September Class Action Settlements Involve Kellogg, Shutterfly, Walmart and Kroger
Many class action lawsuit settlements have deadlines coming up in September, from brands like Kellogg’s and Shutterfly to Walmart and Kroger.
Read on to find out if you qualify to file a claim and get some cash.
Kellogg ‘Healthy’ Cereals $13M Class Action settlement
If you purchased “heart healthy” or “lightly sweetened” Kellogg breakfast cereals, you could be eligible to claim a share in a $13 million settlement.
The Class includes anyone in the United States who purchased one of the following products for household use between Aug. 29, 2012, and May 1, 2020:
- Kellogg’s Original Raisin Bran and Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch cereals in a package stating “heart healthy”
- Kellogg’s Smart Start Original Antioxidants cereal in a package stating “heart healthy” and/or “lightly sweetened”
- Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size (Original, Maple Brown Sugar, Strawberry, or Blueberry varieties), Big Bites (Original variety), Little Bites (Chocolate or Cinnamon Roll varieties), or Touch of Fruit in the Middle (Mixed Berry and Raspberry varieties) cereals in a package stating “lightly sweetened”
The plaintiff had alleged that while the products were advertised as being “lightly sweetened” or “heart healthy,” they actually contain large amounts of added sugar, making them unhealthy.
Each claimant will receive a different payment amount based on the number and type of covered products they purchased, but the estimated average award is expected to be about $16.09.
Claims in this settlement must be submitted by Sept. 7, 2021.
Minted Data Breach $5M Class Action Settlement
If your personal information was compromised during a May 2020 data breach at Minted, you may be eligible to claim about $43.
The Class is made up of all U.S. residents who had a Minted account, or who provided Minted with their name, address or other personal information via email, the Minted website or other online communication on or before June 27, 2020.
The Minted class action lawsuit accused the company of failing to take appropriate steps to safeguard consumer data stolen during the data breach.
Class Members who file a valid claim are expected to receive about $43, depending on how many claims are filed.
Claim forms must be submitted by Sept. 16, 2021.
Walmart Military Leave Pay $14M Class Action Settlement
Walmart employees who took short-term military leave may be eligible to participate in a $14 million class action settlement.
The Class includes all current and former employees who work or worked for Walmart at a location in a jurisdiction covered by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) — i.e., the United States and its territories — between Oct. 10, 2004, and Dec. 31, 2020, who took short-term military leave of 30 days or less in one or more years while they were employed with the company during that period, and who, during such leave, did not receive the regular wages or salary they would have earned had they continued to work their normal work schedules.
The plaintiff’s class action alleged Walmart violated USERRA by failing to provide fully paid leave for such employees.
Each Class Member submitting a valid claim form will receive a proportionate share of the settlement fund based on the amount of short-term military leave they took during a calendar year in which they worked at Walmart, compared to the amount identified on all Class Members’ claim forms.
The deadline to file a claim is Sept. 16, 2021.
Mowi USA Ducktrap Salmon $1.3M Class Action Settlement
Consumers who purchased Ducktrap River of Maine smoked salmon can claim as much as $25 without proof of purchase thanks to a $1.3 million class action settlement.
Anyone in the United States who purchased a covered Ducktrap River of Maine smoked Atlantic salmon product with packaging that included the phrases “sustainably sourced,” “all natural,” and/or “from Maine” between March 1, 2017, and May 13, 2021, is considered a Class Member.
The plaintiff alleged Mowi USA misled consumers by marketing the products as being sustainable and all natural, when in fact they are not from Maine, not sustainably sourced, and treated with artificial chemicals.
Each claimant will receive up to $2.50 for each package purchased. Without proof of purchase, these claims will be capped at 10 packages, for a total of $25. There is no limit for claims submitted with proof of purchase.
The claim deadline is Sept. 10, 2021.
Big Picture Loans Settles State Law, RICO Violation Claims for $8.7M
Online lender Big Picture Loans has agreed to an $8.7 million settlement benefiting certain borrowers.
The Class includes anyone who executed a loan agreement with Big Picture Loans or Castle Payday between June 22, 2013, and Dec. 20, 2019.
The plaintiffs had alleged Big Picture Loans and Castle Payday had made and collected loans with higher interest rates than legally allowed and lending to consumers without having a license, among other accusations.
Class Members’ payouts will depend on the total number of claims filed, the amount of interest the Class Member paid, and other factors.
File your claim by Sept. 10, 2021.
My Little Steamer Class Action Settlement
If you purchased a My Little Steamer Go Mini or Deluxe, you may be eligible to take part in a settlement over alleged product safety issues.
Anyone who purchased a Joy/JM-branded My Little Steamer between Jan. 1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2020, is eligible to make a claim.
Ingenious Designs allegedly violated consumer protection laws and became unjustly enriched by selling the unsafe products.
Awards will vary, but Class Members who file valid claims will be eligible to receive as much as the full purchase price of the steamer, depending on when the purchase was made and whether they have proof of purchase and destruction.
There is no claim form deadline for this settlement.
Shutterfly Illinois Biometric Privacy $6.75M Class Action Settlement
Certain Illinois consumers will benefit from a $6.75 million Shutterfly settlement resolving privacy-violation claims.
The Class is made up of Illinois residents who appear in a photograph maintained on Shutterfly at any time between June 11, 2014, and the date of final approval of the settlement, currently set for Sept. 8, 2021.
The plaintiff in a class action lawsuit alleged Shutterfly violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by obtaining, collecting and storing Class Members’ biometric data via facial recognition software without first obtaining consent.
No proof of purchase is necessary. Class Members who file a valid claim will depend on the number of claims filed.
Claim forms must be submitted by Sept. 14, 2021.
Washington Post Auto-Renew $6.8M Class Action Settlement
If you live in California and your subscription to The Washington Post (WaPo) renewed automatically, you may be able to claim part of a $6.8 million settlement.
The Class includes anyone who, from July 29, 2016, to and through April 1, 2021, enrolled in a digital WaPo subscription using a California billing address and who, during that same period, was charged and paid at least one automatic renewal fee in connection with the subscription.
The Washington Post was alleged to have violated California law by automatically renewing subscriptions and charging subscribers without providing the required disclosures or obtaining proper authorization.
Class Members will receive varying awards — depending on their subscription status and whether they file a claim — such as credits of $10 to $20 for free weeks of access or a cash payment.
Claims are due by Sept. 19, 2021.
Citronella Candles, Pest Foggers $3.6M Class Action Settlement
Consumers who purchased certain citronella candles and pest foggers may be eligible for a payment of up to $14 without proof of purchase as part of a $3.6 million settlement.
Anyone living in the United States who purchased any of the covered products for personal use between May 4, 2015, and June 7, 2021, is eligible to file a claim.
The plaintiffs filed their class action lawsuit against United Industries Corp., maker of Cutter, Repel, Black Flag, and other bands, alleging they marketed the products using misleading claims about the products’ efficacy.
Class Members who can submit proof of purchase will be eligible for a full refund of their purchase price for up to six units. Those without proof may claim $7 for up to two units, for a maximum total of $14. Final amounts may be adjusted depending on the number of claims filed.
The deadline to file a claim in this settlement is Sept. 20, 2021.
Kroger Bread Crumbs $780K False Advertising Class Action Settlement
If you live in California and bought Kroger bread crumbs, you may be able to make a claim in a class action settlement resolving claims of false advertising.
The Class includes all California residents who purchased Kroger Bread Crumbs in California between Jan.1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2015, for personal or household use and not for resale or distribution.
The grocery chain falsely advertised the product as having “0g Trans Fat,” according to a class action lawsuit.
Those who submit a claim without providing proof of purchase can claim an estimated $17.50, while those who can provide receipts may claim up to $100.Claims must be filed by Sept. 20, 2021.