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Claim Your Compensation from These Open Class Action Settlements

Claim Your Compensation from These Open Class Action Settlements

Class action settlements are an easy way for low income Americans to get some extra cash and seek justice against companies that may have harmed them. That’s why I love telling people about these open settlements!

In this article, we’ll explain what class action settlements are, why you need to be aware of them, and how you can claim your cash from them. We also include a list of open class action settlements, which we update regularly for accuracy.

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About Class Action Settlements

Class action settlements can be confusing if you’re unfamiliar with the legal terminology. Let’s quickly explain what they are before we get into the list of the currently open settlements.

What are class action settlements?

Class action settlements are when a bunch of people who have the same problem with a company come together to take legal action, and then they all get paid after the case is solved without going to trial.

Basically, it allows a group of people who have been harmed to take action together so they don’t each have to use the company individually. This makes the process easier for low income people who may not be able to afford to fight a big company’s attorneys.

“A class action is a type of legal action where one or more people sue on their own behalf individually, and also on behalf of a group — or a class of individuals — who have similar claims,” explained Jeff Feldman, a professor at the University of Washington School of Law. “Class actions typically involve things like defective or harmful products, environmental or pollution claims, securities fraud cases, mass casualties, like aircraft accidents. They all have in common that they are cases where a defendant’s conduct affects a large number of people in a similar manner.”

What happens if I don’t file a claim?

If you don’t file a claim in a class action settlement, you won’t get any money from the settlement.

If you don’t take action to opt-out of the settlement, you also give up the right to sue the company on your own for the same issue in the future.

Many people who are eligible for class action settlements but don’t take action on time lose their ability to ever receive compensation for the damages they experienced.

How do I file a claim?

Filing a claim is very easy and usually only takes a few moments. You just need to fill out the claim form on the official settlement website. In many cases, you do not need to provide any proof of purchase or other documentation in order to file your claim.

For example, when I filed a claim for the Verizon Administrative Charges Settlement, it took less than 90 seconds to claim my $100 payment. I did not have to upload any information or anything. I just needed to use the code in the email I received, verify my contact information and payment details, and hit submit. It could not have been easier.

Current Class Action Settlements

Class action settlements are constantly changing. New ones open and close all the time. That’s why we update this list every week to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information possible.

Stay informed and check back frequently to explore the newest openings in class action settlements and ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel or email newsletter for regular updates because we always include the latest class action settlements in our weekly resource recaps.

For your convenience, we have marked settlements that have estimated payouts of more than $100 in red so that you can easily find them. However, please remember that even small payouts can add up!

MedStar Data Breach

If you received a data breach notification letter from MedStar dated around December 19, 2022, stating that your information may have been compromised in an October 2022 data breach, you might be eligible for coverage under this settlement.

You need to file your claim at maemsdatasettlement.com by February 23, 2023.

PracticeMax Data Breach

This class action settlement encompasses all individuals to whom PracticeMax sent notice of a data security incident that occurred in early 2021.

You need to file your claim at practicemaxdatasettlement.com by February 24, 2024.

HomeAdvisor – $59.99 est.

This settlement extends to businesses that were charged for mHelpDesk, an optional HomeAdvisor service, and received a refund notification from the FTC.

You need to apply for a refund by February 26, 2024.

Grande Cosmetics – $150 est.

If you purchased any of the following products – GrandeLASH-MD, GrandeBROW, or GrandeHAIR enhancement serums – during the period from January 1, 2018, to December 14, 2023, you could potentially be included in this settlement.

If you file a claim, you can expect to receive a cash benefit of up to $150. You may be able to get additional benefits if you submit evidence that you purchased multiple products.

You need to apply at gc-settlement.com by February 27, 2024.

Home Care Providers of Texas Data Breach – up to $125

If your personal information was compromised in the Home Care Providers of Texas data breach, you may be covered by this settlement.

The amount you receive will depend on the level of impact the data breach had on you. You can choose between:

  • Cash payment of up to $50
  • Reimbursement for time spent dealing with the breach, up to $125
  • Reimbursement for breach-related expenses, up to $5,000

You need to file your claim online at dppdatasettlement.com by February 27, 2024.

City of St. Anne Missouri Jail Settlement

If you were detained in the St. Ann jail between August 9, 2011, and November 14, 2022, this settlement covers you. If you are eligible, you may receive a cash payment based on the number of hours you were detailed in the jail.

You will need to file your claim at stannclassaction.com by February 28, 2024.

RR Donnelley & Sons Data Breach – up to $750

If you were affected by the R.R. Donnelley & Sons about a data breach in November 2021, you might be included in this class action settlement.

Depending on how the breach impacted you, you may be able to receive one of the following:

  • Cash payment of $50
  • Up to $750 in reimbursements for lost time and out-of-pocket losses related to the breach
  • Up to $5,000 in reimbursements for financial fraud or identity theft that are traceable to the breach

You need to file your claim at rrddatasettlement.com by February 28, 2024.

Southern Orthopedic Associates Data Breach

If you received a notice indicating that your information was exposed in the Southern Orthopedic Associates data breach during June-July 2021, you may be eligible for inclusion in this settlement.

Depending on how the breach impacted you, you may be eligible for one of the following from this class action settlement:

  • Up to $80 for lost time
  • Up to $350 for ordinary losses
  • Up to $5,000 for extraordinary losses

You may also be able to receive three years of credit monitoring and identity theft protection services.

You have to apply at soaclassactionsettlement.com by February 28, 2024.

Fortnight Unwanted Purchases

Fortnite players in the U.S. who encountered unwanted charges might be eligible for a refund through the FTC. To submit a claim, you need to be 18 or older and meet one of these criteria:

  • You were billed for items you didn’t authorize using in-game currency from January 2017 to September 2022; OR
  • Your child made unauthorized charges to your credit card from January 2017 to November 2018; OR
  • Your account was suspended after disputing wrongful charges with your credit card company, any time between January 2017 and September 2022.

You can claim your refund at fortniterefund.com by February 29, 2024.

Apple Family Sharing – up to $30

If you belonged to an Apple Family Sharing group with at least one other member and bought an app subscription from the App Store between June 21, 2015, and January 30, 2019, you might be eligible for inclusion in this settlement.

You have to submit your claim form by March 1, 2024.

Wells Fargo COBRA Settlement – $20

If you were a participant in the Wells Fargo Health Plan and received a COBRA notice between May 3, 2018, and December 23, 2021, but did not opt for COBRA coverage, this settlement applies to you.

You need to file your claim at blessingersettlement.com by March 3, 2024.

Bradley County Jail Medical Care – $400 or more

If you experienced an obvious or diagnosed medical condition while you were incarcerated at the Bradley County Jail between September 18, 2017, and November 29, 2023, you may be eligible to be part of this settlement.

You need to file your claim at bradleycountyjailsettlement.com by March 8, 2024.

CafePress Data Breach

If your Social Security number was exposed during the 2019 CafePress data breach, you may be entitled to some money. Around 184,000 people were affected by this.

You need to file a claim at cafepresssettlement.com before March 10, 2024.

Knix Underwear – $15.90 est.

If you purchased any Knix products between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2022, you might be eligible for inclusion in this settlement. The products in question include Knix’s leakproof and super leakproof underwear, as well as KnixTeen’s leakproof and super leakproof underwear, leakproof tights, leakproof swimwear, and reusable pads.

This settlement will provide $5.30 for up to three pairs of products purchased, for a total of up to $15.90 per person. You will need to provide proof of purchase.

File your claim at knixmarketingsettlement.com by March 11, 2024.

Wendy’s Biometric Privacy Settlement (Illinois Only) – $575

If you worked at a corporate Wendy’s location in Illinois and used a fingerprint scanner system, you may be entitled to around $575 in compensation. That’s because Wendy’s allegedly did not obtain written informed consent before gathering biometric data from employees.

You will need to file your claim at wenbipasettlement.com by March 13, 2024.

Fabuloso Bacterial Contamination Settlement

If you purchased at least one eligible Fabuloso product between December 14, 2022 and November 14, 2023, you may be eligible for a payment from this class action settlement.

If you are eligible, you can receive a cash payment worth the value of up to two eligible products if you don’t provide proof of purchase. If you have proof of purchase, you could receive a full refund for up to five potentially affected products. If you can prove you bought the items that were definitely affected, you could get a full refund for your purchase.

You must file your claim at cleaningproductsrecallsettlement.com by March 13, 2024.

Eye Care Leaders Data Breach

If you received eye care from a physician or clinic who used ECL, you may have been affected by a recent data breach and therefore may be entitled to a part of this settlement. You could receive a cash payment as well as up to $5,000 in reimbursement for costs related to the breach.

You need to file your claim at eclsettlement.com by March 14, 2024.

Waste Management Data Breach – $750

If you were affected by the Waste Management Data Breach in January 2021, you may be able to claim part of this settlement. This settlement allowed unauthorized third parties to obtain sensitive data like birth dates, Social Security Numbers and even driver’s license numbers. You could receive up to $750 from this settlement.

You need to file your claim at wmdatabreachsettlement.com by March 14, 2024.

US Fertility Data Breach

If your information was compromised during the US Fertility data breach in November 2020, then you may be eligible for part of this settlement.

You need to file your claim at usfdatasettlement.com by March 19, 2024.

Norwood Clinic Data Breach

If your data was compromised by the Norwood Data Breach in March 2022, you may be eligible for this settlement. You can receive up to $1,625 from this settlement, which includes up to $500 for your lost time and up to $1,125 for out-of-pocket expenses you incurred as a result of the breach.

You need to file your claim at norwoodcyberincident.com by March 20, 2024.

LensCrafters Accufit Settlement – $50

If you are a US resident who purchased prescription glasses from LesnCrafters after being fitted with AccuFit, you may be eligible for up to $50 from this class action settlement. That’s because LensCrafters allegedly made inaccurate or misleading statements about their AccuFit system.

In order to qualify, your purchase must have occurred between September 5, 2013 and September 20, 2023.

You have to file your claim at accufitclassaction.com by March 27, 2024.

Vizio TV Refresh Rates – $50

If you bought a new VIZIO television in California after April 30, 2014, you may be eligible for a piece of this class action settlement.

You need to file your claim at refreshrateclassaction.com by March 30, 2024.

Empress Ambulance Data Breach –

If your data was revealed during the Empress EMS data breach in July 2022, you may be eligible for part of this settlement. When you file your claim, you will need to choose between a cash fund payout or reimbursements for documented losses.

File your claim at empambulancesettlement.com by April 8, 2024.

AMC Online Privacy Settlement

If you registered for an account with Acorn TV, ALLBLK, AMC+, HIDIVE, Shudder, or SundanceNow, you may be eligible for this settlement. You could receive a cash payment as well as a free one-week subscription to AMC+ streaming services.

File your claim at amcvppasettlement.com by April 9, 2024.

Lincare Holdings Data Breach

If your personal information was revealed during the Lincare Holdings data breach in September 2021, you may be eligible for this. When you file your claim, you will have to choose between four different compensation options depending on how you were affected by the breach.

File your claim at lincaresettlement.com by April 15, 2024.

Verizon Administrative Charges Settlement – $100 est.

Verizon customers who had an open postpaid account between January 1, 2016 and November 8, 2023, may be eligible for a payout from their upcoming settlement.

You need to file your claim at verizonadministrativechargesettlement.com by April 15, 2024.

Guardian Analytics Data Breach – $250

If your personal information as compromised during the breach that occurred between November 27, 2022 and January 22, 2023, then you may be entitled to compensation. This breach affected Guardian Analytics, Actimize Inc and Webster Bank.

This settlement will provide up to $100 for time spent dealing with the breach, up to $250 for ordinary expenses or up to $5,000 for documented expenses. To claim the lost time, you merely need to self-attest that you spent that time dealing with the breach.

You need to file your claim at websterclassactionsettlement.com by April 24, 2024.

Generic Pharmaceutical Pricing

If you purchased at least one of 159 specific generic medications between May 1, 2009, and December 31, 2019, you may be eligible for this settlement. The settlement is the result of an antitrust complaint, in which it was alleged that these pharmaceutical manufacturers were conspiring together to fix prices.

You need to file your claim at genericdrugsdirectpurchasersettlement.com by May 6, 2024.

Norvant Health Data Privacy

If your personal information was potentially shared with third parties during visits to Novant Health’s websites or the MyChart patient portal between May 1, 2020, and August 12, 2022, you may be included in this settlement.

You need to file your claim at nhprivacysettlement.com by May 6, 2024.

Apple iPhone Audio – up to $349

If you experienced audio issues with your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus at any point from September 16, 2016, to January 3, 2023, you may be eligible for coverage under this settlement.

You need to file your claim at smartphoneaudiosettlement.com by June 3, 2024.

FAQs about Class Action Settlements

We have received a multitude of inquiries regarding Class Action Settlements, and in this FAQ, we aim to provide comprehensive answers to the most frequently asked questions about them.

How can I find my Class Member ID?

If you didn’t see your settlement email but need to find your class member ID for a class action settlement, here’s what you can do:

  1. Check Your Email Inbox and Spam Folder: Sometimes, emails from class action settlements might be mistakenly marked as spam or get buried in your inbox. Look for emails from the settlement administrator or legal notices related to class actions.
  2. Visit the Settlement Website: Most class action settlements have a dedicated website where you can find information about the settlement, including how to claim your part. These websites often have FAQs and contact information if you need help.
  3. Contact the Settlement Administrator: If you can’t find the settlement email, the next best step is to contact the settlement administrator directly. Their contact information should be available on the settlement website. They can help you verify your participation in the settlement and provide your class member ID.
  4. Review the Official Settlement Notice: If you received a physical notice in the mail or saw an advertisement about the settlement, it might include information on how to contact the settlement administrator or how to access the settlement website.
  5. Consult with the Class Counsel: The attorneys representing the class (class counsel) might also be able to assist or direct you on how to find your class member ID or confirm your eligibility. Their contact information should be on the settlement website or in any official notices you might have received.

Remember, each class action settlement is unique, so the exact process for finding your class member ID may vary. Always make sure to reach out for assistance if you’re having trouble.

Are class action settlements worth it?

In my personal experience, yes! I spent less than 90 seconds claiming my check from the recent Verizon settlement, which is expected to be worth $100. I think $100 in 90 seconds is a great return.

Should I cash a class action settlement check?

Whether you should cash a class action settlement check depends on your individual circumstances and the details of the settlement. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Eligibility: Ensure that you are eligible to receive the settlement funds based on the terms and conditions outlined in the settlement agreement. If you meet the criteria and it’s from an authentic class action settlement, it’s generally safe to cash the check.
  2. Tax Implications: Consider the potential tax implications of the settlement. Some settlements may be taxable income, while others may not be. Consult with a tax professional or attorney to understand the tax treatment of the specific settlement you’re involved in.
  3. Adequacy of Compensation: Evaluate whether the settlement amount fairly compensates you for your losses or damages. If you believe the compensation is insufficient, you may want to explore your options for objecting to the settlement or opting out to pursue your own legal action. However, by the time that the class action settlement check is issued, you may have missed the deadline to exclude yourself from the settlement so you may not be able to pursue independent action against the company.
  4. Legal Advice: If you have any doubts or concerns about cashing the settlement check, it’s advisable to seek legal advice from an attorney who specializes in class action settlements. They can provide guidance based on your unique situation.
  5. Deadline: Be aware of any deadlines associated with cashing the check. Settlement checks often have expiration dates, so make sure to cash it within the specified timeframe.

Ultimately, the decision to cash a class action settlement check should be made after careful consideration of the factors mentioned above and consultation with professionals if needed.

Can you join a class action after settlement?

In most cases, you cannot join a class action lawsuit after the settlement has been finalized. Class action settlements typically have a specific period during which class members can opt in or opt out of the class. This period is usually determined by the court and is part of the legal process.

Once the settlement is approved and the opt-in/opt-out deadline has passed, class members who did not opt out are bound by the terms of the settlement, and they forfeit their right to bring individual legal actions related to the same claims covered by the class action.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule. In rare circumstances, if you can demonstrate that you were not adequately represented by the class representatives or their attorneys, or if you were not given proper notice of the class action, you may have a limited opportunity to challenge the settlement or seek additional remedies. It is advisable to consult with an attorney experienced in class action lawsuits to determine if any exceptions apply in your specific situation.

How long do class action settlements take?

The duration of class action settlements can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the complexity of the case, the number of class members, and the willingness of the parties involved to negotiate and reach an agreement.

Here are some key points to consider regarding the timeline of class action settlements:

  • Filing and Certification: Class action lawsuits typically begin with the filing of the complaint by the plaintiff or plaintiffs seeking class certification. The court must then decide whether to certify the class, which can take several months to years, depending on court schedules and the complexity of the case.
  • Discovery: Discovery is the process during which both sides gather evidence, which can also extend the timeline. Complex cases with extensive discovery can take longer to settle.
  • Negotiation: Once discovery is complete, the parties may engage in settlement negotiations. The duration of negotiations can vary widely. Some settlements may be reached relatively quickly, while others may require extensive back-and-forth discussions.
  • Court Approval: Once a settlement agreement is reached, it must be submitted to the court for approval. The court will review the terms of the settlement to ensure it is fair, reasonable, and in the best interests of the class members. Court approval can take additional time.
  • Notice to Class Members: After court approval, notice must be provided to all potential class members, allowing them to opt in or opt out of the settlement. This notice period can last for a specified period, often several months.
  • Distribution of Settlement Funds: After the opt-in/opt-out period has passed, and any objections or appeals have been resolved, the settlement funds are distributed to eligible class members. This can take some time, especially in cases with a large number of class members.

In summary, the duration of class action settlements can range from several months to several years, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Complex cases with numerous class members and extensive negotiations tend to take longer to settle, while simpler cases may reach a resolution more quickly. It’s important to consult with legal counsel for specific information about the timeline of a particular class action lawsuit.

Are class action settlements taxable?

“Lawsuit settlements are generally taxable, except for most cases of physical injury or physical sickness,” explained Travis Shreeve of Shreeve Landry CPAs. “Some lawsuit settlements have elements that are taxable and elements that are not taxable.  The difficulty of a class action lawsuit is that they might not be able to determine what amounts are for physical injuries and what amounts are not, therefore they may issue a 1099 that includes all settlement amounts as “other” income, a taxable amount. It’s best to work with a tax professional and talk through your situation with them to minimize your tax liability if there are significant physical injuries.”

Relief Recap

Class action settlements are an easy way for low income Americans to get justice and claim reimbursement from companies that have wronged them in some way. If you are eligible, you could receive compensation from the open settlements on this list. This article includes information about what class action settlements are, how they work, and which settlements are currently open so that you can claim your checks.

Nicole is the owner and lead researcher for Low Income Relief. She has over 20 years of professional research and writing experience, and she has been solely dedicated to investigating low income topics for the last 10 years. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more. Her work has also been featured by Google for Publishers and other leading industry publications.

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