Have you purchased Frosted Mini-Wheats, potato products made by Alexia, or a Naked Juice? If so, you may be entitled to a benefit from a class-action lawsuit. Take a look at settlements that are still accepting claims.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., formerly known as Merck & Co., is waiting on final approval of a $23 million fund to settle claims that it advertised the drug Vioxx as having greater benefits than less expensive pain medicines, which contradicted the drug’s Food and Drug Administration approval labeling.
If you or a family member purchased Vioxx, you could be eligible for a payment of up to $50 or reimbursement for up to the actual out-of-pocket expenses paid for Vioxx and up to $75 for certain other losses incurred before Oct. 1, 2004. The deadline to submit a claim is May 6, 2014.
A fund of $8.2 million is proposed to settle allegations related to decking, railing or fencing materials made by Trex, which offers wood-alternative products. A lawsuit filed against the company claimed that its products would discolor unevenly and become prone to developing mold, mildew, and other fungal spots when they were cleaned with certain bleach-based cleaning products.
Consumers may be eligible for a cash payment of $150 or a discount off Trex products and partial reimbursement for labor costs, according to the website classactionrebates.com.The settlement applies to products that were made between Aug. 1, 2004, and Aug. 27, 2013. The deadline to submit a claim is May 27. A website has been set up to answer questions about the claims process.
ConAgra Foods has entered an agreement to settle claims that it falsely represented that certain Alexia frozen potato products are “natural’’ or “all natural’’ in its advertising. The lawsuit alleged that the products contain disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate to retain the color of the potatoes.
ConAgra denies that it falsely advertised the products or did anything wrong, according to a website set up to handle claims.
A $3.2 million fund includes cash and vouchers for consumers. They are eligible to receive $3.50 for each product purchased, up to 10 products, for a maximum total of $35. Consumers can also opt to receive two Alexia product food vouchers worth $3.75 for every product purchased, up to 10 products. That option provides for a maximum of $75 in vouchers. A third option allows consumers to choose a combination of cash and vouchers.
There is a limit of one claim for up to 10 product purchases per household.
The deadline to submit a claim is Nov. 27.
Auto Price Finder
A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about whether text message advertisements containing Web addresses or links leading, directly or indirectly, to www.Auto-Price-Finder.com were sent to consumers without receiving prior express consent for such text messages.
Consumers may be eligible for payments up to $15 or $100 depending on whether they submit a valid claim form, and whether they can provide adequate documentation to show that they received one of the text messages covered by the settlement, according to a website set up to handle claims.
The deadline to submit a claim is Nov. 11.
Korean Air/Asiana Airlines
Korean Air Lines and Asiana Airlines were sued over allegations that the airlines conspired to fix the prices of air passenger travel between the United States and the Republic of Korea between Jan. 1, 2000, and Aug. 1, 2007.
In a separate legal action brought by the US Department of Justice, Korean Air and Asiana pleaded guilty to criminal antitrust violations and agreed to pay a fine, according to a website set up to handle claims.
The settlement pool includes $50 million in cash and $36 million in coupons. The website classactionrebates.com estimates that the average settlement will be $500 in cash, plus $360 in vouchers. The deadline to submit a claim is Dec. 31.
A fund of $4 million is proposed to settle claims that Barbara’s Bakery misleadingly labeled its products as all natural, when they were not, according to the website classactionrebates.com. Barbara’s Bakery denies the allegations.
Consumers are eligible for up to $100 if they purchased certain products from May 23, 2008, and July 5, 2013. A list of eligible products can be found here.
The deadline to submit a claim is Jan. 1.
A settlement has been proposed to address claims that Naked Juice maker Pepsi Co. deceptively used the words “all natural,’’ “non-GMO,’’ and “100% fruit’’ to describe the beverages, according to the website classactionrebates.com.
A fund of $9 million is being proposed to compensate consumers who purchased certain Naked Juice products between Sept. 27, 2007, and Aug. 19, 2013.
Consumers seeking compensation for more than $45 must provide proof of purchase. Payouts are capped at $75. There is a tiered system for compensating consumers who can’t provide proof of purchase and spent $45 or less.
The deadline to submit a claim is Dec. 17.
A list of eligible products can be found here.
A settlement has been proposed to compensate consumers who used Hertz’s PlatePass service while renting a vehicle from Hertz between July 1, 2006, and March 31, 2010, according to a website set up to handle claims.
PlatePass is used to bill car renters automatically for tolls they may incur, plus an administrative fee. A lawsuit alleged that Hertz did not adequately disclose the charges related to using the service, according to a website set up to settle claims. Hertz denies the claims.
The proposed settlement would provide a refund equal to 67 percent of what customers were charged in fees on the first occasion that they used PlatePass. The refund drops to 38 percent for subsequent uses of PlatePass, according to classactionrebates.com.
The deadline to submit a claim is Nov. 11.
iPhone, iPod warranties
A lawsuit was filed against Apple Inc. by consumers who claimed that they were wrongfully denied warranty coverage by stating that their iPhones and iPod Touches had been damaged by liquid because a “liquid contact indicator’’ visible through the headphone jack or dock connector had turned pink or red. Apple denies the allegations, according to a website set up to handle claims.
The settlement amounts vary by products and the amount of memory they have. The refunds apply to iPhones that were denied warranty coverage before Dec. 31, 2009 and iPod Touches that were denied warranty coverage before June 30, 2010.
The deadline to submit a claim is Oct. 21.
Haier America Trading
A settlement has been proposed to address allegations that Haeier misrepresented the energy consumption of its model HNCM070E chest freezers. The settlement applies to freezers manufactured on or after June 1, 2009, according to a website set up to handle claims.
Consumers may be eligible for a lump sum cash payment of $50 to $150 if they do not let Haier test the unit. Payments of $108.60 to $325.80 are available for units that Haier finds to be defective after testing, according to classactionrebates.com.
The deadline to submit a claim is Nov. 26.
CVT tranmissions for Audi A4 and Audi A6
This settlement applies to Audi A4 and A6 vehicles made between model years 2002 and 2006. A lawsuit claims that some CVT transmissions did not function properly, requiring repair or replacement, according to a website set up to handle claims. The defendant in the lawsuit, Volkswagen Group of America, denies the allegations.
Consumers may be eligible for a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty for the CVT transmission or reimbursement costs. Those seeking to be reimbursed for repairs or a replacement transmission must provide proof of these expenses, according to classactionrebates.com. Nothing needs to be filed to qualify for the warranty, the site said.
The deadline to submit a claim is Nov. 18.
Volkswagen, Audi headlights
A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit that alleges that some “high-intensity discharge’’ headlights on Audi A4 and Volkswagen Touareg vehicles can flicker or shut off unexpectedly while the cars are being driven. The settlement applies to A4 vehicles made in model years 2005 and 2006 and Touareg vehicles made in model years 2004 to 2007, according to a website set up to handle claims.
The defendant, Volkwagen Group of America, denies the claims and maintains that the headlights work properly.
Consumers may be eligible for a five-year warranty for the headlights or reimbursement in cases where vehicle owners had to pay for the headlights to be repaired or replaced within 50,000 miles, according to classactionrebates.com.
Consumers must provide proof if they seek reimbursement. A warranty can be granted without proof.
The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 3.
This settlement applies to customers who opted to have TurboTax deduct their fees from their tax refund instead of paying up front, and covers the period from Jan. 1, 2008, to May 28, 2013. A class action lawsuit alleges TurboTax and its maker Intuit did not adquately disclose that this option was akin to taking out a loan with a finance charge and an interest rate of about $30, according to classactionrebates.com.
The site estimates claims will be worth about $30. The deadline to submit a claim is Oct. 28.
Toys ‘R’ Us
Toys “R’’ Us was sued over allegations it printed more than the last five digits of customers’ credit and debit cards numbers on receipts for purchases made in stores between Dec. 4, 2006, and Jan. 5, 2007, according to a website set up to handle claims. Toys “R’’ Us denies it did anything wrong or caused anyone harm.
A system has been set up to compensate consumers with vouchers in accordance with the number of purchases they made during the period covered in the lawsuit. The maximum benefit is two vouchers worth $15 each.
The deadline to submit a claim is Jan. 6.
Touch-Tel calling cards
A lawsuit brought against the company alleges that Touch-Tel USA sold pre-paid calling cards without fully disclosing the applicable rates, fees, and charges, according to a website set up to handle claims.
The settlement applies to pre-paid calling cards made between Aug. 27, 2004, and April 20, 2013. Consumers are eligible for calling cards worth 40 percent of the value of the cards they purchased up to $20, according to classactionrebates.com.
The deadline to submit a claim is Dec. 7.
Horizon Organic Milk and Soymilk
Plaintiffs in this lawsuit alleged that the makers of Horizon Organic Milk and Silk Soymilk misleadingly advertised their products as containing evaporated cane juice, according to classactionrebates.com. That ingredient is sugar, the site says.
The settlement covers purchases made between Jan. 1, 2005, and April 19, 2013.
Consumers with proof of purchase are eligible to be reimbursed for 75 percent of their purchase price up to $50 per household. Consumers without proof of purchase are eligible for a refund of 25 percent of the purchase price for up to five products.
The deadline to submit a claim is Oct. 26.
This settlement applies to joint health dietary supplements containing glucosamine that were manufactured or sold by Rexall Sundown or NBTY, according to a website set up to handle claims.
The products are sold under a range of different brand names, including many generic brands manufactured for supermarkets and drug stores.
A class action lawsuit alleged the companies made false and misleading statements about their products, such as the products being able to provide relief to people with arthritis, according to classactionrebates.com.
Consumers may be eligible for $5 per bottle for up to 10 bottles if they have a proof of purchase. Those without proof of purchase may be eligible for $3 per bottle for up to four bottles. The deadline to file a claim is Dec. 3.
A class action lawsuit alleged that Gentek steel siding products are defective and that the company doesn’t honor its limited lifetime warranty, according to classactionrebates.com.The settlement covers steel siding manufactured between Jan. 1, 1991, and March 15, 2013, where the surface finish on the siding has started to separate from the steel.
The siding was sold under multiple brand names.
The settlement gives Gentek two opportunities to fix the siding. On the third occasion the owner can either have Gentek attempt a third repair or pay $8,000.
Kellogg Co. created a $4 million fund as part of a settlement to a lawsuit that alleged the company falsely advertised that its Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal improved kids’ attentiveness, memory, and other cognitive functions to a degree not supported by competent clinical evidence, according a website set up to handle claims.
Those who purchased the cereal between Jan. 28, 2008, and Oct. 1, 2009, may seek reimbursement for $5 per box, up to $15.
Claims are due by Nov. 28.
Kellogg stands by its advertising and denies it did anything wrong.
If your iTunes account was charged after a minor made an in-app purchase of game currency without your knowledge, you may be eligible for benefits. The purchase must have taken place before May 2, 2013, according to a website explaining the claims process.
Claim forms must be electronically submitted or postmarked by Jan. 13, 2014.
Benefits include a $5 iTunes Store credit or a $5 cash refund for people who no longer maintain an iTunes account. Cash refunds are also available for claims over $30.
Consumers who saw charges from third-party companies that they didn’t authorize on their bills for AT&T land lines may submit a claim. The settlement calls for full refunds and credits for charges billed between Jan. 1, 2005, and Jan. 14, 2013, according to a website detailing the claims process.
Claim forms must be submitted by Dec. 2. AT&T denies it did anything wrong or that it has any liability for third-party charges.
Current and former Verizon land line customers who were billed for third-party charges between April 27, 2005, and Feb. 28, 2012, can receive $40 or the full amount of unauthorized charges paid. Two deadlines for filing claims have already passed, but people who were notified of the settlement in April have until Oct. 21 to file a claim, according to a website describing the process.
A settlement has been reached over claims that drivers experienced harsh shifting in 2001 to 2003 RAV4 vehicles with automatic transmissions. Drivers can receive reimbursement for transmission repairs and an extended warranty to address future problems with the transmission, according to a website describing the settlement.