LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER

ClassActionRebates.com
1718 Peachtree Rd #380
Atlanta, GA 30309

Dear Friends,

We make getting class action rebates easier for consumers.

Class Action Lawsuits are supposed to be the great equalizer in the U.S. Legal system, letting individuals who were wronged band together to take on big companies. Class actions give consumers power to hold companies accountable for unlawful activities and are an important check-and-balance in our legal system.

But one growing problem in the class action system is that even though consumers are winning big cases, with settlements topping $10 billion in 2012, most victims never get compensated. There are three reasons why this happens:

First, settlements are poorly publicized so most affected consumers do not even know they are eligible. Second, directions are complex and poorly written, so figuring out if you are eligible, what you are likely to get, and how to file is difficult and time consuming. And finally, there is no interactivity, so if you need help you are basically out of luck.

The result is that the vast majority of affected consumers never file class action claim forms, and as a result do not receive anything. Even more toxic, consumers are denied the opportunity to participate in the process, and so the class action system has become run by lawyers, for lawyers.

The extent of the problem hit home for me when I realized that even I never file for class action rebates. Despite my having a law degree and my having experience as a class action administrator, even I find the whole thing so cumbersome that it isn't worth my time to collect money that I know is owed to me. When I surveyed my friends and family, I couldn't find a single person I know that files for their class action rebates.

We want to fix this problem by addressing these issues of awareness, complexity, and lack of interactivity. ClassActionRebates.com is a platform for consumers to access all open class action rebates. At a glance consumers can see a list of open class action rebates, what the settlement provides, filing requirements, how long it takes to file, and a link to the claim form.

Our aim is to be a one-stop-shop where consumers can come once a quarter, check if they are eligible for any settlements, and file their claims in just a couple of minutes. And if you subscribe to our newsletter, we will send new settlements to your inbox once a month. Simply put, we want to make filing your class action rebates easy.

We hope you find this site useful. Let us know if you have any questions, or suggestions on how to make the site better at info@classactionrebates.com.

Your sincerely

Gajan has served as a class action administrator, experiencing first-hand how ineffectual the claims process is for consumers.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, his professional experience includes stints at McKinsey & Company and Jones Day.

Personal projects include BabySignLanguage.com, a popular resource for teaching pre-verbal kids.

ClassActionRebates.com provides information on open class action settlements. We organize, synthesize, and publicize class action information to make filing class action claims more accessible to ordinary consumers. Simply put, our mission is to make filing class action rebates easy.

37 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Scott says:

    Hi, I participated in one rebate – has my information gone to any third parties?

    ADMIN – Hi Scott,

    Your information goes to the class action administrator, the company that handles the logistics of distributing the settlement funds. The class action administrators will only use your information for the purposes of facilitating the settlement. They will not send it to third parties.

    • DEB says:

      Inconsistencies here. Lots of them. for example. Fed Ex. Deadline Dec 2014. That is wrong. It was last year. Seems like a waste of time

  2. Ben says:

    Thanks for this! I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of these products I’ve purchased. The checks may be far away but I should have $100+ coming in eventually!

  3. Alex says:

    How long does it normally take to get a response? I filed for one in December, and have heard nothing back… and it’s been four months now…

    ADMIN – Hi Alex,

    Class actions tend to be very slow in paying and are not very communicative. You usually don’t hear anything until they pay you. The date of payment is usually 2-3 months after the closing date on the settlement. This can mean that payment is sometimes nearly a year after you file.

    I am not sure what settlement you filed for, but if you are concerned about the status you can always email or phone the claims administrator.

    • Kay E says:

      I filed a claim in 2006 for a diamond claim and I got the check about 2 weeks ago. But since it was for almost $700.00 it was worth it!

      ADMIN – Hi Kay,

      Wow. These funds can often be slow to pay out, but I have never heard of one taking 7 years to send you your check. I bet you had forgotten about it by then.

  4. Sean says:

    There are many websites that give consumers information about how to make a claim from class action settlements, but this is THE BEST SITE out there. Thank you for doing this and keep up the good work!

  5. aundrea johnson says:

    How much money will i receive from the ab circle pro?

  6. Monique says:

    Wanted to know how often do you have new class action rebates?

    ADMIN – Hi Monique,

    I post a new batch of class actions about once a month. If you want to be notified every time I have a new batch subscribe to the newsletter and we will send you a monthly update on the new rebates that are available.

  7. Illeen Moore says:

    You know sign language, ASL ? I am Deaf.. Cool..

    ADMIN – Hi Illeen,

    Unfortunately, I only have the vocabulary of a three-year-old. But, it is something I am working on.

  8. cathy says:

    Please make a newsletter.

    ADMIN – Hi Cathy,

    You can subscribe to our email newsletter that informs you of new settlements by entering your email in the sidebar.

  9. Pauline says:

    I applied for the ab circle class action suit and haven’t received my refund, is there a was I can find out if and when I will get my refund.

    ADMIN – Hi Pauline,

    The best way to get information is to contact the class administrator for the settlement.

  10. Terri lynn Johnson says:

    When will I know something or receive my settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi Terri,

    Most settlements don’t give you any updates along the way. The only correspondence you usually get is a check (if the claim was approved). Claims are usually paid around 2-3 months after the claims period closes. But, in some cases it can take much longer. The best way to get an update is to contact the claims administrator for the case.

  11. jp says:

    I’m curious about the classactionrebates.com business model…how do you make your money?

    ADMIN – Hi JP,

    We don’t make any money from the site. We saw a problem (that most people never claim their class action money), and thought we could be part of the solution.

  12. monique says:

    I have a question, if we want to submit any new class action settlements on your website, how do we do so?

    ADMIN – Hi Monique,

    We are happy to post any class actions that you find. Just email us the details at info@ClassActionRebates.com.

  13. Rebecca says:

    It occurred to me how great it would be to give people an option to have the rebate checks forwarded/donated to organizations fighting to get legislation passed to stop the illegal practices that harm so many. For instance, there is a $3.7mil suit soon to be approved against ConAgra for mislabelling their Alexia pototoe products as “natural”, and the Cornucopia Institue is trying to raise funds to get the first state law passed to require GMO labelling in Washington State right now. We could use their own money to fund the legislation they are opposed to! I sent an email to Cornucopia Institue about this, as well and mentioned your site. This was my “67 minutes of service” in dedication to Nelson Mandela who tunred 95 yesterday.

    Thank you for the work you are doing.

    ADMIN – Hi Rebecca,

    Interesting idea. As an administrator, that doesn’t sound like it would be terribly difficult to do (although you could just as easily mail them your check when you get it). A related idea is that class members to vote on where to send cy pres funds (left over settlement funds that are currently sent to charities or organizations chosen by the attorneys and the judge).

  14. Winona says:

    I filled out the paper they sent to me and have heard nothing since. I have changed my address could that be why and how do I get in touch with someone to let them know it changed so I can receive my refund?

    ADMIN – Hi Winona,

    I am not sure which settlement you are referring to, but the process is the same irrespective. You go to the website for the class action administrator for the relevant settlement. You find the contact details for the administrator and you call them and tell them your new address.

  15. john says:

    Is this for US citizens only, have you set up a similar website for Australia?

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    This site only covers U.S. settlements which typically only apply to purchases made in the United States.

  16. Mar says:

    Congratulations to you for such an AWESOME SITE!!! you deserve to be blessed for helping us!!

  17. Robert says:

    I just wanted to say that I recently found out about your website and it’s been great. Let’s hope I can get all my claims paid out sometime within the next few years! ;)

  18. Rosela Taull says:

    Do you know of any demand on Colorsilk-Revlon? Thanks for your attention to this question.

  19. Lacey says:

    FYI – Just wanted to let you know about an email I received today from the administrator for the Skechers Settlement. I really think that they randomly reject claims that don’t have proof of purchase. I don’t keep receipts going back 3-4 years. Why should it make a difference if you file claims for products that you purchased.

    From Skechers Settlement skechers@bmcgroupfederal.com

    Dear Claimant,

    Your claim in the Skechers Settlement was rejected because our records show that you filed several claims in different Federal Trade Commission matters over a short period of time OR there were multiple claims filed from the same address. These filings led your Skechers claim to be tagged as requiring supporting documentation. If you can provide proof of purchase for your claim, please mail it to the address above and your claim will be reconsidered. There is no guarantee that your claim will be accepted.

    If you have already provided proof of purchase in order to have your claim reconsidered, please disregard this letter.

    When filing your claim form, you affirmed your understanding that the decision of the Class Action Settlement Administrator was final and binding. You also affirmed your understanding that the claim form may be subject to audit, verification and Court review. You may refer back to your filed claim forms if you have questions about your affirmations.

    If you have any questions about this letter, please call the Settlement Administrator toll free at 1 (866) 325-4186.

    Please do not attempt to call the Federal Trade Commission as they will be unable to assist you with this letter.

    Sincerely,

    Office of the Class Action Settlement Administrator

    ADMIN – Hi Lacey,

    Thanks for sharing that. It looks like the FTC is rejecting people that file for multiple class action that they administer. That is really dumb. It is completely unreasonable that they want people to have receipts for nearly decade old purchases.

  20. Veronica Bienkowski says:

    My son received a settlement but he has died and the check is made out to him Francis M. Bienkowski how do I go about getting this check changed. Thank you, Veronica Bienkowski

    ADMIN – Hi Veronica,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Usually when someone passes away, an administrator/executor is put in charge of their estate. That person will be able to get the check cashed.

  21. Jerry Smithers says:

    Thank you for creating this great resource and sharing it!

    I have found 10 rebates I am eligible for in the past several months, and claimed all of them.

    So far, I have received 0 rebates. In fact, I’m still waiting on my CD price fixing settlement from 14 years ago. This rant has nothing to do with the site, other than pointing out how necessary it is because of companies abusing the faith of the consumer… and when it comes time to pay up, most stall for as long as possible. Sometimes, forever.

    Again, thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Jerry,

    Yes, it is a frustratingly slow process.

  22. Tom green says:

    It seems like Rust and Garden City Group take great pleasure in rejecting claims. In the Papa John settlement they paid out only about 3400 claims and the lawyers fees. Here is the award announcement. “Papa John’s To Pay $16.335 Million To Settle TCPA Class Action” $170,000 is a far cry from $16 million.” I hear unclaimed funds in this case go back to Papa. Does Rust get more business or a commission for screwing consumers?

  23. Charles Cruz says:

    Just purchased a 2002 C4 S. Wanted to find out if the settlement will cover replacement of the IMS bearing or if it’s been replaced how cannot determine that it has.

  24. Jorge Barroso says:

    I would like to know how Claims Administrators protect against one person making multiple claims on one class action. Is it their address, or name, or cookies, or ip address? My company is facing a suit and I’m worried about fraud.

    ADMIN – Hi Jorge,

    We have a few tricks that we use to eliminate fraudulent claims. As I am sure you will understand, going into them in detail would be counterproductive.

  25. Tammy Taylor says:

    Thank you for putting out such a useful website.

  26. Betty Dyer says:

    Thank you for empowering the consumer! Free of charge – Kudos!

  27. Cat O. says:

    What if you know you bought the product and you bought several, you know the month and year, but can’t recall the exact date of the month you purchased them?

  28. ton says:

    I received over $1500 from the Brazilian blowout class action. I am a salon owner and claimed for each bottle of treatment. The claim form never asked for a social security number or business ID. Will I receive a 1099 misc or is this just a reimbursement for defective products? I am wondering if taxes need to be paid on this nice settlement check. I just want your valued opinion and will not take your answer as legal advice. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Ton,

    My understanding (and I am not a tax lawyer), is that on the consumer side it is not taxable income. It is like getting a refund for a product you purchased. It doesn’t count as income on your taxes.

    On the business side, you would treat it as a discount on your merchandise. So you would reduce your Cost of Goods Sold (COGs) by $1500 on your taxes. But again, I would not expect a 1099, because it wasn’t income.. more like a rebate.

    Again not a tax lawyer.

  29. Sally Bisbe says:

    Hello
    I was wondering if the abcircle pro class action suit settled yet? If so, where do I find information regarding the payout?
    Thank you

  30. Donna Beaty says:

    Hello,

    I filled out a form over a year ago and before the deadline for an Abs Circle Pro class action settlement. I have never received a check and wonder if it might have been returned because I no longer use the PO Box that may have been listed on the form. Please let me know what I need to do to find this out?

    Blessings,
    Donna Beaty

  31. Sandi Cosbey says:

    I’ve had a change of address since filing my claim for the Ab Circle Pro refund. I read where I need to contact the class admin via email or phone but neither was listed. How do I find the phone number or email address for the class Admin?

    Thank you.

  32. GDL says:

    Really do appreciate your setting up this website… is there someway to let the claimants know about it, perhaps e-mail a list of claimants from the Claims Administrator for any given claim settlement, or the URL for this site be sent to potential claimants, such that we can help each other get through any given process?

    ADMIN,
    Dear Glynne, we have a mail list for which you can sign up on homepage.

  33. De says:

    Be nice if you folks dropped any opportunities already months expired from your list. New people feel like they missed out, and would never know if you simply expired them on the day after their filing deadline dates.

  34. TeeWee says:

    Where did all the comments go?
    (Turbotax settlement)

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