What is a class action lawsuit?
Do I need to prove I purchased these products?
Will I be contacted to testify in court?
How much will I receive?
Is there a limit to the number of claims I can make?
What happens to the settlement money if it is not claimed?
Why don’t you need a receipt? Couldn’t anyone file a claim?
I don’t see XXX case here?
I do not live in the United States, can I file?
What happens if I don’t file a claim?
Do I need a lawyer?
Is there a list of expired settlements?

What is a class action lawsuit?

A class action is a type of lawsuit that lets groups of people act collectively. A lead plaintiff sues on behalf of everyone affected, and if they win, everyone in the affected class shares in the damages award.

The idea is to let consumers band together and bring lawsuits that they could not economically bring individually. For example, imagine if a company was making a pen that because of a faulty designed leaked ink. If you bought one of the defective pens and ended up with ink all over your clothes, you might feel ripped off but suing the company would be impractical. A lawsuit would be expensive and time consuming, and even when you won you wouldn’t get enough to make it worth your time. So the company could go on making these defective pens.

A class action lawsuit lets everyone who bought one of these pens sue together. With thousands of affected consumers acting collectively, the lawsuit is economical for both parties than thousands of small lawsuits. One of the affected people would play the role of the lead plaintiff, and sue the pen manufacturer. And when they win or settle the case, the court orders a fund be set up to pay compensation to anyone who bought these pens.

The lawyers are paid out of the compensation fund. And the lead plaintiff is usually given an extra payment to compensate them for their time.

Do I need to prove I purchased these products?

Many settlements require no proof or purchase whatsoever. In some cases, a proof of purchase is required if a consumer is claiming to have purchased more than a certain number of a particular item. Other times, a high priced product may require some proof of purchase, but that could be a credit card statement or something similar, rather than an original receipt, so this should never deter you from claiming your just reward.

Of course, you should only file for settlement for products that you actually purchased. Lying about purchasing something is not cool.

Will I be contacted to testify in court?


How much will I receive?

The amount varies, however, there are many instances where a $100 or more can be received in a single claim, by checking back frequently, you can continue to receive settlement awards.

Is there a limit to the number of claims I can make?

You can apply for as many settlement awards as you’d like, there is no limit on the number of different settlements that you can apply for. They are all typically different companies with very different products, settlement amounts etc.

Each settlement has specific rules regarding the limits on a specific item, often requiring a receipt of a claim for more than a few items is made. For example, if you bought up to 6 bottles of skin lotion you might not need a receipt, but claims for more than 6 bottles might require a receipt. However, if it is a big ticket item, you may require a receipt or other proof of purchase in order to make your claim.

What happens to the settlement money if it is not claimed?

What happens to the remaining settlement money if it is not all claimed by class members depends on the terms of the settlement. But, the most common three situations are:

  • Company Keeps the Money – in some settlements, the defendant company keeps the money. (We are not a fan of this arrangement, because it creates a direct incentive for the company to avoid publicizing and paying out claims.)
  • Distributed to Claimant Members – in some settlements, the extra money is divided among those that made claims. There have been situations with unsubscribed settlement pools where the claimants received settlements far in excess of their purchase price because of this method.
  • Distributed to Charity – in some some settlements the remaining funds are given to a charity. (latin term) In principle it is meant to be a cause that benefits the class. In practice you often see funds given to causes that seem more aligned with the attorney’s personal interests that those of the class.

Why don’t you need a receipt? Couldn’t anyone file a claim?

Most of these cases involve products bought many years ago, and it is unlikely any consumer would keep a receipt or other proof of purchase. Do you keep the receipts for a pair of shoes, or Nutella spread they bought five years ago? If a receipt was required, none of the affected consumers would be able to claim their settlement money. So instead most mass consumer product settlements use an honor system for filing claims.

This trust based system does open them up to abuse, by people filing fraudulent claims. The legal philosophy that underpins the system is that as the party that wronged consumers, it is better the company bear the cost of these fraudulent claims than to deny the victims their just compensation.

Of course this does not mean you should file a fraudulent claim. Lying is not cool.

I don’t see XXX case here.

If you know about a case that we are missing, email us the details at info@classactionrebates.com and we will add it to the list.

I do not live in the United States, can I file?

These settlements are for consumers in the United States. The vast majority only provide for settlements for American consumers. In some cases, the American settlement is part of a larger global settlement and there may be a settlement fund administered in your local country, but we regret we do not have the resources (or skills) to locate, investigate, and list all these global settlements.

What are all these cases about? Why do these companies owe me money?

Most of these cases are to do with a company selling an unsafe or defective product, or advertising the product in a way that was false or misleading. Other common reasons for a class action lawsuit are companies colluding, or otherwise violating anti-trust laws. Companies producing unlawful environmental damage. Billing errors, where consumers were overcharged for a good or service. Contractual violations, where a company was not living up to the terms of their contract with their customers.

What happens if I don’t file a claim?

If you do not file a settlement claim (or opt out of the settlement>, then you will not receive a settlement payment. In most cases, your rights to receiving any settlement in the future will be severely limited. For all practical purposes, if you don’t fill in the settlement form then you won’t get anything.

Do I need a lawyer?

You do not need a lawyer to file your claim and get your settlement.

If you want to do something more complicated, like object to the settlement, then a lawyer would be advisable. But, this too does not require a lawyer.

You can of course hire a lawyer to represent you if you choose.

Is there a list of expired settlements?

We do have a list of expired settlements.

55 responses to “Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. keith says:

    please take the New Balance, Car Fax, Walgreens Wal-Born @ Bayer Aspirin OFF the listing page of Open Settlements. You can NO LONGER FILE A CLAIM on these.

    Also why don’t you have the AOL or Southwest Claims listed? Thanks! GREAT SITE – Please find more Open Cases.

    ADMIN – Hi Keith,

    I plan on updating about once a month at which time I will email the update to anyone who subscribes. (I figure there is no great benefit to more regular updates)

    I included the AOL Search Data settlement. I did not include Southwest drink voucher settlement, because I thought it was a pretty pitiful settlement, and not worth many people’s time. I think there is value in our curating settlements so only things that are widely available and where the settlement is worth the time of filling out the form

  2. Sam H Bates says:

    I am trying to file a claim for benifits from the settlement aganist a dietary supplement that bears the brand name ‘Ageless Male’

  3. Monique says:

    Are you telling me that all we will get from $137 million is $50 dollars? Or are we getting the entire amount owed to us for the fraudulent fees?

  4. Regina Maxwell says:

    I have proof of purchase and would like to have my money back, plus some for pain and suffering from these shoes.

  5. Sheryl A. Bors says:

    Do I just check back on this site on June 10 /11.2013 to find out how much we get? Or how do Ifind out and how long does it take after thatdate? Thank you? Sheryl A. BORS

    ADMIN – Hi Sheryl,

    The amount of time that it takes to get your rebate varies a lot. Sometimes it is as soon as 2 months after the settlement closing date. Sometimes it takes much longer.

  6. Lisa Galindo says:

    I lost my claim form. Can I get another copy?

    ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

    Yes, you can get another claim form to replace a lost form. Simply contact the claims administrator associated with the case.

  7. Debbie Nesler says:

    Do we have to pay taxes on any settlement checks we receive?

    ADMIN – Hi Debbie,

    My understanding is that the settlements aren’t taxable, because you aren’t gaining anything (just getting a partial refund to compensate you for a loss you suffered).

  8. Michelle Fulmer says:

    When are the checks being mailed out to people who filed? Just wondering when to expect it.

    ADMIN – Hi Michelle,

    The date the checks are mailed varies a lot settlement-by-settlement. The typical rebate check is mailed 2-3 months after the settlement fund stops accepting applications. But, this is not true of all settlements. If you need specific information about a settlement, then the best source of information is the class action administrator for that particular fund.

  9. jeff says:

    On the EA case I submitted a claim for games I bought and sent my son. He also saw this lawsuit and submitted a claim under my name for those same games. So I have now doubled dipped. What should I do?

    ADMIN – Hi Jeff,

    I would just reach out to the EA Sports Class Action Administrator and ask them to delete one of the duplicate entries for you.

  10. Debbie says:

    I have not received my refund yet, I filed a claim on line but have received anything. It has been a long time since I filed my claim.

  11. BHASKAR says:

    I claimed for $15 voucher but I received back 30% off 100. Please let me know the process to request return and get what I requested for

  12. robert carpenter says:

    I received a letter and form in the mail about the ab circle pro lawsuit and I mailed it back is this good enough to qualify for a refund. I didn’t file online. is there a way I can find out if I am on the list to receive a refund.

  13. Lorraine Clayton says:

    I just wanted to say thank you. I received my check for the Sketchers a few weeks ago and the check from AOL yesterday. I would have never known I qualified if it were not for your site.

  14. Pam says:

    Thank you so much for this site. It’s easy to navigate and understand, and I actually am eligible for about $75! In this crazy economy, the little guy often gets the shaft. It’s nice knowing there are people like you out there helping ordinary folks get the $$ that’s due to them.

  15. meredith says:

    I participated in the 1800 Contacts class action and I need to know if I filled out everything correctly including returning a second form requesting my ss#? I’m having a hard time finding a contact number…

  16. Angelina says:

    I dont recall having a CitizenS Bank, unless it was over 20 years ago. CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN WHAT EXACTLY THIS SUIT WAS ALL ABOUT? HOW DID THE BANK MESS UP?

  17. Bonita Peck says:

    I submitted a claim but never received a check. Can you help me.

    ADMIN – Hi Bonita,

    I don’t know what class action your filed for, but the process to check on your claim would usually be to contact the claims administrator for the class actions that you filed.

  18. Mrs. D says:

    Is there a list of all current class action lawsuits?

    ADMIN – Hi Mrs. D,

    Yes you will find a list of currently open class actions on our homepage.

  19. stacey says:

    I need to change my address on my claim for Turbo Tax

  20. Deanna Jakubiak says:

    I didn’t know there was an action against Sketchers.
    Both my husband and I have a pair and he twisted his ankle wearing them. Is anyone able to still file a claim?

  21. PAUL Smith says:

    I own a 2011 pilot but never received a claim form. I bought my vehicle back in june 2012 but have never had a misfire , how can I be protected for the future, I do have a warranty

  22. Ron says:

    Occasionally a class action rebate offers payment through ACH instead of by check. Has anyone tried this approach and what were their results?

  23. sara says:

    I have my claim number and wondering where I can submit it to see the status.

    Please go to the page for each class action settlement and identify the contact information for each case in order to contact the proper class action administrator

  24. Jacky says:

    somebody already recived check from here ? i didn’t receive anything. where can i ask about it. ?
    i live in Los Angeles. can i call lawyers in LA ? what can i do ? what is going on ?

  25. deb says:

    do i need to claim this money on my taxes? I already spent money that was taxed for the original product. No one seems to know. Thank you

    No need to include in your taxes

  26. Ron says:

    Why did you remove the Certainteed class action? It is still active.

    Hi Ron,
    Scroll all the way down on homepage to find this settlement

  27. Bruce Norby says:

    Looking for the class action for Hyundia and Kia fuel Economy Litigation, 2013-ml-2424

    Please refer to homepage to locate this class action

  28. Beckee says:

    I filed for the Ab Circle Pro Class action Lawsuit. It has been 2 years! What is the status of this payout?
    I have not received anything. And how can I check on the status of this?

    You need to contact the admin directly. This class action was paid a long time ago.

  29. Gary says:

    Has there been a date certain set that checks will be mailed out for people in the DRAM settlement?
    Also, I am unsure of exactly what items are allowed as part of the settlements. I sent in a form for the DRAM case but, I see where people are asking about anything from shoes, food, video games, cars, to ab rollers, am I missing something should I be claiming more than computer memory?
    Hi Gary,
    For the DRAM you were able to claim more than one memory. Unfortunately the date for claiming has passed as for the comments you see on this page it relates to other class actions you can visit our homepage at http://www.classactionrebates.com to see if you qualify for other rebates and settlements.

    • Patricia Roberts says:

      Did you ever get a check. The website is not helpful at all regarding when checks were/will be sent.

      ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

      Please let us know which settlement you are writing about.

  30. Donald Pierce says:

    Why have I not been notified of compensated for my claim?

    Hi Donald,
    We are an informational website. If you want to receive updates about any claim you must contact the class action administrator for each claim separately. You can find their contact information by visiting the specific page for each class action settlement.

  31. Deidre Salcido says:

    I just heard about the Ab Circle Pro Lawsuit; however, nobody notified me. I did purchase…now what? Thank you!

    Unfortunately there is nothing you can do. You are past the deadline.

  32. Patricia Hoffman says:

    I have bought many bags of the Waggin Trails Green Supreme treats for my dog. Where do I find the information to fill out a form for the lawsuit? Please reply as soon as possible.
    Thank you.

    ADMIN-Hi Patricia,

    The information for this class action as well as the PDF form can be found here

  33. julia says:

    Wacol class action won’t accept my phone number????????I live in California… what is wrong??

    ADMIN-Hi Julia,
    Contact the class action administrator directly to ask about this.

  34. JACKY BAEK says:

    it takes too long.
    they supposed to send money and ticket in 2014.
    something is wrong. i called them one time, they said they will send ticket or check as soon as possible.
    it was 1 year ago. how long do we have to wait. untill 2020 ? 2030 ?

  35. Brenda Russell says:

    did anyone receive a check from the DRAM claim? I filed June 15, 2014

  36. K Adams says:

    I was apart of a class action lawsuit involving bank of America in 2011. At that time I received notification that if I wanted to remain in the lawsuit, that I didn’t have to do anything. I know these lawsuits can take a long time so I waited (obviously too long). Out of curiosity I decided to see what was going on. Apparently the case settled back in 2012. I received no notification and no payments. I’m told there’s nothing I can do as I did not cash the first of 3 checks distributed (never received). Is there nothing I can do? Will this go to the state controllers office, or has the bank gotten back the money they took from me in the first place?

    ADMIN – Hi K,

    If the class action settlement did not include a clause indicating where the leftover funds would most likely be forwarded to the controller. On the other hand if the leftover money was set to be given to charity you are out of luck.

  37. Diane Gormsen says:

    I received a check from Skechers Settlement dated 12 July 2013 that I never cashed. It says check was good for 90 days. How can I get a replacement for this uncashed check? Amout of check = $68.86

    ADMIN – Hi Diane,

    Generally speaking you can’t get a replacement after so much time has passed by. Check with your state controller to see if the funds were allocated under your name.

  38. Chris says:

    I filed a claim for the tuna several months, but cannot find out when they will be distributing the refund. Does anybody know when an estimated time that this will be completed?
    Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    Please read the responses to other comments.

  39. Patricia Roberts says:

    DRAM settlement checks. Have they been mailed. I can’t find out the status and did not receive a check yet.

    ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

    As far as we know the checks have not been mailed yet.

  40. Peggy Blair says:

    I have a claim form receipt from October 30, 2015.
    I have not received a payment of $25.00 for StarKist Tuna.
    My claim number is 62419146101.

    Also filed a claim for A&E Milk Products on the same date,
    for $10.00, which no payment has been received.

    ADMIN – Hi Peggy,

    As you probably know we are an informational website and not a class action administrator. Please contact the class action admin.

  41. Beverly Sandoval says:

    I filed a claim 2/23/13 re: Ab Circle Pro exercise device and have not heard anything…
    B. Sandoval, Lakewood, CO

    ADMIN – Hi Beverly,

    This one was paid out years ago. It was handled by the federal trade commission. Had you contacted them early you would have had a chance.

  42. Rhonda Wilkinson says:

    When will the claimants of the Hedricks vs Starkist suit receive there Tuna? My claim numberris: 61972545401.

    Thank You

    ADMIN – Hi Rhonda,

    The judge did not agree with the terms of the settlement. Now all the parties are back to the drawing board.

  43. Selina Pinkerton says:

    1800 get thin lapband I havnt received nothing at all and I got the band feb 22 2010 its been a nightmare

    ADMIN – Hi Selina,

    We can’t recall a settlement for lap bands, thus we are unable to provide you with any guidance.

  44. Judy McConnell says:

    Thank you for this site. Very informative. I look forward to the monthly updates.
    In response to K Adams inquiry of September 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm:
    If a check is missing and the class action administrator cannot help, people have found lost funds here: https://www.usa.gov/unclaimed-money Each state has a department to handle “lost/unclaimed” money.

  45. Judy says:

    Barkwell %Gilardi & Co is the administrator with Sprint settlement. They have not paid me even with sending in necessary documentation several times. I definitely do not think much about this firm.

  46. Ed says:

    I participated in Burris vs Sherwin Williams and just found out they supposed sent me a check in April 2016, which I never received. The claims admin told me its too late to collect as the account has already been closed and the money refunded to Sherwin Williams. Is there any recourse to this? I never got a stinkin dime.

    ADMIN – Hi Ed,

    No recourse. I encourage you to follow our Facebook page we always post which settlements are getting paid so you can contact the admins in a timely manner.

  47. Donald Ross says:

    How do I get on the list for repair for my model 700 30-06?


    Donald Ross

    ADMIN – Hi Donald,

    Are you talking about the Remington Rifles?

  48. Kathy says:

    My son passed away in June 2010. A check came in the mail for him in the amount of $131.06. Am I require to send this back or is it legal for me to keep it ?

    ADMIN – Hi Kathy,

    We can’t answer that question. It is best to consult with an attorney that is familiar with wills and trusts.

  49. Nicole says:

    Still no word on Navy Federal TCPA Class Action Suit……

  50. mary says:

    hi, i would like to ask about the multivitamins with flouride settlement case. can i file for a claim even if i got them from medi-cal? also, it was used by my daughter and she is not of legal age, if i file the claim so i do it under her name or mine?

    thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Mary,

    You can only file for true out of pocket expenses. If Medi-cal paid for yours Medi-cal can file and they can get their portion of the settlement.

  51. Candace Morrell says:

    Good afternoon,

    I filed a claim for the Johnson and Johnson settlement case but haven’t heard anything, the was done last year, I haven’t received an email or letter.

    ADMIN – Hi Candace,

    This case is still open. You need to wait until the deadline has passed.

  52. Donita says:

    I received a check but I lost it what should I do?

    ADMIN – Hi Donita,

    Contact the class action administrator to see if they can issue a new one.

  53. Paula Francisco says:

    I have been contacted by phone and email by people claiming to be with FinCen and that they are responsible for sending out funds from a lawsuit against Westgate Lakes Resort. We are owners of a timeshare with them. We never received anything by mail from FinCen but our address had changed slightly over the years. Now they want me to fill out a form 105 that is for declaring funds going in or out of the US since the settlement amount due us is over $10,000. Everything I search to confirm or debunk this stops just short of doing either. They say the firm is for reporting to the IRS. Does this sound like proper
    form and/or procedure?

    ADMIN – Hi Paula,

    We do not provide with legal advice. Please contact your attorney to consult.

  54. Christine from Sacramento, CA says:

    I filed a successfully submitted my claim for the Wilkins v. HSBC TCPA Settlement before the deadline and I do not recall received my check. I have tried contacting the administrator on numerous occasions and line is busy (or no longer in service??), is there a website that I you can check to see if my claim number or control number has been paid out?

    ADMIN – Hi Christine,

    If the website is down then the settlement has been closed for a while and the funds remaining from members that failed to cash their checks have gone to charity or to the treasurer that handles unclaimed monies for your state.

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