Class Action Update

Posted September 7, 2010 in Class Actions by

It’s tough to believe but there are companies out there that want to give you money. Others want to give you free stuff. You may be owed money, or free or discounted products and services as a result of a class action lawsuit.

A class action lawsuit occurs when many parties (people or businesses) have identical or similar lawsuits against one or several defendants to a lawsuit. In the interest of time and money, the court may consolidate all of these lawsuits into a single case, called a class action. The class refers to the case’s plaintiffs, which may include people who aren’t even aware of the lawsuit but were potentially affected.

If a class action defendant loses the case, or settles it, an administrator then attempts to track down anyone who could potentially be a class member, using customer lists and advertisements. These potential class members then have the opportunity to claim a portion of the settlement.

Sometimes the process of proving that you were a victim can be pain in the neck. Other claims are relatively simple, and may require you to do nothing at all, or little more than filling out a form.

Are you entitled to a piece of a class action settlement? Here are some current class actions that affect millions of American consumers.

Citibank Credit Cards
Who: Citibank credit card holders between May 5, 2002, and May 24, 2010, who paid a periodic finance charge that increased as a result of a default or delinquency
What: $18
Deadline: Claims must be mailed by Feb. 11, 2011

Dannon Activia
Who: Customers who bought Dannon Activia and/or DanActive products on or before April 23, 2010
What: Up to $100 if you have proof of purchases, $30 without proof of purchases if you submit a paper claim form or $15 without proof of purchases if you submit an online form
Deadline: Claims must be postmarked or submitted online by Oct. 1, 2010

Subaru
Who: Owners and lessees of 2002-2007 Subaru vehicles
What: Mileage-based warranties will be extended by 5 percent, class members will be reimbursed for repairs already made during this extended warranty period, lease mileage limits will increase by 5 percent and lessees will receive a refund if they paid excess mileage charges
Deadline: The exact claims deadline has not yet been set, but is estimated to be on or around May 1, 2011

Wrigley Eclipse Gum and Mints
Who: Consumers who purchased Wrigley’s Eclipse Gum or Mints
What: Up to $10
Deadline: Claims must be submitted online or postmarked by Jan. 1, 2011

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