When you think of a way to make a few extra bucks, your mind doesn’t exactly go straight to a class-action lawsuit. However, if such a lawsuit has been initiated for a product you’ve purchased, you may be owed some money without even realizing it. The amount of money you receive varies, and it’s usually not a ton, but why not cash in on what you deserve?
There are always numerous class-action lawsuits in progress. To reap your benefits, you just have to fill out some forms, and if the lawsuit is successful, you get a check mailed straight to your house. Here are some recent class-action lawsuits that you may be eligible for.
1. Starbucks (Breakfast Sandwich)
If you bought a reduced-fat turkey bacon breakfast sandwich or a sausage and cheddar breakfast sandwich at a Starbucks store in California between April 28, 2015 and August 17, 2015, you may be eligible for a $0.25 coupon code per sandwich purchased. The company has been accused of charging customers more for the sandwich than the price displayed.
If you made your breakfast sandwich purchase using a Starbucks Reward card, you do not have to file a claim, and your account will be automatically credited. If you did not purchase a sandwich using a Starbucks Reward account, you will have to file a claim by December 22, 2017.
2. Wells Fargo (TCPA Overdraft)
Wells Fargo was found guilty of manipulating debit card purchases to maximize its overdraft fee revenue. Instead of posting transactions chronologically, the bank deducted the largest charges first, drawing down available balances more rapidly and triggering a higher volume of overdraft fees.
Wells Fargo customers who incurred overdraft fees on debit card transactions made between November 15, 2004 and June 30, 2008 as a result of the bank’s practice are eligible to receive part of the $203 million payout, and no action is required—a check will be automatically sent in the mail.
The lawsuit alleges that Sprint violated the law by charging flat early termination fees that exceeded the actual harm suffered by Sprint.
If you had a wireless telephone personal account with a California area code and billing address and paid an early termination fee between July 23, 1999 and March 18, 2007, you are eligible for $125 for each early termination fee you paid. Fill out this claim form by April 25, 2017 to receive your settlement.
4. Johnson & Johnson
The bath product company was accused of falsely advertising its baby bedtime products as “clinically proven” to help babies sleep better. Consumers who bought a number of products from the bedtime line between July 1, 2010 and August 31, 2016 may be eligible for $3 per product up to a maximum of 10 products. Those without a proof of purchase may be awarded up to $15, while those who include a receipt with their claim form are expected to receive up to $30.
To receive your share, you must file a claim by April 28, 2017.
5. Fresh Milk Products
If you live in a handful of states and bought dairy products from 2003 to the present, you may be eligible for part of the $52 million settlement lawsuit accusing the National Milk Producers Federation, as well as Dairy Farmers of America Inc., Land O’Lakes Inc. and others, of conspiring together to artificially inflate the price of milk products.
The amount will vary by person depending on how much milk was purchased, but you must have been a resident of one of these states: Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia or Wisconsin.
A claim must be filed by January 31, 2017.