17 Class Action Lawsuits Settlements from 2017 You May Be Entitled To

Kanvi

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Don’t miss out! You might be entitled to settlements from these class action suits.

I’m going to talk about class action lawsuits, but don’t worry; this won’t be a scary article. Most people tend to tense up when the word “lawsuit” is brought up, but I’ll be writing how verdicts on class action lawsuits that benefit you! And no, you don’t even have to wear a tie or go to court to benefit.

Below is a list of recent class action lawsuits, which might entitle you to rebates or settlements. Companies give out tons of these things a year as settlement, so it’s time for you to check if you’re eligible.

Before you jump in, let’s talk about class action lawsuits for a bit.

What’s a class action lawsuit?

I’m not a lawyer, so I won’t get into the legal nitty-gritty, but basically, a class action lawsuit is a type of lawsuit where a single person or entity represents a large group of people.

Let’s say large corporation releases a defective product that potentially affects millions of people. You can’t have millions of people cramming into a courtroom, so a single representative of that group goes to court.

Think of these as bonuses or rebates. If eligible, you fill out a form and wait for that free money to come.

Managing your expectations

Now, it’s exciting to learn that you’re eligible for something. But don’t expect multi-million payouts from the cases listed here. And besides, larger settlements are tied to bigger tragedies… and who would want that?

Top Class Action Settlements for 2017

With expectations set, time to check out our list of recent class action settlements. These were for last year, but they should still be valid.

1. WEN Hair Care

Qualified persons: If you bought or tried out specific WEN products from November 1, 2007, up to September 19, 2016.

Settlement amount: $26,250,000
Potential payout: $25
Deadline for filing claims: April 28, 2017

Download your claim form here.

2. Proactiv

Qualified persons: Californians consumers who bought Proactiv products from January 22, 2009, up to July 8, 2014, and were received extra charges that they did not sign up for.

Settlement amount: $15,220,100
Potential payout: $20 to $75
Deadline for filing claims: April 17, 2017

Download your claim form here.

3. Kenmore Barbecue Grill

Qualified persons: Anyone who bought a brand new Kenmore Grill with model numbers 01566, 03495, 16142, 16154, 23673, 23676, 23681, 23682, 23683, 23766, 34172, 34176, 34178, 34308, or 34611, and built from October 1, 2011, up to September 30, 2014. Customers need to have bought the grill for personal use, not reselling.

Potential payout: $300
Deadline for filing claims: January 26, 2018

Download your claim form here.

4. Seventh Generation Natural Products

Qualified persons:: Anyone who purchased certain SVG Products between November 14, 2010, and October 12, 2016.

Settlement amount: $4,500,000.00
Potential payout: Varies
Deadline for filing claims: March 30, 2017

Download your claim form here. [Link down at the time of posting]

5. Rust-Oleum Restore Products

Qualified persons: Customers who bought products from the Restore line, from January 1, 2008, up to October 20, 2016.

Note: Case is ongoing. I’ve added a link below to a page where you can sign up when the case is closed.

Settlement amount: $9.3 million
Potential payout: Varies
Deadline for filing claims: At least 180 days after March 6, 2017

Sign up here to get notified when the claim form is ready.

6. Home City Ice Company

Qualified persons: Customers who bought ice produced by The Home City Ice Company, Arctic Glacier, Inc., Arctic Glacier International, Inc., Arctic Glacier Income Fund, Reddy Ice Corporation, or Reddy Ice Holdings, Inc., including subsidiaries affiliate, stores starting January 1, 2001, up to March 6, 2008.

Settlement amount: $2,700,000.00
Potential payout: Varies
Deadline for filing claims: May 17, 2017

Download your claim form here.

7. Volkswagen (2.0-liter diesel emissions)

Qualified persons: Customers who bought or leased 2-liter diesel models.

Settlement amount: $10 billion
Potential payout: Cash payment and either VW buys back your car or accepts approved emissions modifications.
Deadline for filing claims: September 1, 2018

Download your claim form here.

8. Open Energy 34 Watt Solar Tile

Qualified persons: Customers who purchased or installed Solar Tiles, purchased a property on which Solar Tiles were installed, rented a property on which Solar Tiles were installed, or paid to remove and replace a Solar Tile system.

Settlement amount: $10,622,183
Potential payout: Varies
Deadline for filing claims: March 8, 2017

Download your claim form here.

9. Electrolux Dryer

Qualified persons: Owners of Electrolux (as well as Frigidaire, Kenmore, and Gibson) dryers that caught fire after December 15, 2014.

Potential payout: Up to $1,300
Deadline for filing claims: December 31, 2022

Download your claim form here.

10. St. Joseph Health (System Data Breach)

Qualified persons: Patients whose information was compromised in the 2012 data breach.

Potential payout: $241.35 to $25,000
Deadline for filing claims: April 1, 2017

Download your claim form here.

11. GAF Timberline Shingles

Qualified persons: Customers who owned a building constructed from 1998 up to 2009 that used GAF Timberline® Roofing Shingles.

Potential payout: Varies
Deadline for filing claims: April 22, 2022

Download your claim form here.

12. Sprint (Early Termination Fee)

Qualified persons: Customers who paid a flat early termination fee, from July 23, 1999, up to March 18, 2007. Applicable to California residents only.

Potential payout: $125 or more
Deadline for filing claims: April 25, 2017

Download your claim form here.

13. Johnson Controls Inc.

Qualified persons: Customers who bought uncoated Coleman, York, Luxaire, Fraser-Johnson, Dayton, Guardian, Champion or Evcon copper evaporator coils from January 2008 up to November 22, 2016.

Potential payout: $75 to $1,100
Deadline for filing claims: July 23, 2017

Download your claim form here.

14. Alliance United Insurance

Qualified persons: Clients of Alliance United who have paid a renewal billing fee starting June 16, 2011, up to Dec. 27, 2015.

Potential payout: 85% of the first Renewal Billing Fee you paid – 40% of the second Renewal Renewal Billing Fee you paid – 23% of any subsequent Renewal Billing Fee you paid
Deadline for filing claims: March 20, 2017

Download your claim form here.

15. Johnson & Johnson (Bedtime Bath Products)

Qualified persons: Consumers who bought specific Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath Products form July 1, 2010, up to August 31, 2016.

Potential payout: $3 per item, up to ten items only
Deadline for filing claims: April 28, 2017

Download your claim form here.

16. Volkswagen (3.0-liter diesel emissions)

Qualified persons: Customers who bought or leased 3-liter diesel models.

Potential payout: Cash payment and either VW buys back your car or accepts approved emissions modifications.
Deadline for filing claims: May 1, 2017

Download your claim form here.

17. Toyota (Rust Frames)

Qualified persons: Customers who have bought or lease specific 2005-2010 Tacoma models, 2005-2008 Sequoia models, and/or 2007-2008 Tundra models.

Settlement amount: $3.4 billion
Potential payout: Varies
Deadline for filing claims: June 26, 2017

Download your claim form here.

Additional info

Each case has its own specific methodology for handing out settlements. But there are some things that could be considered standard across different cases. Keep in mind these things:

Timeframe

Settlement cheques are sent out between 30 or 60 days after claim deadline. So keep that in mind and set expectations accordingly.

Receipt

To prove that you were a customer, you’ll need a proof of purchase. This is why we’ve been taught to keep all receipts. Some cases don’t require it, but it’s always recommendable to have this ready.

Pay it forward

Sometimes, we win money even if the offense of the corporation wasn’t too egregious or life-threatening. If that were the case, I suggest sharing some of your free money by donating to charity. It’s always nice to pass the good karma forward.

The Verdict: Legit or Scam?

This isn’t a product review, but if you’re eligible for a settlement, the process is Legit!

Remember to file your claim right away and be mindful of those deadlines.

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn to share. Have you received any settlements for these or any other class action suits? Got any additional ones to share?

Let’s hear your stories!