Class Action Update

Posted March 22, 2011 in Consumer Law 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.

     
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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.

Dell Inspiron Notebook Computers
Who: Owners of Dell Inspiron 1150, 5100 or 5160 notebook computers
What: Up to $150
Deadline: Claims must be postmarked by April 5, 2011

ExtenZe
Who: People who purchased ExtenZe between May 29, 2005, and Oct. 25, 2010
What: A cash refund of package of ExtenZe NASCAR racing merchandise
Deadline: Claims must be submitted online or postmarked by April 15, 2011

Fifth Third Bank Overdraft Fees
Who: Fifth Third Bank accountholders between Oct. 21, 2004, and July 1, 2010, who incurred at least one overdraft fee because debit card transactions were processed in non-sequential order
What: Up to three times the amount paid in overdraft fees
Deadline: Claims must be postmarked by May 2, 2011

Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite
Who: Florida and California residents who purchased Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite products between Jan. 1, 2007, and Feb. 15, 2011
What: An 80 percent refund of up to 6 products with proof of purchase, a 65 percent refund of up to 4 products with a purchase declaration, or up to 3 rebate certificates worth $1.50 each
Deadline: Claims must be postmarked by July 19, 2011

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

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