Do Wells Fargo and Walmart Owe You? 5 Class-Action Suits That Pay Big
A few years ago, I made the switch to natural household cleaners.
This came after watching my husband suffer an asthma attack in our home. I started wondering if the fumes from everyday cleaning sprays were making things worse for him.
I started looking in stores for the best chemical-free cleaners on the market. Method ended up being one of my favorite products, both for its claims of being “naturally derived” and “non-toxic,” and its price tag.
Like most customers, I rely on label claims when making purchases, and like most customers, I’ve found that I can’t always trust them.
The maker of Method is just one of the companies targeted in class-action settlements this week.
Let’s jump right in.
1. Method and Ecover “Natural” Products
Did you buy Method or Ecover cleaning or personal care products in the past seven years? If so, you could get $8 or more from a class-action settlement!
The class-action lawsuit filed last September challenged label claims on more than 50 Method and Ecover products.
According to the lawsuit, the manufacturer of these two brands advertised its products as “natural,” “naturally derived,” “hypo-allergenic,” “non-toxic,” “plant-derived,” “plant-based,” “mineral-based” or “bio-based,” but they actually contained synthetic ingredients.
A few of the items covered in the $2.8 million settlement include Method Laundry Detergent, Method All Purpose Cleaner Spray, Method Hand Wash and Method Hand Sanitizer.
The settlement covers purchases of Method and Ecover “natural” products made between Aug. 1, 2010, all the way until the upcoming deadline to file a claim, which is April 27, 2017. If you bought these items for household use (not for resale), or if you buy them before the deadline, you can file a claim for $1 per item for up to eight products without proof of purchase.
If you file a claim and include receipts, you can submit claims for all products you purchased.
Learn more about the settlement here.
2. Walmart and Sam’s Club Same-Sex Spouse Benefits
If you worked at Walmart or Sam’s Club at any time between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2013, and had a same-sex spouse, you could benefit from a $7.5 million class-action settlement.
A class-action lawsuit filed in July 2015 alleged the retail giant discriminated against employees by denying health care benefits to same-sex couples until a companywide policy change occurred Jan. 1, 2014.
Under the terms of the settlement, current and former Walmart employees can file either a short-form claim by March 20, 2017, or a long-form claim by April 18, 2017, to receive a portion of the settlement fund.
If you file a short form, you could get up to $5,000 per year, for a total of up to $15,000 for the affected period. This amount could vary depending on how much of the $7.5 million settlement fund is distributed to former and current employees who submit long-form claims.
If you’re filing a long-form claim, you must submit documentation with your claim that shows either the out-of-pocket health care costs your spouse incurred due to a lack of health insurance or proof of how much you paid to purchase health insurance for your spouse during the affected period. Long-form claims should result in full reimbursement.
Find out more here.
3. First Family Insurance TCPA
Did you get a telemarketing call from First Family Insurance since Oct. 24, 2010 — even though your number was on the National Do Not Call Registry? If so, you could get between $50 and $70 from this class-action settlement.
The First Family Insurance class-action lawsuit claims the company contacted people to offer them supplemental Medicare insurance, without checking to see if their numbers were listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.
The lawsuit alleges these calls violated federal law and were a nuisance to the call recipients.
First Family Insurance denies the allegations but agreed to pay $2.9 million to avoid further litigation.
If you want to benefit from this class action settlement, you must file a claim form by March 3, 2017.
Find out if you qualify here.
4. Wells Fargo Mortgage Fee
Was your home mortgage loan serviced by Wells Fargo between May 6, 2005 and July 1, 2010? If so, you could get $113 from this class-action settlement!
According to the lawsuit, Wells Fargo charged borrowers an inflated price for broker’s price opinions to make a profit.
Lenders use BPOs to establish the value of a home based on comparable properties. While they are allowed to charge for the cost of the BPOs, they cannot mark up the price to profit off the service.
Wells Fargo claims that all of its BPO fees complied with the law but agreed to pay $50 million to settle the suit.
More information is available here.
5. Home City Packaged Ice
Did you buy bagged ice at any time between Jan. 1, 2001 and March 6, 2008? If so, you could get $12 or more from a $2.7 million class-action settlement.
This settlement comes after nearly 10 years of litigation that accused the makers of packaged ice of engaging in a price-fixing scheme that artificially inflated ice prices.
If you purchased ice made by The Home City Ice Co., Arctic Glacier Inc., Arctic Glacier International Inc., Arctic Glacier Income Fund, Reddy Ice Corp., Reddy Ice Holdings Inc., or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, you may benefit from this settlement.
You can claim up to 12 bags of ice for $1 each without a receipt. If you can provide proof of purchase, you’ll get $2 for each package of ice over the initial 12.
To get a cash payment from this settlement, you must file a claim form by May 17, 2017.
Find out more here.
Your turn: Do any of these companies owe you money?
Melissa LaFreniere is the news editor of TopClassActions.com. She loves finding a good natural cleaner!