Class action lawsuits turned up the heat on these companies, and the settlements could mean cool cash for you if you qualify.
If you have received pesky, illegal phone calls from an automated voice, found your toilet clogged from Up & Up wipes or paid high dollar for ineffective cosmetics, you could be eligible for free products or payments.
And if you paid to view the UFC match, only to find the real fight was getting good reception, you could be eligible for reimbursement on that purchase.
Take a gander at these class-action settlements:
If you received an automated call from Pivotal Payments Inc., you could be eligible for a portion of a $9 million preliminarily approved settlement.
Pivotal Payments Inc., doing business as Capital Processing Network and CPN, allegedly made calls using an automatic dialing system or artificial or prerecorded voice to cell phones. Without prior written consent, such calls are a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Class members include anyone who received at least one automated call on their cell phone on behalf of Pivotal that promoted credit-card processing services or other goods and services via an automatic phone dialing system or prerecorded or artificial voice.
Claimants must provide a Class Member ID that was mailed in a notice of the settlement or provide the phone number that received the offending call(s).
Click here to find out how to file a claim by the deadline of June 29, 2018.
Did Google AdSense keep more than a few of your cents? If you were a Google AdSense publisher between May 20, 2010 and May 7, 2018 and Google withheld the unpaid amounts in your account after disabling your account, you could be eligible for part of an $11 million class-action settlement.
Google denies all wrongdoing, but the company agreed to the settlement for AdSense account holders who lost a minimum of $10 for accounts that Google has closed since May 2010.
Claimants’ payment amounts will depend upon the circumstances, including the unpaid amount for the terminated AdSense account and the total number of approved claims.
Claims must be received by Sept. 4, 2018. For a complete description of eligible Class Members and a claim form, click here.
Adore Organic Innovations
Did you purchase an Adore Organic Innovation product between Sept. 29, 2012 and April 13, 2018? If you purchased merchandise that claimed to contain a plant stem-cell formula during that period, you could be eligible for compensation from a class-action settlement.
Universal Handicraft Inc. does business as Adore Organic Innovations and as Deep Sea Cosmetics.
Plaintiffs allege the marketing claims that the Adore Organic Innovation product line has “the highest concentration of its proven Plant Stem Cell formula” and that the products are exclusive are both false. Adore faces claims that its PhytoCellTec ingredient that contains plant stem cells also is available in less expensive brand cosmetics.
In addition, PhytoCellTec’s maker admitted the formula contains apple stem cells and anti-aging benefits have not been proven in any clinical trial.
The company denies the allegations but agreed to settle the class action lawsuit, which was preliminarily approved on April 3, 2018.
Class members who provide proof of purchase may receive either a payment of $25 or an electronic gift card worth 50 percent of the price paid for the eligible products, up to a maximum of $200. Those who do not have proof of purchase may file a claim to receive one $50 gift card for Adore Organic Innovation products.
To see the complete list of eligible products and to file a claim by the Aug. 21, 2018 deadline, click here.
Target Up & Up Flushable Toddler Wipes
If you bought Up & Up flushable toddler wipes between April 18, 2010 and Oct. 31, 2014, you could be eligible for benefits from a class-action settlement reached by Target Corp. and Nice-Pak Products Inc.
The lead plaintiff filed suit after his home septic system experienced a clog, allegedly due to the wipes not breaking apart after being flushed. His plumber told him the wipes had “caked together” in the plumbing and septic system. As a result, the class-action lawsuit claims the wipes are not flushable and also not “sewer and septic safe” as marketed.
Target and Nice-Pak deny the allegations the wipes are not flushable but say they have settled the lawsuit to avoid further litigation.
Class members can clean up with a Target gift card for $1.35 per eligible product purchased or a Target coupon for a unit of current Nice-Pak Up & Up wipes (double 48-count package or equivalent).
For complete details and to file a claim by Sept. 7, 2018, click here.
Bank of America
Did Bank of America charge you an overdraft fee on a debit-card transaction with Uber between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2016?
If that transaction was not classified as a one-time, nonrecurring payment and you paid an overdraft fee because of that transaction, you could be eligible for a portion of a $22 million class-action lawsuit settlement.
Consumers alleged Bank of America took them for a ride when it wrongfully charged overdraft fees on debit-card transactions instead of declining the charges when transactions with Uber were attempted. The lawsuit alleged the bank breached the customers’ account agreement by allowing the transaction to proceed and charging overdraft fees.
Bank of America denies any liability under the settlement terms, but it agreed to pay $20 for each overdraft fee class members incurred.
In this settlement, there is no claim-form deadline. Class members automatically will receive payment from the settlement unless they opt out by June 22, 2018. Payments are expected within 60 days of the final hearing, scheduled for Aug. 8, 2018. For more information on this settlement, click here.
Global Tel*Link has agreed to an $8.8 million settlement in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit.
The company operates pay telephones in correctional facilities and is accused of sending unwanted automated messages to 1.8 million people. The calls allegedly were made by an autodialer to people who accepted collect calls from inmates in correctional facilities. The autodialer message requested billing information.
Class members are eligible to receive about $60 and include anyone who received a “notification call” on their mobile phone number between Dec. 5, 2010 and April 7, 2017.
For more information and to file a claim by the June 15, 2018 deadline, click here.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
If you paid to watch “The Money Fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on Aug. 26, 2017 but were plagued by technical difficulties, you could be eligible for a portion of this class-action lawsuit settlement.
Lead plaintiffs allege they fought streaming interruptions throughout the match, including during the technical knockout in the 10th round.
UFC has admitted no liability, but it has agreed to pay viewers the full purchase price of the pay-per-view service and the cost of some food and beverages purchased to consume during the fight.
Class members are broken down into three tiers, and the amount of payment could range from $25 to nearly $100; viewers also may receive one to three months of free access to UFC Fight Pass or $5 for expense reimbursement.
For complete details on eligibility and how to file a claim by the Aug. 20, 2018 deadline, click here.
Seagate Technology LLC has agreed to a class-action lawsuit settlement over allegations of a data breach.
Any current or former Seagate employee who had their 2015 W-2 form data compromised could be eligible for a portion of the settlement.
In March 2016, Seagate reported the company had been a victim of a phishing attack. A Seagate employee reportedly fell for a phishing email by replying to it, forwarding 2015 W-2 form information that belonged to Seagate employees and other affiliates.
Settlement employee class members and settlement third-party class members have until June 30, 2018 to file an election form. The deadline to submit a reimbursement claim is Dec. 31, 2018.
Class members may receive coverage under an Experian identity-theft protection plan and reimbursement of economic losses of up to $3,500 per class member.
For complete details on eligibility and to file a claim, click here.
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