Can You Cash In on Any of July’s Major Class-Action Settlements?

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Faulty technology and unsolicited phone calls dominate this month’s collection of class-action settlement offers. A smartphone that keeps rebooting, a tablet that won’t charge and a vehicle’s touchscreen that crashes are among the consumer complaints.

Nexus 6P Smartphone

If you purchased a Nexus 6P smartphone between Sept. 29, 2015 and May 3, 2019, you could be eligible to receive payment from a $9.75 million settlement.

Huawei and Google have agreed to the settlement regarding allegations the Nexus 6P was affected by two defects: a “bootloop” defect that caused it to randomly shut down and reboot, sometimes becoming stuck in the reboot cycle; and a “battery drain” defect that caused the smartphones to burn through battery power.

Those who bought the phone are eligible to receive between $5 and $400 depending upon the defects they experienced and whether or not documentation is provided. If a class member did not see any defects or if the defective smartphone was replaced with a Pixel XL, an award between $5 and $10 is available.

For a complete outline of eligibility requirements, click here and submit your claim by Sept. 3, 2019.

Whole Foods and Health-Ade Kombucha

 If you bought Health-Ade Kombucha drinks between March 6, 2014 and May 24, 2019, you could be eligible for a portion of a $4 million settlement.

Health-Ade and Whole Foods agreed to settle allegations that the beverages were mislabeled as non-alcoholic. Plaintiffs claimed the drinks contained more than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume, which would exceed the limit of non-alcoholic beverages according to federal law. 

The settlement pays up to $80 per claim with proof of purchase or up to $40 without proof of purchase at a rate of $4 per bottle.

For the complete menu of eligible products and a claim form, click here and submit your claim by Aug. 27, 2019.

Fingerhut Text Messages

Did you receive a text message from or on behalf of Fingerhut between March 14, 2012 and Oct. 15, 2018?

Fingerhut has agreed to a $5.25 million settlement to resolve allegations the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited text messages to consumers’ cell phones. The federal law protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, faxes and text messages.

Anyone who received a Fingerhut message with the number coded as a “wrong party” on an outbound call may qualify for a share of the settlement.

The amount each claimant will receive will be based upon the number of valid claims received by Aug. 29, 2019. For complete details and to file a claim, click here.

Sirius XM Unwanted Phone Calls

A $25 million class-action settlement has been reached with Sirius XM, which was accused of calling individuals on the National Do Not Call Registry or on the company’s internal Do Not Call List.

The calls allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 

Cash payments are estimated to be about $12 each, or claimants can choose to receive three months of free access to Sirius XM’s All Access Subscription package.

Click here for the full scoop and to, file a claim by the Oct. 8, 2019 deadline.

California Fossil Outlet Store Pricing

If you purchased any outlet-exclusive products at a Fossil outlet store in California between Sept. 13, 2013 and May 3, 2019, you could be eligible for part of a nearly $4.5 million class-action settlement.

The suit alleged certain Fossil outlet items contained a tag with deceptive comparative pricing. The plaintiffs claimed that the outlet merchandise was not sold at any retail locations at any price, which made the comparative price tags a false reference.

Under the terms, claimants may receive a voucher for $11 off any purchase. Those who receive a notice will automatically receive the coupon, but others will need to file a claim and submit a proof of purchase to receive the voucher.

Click here for more information and to submit your claim by Aug. 1, 2019.

Nabi Tablet Charging System

Children’s tablet maker Fuhu Inc. has declared bankruptcy, but consumers can still take advantage of a $3 million settlement alleging its Nabi tablets came with a defective charging system.

If you bought a Nabi 2, Nabi 2S, Nabi XD, Nabi Jr., Nabie Jr. S, or Nabi DreamTab, you could receive $10 per tablet, even if the tablet was not defective. Purchases of tablets that did have the charging defect are eligible for a $30 award.

In order to submit a valid claim, you must provide the control number or proof of the defect, tablet serial number, and email confirmation from Fuhu depicting online registration of the tablet or an itemized receipt that shows the model.

For complete details and to send in a claim form by the Aug. 20, 2019 deadline, click here.

MyFord Touch, MyLincoln Touch Infotainment Screens

If you bought or leased a vehicle equipped with MyFord Touch or MyLincoln Touch infotainment screens before Aug. 9, 2013, you could be eligible for part of a $17 million settlement.

Ford and Lincoln customers in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington are eligible for up to $400, depending upon repair costs. 

The suit alleged the touchscreen defects made it inoperable in some cases because the system would crash or freeze while the car was being driven. Drivers said their smartphones failed to connect and the navigation system provided incorrect or incomplete directions.

For complete details and to submit a valid claim by the Sept. 24, 2019 deadline, click here.

Savers Phone Call

If you received a phone call from Savers thrift store between July 2, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2015 asking you to make a donation on behalf of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, you could be eligible for a portion of a class-action settlement.

The lawsuit alleges Savers, through its contract with the Epilepsy Foundation, attempted to solicit donations for the foundation. The suit said Savers had its subsidiary, Apogee Retail LLC, call consumers without their consent.

Claimants may choose to receive either $75 worth of merchandise from any Savers or Value Village thrift store or receive a check for $25. 

To submit a claim by the Aug. 15, 2019 deadline, click here.