April Class Action Settlements Involve Epic Games, Six Flags, Subaru and More
The deadlines for a number of class action settlements are approaching in April. Many of the settlements are open to consumers throughout the United States, including those with Epic Games, Golden Entertainment, and Spartan Race. Read on to find out if you are eligible to make a claim.
Major Class-Action Settlements for April 2021
Fortnite, Rocket League $26.5M Epic Games Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
Fortnite and Rocket League players can receive up to $50 cash or 1,000 in-game credits thanks to a $26.5 million settlement with Epic Games.
A class action lawsuit accused Epic of violating consumer protection laws and negligently misrepresenting the value of in-game items in Fortnite and Rocket League, among other things.
Anyone in the United States who, at any point between July 1, 2015, and Feb. 25, 2021, had a Fortnite or Rocket League account they used on any device, in any mode, and exchanged in-game virtual currency for an in-game benefit, or who purchased virtual currency or other in-game benefits for use within the games is eligible to make a claim.
Epic is depositing 1,000 V-Bucks, the virtual currency used in Fortnite, or 1,000 Rocket League Credits into Class Members’ accounts.
However, certain consumers may also file a claim for up to $50 in cash, 13,500 virtual game credits, and a partial refund of real-money purchases if the purchases were made by a minor without a guardian’s permission.
The deadline to file a claim is April 26, 2021.
Six Flags $450K Debit and Credit Card Receipt Privacy Class Action Settlement
Six Flags Entertainment, Great America, and other defendants will pay $450,000 in a settlement agreement that will provide certain parkgoers with up to $40 in cash and vouchers.
The nationwide Class includes anyone who visited a Six Flags theme or water park in the U.S. between Oct. 14, 2016, and Sept. 28, 2017, used a credit or debit card to make a purchase at the park, and received a printed receipt.
Plaintiffs in four class action lawsuits alleged Great America LLC violated federal law by printing more than the first five digits of credit and debit card numbers on receipts or by failing to hide card expiration dates on receipts.
The following parks are covered by this class action settlement (dates are inclusive):
- Six Flags Over Georgia: Oct. 14, 2016, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags Over Texas: February 25, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Hurricane Harbor Arlington: May 6, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- White Water Atlanta: May 13, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: Dec. 17, 2016, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags Magic Mountain & Hurricane Harbor Valencia: January 12, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- The Great Escape (and Hurricane Harbor) & Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark: May 13, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Hurricane Harbor Concord: June 12, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Nov. 19, 2016, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags Great Adventure & Hurricane Harbor New Jersey: April 1, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags Great America: April 16, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags New England: April 8, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags St. Louis: March 25, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
- Six Flags America: April 1, 2017, through Sept. 28, 2017
All U.S. season passholders or members who were season pass holders or members during the Class Period and visited at least one covered park during the Class Period and for whom the defendants have an email or physical address will automatically receive a $13 park voucher usable same as cash.
Others not fitting that description may submit a claim for a $13 voucher or up to $27 per transaction if they can provide proof.
Class Members who automatically receive a voucher may file a claim for a cash payment, but not for a second voucher.
Subaru Windshield Replacement Class Action Settlement
Current and former owners or lessees of certain 2015 and 2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy models are able to benefit from a settlement with the carmaker over a condition that allegedly can make the windshield susceptible to cracking.
The class is made up of all current and former owners and lessees of a 2015 Subaru Outback or Legacy with the All-Weather Package in the continental United States whose vehicles still have their original windshields, or who have paid out-of-pocket replacement costs for their original windshields that manifested a certain condition that may make the glass more susceptible to cracking but have not previously obtained reimbursement.
Current or former owners and lessees of certain 2016 Subaru Outback or Legacy models with the All-Weather Package in the continental United States whose vehicles still have their original windshields, or who have paid out-of-pocket replacement costs for their original windshields that manifested a certain condition that may make the glass more susceptible to cracking but have not previously obtained reimbursement are also part of the Class.
Owners of 2016 Legacy and Outback models should look at the last seven digits of their vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine whether they are eligible.
They are a Class Member if the VIN is lower than:
- G3011247 on a 2016 Legacy with EyeSight
- G3006359 on a 2016 Legacy without EyeSight
- G3222455 on a 2016 Outback with EyeSight
- G3210476 on a 2016 Outback without EyeSight
According to a class action lawsuit, Subaru sold the vehicles without disclosing they had a defect that caused the windshield to be more likely to develop cracks in or near the de-icer region following a minor impact to the glass, such as a rock hitting it.
Subaru is extending the warranty on the Class Vehicles’ original windshields to eight years and unlimited miles; each vehicle is limited to one free replacement of the original windshield.
Class Members who paid to have their original windshield replaced because of the above condition may be eligible for a reimbursement of that expense.
The claim deadline for the Subaru windshield settlement is April 23, 2021.
Golden Entertainment Phishing Attack Class Action Settlement
Customers, vendors, and current and former employees of gaming company Golden Entertainment may be able to claim up to $200 thanks to a class action lawsuit settlement related to a 2019 phishing attack.
Those who are eligible include all customers, vendors, and current and former employees of Golden Entertainment (NV) Inc. to whom Golden mailed notice that between May 30, 2019, and Oct. 6, 2019, it was the target of a cyberattack in which third parties sent phishing emails to Golden’s employees in the hopes of gaining access to its computer systems and might have resulted in unauthorized parties accessing personal information.
Golden Entertainment owns and operates casinos in Maryland and Nevada, and its gaming devices can be found in bars, truck stops, and stores in Montana and Nevada.
About 17,683 people are estimated to have potentially had their information compromised. This information included Social Security numbers, passport and driver’s license numbers, birthdates and other data.
To make a claim, Class Members must submit a claim form and documentation such as bank or credit card statements with the relevant charges circled and/or a proper attestation.
Class Members may claim up to three hours of time lost dealing with the phishing attack at a rate of $15 per hour. They also may make a claim for out-of-pocket expenses such as related bank fees and cellphone data charges.
In addition, Class Members are eligible for a year of free credit monitoring.
Safeway, Vons $2.3M Fair Credit Reporting Act Class Action Settlement
Current and former Safeway and Vons employees are eligible to benefit from a $2.3 million class action settlement.
Anyone who underwent a background check obtained by Safeway Inc. at any point between June 6, 2017, and Nov. 25, 2019, or by The Vons Companies Inc., including the banner or trade name Pavilions, Vons Sherman Oaks, Safeway Southern California and/or Safeway Leasing, between Feb. 20, 2018, and Nov. 25, 2019, is part of the Class.
Class Members each will receive an equal payment after court costs and other expenses are paid.
A class action lawsuit had accused the defendants of obtaining background checks on prospective employees, in violation of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws.
The FCRA says employers who pull credit reports on prospective employees must provide written notification as a standalone document. They also are required to inform the applicant that negative information on their credit report could result in them not getting the job.
Employers who decide not to hire someone based on information in a credit report are required to notify the candidate of the decision and provide a copy of the credit report.
The deadline to file a claim in the Safeway settlement is April 30, 2021.
Butter and Cheese National Milk Producers Federation $220M Class Action Settlement
Consumers who purchased butter or cheese from a National Milk Producers Federation Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program member may be eligible to claim compensation.
Even those who are unable to provide proof of purchase may be eligible to collect $5.
The $220 million settlement resolves claims the defendants attempted to limit the production of raw farm milk in an effort to reduce the number of dairy farmers in the market and generate price increases.
Consumers who are eligible to benefit from this settlement are divided into a Butter Subclass and a Cheese Subclass.
The Butter Subclass includes any person or entity in the U.S. who bought butter directly from a CWT member or its subsidiaries between Dec. 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013.
The Cheese Subclass consists of any person or entity in the U.S. who purchased cheese directly from a CWT member or its subsidiaries between Dec. 6, 2008, and July 31, 2013.
A list of all the CWT members is available on the settlement website.
Some of the products covered by the settlement also were sold to individual consumers at CWT co-op stores.
Claim forms have been mailed to Class Members. Alternatively, an online form is available.
The deadline to submit a claim is April 23, 2021.
Spartan Race Insurance Fees Class Action Settlement
Participants in the Spartan Race who paid racer insurance fees may be eligible to benefit from a class action settlement.
Anyone in the United States who, based on Spartan’s records, paid a $14 “Racer Insurance Fee” or “Insurance Fee” in connection with any race organized and sponsored by Spartan between Feb. 26, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2020, is eligible to file a claim.
A class action lawsuit claimed Spartan profited by retaining most of the money from these fees, which violates Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and Massachusetts’ Consumer Protection Law.
Class Members in the Spartan Race insurance settlement have options when it comes to their benefits.
Option one is a free four-month Spartan+ Membership Program membership, which typically costs $85 per year.
The second option is a $5 voucher, usable on any non-sale Spartan merchandise on the Spartan website, for each time the Class Member paid a racer insurance fee, up to a maximum of four vouchers.
Spartan also is changing the language on its marketing materials and in other places
Eligible Class Members should have received an email that contained a password needed to access the online claim form.
No date is listed as a claim form deadline, but objections and opt-out requests are due by April 7, 2021.
Connecticut Apartment Complex Mold $18.75M Class Action Settlement
Northland Investment Corp. has agreed to pay $18.75 million to settle claims from former tenants of an apartment complex in New Haven, Connecticut, who say they were displaced by mold.
The Class includes anyone who lived at the Church Street South apartment complex at any point between Dec. 19, 2013, and Dec. 19, 2016.
Eligible Class Members, of which there are estimated to be hundreds, will be able to claim a maximum of $20,000.
The Church Street South complex consisted of 301 apartments and was intended as housing for about 1,000 low-income adults and children.
The plaintiffs had claimed Northland allowed conditions at the complex to deteriorate by not spending what was necessary for repairs and maintenance, allegedly so the complex would eventually become uninhabitable so the company could raze it and build upscale housing.
Settlement Class Members can expect to receive $5,000, plus $3,000 for each year they were on the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rent rolls, beginning with December 2013 and rounded to the nearest whole year.
Claims must be submitted by April 15, 2021.
Hanna Andersson, Salesforce Data Breach $400k Class Action Settlement
Hanna Andersson and Salesforce have agreed to a $400,000 settlement over a 2019 data breach that allegedly compromised more than 200,000 Hanna Andersson customers’ personal data.
Any U.S. resident who made purchases on the Hanna website between Sept. 16, 2019, and Nov. 11, 2019, is eligible to file a claim.
A class action lawsuit had alleged Salesforce and Hanna Andersson failed to protect consumers’ information during the data breach in September and November 2019.
Hackers allegedly gained access to information such as customers’ payment card and billing address data.
Each Class Member is eligible to receive an award of up to $500, regardless of whether they had any unauthorized charges on their payment card.
The average payout is expected to be $38.
Some Class Members could receive payments of up to $5,000 in cases where there was fraud or rampant identity theft.
Class Members seeking a reimbursement award must first exhaust all available identity theft and credit monitoring insurance
Hanna Andersson also is required to implement stricter cybersecurity protocols.
Westdale Brentmoor Eviction Fees $1.5M Class Action Settlement
Property management company Westdale Brentmoor will pay $1.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed it illegally charged its tenants eviction fees.
Anyone who lived at a North Carolina property owned or managed by Westdale Brentmoor LLC, doing business as Brentmoor Apartments; Westdale Properties America I LP, also known as Westdale Properties America I Ltd.; and Westdale Asset Management LP, also known as Westdale Asset Management Ltd. is eligible to make a claim.
The class action lawsuit alleged the defendants unlawfully charged tenants complaint filing fees, attorneys’ fees, and sheriff service fees when filing eviction or ejection actions.
In addition, the defendants also allegedly wrote threats around the sixth of each month to all the tenants who had not made a full rent payment.
The settlement establishes two Classes.
The Collection Letter Class is made up of those who, at any point between Feb. 28, 2015, and June 25, 2018, resided in any of the North Carolina properties owned or managed by the defendants, and received a letter informing them they “would either be charged with Eviction Fees upon the filing of a summary ejectment action or that you owe Eviction Fees.”
The Eviction Fee Class is made up of anyone who, at any point during that same period, lived in any North Carolina properties owned or managed by the defendants and were charged and paid Eviction Fees. Eviction Fee Class Members also are part of the Collection Letter Class.
Collection Letter Class Members must file a claim form and are eligible for up to $50 if they certify they received a collection letter as described above. They also may receive up to $150 if they can certify they received a collection letter and provide the month and year in which the letter was received.
Eviction Fee Class Members do not need to file a claim form. They are eligible for about $485 for each time they paid eviction fees.
If an Eviction Fee Class Members wants to receive the Collection Letter Class benefits, they must submit a claim.