Every year, millions of dollars are left on the table in unclaimed settlement funds. In some cases, this is simply because people are unaware of their rights to claim settlement money – or are confused as to what's involved in staking their claims.
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If you bought Blue Diamond’s Almond Breeze or Nut-Thins “all natural” products between May 28, 2009 and November 18, 2016, you may be eligible to claim a part of this settlement.
Johnson & Johnson settled claims that it falsely advertised its “bedtime” baby products as being “clinically proven” to help babies sleep better. If you bought one or more of Johnson’s bedtime products between July 1, 2010 and August 31, 2016 you may be able to get your money back.
This settlement is open to anyone who bought at least one of a slew of WEN hair care products between November 1, 2007 and September 19, 2016. If you had an adverse reaction to the products and it’s well documented, you could claim up to $20,000.
When a class action lawsuit settles, people who could collect part of the settlement may receive a letter in the mail or an e-mail that contains instructions on how to claim their money or refunds. In some cases, however, attorneys working on the case have no way of gathering the contact information of people who could claim part of a final settlement. In these cases, notice of the settlement may be posted in newspapers, magazines or online. In either case, there is no guarantee that everyone who could collect their portion of a settlement will come forward to claim their money.
In some cases, it goes right back to the company that was sued.
Class action lawsuits are designed to hold companies accountable for misleading and deceiving their customers. When a case settles, the attorneys who handled the case will collect a percentage of the settlement or receive a fee award separate from the settlement. The lawyers get paid, and so should you. Don’t leave your money on the table – it could very well be returned to the defendant, leaving little encouragement for big corporations to change their ways.
The Proctor & Gamble Company has recently settled claims that it mislabeled its Kandoo flushable wipes as “sewer and septic safe.” If you bought the product in question in California at any time between March 21, 2010 and December 9, 2016, you may be able to claim up to $50.
Floor & Décor settled claims that it sold Chinese-made laminate flooring that wasn’t compliant with California regulations for formaldehyde emissions. If you bought the affected flooring between January 2012 and August 2015, you may be able to claim compensation.
California McDonald’s employees who worked at a McDonald’s location operated by Fremak Arches or Marpenny Corp. between March 12, 2010 and October 14, 2016 may be able to claim a part of their allegedly unpaid wages thanks to this settlement.
RCN Telecom has agreed to pay $6 million to put to rest accusations that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. You may be able to claim a part of this settlement if RCN Telecom called you without your consent between April 1, 2011 and November 1, 2016.
Certain (allegedly defective) TimberTech decking is being covered by this settlement. If you own XLM Mountain Cedar or Desert Bronze decking material, you may be able to have your deck replaced thanks to this settlement.
Alliance United settled claims that it was charging customers renewal billing fees on their insurance policies after they had already paid in full. If you believe this happened to you between June 16, 2011 and December 27, 2015, this settlement may have you covered.
Caterpillar Inc. settled claims that some of its engines didn’t work properly. Now, anyone who bought a vehicle containing an EPA 2007 Compliant Caterpillar On-Highway C13 or C15 engine made between 2006 and 2009 may be able to claim $500, $5,000 or $10,000 – depending on how many repairs they needed.
St. Joseph Health System has settled a class action after the private information of close to 32,000 patients was made publicly accessible online between February 2011 and February 2012.
Sprint has settled claims that its early termination fees issued between July 23, 1999 and March 18, 2007 violated California state law. Anyone who paid Sprint an early termination fee during that time period may be able to claim $125 per fee.
Nissan has agreed to settle claims that it failed to disclose the risks and pay for repairs caused by allegedly defective power valve screws in its Pathfinder, Sentra and Altima vehicles. If you bought or leased a 2001-2004 Pathfinder or a 2002-2005 Altima or Sentra in California, you may be able to claim compensation.
You may be able to claim a part of this settlement if you bought an uncoated Coleman, York, Luxaire, Fraser-Johnson, Dayton, Guardian, Champion or Evcon brand copper evaporator coil between January 2008 and November 22, 2016.
Sony has settled claims that it compromised the personal information of its employees during a cyberattack in 2014. If you were working as a corporate or production employee at Sony during the 2014 cyberattack, you may be able to claim part of this settlement.
Settlement provides up to 80% of the cost of installing the siding
If, as of September 30, 2013, you owned a home, residence or building in the United States that had CertainTeed Weatherboards Fiber Cement siding installed, you may have an eligible claim in the settlement.
Settlement provides $10-$30 per linear foot of pipe
You are a class member if you own or owned a commercial or residential building in which a fire sprinkler system using Poz-Lok pipe was installed.
A settlement fund has been set up to be used for the repair of buildings, residences and homes that were installed with the Kitec plumbing system and suffered damages. Consumers can receive a partial refund for the cost to repair or replace fittings, pipes and water damage.
Settlement provides up to $100,000/leak
The class action claiming Zurn sold defective pipe fittings to the public has now been settled. Owners of buildings, homes and other structures containing the F1807 fittings may qualify to take part in the settlement.
The lawsuit against Electrolux claimed certain dryers were defective and could catch fire. A settlement has now been reached, granting compensation to class members who own an Electrolux dryer manufactured between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2011.
Class members are defined as owners of buildings with CertainTeed Organic Shingles manufactured after July 1, 1987. The settlement provides compensation for the cost of replacing the roof, dependent upon damage.
Essex Property Trust Inc. has settled claims that it improperly increased its rental property rates for Fremont, California tenants. If you were a resident or tenant between September 4, 2010 and February 3, 2016, you may be able to claim compensation.
Claims concerning the durability of certain Timberline Shingles have now been settled. Those eligible to take part in the settlement include anyone who owns GAF Timberline shingles manufactured between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2007.
Anyone is generally included in this class settlement if they own or owned buildings or residences built on or after January 1, 2002 that contain (or contained) Uponor yellow brass fittings.