March Class Action Settlements Involve Toyota and Lexus, Apple, Synchrony Bank

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Several settlements have claim deadlines in March. Make sure to take action by the following dates in order to recover cash payments.

March 2023 Class Action Settlements

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Apple MacBook Butterfly Keyboard Defect $50M Class Action Settlement

Apple agreed to pay $10 million to put an end to allegations that certain MacBooks have a defective butterfly keyboard.

The settlement benefits consumers who purchased various Apple MacBook products sold from 2015 to 2019 and who obtained a keycap replacement or top case replacement within the first four years of ownership.

Apple users claim the defective MacBook butterfly keyboards caused sticking keys and could even result in total key failure. This issue forced users to pay for costly repairs despite Apple being aware of the issue and doing nothing to fix it, the class action lawsuit contends.

Consumers have until March 6, 2023, to file a valid claim form and recover compensation.

Toyota, Lexus Defective Fuel Pump Class Action Settlement

Toyota agreed to a class action settlement to resolve allegations that certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles have defective fuel pumps which can crack and degrade.

The settlement benefits current and former owners and lessees of various Toyota and Lexus vehicles covered by a recall, those equipped with Denso fuel pumps and special service campaign vehicles.

According to the car defect class action lawsuit, Toyota equipped certain vehicles under Toyota and Lexus brands with defective Denso fuel pumps. These pumps can allegedly crack and degrade under normal use, causing engines to stall or fail. Drivers say Toyota knew about the defect but failed to properly address the issue.

The deadline to file a claim with the settlement is 90 days after final judgment, estimated to be March 14, 2023.

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Synchrony Bank Pre-recorded calls $2.6M Class Action Settlement

Synchrony paid $2.6 million to resolve allegations that it called consumers about accounts they did not own in violation of federal telemarketing laws.

The settlement benefits consumers who received a call from Synchrony Bank that used an artificial or prerecorded voice regarding an account that did not belong to them since Oct. 16, 2020.

Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit claim that Synchrony violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by contacting consumers about accounts that did not belong to them. These calls allegedly used artificial or pre-recorded voices, meaning that Synchrony had to consent before calling consumers under TCPA rules.

In order to benefit from the settlement, consumers must submit a valid claim form by March 30, 2023.

Subaru Battery-Drain Class Action Settlement

Subaru agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to resolve claims its vehicles drain batteries much quicker than expected.

The settlement benefits current and former owners and lessees of 2015-2020 Outback, 2015-2020 Forester, 2015-2020 Legacy, 2015-2020 WRX and 2019-2020 Ascent vehicles, excluding drivers from Alaska or Hawaii.

Drivers in the case say Subaru vehicles cause premature battery draining due to defects that fail to support vehicle components when turned off. These defects allegedly continue even after drivers replace their batteries with similar models. According to the class action lawsuit, Subaru failed to resolve this issue or cover related expenses despite knowing about the problem.

In order to receive cash benefits, drivers must submit a valid claim form within 60 days of the effective date, estimated to be March 9, 2023.

Chumba Casino, Luckyland Slots $11.75M Class Action Lawsuit Settlement

VGW Malta agreed to pay $11.75 million to resolve claims that its Chumba Casino and Luckyland Slots virtual games violate Kentucky gambling laws.

The settlement benefits Kentucky residents who spent more than $5 through Chumba Casino or Luckyland Slots within a 24-hour period between March 17, 2017, and March 17, 2022.

According to plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, the two virtual gambling games allow consumers to purchase virtual currency they can use to gamble. Gamblers say that, because they paid real money for the in-game currency, the virtual games violate gambling laws in Kentucky.

The deadline to file a claim under the settlement is March 6, 2023.

Volkswagen and Audi Takata Airbags Defect $42M Class Action Settlement

Volkswagen agreed to a $42 million class action settlement to resolve claims that VW and Audi vehicles were equipped with defective Takata airbags.

The settlement benefits current and former owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles containing a Takata airbag from Feb. 9, 2016, to Nov. 10, 2021.

Takata airbags have been linked to deaths and injuries, resulting in a massive recall. Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit say they had to foot the bill for expenses related to these airbags in their Volkswagen and Audi vehicles, including repair costs. Drivers contend that Volkswagen was liable for these expenses due to the defective airbags equipped in its vehicles.

To receive settlement benefits, class members must submit a valid claim form by March 7, 2023.

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All-Clad ‘Dishwasher Safe’ False Advertising $4M Class Action Settlement

All-Clad agreed to pay $4 million to resolve claims its cookware can be damaged by dishwashing despite advertisements that claim the pans are “dishwasher safe.”

The settlement benefits consumers who purchased All-Clad D3, D5 or LTD cookware.

Despite advertisements that All-Clad cookware is “dishwasher safe,” the non-stick surface of the pans peels away after dishwashing, a class action lawsuit contends. In some cases, plaintiffs claim, the peeling surface left behind sharp edges which caused cuts and rendered the products unusable. Consumers argue that they wouldn’t have purchased the products or paid as much for the pans if they knew they were not dishwasher safe.

The deadline to submit a claim with the settlement is March 27, 2023.

Pluris Wedgefield Water Contamination $3.3M Class Action Settlement

Pluris Wedgefield agreed to a $3.3 million class action settlement to resolve allegations that it introduced dangerous water contaminants through its water treatment process.

The settlement benefits residential customers who paid for water through Pluris Wedgefield between April 12, 2016, and Dec. 29, 2022.

The water contamination class action lawsuit claims Pluris Wedgefield introduced various contaminants into drinking water when disinfecting the water. The contaminant levels in the water allegedly exceeded those allowed under federal and state law.

No claim form is required to benefit from the settlement. Consumers will automatically receive a payment.

California Ametek Waste Materials Contamination Class Action Settlement

Ametek agreed to a class action to put an end to a class action lawsuit that accused the company of exposing El Cajon, California, residents to toxic materials.

The settlement benefits individuals who either lived in El Cajon mobile home parks or attended the area’s elementary school between Jan. 1, 2016, and April 14, 2020.

Legal action against Ametek accused the company of disposing of toxic chemicals in an underground tank from the 1960s to 1980s. The tank allegedly contaminated the surrounding water and soil, exposing residents and students to dangerous toxins including a known carcinogen — trichloroethylene.

Affected consumers have until March 3, 2022, to apply for medical consultation benefits under the settlement by filing a valid claim form.