the opportunity to file a claim with these settlements in May in order to recover compensation for false advertising, data breaches and other legal issues.

May 2023 Class Action Settlements

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IKEA FACTA Receipt Privacy $24.25M Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

IKEA agreed to pay $24.45 million to resolve claims that its stores printed recipients with too much payment card information.

The settlement benefits IKEA shoppers who used a debit or credit card at any IKEA retail store between Oct. 18, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2019, and who received a receipt from the transaction that displayed the first six and last four digits of their card number.

Plaintiffs in the receipt privacy class action lawsuit accused IKEA of violating the Fair and Accurate Transactions Act (FACTA) by printing excessive payment card information on receipts. FACTA only allows for the last five digits of a card number to appear on an electronically printed receipt and permits no expiration date information. IKEA allegedly printed far more than what is allowed under FACTA — the first six and last four digits of payment card numbers.

The deadline to submit a claim in the settlement is May 4, 2023.

AT&T Data Throttling FTC Settlement

AT&T agreed to pay $60 million to resolve claims from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it throttled “unlimited” data speeds and overcharged customers.

The settlement benefits consumers who had an unlimited data plan with AT&T between Oct. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2015, who experienced data speed throttling and who have not received a bill credit or refund for this issue

According to the FTC, AT&T intentionally throttled data speeds to the point that cellular data on the network was impossible to use. While throttling data speeds, AT&T allegedly continued to promise “unlimited” data to its customers and charged them for higher speeds than they received.

The deadline to file a claim in the FTC refund is May 18, 2023.

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Experian, T-Mobile Data Breach $16M Class Action Settlement

Experian and T-Mobile agreed to a combined $16 million settlement to resolve several class action lawsuits surrounding a massive 2015 data breach.

The settlement benefits individuals whose personal information was compromised in the 2015 data breach involving Experian and T-Mobile.

The 2015 data breach compromised sensitive consumer information stored on Experian’s servers including Social Security numbers of T-Mobile customers. Following the data breach, 40 state attorneys general took legal action against the companies. According to these lawsuits, Experian and T-Mobile were negligent and failed to take reasonable measures to prevent a data breach.

In order to receive settlement benefits, consumers affected by the breach must file a valid claim form by May 6, 2023.

SmileDirectClub Telemarketing $2.95M Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

SmileDirectClub agreed to pay $2.95 million to resolve claims it sent consumers unsolicited spam texts in violation of Florida telemarketing laws.

The settlement benefits Florida residents who received a text message regarding SmileDirectClub between July 1, 2021, and Dec. 30, 2022.

According to the telemarketing class action lawsuit, SmileDirectClub bombarded consumers with spam texts advertising its services. Plaintiffs in the case say they never consented to receive these messages. Therefore, the texts allegedly violate Florida’s Telephone Solicitation Act.

The deadline to submit a claim in the settlement is May 10, 2023.

Wesson Oil False Advertising $3M Class Action Settlement

ConAgra Foods agreed to a $3 million class action settlement to resolve allegations that it falsely advertised Wesson oil as “natural” despite the products containing synthetic ingredients.

The settlement benefits residents of California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota and Texas who purchased Wesson oil products during various periods between Jan. 12, 2006, and July 1, 2017.

Wesson oil products are manufactured using genetically modified ingredients, according to a class action lawsuit. Despite this, ConAgra Foods allegedly marketed Wesson products as “natural.” Plaintiffs in the false advertising class action lawsuit say they wouldn’t have paid as much for the oils if they knew the truth.

In order to receive settlement benefits, consumers must submit a valid claim form by May 22, 2023.

Lufthansa COVID-19 Canceled Flights Class Action Settlement

Lufthansa agreed to pay up to $50 million to resolve claims it failed to refund passengers for flights canceled due to COVID-19.

The settlement benefits individuals who purchased tickets for a Lufthansa flight scheduled to fly between Jan. 1, 2020, and Aug. 16, 2021, whose flights were canceled.

Like many other airlines, Lufthansa was forced to cancel many flights during 2020 and 2021 due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although these cancellations are not inherently illegal, plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit claim the airline violated its policies by failing to provide timely refunds for canceled flights.

The deadline to submit a claim under the settlement is May 9, 2023.

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Subaru Battery Drain Class Action Settlement

Subaru agreed to a class action settlement to resolve claims that some of its vehicles are defective and drain batteries much faster than expected.

The settlement benefits current and former owners and lessees of 2015 to 2020 Outback, 2015 to 2020 Forester, 2015 to 2020 Legacy, 2015 to 2020 WRX and 2019 to 2020 Ascent vehicles. Consumers from Alaska and Hawaii are not included in the settlement.

Subaru vehicles allegedly continue to drain batteries when turned off, resulting in premature battery failure. The defect continues even when batteries are replaced, the class action lawsuit contends. Plaintiffs claim Subaru knew about the battery drain defect but failed to warn customers.

In order to receive settlement benefits, consumers must submit a valid claim form by May 8, 2023.


Frank Speech Spam Text $10M Class Action Settlement

Frank Speech, a conservative media company, agreed to a $10 million class action settlement to resolve claims that it violated Florida telemarketing laws with spam texts.

The settlement includes consumers who received one or more text messages by or on behalf of Frank Speech using the Text2Com platform between July 1, 2021, and Feb. 21, 2023.

Plaintiffs in the telemarketing class action lawsuit claim that Frank Speech contacted them with unsolicited text advertisements. These advertisements allegedly violated the Florida Telephone Solicitation Act because Frank Speech did not get consent before contacting consumers.

In order to receive settlement benefits, consumers must submit a valid claim form by May 12, 2023.