A proposed $17 million settlement agreement is inching toward final approval and should put to rest more than 20 consolidated lawsuits that alleged Vizio spied on Smart TV users and sold their data to third parties. Here’s what you need to know about the case and how to claim your piece of the settlement.
What were the lawsuits about?
You might’ve seen our coverage on the numerous class action lawsuits filed against Vizio back in 2017 that have since been consolidated in California. The 60-page consolidated complaint alleged that Vizio Smart TVs “watch what you’re watching while you’re watching it.” More specifically, the suits claimed Vizio tracks consumers’ behavior, including viewing history and content preferences, and sells this data to media companies for targeted advertisement purposes. These ads apparently didn’t just show up on Vizio Smart TVs, but also on any other devices that were connected to the same Internet network.
The problem with this, the suits alleged, is that Vizio customers did not consent to their data being collected and disclosed to third parties and were not aware that this was even going on.
Who can file a claim?
Anyone who purchased a Vizio Smart TV for personal use and had it connected to the Internet at any time between February 1, 2014 and February 6, 2017 is eligible for a piece of the settlement.
Only one purchaser per household may submit a claim; however, people can submit claims for multiple TVs if they had more than one in their home.
How much money can I get and when will I get it?
The estimated reward is between $13 and $31 per television, but you may receive more or less depending on how many people submit claims and how much the court sets aside for legal expenses.
A hearing is scheduled to take place on May 31, 2019, during which time the court will consider whether the settlement is fair and reasonable and decide how much to award in attorneys’ fees. After the hearing, the court will decide whether it will give its final stamp of approval to the settlement. Payments should be distributed via e-mail within three months of the settlement’s final approval.
How do I submit a claim?
Fill out this form to submit your claim. You are not required to provide a receipt.
Is there a deadline?
To get a piece of the settlement, you must submit a valid claim by April 29, 2019.
I’m not loving this settlement…
You have a couple different options if you’re unhappy with the settlement.
You can object to the settlement at the final hearing on May 31, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the following address:
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse
411 W. Fourth St., Santa Ana, CA, 92701
Courtroom 10A, 10th Floor
You can also write to the court about what you think of the agreement at:
VIZIO TV Settlement
P.O. Box 173001
Milwaukee, WI 53217
What if I do nothing at all?
If you take no action whatsoever, you won’t get any money from the settlement and you’ll forfeit your right to file a lawsuit against Vizio over the same claims.
If you’d like to keep open the possibility of suing Vizio on your own, you must exclude yourself from the settlement.
I need more information.
If you can’t find what you need on the settlement website, you can call the settlement administrator at (877) 252-4685 or e-mail them at info@VizioTVsettlement.com.