December Class Action Settlements Involve Anheuser-Busch, General Electric, DirecTV
Numerous settlements with companies such as General Electric, DirecTV and Ford Canada are accepting claims in December. By filling a claim with one of these settlements, you could recover compensation for false advertising, data breaches, price fixing, unsolicited phone calls and more.
December Class Action Settlements
Claims include data breaches, false advertising and unsolicited telemarketing calls.
Anheuser-Busch Ritas False Advertising Class Action Settlement
Anheuser-Busch agreed to a class action settlement to resolve claims that Ritas products don’t contain real tequila or wine.
The settlement benefits individuals who purchased any Ritas products (Lime-A-Rita, etc.) between Jan. 1, 2018, and July 19, 2022.
According to a class action lawsuit, Anheuser-Busch advertised its Ritas products as containing tequila, wine and other distilled liquors. In reality, the drinks are “just flavored beer,” the plaintiffs contend. Consumers say they wouldn’t have paid as much for the products if they knew the truth about Ritas ingredients.
In order to receive settlement benefits, class members must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 16, 2022.
General Electric Data Breach Class Action Settlement
General Electric (GE) agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to resolve claims it failed to properly address a 2020 data breach.
The settlement benefits consumers who received a notification that their information may have been compromised in the 2020 General Electric data breach.
The February 2020 data breach compromised employee names, addresses, Social Security numbers and other data held by Canon Business Process Services — one of General Electric’s third-party providers.
Plaintiffs in the GE data breach class action lawsuit claimed the company could have prevented the data breach through reasonable cybersecurity measures. The current and former employees affected by the breach pinpoint “elementary” security strategies as the source of the breach.
In order to receive settlement benefits, affected individuals must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 22, 2022.
Fairlife Milk Cow Mistreatment $21M Class Action Settlement
Fairlife and parent company Coca-Cola agreed to pay $21 million to resolve claims they mistreated cows despite dairy product labeling.
The settlement benefits consumers who purchased various Fairlife or Fair Oak Farms dairy products before April 27, 2022.
The class action lawsuit against Coca-Cola and other companies claims Fairlife and Fair Oak Farms products wrongfully promise consumers that dairy cows are treated with “the utmost care” and “extraordinary care and comfort.” In reality, dairy cows used by the brands allegedly face “horrific animal abuse.”
Consumers say they were deceived into paying a higher price for the dairy products based on false advertisements about cow treatment.
Consumers must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 27, 2022, in order to receive settlement benefits.
Broiler Chicken Price-Fixing $181M Class Action Settlement
Chicken processors including Tyson agreed to pay a total of $181 million to resolve claims they conspired to raise the price of chicken products.
The settlement benefits consumers of several states who indirectly purchased whole chicken, chicken breasts or wings from defendants between Jan. 1, 2009, and July 31, 2019.
According to the price-fixing class action lawsuit, Fieldale, George’s, Mar-Jac, Peco, Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson conspired to raise the price of their chicken products. As a result, indirect purchasers who purchased the products from retailers were allegedly forced to pay a higher price than they would have in a healthy, competitive market.
Claim forms for settlement benefits must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2022.
Zignature ‘Grain Free,’ ‘Chicken Free’ Pet Food $2M Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
Pets Global agreed to pay nearly $2 million to resolve claims that Zignature dog food is falsely labeled as “grain free” or “chicken free.”
The settlement benefits consumers who purchased Zignature pet food marketed as “grain free” or “chicken free” between June 2, 2017, and June 24, 2022.
Zignature pet food is allegedly marketed as “grain free” or “chicken free” despite third-party testing revealing the presence of grain and chicken in the brand’s pet food products. Consumers say Pets Global knew its products contained grain and chicken but chose to market Zignature pet food with false statements in order to charge a higher price.
Plaintiffs in the case argue that they wouldn’t have purchased the products or paid as much if they knew the truth.
The deadline to file a claim with the settlement is Dec. 21, 2022.
DirecTV Unsolicited Calls $17M Class Action Settlement
DirecTV agreed to pay $17 million to resolve claims it contacted consumers with unsolicited telemarketing calls.
The settlement benefits consumers who received phone calls from DirecTV or from debt collectors iQor Inc., Credit Management LP, AFNI Inc. or Enhanced Recovery Co. Inc. regarding a debt owed to DirecTV despite not being a DirecTV customer since Oct. 1, 2004.
According to the class action lawsuit, DirecTV and its debt collectors wrongfully contacted consumers with unsolicited telemarketing phone calls in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). These calls were allegedly placed to consumers who hadn’t ever had an account with DirecTV.
The class action lawsuit also claims the phone calls violated a 2005 agreement between DirecTV and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
In order to receive settlement benefits, consumers must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 19, 2022.
Electrolux Dryer Class Action Settlement
Electrolux agreed to a class action settlement to resolve claims that its dryers can catch on fire due to a buildup of lint in the machines.
The settlement benefits consumers who purchased various Electrolux freestanding clothes dryers between Jan. 1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2011.
Plaintiffs in the dryer class action lawsuit claim the Electrolux appliances are defective and can suffer from a buildup of lint during normal operations. This lint buildup can then catch on fire, consumers in the class action lawsuit contend. The Electrolux class action argues that customers wouldn’t have purchased the products if they knew the truth about the fire hazard.
In order to receive settlement benefits, class members must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 31, 2022.
Office of Personnel Management Data Breach $63M Class Action Settlement
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Peraton, an OPM contractor, agreed to a $63 million class action settlement to resolve claims surrounding several cyberattacks between 2013 and 2015.
The settlement benefits individuals who experienced losses in connection to the OPM data breaches in 2014 and 2015 and/or the Peraton data breaches in 2013 and 2014.
According to a data breach class action lawsuit, the OPM and Peraton failed to properly secure information about current and former employees and contractors working for the federal government. Lax cybersecurity allegedly led to several data breaches between 2013 and 2015 which compromised sensitive information.
In order to receive settlement benefits, class members must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 23, 2022.
Red Robin Stella Artois Serving Size $450K Class Action Settlement
Red Robin agreed to pay $450,000 to resolve claims it served Stella Artois in smaller containers than advertised.
The settlement benefits Red Robin Gourmet Burger and Brews customers who ordered and paid for a “small” size Stella Artois beer that was served in a Stella Artois chalice between June 25, 2017, and July 21, 2022.
Consumers in a Red Robin class action lawsuit claim that the burger chain served small-sized Stella Artois beers in a special Stella Artois chalice that was smaller than the volume promised. As a result, customers allegedly paid more than they should have for the volume of beer they received.
In order to receive settlement benefits, consumers must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 23, 2022.
Ford Canada, California Vehicle Dealers Antitrust $82M Class Action Settlement
Ford Canada agreed to pay $82 million to resolve claims it conspired with other consumers to prevent exporting of other vehicle brands.
The settlement benefits consumers who lived in California as of Nov. 15, 2010 and purchased or leased certain Acura, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Toyota or Volvo vehicles from a California dealer between Jan. 1, 2001, and April 30, 2003.
Ford Canada allegedly conspired with Volvo, General Motors, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and other manufacturers to prevent the exporting of vehicles from Canada to the United States.
According to plaintiffs in the case, the scheme resulted in lower supply in the U.S. and California, causing drivers to overpay when purchasing and leasing vehicles. Plaintiffs in the antitrust class action lawsuit argued these actions violated California’s Cartwright Act.
In order to receive a settlement payment, drivers must submit a valid claim form by Dec. 31, 2022.