Class Eligibility

You are a Class member if you were a Harbor Freight customer in the United States who, between April 8, 2011 and up to December 15, 2016 (the “Class Period”), purchased any product from Harbor Freight which was advertised with a higher reference price (e.g., “reg. $XXX,” “only $XXX,” or “comp at $XXX”) adjacent to a lower current offering price, but which was not sold by Harbor Freight at the higher reference price for at least 28 of the last 90 days prior to purchase.

Estimated Amount

Varies

If you are a Class member and the settlement is approved, and you timely file a Claim Form, you may be entitled to a payment. The settlement allows eligible Class members who timely file claims to elect their recovery as follows:

  • Option A. Customers who have itemized Harbor Freight receipts reflecting one or more purchases between April 8, 2011 and December 15, 2016 with a “you saved” amount reflected on their receipts can submit copies of those receipts and elect to receive either 20% in cash, or 30% in a Harbor Freight gift card, of the total “you saved” amount listed on their receipts, excluding any amounts reflecting free items or items that were later returned.
  • Option B. Customers who have credit or debit card statements reflecting one or more purchases at Harbor Freight between April 8, 2011 and December 15, 2016 can submit copies of those statements and elect to receive either 10% in cash, or 12% in a Harbor Freight gift card, of the total Harbor Freight purchases on their credit or debit card statement(s), excluding any amounts reflecting items that were later returned.
  • Option C. All other customers who made purchases at Harbor Freight between April 8, 2011 and December 15, 2016 may submit one declaration, signed under penalty of perjury, stating that they purchased an item from Harbor Freight (other than a free item or an item that was later returned) that was advertised with a higher reference price (e.g., “reg. $XXX,” “only $XXX,” or “comp. at $XXX”) adjacent to a lower current offering price, and that they do not have itemized Harbor Freight receipts or credit or debit card statements of their Harbor Freight purchases. Customers submitting this declaration will receive one $10 Harbor Freight gift card.

Class members can choose relief under both Options A and/or B above, as long as they provide the appropriate receipts and/or statements; with the exception that the same purchase cannot be submitted under both Options A and B. Class members that qualify for relief under Option A and/or B cannot qualify for relief under Option C above.

If, after payments for all valid claims have been calculated, the total amount paid to Class members, plus administrative fees, plus attorney’s fees, is less than $23 million, Class members with valid claims may be eligible for additional compensation on a pro rata basis. The amount of the additional compensation will depend on what kind of documentation you provided with your Claim Form, whether you opted for a cash payment or a gift card, and the number of Class members who submit valid claims.

Proof of Purchase

No

Those who are able to provide proof of purchase will receive a more generous settlement

Case Name

Beck v. Harbor Freight,
No. 15CV00598
Court of Common Pleas Lake County Ohio

Case Summary

The lawsuit alleges that Harbor Freight violated the law by advertising merchandise at a “sale” or “comp at” price when the same items had not been sold at the advertised regular or “comp. at” price for at least 28 of the preceding 90 days. Harbor Freight disputes Plaintiffs’ allegations, and believes that it complied with all applicable laws at all times. The Court did not decide in favor of Plaintiffs or Harbor Freight, and the Court has made no decision that Harbor Freight did anything wrong. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement.

Settlement Pool

$33,000,000

Deadline

08/07/2017

Contact


National Sale Price Settlement
c/o GCG PO Box 10351
Dublin, OH 43017-5551
1-888-321-0482

415 responses to “Harbor Freight Sales Price Class Action Settlement”

  1. Liz says:

    Where do I get the numbers to be included in this class action. I had bought there many times different items.

    ADMIN – Hi Liz,

    Receipts and credit card statements.

  2. Julie Lafferty says:

    I have printed my claim form claim ID number 20000543 and am returning with a copy of original receipt saying I saved 160.00. Going in mail tomorrow.

  3. Brandy stanton says:

    I made a purchase from harbor freight within the time frame without return and not for free item for which I do not not have receipt.

    • allison says:

      i have the same thing i didnt plan on returning the items so i threw the receipts out.. how do i go about doing this?

      ADMIN – Hi Allison,

      You file without a receipt. You may get less but you will still get something.

  4. Rebecca Bouchard says:

    I have bought MANY things from Harbor Freight within that time limit. I just have to round up receipts and card statements.

  5. Dave Lanagan says:

    I purchased a sander at Harbor Freight that was supposed to be 65% off but I never noticed the sander selling at my Harbor Freight for 65% more that I paid for it. Please include me in this class action.

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    To participate in any of the class actions we publish you must file a claim.

  6. den says:

    I have been buying from HF stores for many years now! MANY of their items are NEVER sold for the price they claim as regular or normal price when advertise on sale! Everything I buy there is a really good deal though! I’ll look for my receipts and sign up, then what ever money I get back I will go to HF and SPEND!
    This must not be too big a deal for them though, I just got a new sales paper and it still shows COMPARE TO $XXX price which is so high price they are comparing their tools to stuff like SNAP-ON!
    Actually though I have had some Snap-on tools and sold them. I really like HF tools better for some things, so maybe it is FAIR to compare prices! Better Tools for a LOWER price!
    Also the last set of Craftsman tools I bought at SEARS was so crappy MANY years ago that it WAS the last set I bought! I have bought HF ever since and never another Craftsman!

    • Robbie cheatham says:

      I feel the same way. I have bought many things from HF including thier 8500 predator generator and have never had a problem with thier products , any money received will be going right back into thier register. Good products at a competitive low price. I hope everyone has the same mentality so the prices don’t increase as a result of current events.

      ADMIN – Hi Robbie,

      Thanks for sharing your perspective. I don’t think you need to worry about prices rising. Most companies keep insurance to cover the costs associated with lawsuits such as this.

    • Mark says:

      Den, their sales prices are pure B.S. I’ve been shopping at HF for over ten years and have been getting their sales catalogs for that same length of time and you see the same items discounted over and over again. I’ve never once seen certain items at their regular price. It’s actually insulting. I hope customers hold their feet tot he fire.

  7. Tammy.Moore says:

    Includee in this class action suite

    ADMIN – Hi Tammy,

    To be included please file a claim.

  8. Vickie L says:

    I drove across town just because they had a good price on toolbox, got there, not only was the price twice as much, but the sales person tried to get me to buy an even bigger and better box. I left empty handed and po, I haven’t shopped at Harbor Freight since. Felt like it was the old bait and switch thing.

    • Kim Pulsipher says:

      How were you able to get a salesman? When I am in the store, they are only by the cash register. You have to ask to have anyone help you. I have shopped there for years and never had anyone do that.

  9. ron durgin says:

    I made a purchase from harbor freight within the time frame without return

    • Maryjoyce Burns says:

      Purchased many tools from Harbor Freight. Many were great, but some fell apart including power washer that ruined me deck. They would not take it back without receipt. Good for them, not good for the party we were hosting!!!

  10. Anthony Johnson says:

    I like to be part of this suit

    ADMIN – Hi Anthony,

    To be part of a suit you must file a claim.

  11. Rowdy B says:

    You go to HF you get what you need take to the check out counter and you either pay the price or you don’t. Damn free loaders you people are so ate up with PC but then again this is what this country has turned into.

    • Teela Marie says:

      Pardon me? I’m part of this country and don’t appreciate your ire, especially since YOU’RE HERE and the sites only purpose is,lawsuits, so not only are you part of “what this country has become”, but you’re a hypocrite who isn’t very bright…smh

  12. Brenda L Brisco says:

    Have made several purchases for years. Looking for receipts.

  13. Lonzell Harris says:

    I will patisapate in the class action

  14. Leroy Jones says:

    I will not join in this ridiculous Class Action Suit against Harbor Freight & neither should you.
    Because of Harbor Freight I was able to purchase all the tools I need to make a great living & support my family. Because of my hard work and Harbor Freight Tools in my hands I am now living the American Dream.
    Harbor Freight has great deals and there is no other company that offers anything close to the value for your money. If they miss-stated a regular price who cares, Nobody with half a brain pays full retail anyway. And who goes into Harbor Freight without a 20% off coupon which can be found online on in the mail. The only ones getting rich off of most class suits are the attorneys. If you get anything from the suit it will amount to a few cents or buck or two at best. Harbor Freight will have to get the money to pay for there defense and claims by raising prices on all of us. We loose and the Attorneys win ALWAYS!.
    I will not join this frivolous suit and neither should you.

    ADMIN – Hi Leroy,

    Thank you for sharing your opinion. While I also personally appreciate their great prices I am not a huge fan of false advertising. I would still shop with Harbor Freight even if they did not overstated their price structure.

    Truth in advertising is primordial to effective and trust-based business relations.

    • Billy Kidd says:

      it doesn’t matter if you file or not, they are going to distribute the settlement amount to those who do file

    • Jason K. says:

      There are laws regarding what businesses can say in their advertisements. One such law regards fake “sale prices.” If a store says that something is on sale, it must have had the item for sale at the listed “regular price” for at least 1 day in the preceding 90 days. If they don’t, it’s an attempt to mislead the customer, and it’s illegal. Yes, HFT has great prices- as such, they really shouldn’t HAVE to resort to that kind of tactic- I shop there because their prices are really good, and I’ll continue to do so. It’s not necessary for them to have pretend “actual prices” on their products when the actual price is already excellent. Violating this law is a civil offense, meaning that the people who are “harmed” by the violation- in this case, people who purchased items that were advertised in this manner- must file a lawsuit to get compensation. If a business engages in dishonest behavior, they should be penalized for it. It’s not “frivolous” to expect that a business play by the rules, nor is it frivolous for a customer to expect to be compensated when the business doesn’t play by those rules.
      In addition, large companies like this carry insurance that covers a large percentage of any legal claim against them. The amount HFT will actually have to pay will probably be enough to make them think twice about violating the law, but it won’t be enough to cause them to have to raise their prices. You and I would be penalized if we break the law, or are negligent and get sued. Corporations aren’t exempt from that.

    • Susan L. says:

      Maybe YOU don’t mind being constantly ripped-off by company’s false advertising.
      But the rest of us need it to stop.

    • Joe in Taunton says:

      Other retailers have been sued by state Attorney Generals for exactly this kind of fraudulent pricing and fake sales. schemes These high-profile cases were reported in the news to alert customers to be aware of this kind of under-handed dealing. HF’s executives and their attorneys would be well aware that this is illegal, yet here we are again. Like you, I appreciate HF’s offerings, but it’s got to be a fair and level playing field.

  15. Benjie says:

    I have many Harbor Freight receipts, but nowhere on any of the receipts do I see a “you saved $xx.xx” as required by the settlement. Can I still submit these receipts?

    ADMIN – Hi Benjie

    The case is specific to items that were advertised as having had a price and then discounted when that was not the case. I encourage you to contact the class action administrator to obtain clarification.

  16. Anita Scott says:

    What is the difference between “You Saved ” and “additional savings”? Some receipts say you saved and others say additional savings. Do both count?

    ADMIN – HI Anita,

    The key is not the words but the amounts:

    You are a Class member if you were a Harbor Freight customer in the United States who, between April 8, 2011 and up to December 15, 2016 (the “Class Period”), purchased any product from Harbor Freight which was advertised with a higher reference price (e.g., “reg. $XXX,” “only $XXX,” or “comp at $XXX”) adjacent to a lower current offering price, but which was not sold by Harbor Freight at the higher reference price for at least 28 of the last 90 days prior to purchase.

    • Jason Duke says:

      I too have some receipts with “You saved” and then some where it appears they changed the terminology to “Additional Savings”

      Do both count or not? Otherwise there is no way for me to be able to tell if something I bought back in 2014 was advertised as being on sale based on the price on the receipt

      ADMIN – HI Jason,

      Submit them all and let the admin decide.

  17. Carl Leming says:

    Do you need all pages of credit card statement or just the one showing the purchase?

    ADMIN – Hi Carl,

    If the one showing the purchase has your name on it I believe it is sufficient.

    • bruce says:

      Since the card/account number is generally listed on that same page with your name and address, redacting that part might be a safe idea. I printed mine, and then I am going to redact the acct. numbers before scanning them and submitting them electronically.

  18. RON PAUL says:

    I have a box FULL of receipts from 2011 to present can I take digital photos and e-mail to someplace or is this mail in only ?

    Hi Ron,

    I believe the online path allows you to upload digital copies.

  19. Teela Marie says:

    Dear Admin…I absolutely don’t know how you do it without losing your mind smh lol

    ADMIN – Hi Teela,

    It takes a special person. 🙂

  20. Carol vanthof says:

    We Dave purchased tons of products over this period of time and unfortunately we do not keep receipts.

  21. Sandra says:

    I have bought lots of stuff from there but don’t have the receipt …And later see a price difference.

  22. Derek says:

    I made a purchase from harbor freight within the time frame without return

  23. jessica says:

    i have made numerous purchases but we no longer keep receipts.

  24. cal says:

    i have more than 100 receipts but none of them say “you saved….”

  25. Jonathan W says:

    Do online purchases count?

    ADMIN – Hi Jonathan,

    If it meets all the requirements set forth by the class I believe they count.

  26. douglas hunt says:

    my 9/23/2016 receipt for 307.39 alone [ that’s 60$] says “additional savings $110.00” instead of “you saved” is it the same or not eligible?

    ADMIN – Hi Douglas,

    The terms read you save, but I would call the admin to get additional clarification.

  27. Shopper says:

    I have receipts from the time period with a total “you saved” amount of over 2,000

  28. Roger says:

    I have many bank statements showing a picture of the front of the checks we wrote to Harbor Freight. Do these count as credit/debit or do I have to settle for the $10 gift card under Option C? We don’t have a debit card. We use checks.

    ADMIN – Hi Roger,

    Call this number to obtain clarification
    1-888-321-0482

  29. david papenfuss says:

    i have a lot that say additional savings , is that what it needs to say?

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    Please contact 1-888-321-0482 with your question.

  30. Steven H Wolters says:

    Tried to get a claim form can’t access site. Can you email me a claim form. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Steven,

    I just tested the form and it seems to work perfectly.

  31. Rick Gordon says:

    I purchased a utility trailer and have a duplicate receipt and the flyer that shows the Reg. Price of the trailer- a price it never sold at. The receipt does not have “you saved” on it – would including the flyer put me in category a?

    ADMIN – Hi Rick,

    It sounds like you are category A but I would contact the admin using the contact information I provide above.

  32. cmrb says:

    Side note. Online filing is allowed ONLY IF you have proof of purchase. Without it, it seems you have to print and mail the settlement form by hand.

  33. Douglas McMillen says:

    Have bought lots of item from small to large purchases. Do not have receipts.

  34. Richard Bujaki says:

    I spent some time today on Google to determine if this was a scam or a valid claim, and it appears to be valid. That $3,000,000 settlement is not going to go very far after the lawyers take their cut. I’ve decided not to participate in this class action suit. Yes, I am eligible for the $10.00 rebate as I have bought lots of stuff from Harbor Freight in the past. I was not harmed in any way. I got fair merchandise at a fair price. I was never fooled by false claims of inflated value. I knew it was just a part of the product marketing strategy. I have no moral right to claim I was wronged and claim recompense. I was a ‘eyes wide open’ shopper. So I will not sell my feelings of self worth for a hand full of coins and by so doing, admit that I was so easily duped. My personal integrity, and sense of fair play is not for sale. (Well, not for $10.00 at least.) No foul, no harm, no pay.

    In years past, I have spent a great deal of money on the latest & greatest fishing lures & gear that was guaranteed to catch more fish, which it didn’t. I bought into their hype & hoopla. Should I sue the sellers for my own foolishness?

    • Jason K. says:

      It looks like the $3,000,000 is the part set aside specifically to pay claims, and is separate from the amount set aside to pay the attorneys. In addition, if you read the settlement notice, anything left over from the amount set aside for costs will be added to the claims pool. it’s worth it to file a claim.

    • Mike says:

      If there was a guarantee and the lures did not performe up to said guarantee then you should be able to get some compensation if you choose not to that is your choice

  35. bill dyer says:

    Dear Admin,
    I’d like to upload photocopies of in-store receipts. There would be numerous copies. Is there a maximum file size? Can I also mail a form in for option B for on-line purchases where I only debit card info. The debit card would only show the total purchase including sales tax. How is the 10% calculated for option B?

    ADMIN – Hi Bill,

    Please contact 1-888-321-0482 to ask your questions.

  36. Patricia Gardner says:

    My husband and I bought tools there during the fall of 2016 that were on sale.
    I thought they were a trusted business and had no idea about their dishonesty.

    Sincerely,
    P. Gardner

    • Marco says:

      I personally wouldn’t call it dishonesty. If anything, it’s just as dishonest as telling your friends how handsome all their children are. It’s simply creative marketing that backfired. If anyone sees the same drill every single week at Harbor Freight for 19.99$, with a “regular price” of 79.99$, they are really gullible if they think that is the actual price and that they are just lucky to catch it.

      It’s just a frowned upon marketing practice whose sole purpose is to make you feel better about saving money. This isn’t exactly a practice that harms anyone.

  37. STAN SPAGNUOLO says:

    My fiancee and I have bought many tool for the last 5 years for our wood working crafts

  38. Jason K. says:

    The vast majority of Harbor Freight’s prices show a “compare at” or “regular price” label on the tag. However, most of these items never show “you saved” on the receipt. Anyone able to clarify for me what is going on? Should I just submit all of my receipts? (I have a bunch- they get emailed to you if you’re on file with them)

    ADMIN – Hi Jason,

    Give the admin a call to obtain clarification.

  39. Bill says:

    Your contact number is not helpful, it’s just a recorded message without an option to talk to someone.

    My online bank statements do not go back beyond January 2015, but I do have a record through the Mint website. Would a PDF of purchase records from Mint be acceptable for option B?

    ADMIN – Hi Bill,

    Try contacting them via email. If that fails just submit your MINT statements and see if they work.

  40. David Cov says:

    On making copies of bank statements, If I blacken out the other purchases on my statement and only show the purchase at HF, is that acceptable ? If not what is the acceptable process of sending bank statements ?

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    I am pretty confident that is acceptable, just make sure your personal info shows plus their transaction.

  41. Guy Caporicci says:

    Can I send the original receipts as they may not appear clearly on a copy? Believe it or not, I have found every receipt for Harbor Freight purchases since 2011.

    ADMIN – Hi Guy,

    I would not recommend that. By sending the originals you will be left without evidence in hand.

  42. J. says:

    I have several receipts that say, “Additional Savings” at the bottom instead of “You saved.” Do these receipts quality for the reimbursement?

    ADMIN – Hi J,

    I believe they do but it would be best if you contact the class action administrator.

  43. Ken G. says:

    I track all my spending through Quicken. Very detailed. Send you a Quicken summary of my spending with Harbor Freight Tools. Will that be sufficient?

    ADMIN – Hi Ken,

    I am not sure it will. Why don’t you contact the admin to check? Their info is provided on this page.

  44. laura says:

    I am a mechanic and I bought numerous amounts of tools from Harbor freight on my debt card and I no longer have receipts for those items

    ADMIN – Hi Laura,

    Then you can only file using the path for those without a receipt.

  45. Connie Flanery says:

    I don’t remember if I’ve already filed a claim or not. I have moved & don’t have access to any receipts that I used to have because everything is in storage at this time. I also do not have a forwarding address as of yet. Besides renting a P.O. Box do you have any suggestions? And, can you tell me if I’ve filed a claim? Seems like I may have when I was originally notified about the lawsuit but I could’ve also been looking for any receipts I still may have had so, therefore I didn’t follow through with a claim.
    Thank you kindly for your time.

    ADMIN – Hi Connie,

    I am not the administrator. You need to reach out to the class action admin to answer your questions.

  46. edward cheathem says:

    i have bought numerous amount of items from them should have keep the receipts

  47. ANNIE says:

    fyi, if you have no receipts you will have to print/file the claim form via US Mail https://secure.gcginc.com/nsp/LandingPage.aspx?_ga=1.55573867.1772364787.1492173388

  48. Terri Ivie says:

    I have tons of receipts stuff has faded but I have them. Now what?

    ADMIN – Hi Terri,

    Take a photo and enhance it.

  49. Elvia Rivera says:

    I do t have receipts but I e bought a lot from here

  50. Demetrius Lewis says:

    I have plenty of receipts they are for some reason are in my emails. I just need to go through them one by one.

  51. William says:

    I have 33 credit card PDF statements with 35 harbor freight purchases totalling about $2k. Now what do I do?

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    You file a claim.

  52. Yvonne Root says:

    I have credit card statements on paper where do I find the claim form to submit these?

    ADMIN – Hi Yvonne,

    On the claim form you will see a line item that reads: If you do not have a Claimant ID No. and Control No., please check here:
    Mark that box and follow the instructions.

  53. Hector Munoz says:

    I always shop there but never keep my receipts, but when I purchased these items you guys ask me for my phone number, shouldn’t you guys have all my purchases saved under that number…

    ADMIN – Hi Hector,

    I think HS asks for your phone number as a means to target by market. They do not keep an association between your phone and your transactions. I would suggest however that you double-check with the admin.

  54. Robert says:

    I’ve been shopping there for years. Calculated that I should be getting $488 in store credits and submitted on April 5th! I wonder how long it will take until I get a response.

  55. Khalid Mahmood says:

    I bought 6 or 7 jacks from dover de and salisbury md between 2011 thru 2017 I dont know how to file claim they are asking claimant id and control # where i can find

    ADMIN – Hi Khalid,

    There is a file path that does not require a claimant ID If you read closely on the claim form you will see that you can click your way into this form.

  56. David says:

    I just got my settlement check today ( minus $30 check fee ) I did not want the horror freight plus 10% gift card because i no longer buy stuff from them, 70% of the items they sell are junk. I dont have money or time to waste on there sub standard tools .

  57. Timothy McLaughlin says:

    I have purchased hundreds of items spending thousands of dollars even repeat buying drills saws compressors generators solar setups welding items hand tools galore,locks, Knives, wheels,carts,tarps,Tiedowns, air tools and attachments and supplies blades,bits,glue,tape,batterys,flashlights for my headbig, frivolous and fancy ones got bunches of free ones bought 10 times as many of those standing lamps, bottle jacks, jackstands,towchains,scales and magnifyers and many other,household items lubes,cloths,gloves and much more. I have returned a few things… exchanged others and got parts missing or I lost or that I broke or whatever. The people
    never hassled and I bought over and again mostly cash some card got club membership and some extended warranty but the receipt paper and ink faded 9 blank unreadableness rapidly and repeatedly so what should I do?
    I do?

    ADMIN – Hi Timothy
    Why don’t you try to see if you have credit card records?

  58. John Doe says:

    Is there an estimate as to when the funds will actually be disbursed to the class members? I see there’s a deadline for submissions, but no ETA for disbursement.

    ADMIN – Hi Alex,

    No timeline for payment at the time.

  59. Ron Laskowski says:

    Harbor Freight is a great store selling excellent quality products. Their stock includes hard-to-impossible to find hardware. I have shopped their for years, and have never been disappointed with the products that I purchased. I use their Super Coupons on nearly every purchase. Yes, the prices do vary depending on which sale paper you reference. I suggest that you keep their flyers and be an informed shopper. It is up to the buyer to get the best price. And yes, I will collect all my receipts from the past five years, file a claim for a Harbor Freight gift card, and continue to shop at Harbor Freight for a long time to come.

  60. Warren says:

    The online Claim Form doesn’t not Option C for the $10 Gift Card. There seems to be something fishy going on here on the online form. Looks like the HF is wanting to prevent people from not apply for claim online by doing this and forcing them to apply through mail.

  61. Sharon says:

    When do the checks and gift cards get mailed out? I mailed in my claim and I’m curious when to expect them. Thanks, Sharon

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon,

    It takes sometimes up to a year after the deadline if there are no appeals.

  62. Bryan juranek says:

    I have ordered from harbor freight my hole life without a problem , not once did I feel like I had been taken for a ride , they have a great costumer service , great products at a great price. I have ordered 20 ton press , 2 ton cherry picker , lots of air tools , hand tools , tarps , etcetera , etcetera. I don’t feel like they o me a refund. I won’t be asking for a refund. Thanks for a great place to shop harbor freight.

  63. Rosie says:

    I have printed my claim form to mail in as I can not file online with out a receipt , question is can you file with out a receipt online instead of mailing?

    ADMIN – Hi Rosie,

    I believe you can

  64. RODGER A VANAUSDAL says:

    What about items I purchased using PayPal? I have no monthly statement like a credit card. No store receipt. Only the receipt that came in the box.

    ADMIN – Hi Rodger,
    These are part of the class action.

  65. chris johnson says:

    When can i expect my gift cards? Sent in the info 3 months ago.

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    It may be months if not years.

  66. Chris says:

    For option b, Do I need to send in complete monthly bank statements for every month i shopped there or can I simply do a search for harbor freight transactions and export that data only?

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    If the data export includes info that includes your name I think you should be able to use it.

    • Chris says:

      And if full statements can I Mark out unrelated transactions? What specifically is required to be present?

      ADMIN – Hi Chris,

      Yes you can mark out other transaction but make sure the area with your name is visible.

  67. greg purcell says:

    Did you just tell someone it could be YEARS before we get paid on this settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi Greg,

    It could be months if not years. When it comes to class action settlements you hope for the best but expect the worst. There are many cases that get stuck on appeals for what seems like an eternity. Basically, don’t plan your vacation or your wedding with the funds from any settlement. But if everyone gets paid sooner we will have something to celebrate.

  68. David says:

    I have a bunch of credit card statements. I got a couple questions:

    1) Can you only send the relevant pages ( that show the harbor freight tx ) only instead of the whole 3-5 page statement.
    2) Can i redact / cross out the other non relevant transaction, for privacy reasons? I am very reluctant so send years of financial history out in the open like that.

    Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    Yes and yes

  69. Bryan juranek says:

    H.F. is a great place to get tools for a great price . H.F. has sold me tools for a lot of years. Not once did I feel like I had been taken for a ride. I see no need for any kind of a refund, that could force them to raise the price of their price

  70. MARCUS CLOSE says:

    Just recently made a purchase

  71. Michael Kazigian says:

    when can I expect paymant? There were some that said they were already paid? What determines the payment priority?

    ADMIN – Hi Michael,

    Where did you read that it was paid already?

    • Michael Kazigian says:

      on this site
      David says:
      May 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm
      I just got my settlement check today ( minus $30 check fee ) I did not want the horror freight plus 10% gift card because i no longer buy stuff from them, 70% of the items they sell are junk. I dont have money or time to waste on there sub standard tools .

  72. Thomas Martin says:

    How do I follow up on my completed claim form and receipts I sent in over 45 days ago>?

    ADMIN – Hi Thomas,

    By writing to the class action administrator.

  73. Mark says:

    I’ve been purchasing tools from Harbor Freight for well over ten years now and have scanned almost all of my receipts. Would love to participate in the law suit; however, the amount of money I might expect to receive is not worth my time. I will say this much: every time I receive a Harbor Freight catalog in the mail and I see the same old items year in and year out discounted for the same price I knows it’s pure B.S. They aren’t fooling anybody who has been a customer for as long as I am. Nevertheless, even though I am onto their B.S. sales price scheme, some of their tools are bargains as long as you aren’t planning on trying to make a living using them.

  74. Donna Flye says:

    Can you use the Harbor Freight Gift Card online? Not sure I saw this question here.

    ADMIN – Hi Donna,

    I believe you can.

  75. Joe in Taunton says:

    The claims website is off-line. Can’t acces the online claim form nor the paper form download link.

    https://secure.gcginc.com/nsp/PocForm.aspx
    The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading.

  76. Todd says:

    It seems the receipts are printed with disappearing ink. A bunch of mine are now completely white, no writing anymore.

    • Jennifer Gill says:

      EXACTLY, mine too. Should we just send in the blank receipts and guess the amounts? I think there should be a class action lawsuit against businesses printing receipts that they require for any refund, exchange, warranty, or class-action settlement claim down the road, yet they use ink that magically disappears even if the receipt is kept in ideal conditions! It’s total BS!

      ADMIN – Hi Jennifer,

      I have a receipt scanner. Dreamy little machine.

  77. Nick Keener says:

    I have years of credit card statements do I send whole credit card statement or what and who send to and by when

    ADMIN – Hi Nick,

    Just the portion that shows the transaction, you send it before the deadline to the class action administrator together with a copy of your claim form.

  78. Ed says:

    Has anyone received any sort of confirmation after sending in a claim? I sent a multi page claim in several months ago and never received any kind of acknowledgement.

  79. Carol says:

    Help please, I have dozens of jpgs of receipts and pdfs of credit card statements. I’ve. Even working on them all week. How do I submit these multiple files or do they all have to be combined into 1 file (which I don’t know how to do)? Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Carol,

    If you are not tech savvy enough to combine various files think about printing your stuff and sending it in the mail certified.

    • Carol says:

      So you are saying I can only submit 1 JPG or 1 PDF?

      ADMIN – Hi Carol,

      I would print and mail my stuff. I don’t think the online application cares if you submit a pdf of JPG but I have the feeling that size and number of files matter.

  80. Carol says:

    One other question. Many of my receipts are over 2 feet long. I can’t get it all in one picture without it being blurry. Is it ok to fold them some to just show Harbor Freight, the date and amount saved or do you need top to bottom?

    ADMIN – Hi Carol,

    Consider taking a picture instead of scanning or scan the receipt in two parts.

  81. William L. says:

    Also, most of my credit card statements only have month and day on the purchase line, with the year maybe on an entirely separate page. Do I have to cobble together a copy with both dates for each purchase, or can I just note the year beside the purchase line? I have about 20 so far…do they want a 20 page PDF file with the submission?

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    I would include the front page plus the page that has the transaction.

  82. Tom says:

    I can’t download or file online. I checked the box for do not have a Claimant ID No. and Control No but I get an error message saying “Claimant ID No. and Control No you entered are not valid. Please enter the Claimant ID No. and the Control No. listed on the email you received.”
    And the contact number is just a voice recording. How can I get the form or file online if the website is broken?

    ADMIN – Hi Tom,

    You can email the class action administrator or contact class counsel.

  83. Dave says:

    I have mailed my receipts and claim form. I have US Postal Service Tracking confirmation it was received. When can I expect my rebate? I never got any type of confirmation that it was received other than my tracking information. Please advice.

    ADMIN – Hi Dave,

    It will be a while before we get updates on this one.

  84. William L. says:

    The filing website is not currently working ( https://secure.gardencitygroup.com/NSP/PocForm.aspx ). It won’t provide access to online filing or to the mail-in form unless you enter Claimant ID and Control numbers, even if you check the box saying you don’t have them. This is grossly negligent situation just before the filing deadline.

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    That sounds super frustrating. I am really sorry you are experiencing issues and I wish I could help

  85. pj says:

    Does anyone know the current status? Has final approval been made?

  86. William L. says:

    Found the glitch. On a hunch, I tried entering a different email address on the site and it proceeded with the process. My guess is this probably indicates that the site’s database sees my main email as one to which a notice with a set of claim numbers was sent at some earlier point. Perhaps such a notice went into a spam folder, as no search of my emails retrieves anything now.

    In any case, it worked for me doing that without any claim numbers, though there still may be others who are stuck in the same quandary without any hint on the website as to how to proceed.

  87. TAREQ ZAKARNEH says:

    when we will get the money for this settlement ? I doubt this money will go to the law firm corporate and we will not get anything

    ADMIN – Hi Tareq,

    Once the case is moving forward with distribution I will post it on our Facebook page.

    • Philip says:

      What is your Facebook page so I can check to see how the payout is progressing.

      ADMIN – Hi Phillip

      https://www.facebook.com/ClassActionRebates/

    • Philip says:

      Hi,
      Is this your facebook page? I would like to have an idea when they will start paying out claims. They kind of keep us in the dark. I don’t think they even acknowledge they are working on claims or if there are any legal objections that would slow things down.

      Phil

      ADMIN – Hi Phil,

      Like I mentioned before, we don’t have an update as to when this will be paid.

  88. Dave says:

    Too late to submit?

    ADMIN – Hi Dave,

    Please refer to the deadline when wanting to know if you are too late to submit for any of the settlements we post. In this case you are too late.

  89. Matthew says:

    I too am wondering what happened at the settlement hearing on 7/7/17. Did he judge approve the settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi Matthew,

    I have no updates.

  90. Dan says:

    Is there any way to find out if my individual application is in the que?

    ADMIN – Hi Dan,

    You have to contact the class action administration.

  91. William Holderman says:

    I call a couple of weeks ago. Inquiring about my claim. The fellow who I chatted with said they have my claim and said I’d receive status of my claim. Could you please ck where this claim is in the food chain. Sent to you in June.
    William Holderman
    1020 Orchard Rd
    Marion, IA 52302

    E Mail : WRHTLH1@aol.com

    Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    I can’t. Our website is simply a newspaper of class actions and not the administrator for most cases we feature.

  92. Michael says:

    When will we know the outcome?

    ADMIN – Hi Michael

    Some settlements take months to years before they come to a final resolution.

    • Philip says:

      Does this mean the statement they made that they would start paying out 60 days after august 7, 2017 are bogus?

      Phil

      ADMIN – Hi Philip,

      That was an estimation, not written in stone.

  93. Andrea says:

    Has anyone seen a check yet?

  94. Class Member says:

    I sent in my claim form and receipts per the settlement instructions, but also did not receive any notification. I called the law firm and received an email stating they were still going through claims. I emailed back about a week before the turn in deadline and received a reply that my claim has been approved. I emailed them again around the first of Sept to ask about the settlement approval hearing and the firm replied that they are still waiting on the courts decision. I’m not sure how long that takes, especially when the case has already been settled. I asked when we would know about the checks and the firm replied they “will update the website (nationalpricesettlement) with any new info.” Well, the only thing I worry about is the site says you have 60 days to cash your check before it is void. BUT, they won’t tell us when to look out for it! What the heck!? And they don’t expect people to be anxious? I do not see any new info on the website since they created it. I keep thinking, maybe they already sent checks out and mine got lost. How will I know? And if I ask about it too late, they will say, you should have called sooner. They need to post an update, even if it is “Still Working On It.” I will save this page. Please post any new info you receive. Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Member,

    If you follow our Facebook page you will see that lots of community members alert us as soon as they receive their checks.

  95. Class Member says:

    What is the total of your claim? Post it in a reply. I’d like to see how much is getting paid out vs all the money going to the firms.

    ADMIN – Hi Class Member,

    Always remember, without the work and risk taken by those firms there would be no class action settlements. For every one they win they have invested and lost many other cases.

  96. Tracy Belvill says:

    Hey, where is my gift card? Filled out claim and mailed receipts and documentation. Tracy Belvill

    ADMIN – Hi Tracy,

    Contact the class action administrator to check on the status of your claim.

  97. Cary Dare says:

    I got this in my email, is this legit?

    please let me know

    From: Adam Bowman
    Sent: Friday, September 22, 2017 1:03 PM
    Subject: National Sale Price Settlement – Notice of Deficient Claim (Web No Signature)

    Dear Claimant,

    According to our records, you attempted to file an online claim submission for the National Sale Price Settlement. However, you did not electronically sign your claim submission. Please sign the following substitute verification and return this to us as soon as possible.

    I certify under penalty of perjury that I have read the Claim filing instructions; I made an eligible purchase from Harbor Freight between April 8,

    2011 and December 15, 2016; I believe I am eligible for Class membership; and all of the information on this Claim Submission is true

    and correct to the best of my knowledge.

    ADMIN – Hi Cary,

    It looks real but I cannot see which address it came from so I am unable to confirm.

    • Paul says:

      I can’t connect with anyone. What is the email you used to ask questions? Everytime I call and click 3 to ask a question I get a repeated message saying FAQ’s and answers are available on the website but it never actually dials you to a person. Their whole system keeps you in a loop. I hear about people getting emails about claims in the system but I have heard nothing so I am hoping to send an email to someone, none are provided though.

  98. al aven says:

    the admin phone number is just a menu and the most specific information is a section on FAQ – how can we find out the status of our claim?

    ADMIN – Hi Al,

    You can send a certified letter to the class action administrator.

  99. William P Montgomery says:

    I filed my claim as per instruction when should I expect payment. My claim should be a good amount I sent receipts and all claim forms per instructions. Is there a website I can check on progress of claims

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    You can contact class counsel to ask:
    Patrick J. Perotti, Esq. Nicole Fiorelli, Esq. DWORKEN & BERNSTEIN CO., L.P.A. 60 South Park Place Painesville, Ohio 44077

  100. David says:

    I mailed my papers and form in on MARCH 28 2017. I have not heard anything back. I called numerous times to get nowhere. Can’t speak to a real person. I kept copies of EVERYTHING I mailed including the the stamped envelope and have the certified mail receipt. I sent in a ton of receipts and it came to $411 and change to get back. Does anyone have a email address to contact them with? Has anyone heard of any settlement yet?

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    Consider reaching out to class counsel. This is their phone: (440) 352-3391

    • Kyle says:

      Last time I received a reply from the counsel was early this month. It said the judge still has to approve the settlement. That was supposed to happen back in July but they said it takes a long time. If it is approved, then you’ll have to wait for appeals to time out. After all that, then checks will be issued, IF the settlement is approved.

  101. Phil says:

    Many Harbor Freight customers spent a lot of time collecting their old receipts and submitting claims in accordance with the process. A continued delay of the settlement is not earning Harbor Freight goodwill with any of us.

    ADMIN – Hi Phil,

    I don’t think Harbor Freight needs goodwill. People keep shopping with them because they have great prices 😉

  102. Russell says:

    This is on the front page of there homepage National Sale Price Settlement
    The Court held the Settlement Approval Hearing on July 7, 2017. The Court has not yet ruled on whether to grant final approval, and we do not have any information on when the Court will make its ruling. We will update this website once the Court makes its ruling.

    Payments will be made after the Court grants “final approval” of the settlement, and after any appeals are resolved, to eligible Class members who did not opt out and who sent in valid and timely Claim Forms. Please be patient. Payments to eligible Class members will be mailed in most instances approximately 1-2 months after the Court grants final approval of the settlement and appeals, if any, have been resolved.

  103. Scott Moon says:

    I sent my receipts on line days before deadline. I received no type of confirmation. Did they send acknowledgement when they received these online claims? Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Scott,

    I don’t recall anyone receiving an acknowledgement.

  104. Chris Simpson says:

    Hello, I filed a claim through the website but I didn’t receive any type of confirmation. Is this normal or did I do something wrong?

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    I can’t quite recall if this settlement sent a confirmation email or not. Your best bet is to reach out to the admin and have them check if your claim is part of their records.

    • Kyle says:

      I didn’t receive a confirmation when I sent my receipts, so I contacted the group in order to have them verify they received them and that nothing was missing from my paperwork. I had a rep email me and confirm they received my receipts and that they were processed, documented, and that I was good to go.
      It’s a little late now to be worried about a confirmation.

  105. Phil says:

    Update from the website ( http://www.nationalsalepricesettlement.com):

    “On November 3, 2017, the Court granted final approval of the settlement in its Settlement Order and Final Judgment. Please be patient. Payments to eligible Class members who did not opt out and who sent in valid and timely Claim Forms will be mailed in most instances approximately 1-2 months after appeals from the Settlement Order and Final Judgment, if any, have been resolved.”

    So now the question is, will there be time-consuming appeals to wait for?

  106. Russell says:

    The courts granted the settlement on Nov 3rd. Payments will take several months.

  107. David says:

    The time just got extended….
    A Notice of Appeal was filled today.

    11/17/2017
    Notice of Appeal, Transcript has been ordered, Journal Entry of November 3, 2017, docketing statement, certificate of service, filed. Attorney Larry W. Zukerman CA Number 2017-L-155
    Copies of Notice of appeal, all accompanying documents issued to Nicole Fiorelli, Rodger Eckelberry, Judge Culotta and Warren. Postal certificate in file.

    The question is, why would you reach a settlement agreement and then appeal what you agreed to. That makes no sense to me.

  108. Kyle says:

    Okay, I contacted the counsel and David is completely WRONG. Here is the email I received, “The Court entered its Settlement Order and Final Judgement on November 3rd. If no appeals are filed, we anticipate that distribution will take place to all eligible class members by mid-January 2018. Appeals may be filed up to 35 days after the Order was entered. There have not been any appeals filed at this point.”

  109. Walter says:

    From what I was told by my attorney these are professional objectors….They hold up the settlement looking for a payout using the appeals process….They hope the attorneys representing the class settle and they get a payday. The attorneys representing the class cannot get paid until all appeals have been closed or dismissed and the objectors know this …google professional objectors….Some attorneys make a living from just doing this…

    • Ed says:

      That’s interesting. You learn something new every day. It looks like a second objector has entered an appeal. The names Palmer and Cochran are listed in this case and show up in many articles about professional objectors.

      • Walter says:

        There seems to be a total of 6 objectors…I have a call into my attorney who is handling my claim through the class…I’m very curious as to what the plan is going to be….They want their 10 million I would imagine….

        • Kyle says:

          Hi Walter,
          I’m just curious, why would you assign your attorney to the suit? Wouldn’t he cost more than you’d get from this? Or am I missing something?

  110. Daniel Alarcon says:

    whatever happened to the settlement rebates? I filed all my receipts this past Aug. and have heard nothing yet.

    ADMIN – Hi Daniel,

    Currently the case is under appeals.

  111. George Long says:

    Claim (ID No 1265) was sent 4-24-17
    Have not heard or received anything yet.
    When might settlement be done
    Thanks
    George Long
    12-12-17

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Long,

    We are waiting on appeals to clear.

  112. Chris Ford says:

    I applied/sent in all my documentation/receipts etc back in March 17 and heard nothing. I understand the case is under appeals but is there a way to verify that I’m included in the class action?

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    Yes, you can contact the class action administrator and have them verify that they received your submission.

  113. Chris says:

    What other information do I need to include when I mail them my updated mailing address? Can I update it by calling the 1-800 number?

    ADMIN – Hi Chris,

    The 1-800 often leads to a recorded message. When updating your address by mail provide sufficient info for the admin to locate your claim. Full address, full name telephone and claim number.

  114. Theodore A. Griffith says:

    Wanted to know if I am included in this lawsuit. I have mailed claim form and the information requested. I called the 888 number and it is prerecorded with no-one you can actually speak with. How do I find out if I am included?

    ADMIN – Hi Theodore,

    Your best bet is snail mail or email. Class action administrators are pretty bad about answering phones.

  115. Loreto Lobue says:

    Called the number given and received a prerecorded message. What is the updated date that the settlement will be distributed?

    ADMIN – Hi Loreto,

    The judge did not allow for consolidation of the appeals submitted after the final fairness hearing. At this point each appeal will have to be visited separately before the settlement is authorized.

  116. Ed says:

    “01/22/2018 JOURNAL ENTRY FILED: Appellees’ motions to consolidate are overruled….”
    I’m no lawyer but I take this to mean that each of the six professional objector’s appeals will be dealt with separately on a case by case basis.

    ADMIN – Hi Ed,

    You are correct!

  117. Karen Ford says:

    Will I be receiving a settlement check? If so when should I expect a check? I send all the necessary paper work before the deadline.

    ADMIN – Hi Karen,

    Here is the latest update

    On November 3, 2017, the Court granted final approval of the settlement in its Settlement Order and Final Judgment. Please be patient. Payments to eligible Class members who did not opt out and who sent in valid and timely Claim Forms will be mailed in most instances approximately 1-2 months after appeals from the Settlement Order and Final Judgment have been resolved.

  118. R. Smith says:

    So are there appeals still pending? It’s 2 months since that the 11/3/17 date and still nothing but I cannot find info on appeals anywhere.
    What’s the status?

    ADMIN – Hi R,

    Appeal filed in November of 2017 is still pending.

  119. Ed says:

    02/01/2018 MAGISTRATE’S ORDER FILED: Appellant’s Jan., 29, 2018 motion for an extension of time to file his brief is granted to March 8, 2018.

    ADMIN – Hi Ed,

    Thanks for the info.

  120. Robert Mansfield says:

    Instead of asking us to be patient why not give us status of appeals? Is it scheduled to be heard? When

    ADMIN – Hi Robert,

    You will have to be patient. Next hearing is end of March but that does not mean anything as far as getting your payment.

  121. Earl says:

    I agree with many other posts, I love Harbor freight. I’m there every week or so and spend over a couple thousand dollars a year. I’m sure any money I receive will be spent in their stores

  122. Richard says:

    I’m 74 years old and bought considerable amounts of Harbor Freight equipment. I joined in the class action with all the faith in the lawyers, judge and Harbor Freight that a solution would be arrived upon and concluded in a TIMELY manner. It was stated in post that it would take approximately 2 months after all appeals. That happened. To me, from November 3rd, plus 2 months, equals somewhere around January 3rd. My question is, who’s holding everything up? Appeals have been rendered.Am I going to live long enough to actually see this case finalized?! Also, did the $10M already get paid to the lawyers?

    ADMIN – Hi Richard,

    The case had further appeals, the lawyers are not paid yet but they are making more money as a result of the appeals.

  123. Walter says:

    The attorneys are not making more money with the appeals process…..They want this over with as much as we do…
    I am hoping the Appeals Judge grants the motion to dismiss all of the appeals..

  124. Charles Stauber says:

    I sent in a claim made many purchases but I never received my $10 gift card it’s been a very long time now

    ADMIN – Hi Charles,

    The case is under appeals.

  125. Rkp says:

    For all those who are wondering. 6 appeals and I think 4-5 extentions to this date
    02/01/2018 MAGISTRATE’S ORDER FILED: Appellant’s Jan., 26, 2018 motion for an extension of time to file his brief is granted to March 8, 2018.

  126. Tim Glaze says:

    I have not gotten any kind of notice back other than online. were we going to get some kind of notice Or how can we check on that. I tried calling the contact number but it goes to an automated system that will not let you get to a human or any answer other than the prerecorded ones

    ADMIN – Hi Tim,

    This case is currently under appeals. No payments will be issued until all appeals are resolved.

  127. Matthew says:

    I spent hours obtaining and combing through credit card statements. I sent them a big list of redacted credit card statements that only reflected the purchases at HF, as well as a spread sheet with all of the dates and amounts I spent. It totaled up to over 4 grand. I have yet to receive any word from them or the promised gift card. I opted for the 12% of what I spent back as a gift card. Has anybody got any payout out of this yet>

    ADMIN – Hi Matthew,

    Per the official website the settlement is under appeals. Please head to our Facebook page to read the details.

    • tony in Temecula says:

      i agree. i spent many hours rounding up 6500 dollars of stuff I bought there never a word. Maybe this scam is only a form of private business extorting larger businesses at consumers expense.

  128. Michael Miano says:

    What is your Facebook page?

    ADMIN – Hi Michael,

    Here you are

    https://www.facebook.com/ClassActionRebates/

  129. Kyle says:

    So, it looks as though 2 appeals are set to be dealt with on 4/2/18 and 4 are set to be dealt with on 4/4/18. Each time an appointment time has been set to deal with the appeal, there is an extension filed to back it up another month.

    At what point are there no more options for the professional objectors to request an extension? I’d like to get on with this one way or the other. I’m not a member who has $50 riding on this, I turned in nearly 7 figures in cc statements and had my receipts verified and confirmed by the firm months ago.

    The settlement states 10% in cash refund for cc statements and possibly up to 18% in cash refund for cc statements if there is enough allocation to go around a second time. At what point does the money from the settlement get so far eaten up in legal fees that there is no more left for class members?

    Do we have any info on how much money class members have turned in verified receipts/statements for? Is there a possibility that the 10% will be more like 1% if there has been too many valid claims turned in, or will it at least be 10%?

    I’d appreciate any info you can give.

    ADMIN – Hi Kyle,

    I have seen some cases dragged by professional objectors for almost a full decade. No I don’t have information as to how much you will receive. I totally understand your frustration.

  130. Katie Yenor says:

    Hello, is there any update on this settlement? I still haven’t received any payment and there have been no updates since March 8th of this year.

    ADMIN – Hi Katie,

    None at the moment.

  131. Kyle says:

    So on 3/21, each appeal has the following message: Stipulated notice of voluntary dismissal with prejudice. So, does this mean the objectors got paid and dropped their appeal or did they just drop it? The website shows the appeal still open but that messages states the appeal is closed and cannot be reopened. Are we going to be receiving checks soon or has the money been eaten up in legal fees?

    ADMIN – Hi Kyle,

    Most likely you will get checks sometime this year.

    • Walter says:

      Kyle…I have turned in a verified amount well over 7 figures…..Keep in mind that this settlement is taxable and you will have to pay tax on your settlement…

  132. lamonth h davis says:

    What is this werified and confirmed about.I sent mine in a months ago and never heard back?

    ADMIN – Hi Lamonth,

    This is still in progress.

    • Kyle says:

      Verified and confirmed in my post means I sent in my info and then emailed the law firm to verify they have received it and then had them confirm my total sent in. The firm email me back that they verified they had received my receipts and confirmed my total amount turned in. There was no way I would do all that work just to not know if they received them or not. I’m surprised no one else did this.

  133. Ed says:

    03/26/2018 JOURNAL ENTRY FILED: Upon consideration and upon recommendation of the Administrative Counsel, the motion is granted, and this appeal is dismissed. Pending motions are hereby overruled as moot. Costs taxed as agreed by the parties.

    Progress: all 6 appeals are “closed”. Looks like the case is closed.

  134. Kyle says:

    So, as far as I see it now, the court’s website updated each appeal as closed. All 6 appeals have been dismissed without possibility of being reopened. (Please correct me if I am wrong). According to the class action website, now that the appeals have been taken care of, checks will be mailed out in 1 to 2 months. I’m curious to see how much mine will be. Will we get the 10% as stated or less? Or is there enough to go around twice and we get 18% for the cash option/cc receipts?

    ADMIN – Hi Kyle,

    We won’t know that until the class action admin validates all the claims.

  135. Walter says:

    This case and all appeals have been dismissed…..A settlement with the objectors was reached.

    • Kyle says:

      Hi Walter,
      Does your lawyer think HF will try to wiggle out of paying claims submitted by resellers (who will be obvious by the amount of the claim sent in) or will they be unbiased? I spoke with a few resellers and they had no idea of the suit. Some had over 5M in purchases during that time.
      What does your lawyer say about the settlement amount paid out to class members possibly being less than the stated 10% for Class member B- cash option? I’m wondering if we will get the 10% regardless or if the amount diminishes according to the amount of valid claims sent in. Or even yet, we could possibly get 18% if there is enough to go around. Does your guy know the total of valid claims sent in and their allocation (A, B, C)? That’s awesome you’re in for over 7 figures! I know what you’ve been through to get there. But, your claim alone could be over 10% of the allocation, so do you believe those of us who are in those types of numbers will see the 10%? Will we have a higher priority on payment or will the majority be paid and then what is left will be paid out to us as much as possible? I’d really like to hear from you. Thank you and good luck!

      • Walter says:

        I don’t think HF can wiggle out of anything….The payout really depends on how many people submitted claims…I would image the payouts will be sent in the order received….I was told that there should be enough for that 8% second round of payments…We will see soon enough

  136. Dave Hanson says:

    My Claimant ID No is 3085260 and Control No is 0940112855. I selected Option 3. When will I receive the $10.00 Gift Card?

    ADMIN – Hi Dave,

    Please reach out to the class action admin. This is the latest update:
    On November 3, 2017, the Court granted final approval of the settlement in its Settlement Order and Final Judgment. Appeals that were filed by settlement objectors against the Settlement Order and Final Judgment have now been resolved. Disbursements to eligible Class members who did not opt out and who sent in valid and timely Claim Forms will, in most instances, be mailed within 1-3 months.

  137. Randy Matthew says:

    Never heard much of anything. I saved my paperwork and have a tracking recipt which says my package was picked up. I opped for the 30% gift card. How do I check what my claiment ID number to assure you have everything?

    ADMIN – Hi Randy,

    We are not the class action administrator. We are simply like a newspaper of class actions. To verify that your paperwork was received you need to reach out to the admin directly. Their info is posted on this page.

  138. Chad says:

    Check received today! 441.13

  139. Phil says:

    Glad to see this is actually happening! Has anyone received a Gift Card yet?

  140. Mike says:

    Can anyone else confirm they’ve received a payment?

  141. Ed says:

    Will the settlement mailing be marked as such to distinguish it from junk mail?

    ADMIN – Hi Ed,

    Yes

  142. John Gannon says:

    I put in for the $10 card and received a gift card today for $160. Presume the additional dollars might be from a low turnout in filings. Must say I’m really surprised.

  143. rajung says:

    gift card today, 160.00

  144. Merle says:

    My wife and I each received gift cards today. Called customer service to find out value of cards and was told each one had a $160 balance. Apparently not very many people turned in claims as I thought I might get $10-$15 each.

  145. June says:

    Hi…I just got a gift card today and I see on my notes that I gave them one of my receipt numbers. I sure wish I knew which item I gave them! i feel guilty spending the money when I don’t even remember what I get it for! 🙂

    ADMIN – Hi June,

    Go get something nice.

  146. Ed says:

    So if those who submitted claims with no proof of purchase expecting a $10 gift card got $160, then I am expecting my claim to also be multiplied by a factor of 16 which would be over $2000.

    ADMIN – Hi Ed,

    I don’t think so.

    • Ed says:

      I just read the settlement website. For option A (submitted receipts) the award will be 60% as opposed to the original 30%, a 30% increase. For option C (no receipts or proof of purchase) the award will be $160 as opposed to the original $10, a %1500 increase! So I am penalized for going to the trouble of rounding up, scanning and transmitting all my receipts and statements. We all know that many of the “no proof of purchase” claims are from people who never spent a dime in Harbor Freight. There are couples who each submitted no proof claims who will be getting $320, $100 more than I will for going to the trouble of submitting actual proof of purchase. How did they figure the math on this?

      ADMIN – Hi Ed,

      If you want to find out the details regarding distribution you will need to reach out to the class action administrator.

      • William L. says:

        Ed, 30% to 60% is a 100% increase (double the expected amount). Still seems unfair in the distribution that everyone didn’t get an equal % increase, especially when those who maybe bought little to nothing from HF, and did no work to verify their claim got such a big payout. Class B people (credit card statements) get the least bump…12% to 18% gift card…only 50% increase. That was my group, & luckily I was due a little under $140, so now will get a bit above $200 (haven’t seen it yet, but I did keep a screen shot of the “confirmation” window at the end of the online process).

        I expect a lot of people in classes A and B will end up with less than $160. I wouldn’t be happy about that.

  147. Andy says:

    Nothing here yet (Lincoln, Neb.). Originally put in for I think around $60-70 worth of gift cards. Hopefully mine will show up in the next few days.

    ADMIN – Hi Andy,

    If you don’t get it within a week contact the class action administrator.

  148. Scott says:

    I chose option A. Haven’t heard anything since I submitted the form and receipts a couple of years ago. I tried calling the phone number, but just get a set of recordings with no option to speak to a person or leave a message. Is there any way to check the status of my claim? Has anyone who chose option A received payment yet?

    ADMIN – Hi Scott,

    If you scroll up you can find the contact info.

  149. Diamond says:

    Has anyone that choose option B and mailed in there received anything yet

  150. Michael B says:

    So yeah I submitted a claim online with option a over a year ago and have heard nothing on it I have tried to call the number and confirmed it is a full automated system with no option to speak with a live representative. I have my confirmation form with my info and claim ID. Anyone get there payment yet using option a and online submittal.

    ADMIN – Hi Michael,

    People are still receiving checks from this settlement. If you don’t get anything by next week consider calling class counsel.

    • Michael B says:

      Update: some info from the law firm
      Your claim has been processed and approved. You filed under Option A & Option B and selected to receive payment via gift card.

      Appeals that were filed by settlement objectors against the Settlement Order and Final Judgment have been resolved as of March 26, 2018. Disbursements to eligible Class members will, in most instances, be mailed within 1-3 months from the date the appeals were resolved.

      The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. The settlement checks were mailed on April 30th. The Option C gift cards were mailed on May 11th. There is not an exact date set for when the Option A & B gift cards will be mailed. I would estimate they will be sent before the end of the month. They will definitely be mailed within the 90 day window after the appeals were resolved.

  151. Diamond says:

    Has anyone that choose option B and mail in the claim form received anything yet

  152. terry hamilton says:

    I sent in copies of my bank statements from harbor freight last year and have never received any confirmation. Does this mean that I wil not be getting a check as promised?

    ADMIN – Hi Terry,

    I encourage you to contact the class action administrator to check on the status of your claim.

    • darrin armstrong says:

      Appeals that were filed by settlement objectors against the Settlement Order and Final Judgment have been resolved as of March 26, 2018. Disbursements to eligible Class members will, in most instances, be mailed within 1-3 months from the date the appeals were resolved.

      The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. The settlement checks were mailed on April 30th. The Option C gift cards were mailed on May 11th. There is not an exact date set for when the Option A & B gift cards will be mailed. They will be mailed by June 26th at the latest.
      I called 631-470-6881 yesterday and they sent me this today

  153. Brenda Grimes says:

    Who is the class counsel and what is the phone number

    ADMIN – Hi Brenda,

    Go look at the long notice under documents. Class counsel information is listed there.

  154. scott privett says:

    I think someone needs to get a class action against who ever is in charge of the settlement because I think they are stiffing people on the money that they are suppose to be sending out. I sent my claim in on March 17, 2017 with thousands of dollars of receipts and still waiting for a payment . I have the claim number and control number I just need to find out who to talk to so I can get results.

    ADMIN – Hi Scott,

    Have you reached out to the class action administrator.

  155. Greg H says:

    I put my paperwork for option B 12% along with my wifes option B 10% and she got a check and i havent recived any thing yet.

    ADMIN – Hi Greg,

    Reach out to the class action administrator. Their contact info is posted above.

  156. Jeff says:

    ADMIN-

    Your often repeated suggestion to “Reach out to the class action administrator. Their contact info is posted above.” is not helpful. I have called the number above (1-888-321-0482) and I only receive a message that “there has been a system error” and a quick hang up.

    Question for the larger group:

    1) Has anyone who selected Option A received a check or gift card?

    2) Has any reached out to the class action administrator and received a status on their claim? What did they tell you.

    Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Jeff,

    Here is the direct contact information for the group administering the case

    Seattle
    1531 Utah Ave. S., Ste 600 Seattle, WA 98134
    (888) 404-8013

    • David Batten says:

      Update 6/11/18
      I reached out to settlement administrator for an update. I got basically the same response that others have recieved last month.
      I guess they missed by the end of the date (last month). Still no date for mailing the Option A & B gift cards. Just sometime in the next 2 weeks.

      Reply received:
      I reached out to settlement administrator for an update. I got basically the same response that someone else got last month. e mailed on May 11th. There is not an exact date set for when the Option A & B gift cards will be mailed. They will be mailed by June 26th at the latest.

  157. Jeff says:

    Dear Admin, thank you for that number (888-404-8013). I called to try and verify that my claim was valid and check on the status of my Option A gift card. They could see that I had submitted a claim but could provide no more information. They said they will escalate my questions to their project team and call me back with more information. I will post the results when I hear back. Thank you.

    ADMIN – Hi Jeff,

    You are quite welcome.

  158. Scott Moon says:

    I filed my claim before deadline and provided all receipts. Just called that 888-404-8013 number. They advised the case was now closed and had no information but since I didn’t receive a refund I was not approved. That sucks

    ADMIN – Hi Scott,

    I am so sorry

    • Ed says:

      That doesn’t make sense. Did you request a check or gift card? I am still waiting for my option A+B gift card. I don’t see how you could not be approved if all the undocumented claims got $160.

    • Scott Moon says:

      I may not be dead yet. A lady returned my phone call to 631-470-6881. She advised they are still sending out gift cards and it is taking awhile. I did the A card and I had a claimant # issued. I will keep waiting. Roller coaster

    • Bill L. says:

      That does bite, Scott! Did you file actual receipts, or credit card statements? By mail, or online? Did you get a confirmation of your filing?

      I haven’t gotten anything yet, but I filed online on the last eligible day, and was waiting since the last word noted on this forum was that they would be sending out payments until near the end of this month. May have to call Monday and see what they have to say.

  159. Bill L. says:

    Just called the 888-404-8013 number. Rep told me they had no specific information on individual claims at this time, and that payments were being mailed out on a rolling bases for 90 days, beginning on April 30th (so end of July would be about the last likely time to receive one). Sounds like they don’t have their act together on what story they tell. When I called, I first gave her my “claimant ID number” that I got on the final screen of the online filing. She paused a few seconds, then asked for my name, said “let me try something else” and asked for address…then put me on hold for a minute and came back with that answer. Makes me suspect they may actually have unwelcome information and want to just kick the can down the road to a time when people will have even less ability to get a real answer.

    • Ed says:

      The deadline they originally set was 90 days from the settlement of the appeals which makes it end of June. June 26th

  160. Mike says:

    Thanks for the phone number, actually got to talk to a person. They showed that I selected option B and submitted the required paperwork. It was “escalated to the project team”. Sounds like they still haven’t mailed out all the option B settlements yet.

    • David Batten says:

      If you requested a gift card, no gift cards for options A or B have been sent out yet. The only gift cards sent so far were for option C.
      On 6/11/18 in an email from the class administrator, I was told gift cards for A & B would be mailed no later than 6/26.

      • Mike says:

        This is what they sent me today:

        This is in response to your call escalation. Your claim has been processed and approved. You filed under Option B and selected to receive payment via gift card.

         

        The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. The settlement checks were mailed on April 30th. The Option C gift cards were mailed on May 11th. There has not been a date set for when the Option A & B gift cards will be mailed

  161. Kenny says:

    I sent a letter three days ago and I also called the 888-404-8013 number today; and talked to someone who stated they received my application and paperwork, but did not have anymore information on the outcome. He also escalated it to the process team for review and said they would contact me to verify whether I would receive anything. Within two hours I received a call from a lady stating my application had been processed and I will be getting a settlement. She could not tell me when, but stated they are still sending out settlements I chose option B with credit card statement to receive Harbor Freight card.

    • Bill L. says:

      Maybe I should try the number again, then. The rep I talked to gave me no information on my status and no offer to be “escalated to the project team”. I’d just like to know if my claim is in the pipeline. Doesn’t seem like that should be too difficult to find out…I’d think they could even have an online data base with that info.

      • Bill L. says:

        OK, called again and even though I gave her my claimant number and said I wanted info on the status of MY specific claim, the rep initially tried to shunt me to the nationalsalepricesettlement.com website. When I pushed back, she finally said she would forward my inquiry and someone would me back with more information (I guess that’s the same as “escalated to the project team”…hope so, anyway).

        We’ll see…

  162. Ed says:

    I received an email in response to my phone call confirming my claim and approval. Also as posted above “there has been no date set for when option A and B cards will be mailed”. So they no longer mention June 26th as their deadline. There must be some kind of problem, who knows when we will see these cards. If anyone decides to call, don’t mention Harbor Freight, they won’t know what you’re talking about. They know the case as ‘National Sale Price Settlement’.

  163. Bill L. says:

    Finally got a response email, about 24 hrs after my call to the 888 number, with the same info as others recently received:

    “This is in response to your call escalation. Your claim has been processed and approved. You filed under Option B and selected to receive payment via gift card.
    The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. The settlement checks were mailed on April 30th. The Option C gift cards were mailed on May 11th. There has not been a date set for when the Option A & B gift cards will be mailed.”

    Got the message in the email account I supplied when filing the claim (not my most used account), although the rep I spoke with yesterday to “escalate” my inquiry said I would be getting a phone call. I like the email better…leaves a verifiable trail. Still don’t understand why it has to be like pulling teeth to get this basic confirmation of a person’s claim status. Three days ago I sent emails to the two people at Garden City Group that a contact at the case attorney’s office supplied to me as being the people handling things at Garden City. Neither of those has returned my inquiry. All-in-all, it seems like that bunch has done a craptastic job handling the distribution of the settlement.

    • David Batten says:

      I guess they no longer intend to honor the “by 6/26” date that I was quoted back on 6/11. The last few posting of replies no longer give that date as mine did. I really would like to know what the hold up is on the Option A and B gift cards.

      Here is what I got:
      Mr. Batten,

      Your claim has been processed and approved. You filed under Option A and selected to receive payment via gift card.

      Appeals that were filed by settlement objectors against the Settlement Order and Final Judgment have been resolved as of March 26, 2018. Disbursements to eligible Class members will, in most instances, be mailed within 1-3 months from the date the appeals were resolved.

      The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. The settlement checks were mailed on April 30th. The Option C gift cards were mailed on May 11th. There is not an exact date set for when the Option A & B gift cards will be mailed. They will be mailed by June 26th at the latest.

      Sincerely,
      Adam Bowman

  164. Dorothy Coleman says:

    I finally got someone to call me. My check was mailed on 4/30/18. I have not received it. I moved 4/24/18 and my check was not forwarded to me. It’s for $16500.00. I hope they will replace it.

  165. al says:

    This is very frustrating. Nobody gives a straight accurate answer. Every person I have spoken to has given a different answer

    ADMIN – Hi Al,

    This is pretty common with settlements. I am so sorry for your experience.

  166. dj says:

    I sent in all my receipts and requested a gift card how can I find out if I will every get my card

    ADMIN – Hi DJ,

    You can reach out to the class action administrator but their replies tend to be really slow.

  167. VICTORIA BOBBY says:

    I sent in all my receipts and documentation and did not receive anything in the mail from this as of 6/28 – can I get someone to contact me and let me know why?

    ADMIN – Hi Victoria,

    You need to reach out to the class action administrator.

  168. David Batten says:

    For the Option A and Option B gift cards, all are now delayed with no date given.

    Based on being given a mailing date of no later than 6/26. On Friday 6/29, I reached out to the Class Administrators and then the Class Counsel for answers. Here are the answers I received.

    Here is what I received from Class Administrators:
    “There has not currently been a date set for when the Option A & B gift cards will be mailed. We are still awaiting approval from Class Counsel to mail the gift cards.”

    So, being told they are waiting on approval. I sent the Class Counsel an email.

    Here is what I received from Class Counsel:
    “There are some issues with the administrator that we are working through at the moment, so distribution is temporarily on hold. We are continuing to work hard for you and the other class members so that payments can issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.”

    So, it does not look like we will be getting the gift cards anytime soon.

  169. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    As info, I called the settlement folks yesterday and talked to a friendly gentleman named Luis. He took my information and said they would investigate and get back to me.

    This morning, I received the following e-mail. I’m posting it here in the hopes it will be helpful to others.

    —————————–

    Mr. Ringsmuth,

    This is in response to your call escalation. Your claim has been processed and approved. According to our records, you filed under Options A & B and selected to receive payment via gift card.

    The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. The settlement checks were mailed on April 30th. The Option C gift cards were mailed on May 11th. At this time, we are not able to confirm an anticipated mailing date for the Option A & Option B gift cards.

    Sincerely,
    Settlement Administrator (AB)
    nationalsalepricesettlement.com

  170. Ted says:

    Below is the response I received from my option B request.

    Mr Smith,

    We are still awaiting approval from Class Counsel to mail the Option A & B gift cards.

  171. Bill says:

    I am an Option A claimant and have not received my gift card yet. I sent the following questions to the National Price Settlement Questions email address:

    1) Has my claim been processed?
    2) Has my claim been approved?
    3) When will I receive my gift card?
    4) If there is some delay in mailing the gift card, could you please explain what the delay is and what is being done to resolve the delay?

    I’ll post their reply.

    Cheers

  172. brian s says:

    Well glad to hear that we will be getting the gift cards still just not a definite date. I chose options A & B because i had receipts and also credit card statements. I figured i should be getting about 550 dollars back. so i hope it is soon, i want to stock up on tools.

    best regards,
    brian

  173. Ted says:

    Maybe we need a Class Action just to settle the Class Action. This case isn’t that large of a settlement pool that would necessitate 20 years to pay claimants. I’d make an inquiry if I knew who had Class Council oversight

  174. Bill says:

    Here is the reply I got:

    Your claim has been processed and approved. According to our records, you filed under Option A and selected
    to receive payment via gift card.

    The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. Checks were mailed to claimants who selected a cash payment
    on April 30, 2018, and gift cards were mailed to claimants who submitted an Option C claim on May 11, 2018.
    Gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed at the earliest possible time.
    However, it is not possible to provide a mailing schedule at this time.

    Regards,
    Settlement Administrator (AB)
    National Sale Price Settlement

    Seems consistent with what others were told.

    Bill

  175. Edward Burns says:

    “There are some issues with the administrator that we are working through at the moment, so distribution is temporarily on hold.”
    We are now two and a half weeks past the previously often stated drop dead date of June 29th. I think it’s time we were told exactly what these “issues” with the administrator are .Answers from both the Administrator and Class Council have been vague at best. The only issue I can imagine that would cause this kind of delay is money or more accurately, the lack of it.

    ADMIN – Hi Edward,

    Thanks for the update.

  176. Dorothy Coleman says:

    I talked to someone June 22, I still haven’t received any check.

  177. Phil says:

    I sent them an email asking for the status of my claim and they promptly replied with the same response others have gotten … my claim was processed and approved, but no date has been set to mail out the Option A gift Cards.

    My best guess is they are waiting to take the accounting charge for the remainder of this settlement in their next fiscal year, which starts in August.

  178. VICTORIA BOBBY says:

    I filed my claim #6149028 on 4/3/17 and have yet to receive my Harbor Freight giftcard, as I chose Option A. I even provided all of my receipts. Can someone tell me why I did not receive a card for my claim?

    ADMIN – Hi Victoria,

    I heard from other class members that the cards are being processed in batches. Your best bet is to contact the class action administrator.

  179. Edward Burns says:

    Why has this forum been shut down?

    ADMIN – Hi Edward,

    We are not shut down. I was on holiday but now I am back. Will catch up with all questions and concerns soon.

  180. Mercy says:

    Can you please give me contact information (phone#s) for the following.
    1) Class action administrator
    2) Class Council
    3) National Price Settlement (email address)

    All other agency that I can contact to inquire about my claim. I opted for option B.

    Thank you very much for all your help…

    ADMIN – Hi Mercy,

    Click on this link

    http://www.nationalsalepricesettlement.com/contact

  181. Ross in GA says:

    Has anyone else considered that the Class C $10 gift cards were supposed to be a 60% increase to $16 but someone in the “class action administrator” company made a mistake and moved a decimal point? As a result they ran out of money prior to catching the mistake, and now are scrambling to find the funds since Harbor Freight is NOT on the hook for any more money. Just a thought.

    ADMIN – Hi Ross,

    That is a horrible scenario.

    • Ross in GA says:

      Hi Admin

      More for them than us since they are required to complete the payout. Maybe we could contact the the Harbor Freight law firm and ask them to file a class action against the administrator. All things considered they may be happy to do it Pro Bono. (joking)

      Another possible sticking point is that providing the Class C group with a $150 bonus and only 60% to 100% increase to other gift card groups breaks their legal requirement to do a “pro rated” disbursement (as stated on their own web site). Once one starts dealing with lawyers, things can get very tricky very fast. We may never know the real story and probably don’t need to.

      ADMIN – Hi Ross,

      You are right. We probably don’t want to know the real story behind this one…

  182. Rich Hooper says:

    Submitted my receipts 7-16-17. Waiting patiently for a $340 gift card. Lawyers get paid yet?

    ADMIN – Hi Rich,

    If you scroll up you will see that a community member reported delays on the part of the administrator as it relates to distribution. This is no longer in the hands of class counsel.

  183. Derek says:

    I emailed the administrator and class council tonight. I suppose we will see if there is a reply next week…

    Subject: Presumption of Fraudulence Regarding Distribution

    Pursuant to section 9 subsection 1 (9.1) of the settlement agreement, “The Settlement Administrator will use its best efforts to complete distribution of compensation payments and gift cards within 90 days after the Effective Date.”

    I am under the personal suspicion that the Settlement Administrator is in breach of the Settlement Agreement. Providing an update via the National Sale Price Settlement website stating, “Gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and B claims will be mailed at the earliest possible time. It is not possible, however, to provide a mailing schedule at this time.” Is entirely insufficient to represent the timeline and efforts of the Settlement Administrator considering all other distributions have been completed.

    Please provide: An update to the claimants of category A & B who opted for a gift card sufficient to display the Settlement Administrator’s “best efforts” anything less then a clear and concise reason and explanation shall be deemed insufficient. And/Or appropriate files for the purpose of auditing the distribution process.

    ADMIN – Hi Derek,

    Thanks for keeping us updated.

    • Derek says:

      I am going to keep pushing as hard as I can and I would suggest everyone else does as well. Having negotiated a variety of different contracts from license agreements to large project contracts their response gives me the same feeling as when people do not pay up and I could use terms I wrote to gain things back. (The difference is I didn’t write this agreement and it is heavy handed in one direction only…the legal council not the claimants.)

      This was the reply from the administrator:
      Thank you for your email. GCG, as the Settlement Administrator, is working along with Class Counsel to finalize the payments for Class Members who submitted valid and timely Option A and Option B claims and requested payment by gift card. We anticipate that this process will be completed soon, but we are not able to provide a definitive date on which those gift cards will be mailed.

  184. Edward Burns says:

    I sent an email to class counsel, below is the email and response. Doesn’t tell us much. I’d love to know what these “issues” are.

    Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 1:06:52 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
    To: Nicole T. Fiorelli; Patrick J. Perotti
    Subject: Jeffery Beck vs Harbor Freight Tools

    As a claimant under the A & B option of the settlement, I am concerned about the hold up on the disbursement of these gift cards. As we know, June 29 was to be the drop dead deadline often stated by GCG. We are now a month past and there has been no mailing and no explanation as to why. There are posts on social media from people worried that their cards have been lost or stolen in the mail and even concern that the settlement funds are depleted or have been misappropriated. Can you shed some light on the situation?

    Thank You.
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Response:

    There are some issues with the administrator that we are working through at the moment, so distribution is temporarily on hold. The settlement funds have not been depleted or misappropriated. We are continuing to work hard for you and the other class members so that payments can issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

    ADMIN – Hi Edward,

    Thanks for sharing. If I happen to find out the nature of the “issues” I will happily share.

    • Ross in GA says:

      Hi Edward,

      It’s as important what they didn’t say as what they did say. I agree that there was not any “misappropriated” funds (indicating fraud). However they did said “funds have not been depleted”, but they did NOT say, “we have sufficient funds to complete all the payouts to all the class members”. That’s just a cautionary note.

      So if they did make a mistake with the class C members gift cards (per my comment on July 26) but caught it before they depleted their funds, i.e. $1,000 left but they need $1,000,000 to meet their obligations, then they can truthfully and accurately say they “funds have not been depleted”. Regardless they are still obligated to meet their distribution to all Class Members.

      • Edward Burns says:

        Not so sure the $160 was a math error since it is mentioned in the FAQs –

        “Class Members with valid claims are eligible to receive additional compensation on a pro rata basis. Option A claimants will receive cash payments equal to 54% of their documented “you saved” amounts or gift card payments equal to 60% of this amount. Option B claimants will receive payments equal to 18% of their documented Harbor Freight purchases. Option C claimants will receive one $160.00 gift card”

        I do however, think it was wrong to give more to undocumented class C than some claimants who provided documentation received. I also think documented claims should have been paid first. That aside, I still think the issue involves money. Perhaps the Admin is asking for more than originally agreed upon or the process or postage is costing more than expected. If it was simply a problem in getting or printing the cards, I think they would have made that known so people don’t think the worst. The email responses are vague and evasive. A money dispute will always be kept secret as long as possible.

        • fred says:

          Ed, originally, the amount to be given to option C claimants was $10. The FAQ has since been edited and $150 was added. If the disbursement team doesn’t add $150 to everyone’s claim, then I believe they are, in fact, in breach, as Ross in GA alludes.

  185. Edward Burns says:

    I just read through the case documents and a few things came to light. The Administrator is not hired by Class Counsel but by Harbor Freight as ordered by the court. The cost for the administrator is the responsibility of HF and does not come out of the settlement or Class Counsel’s compensation. Gift cards are issued directly from Harbor Freight, I assume under direction of the Administrator. After all is said and done, any checks not cashed within a certain amount of time (I think it was 3 or 6 mos.) will be distributed among claimants. Now here is the problem I see with the gift cards. They have no expiration date and as far as I know were mailed as activated cards (like sending envelopes of cash in the mail). They should have had a system whereby the recipient had to activate the card online and if not done by a certain time, the money reverts back to other claimants. As it stands now, any lost or unused card money goes back into HF’s pocket. A smart negotiation on HF’s lawyers part, I guess.

    ADMIN – Hello Again,

    Thanks for taking the time to get a few insights. I wonder how many of these cards were stolen in-route…

    • Derek says:

      Not just that Edward. Also by taking the gift card option Harbor Freights loss is the cost of the items purchased with the gift cards and overhead. So let’s say they have a 20-30% margin on their products. They essentially saved that 20-30% by getting it right back when a purchase is made. I figured I would get that right back by using a 20-25% off coupon on my next larger purchase. I knew this and was fine with this at the time…but no giftcard in hand and getting a runaround like I do from crooked clients saying the check is in the mail leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

  186. Dorothy Coleman says:

    I opted for A and have never received my check, it was returned as undeliverable. ?. They said it would be reissued but I still have not received it.

    ADMIN – Hi Dorothy,

    I heard they are having some issues related to distribution.

  187. Dorothy Coleman says:

    Got a call today, they are mailing my check out today.
    Woo hoo

  188. fred says:

    I think those in charge of disbursements have made a HUGE mistake. I think they know that some of US know this and they don’t know what to do next. For example: Suppose a claimant to option A ( 30% of total in form of gift card) sent in receipts amounting to $100. This person would receive $30, originally. Now, under the new arrangement, the claimant would receive $60. People who didn’t go to the trouble of gathering and uploading receipts and only sent in a form receive $160? So they are going to get $100 more than the person I described above? I smell a very large rat, people. Totally unacceptable. This is BOGUS and they know it. There should be a lawsuit about this lawsuit. If the disbursement folks want to add $150 on top of the percentage owed, then this would be a fine solution. Our friend in the example above would receive $210. Everybody is happy.

    • Ross in GA says:

      Maybe not everybody. Another person in Group A may have submitted claims allowing a gift card of $500 and now is supposed to get $1000. Certainly it would appear that they would be happy, but, maybe from their perspective an extra $150 is not considered a “pro rated” increase compared to the Group C’s 1500% increase. Considering the wide diversity of people benefiting from this lawsuit and the number complaining about not getting money they, arguably, didn’t earn it is not far fetched to believe more than one person would complain if they were in this situation. The math is such that what may satisfy one group would be unacceptable to another group. It is however totally unreasonable that all gift cards would get a 1500% increase. A legal and financial “rock and a hard spot”. People getting checks are not likely to get any extra since gift cards and checks/cash are considered different specie so they can be on seperate pro rating tracks. Now it is a waiting game of uncertain duration.

      • fred says:

        Just my point. I believe the disbursement group IS in breach on the “pro rated” aspect. That’s not going to change. This is a salvage operation now. Their solution with the NOW revised version of the percentage owed to A and B claimants is a disaster. This blows the curve ridiculously out of proportion as you have noted. If they followed my suggestion by adding $150 to the remaining claims, less than 1% of people, I believe, would receive between $150 and $160. These are folks who may have sent in $33? or less for Group A and $66? or less for Group B, (anywhere from $0 to $10 would be on their gift card, someone can do the math). However, many of these people realized that opting for Group C would net them $10 and avoid the hassle of collecting, sorting, and uploading receipts in the first place. The largest group (50% maybe) yet to be paid is decidedly UNHAPPY. Again, I don’t know who would be unhappy if my plan were followed. The GREEDY ($500) person of your example will NEVER be happy. So he doesn’t count. See what I mean?

  189. Dorothy Coleman says:

    Received my check today.

  190. Eric Deaton says:

    Why does the settlement mention $23 million and then the class pool says $3 million?

    What was the final payout agreement?
    Eric

    ADMIN – Hi Eric,

    The pool was not supposed to exceed 33 million. I think the admin received enough claims to justify less than 23 million which forced the admin and judge to revise the compensation model.

  191. Bill in CT says:

    Does anyone know how to contact Mr. Beck the original plaintiff. I wonder if he has been paid and if he can get more information on the problem since he has direct contact with the lawyers.

    ADMIN – Hi Bill,

    You can reach out to class counsel and ask if Mr. Beck can be reached somehow.

  192. Derek says:

    I received a reply from the class counsel. There was a rather telling sentence in the reply. That alludes to a rather large problem for Class A & B gift card claims. I am confident the settlement administrator made a rather large error in their distribution process… If I am correct about their error Class C and check claims are sitting golden while they try to correct their error for Class A & B gift card claims without an easy solution…

    I replied to them asking for them to provide additional information or I would inform such claimants within 48 hours.

    Everyone should write to the class counsel demanding a sufficient and detailed answer:
    pperotti@dworkenlaw.com
    fbartela@dworkenlaw.com
    nfiorelli@dworkenlaw.com
    jkunsman@dworkenlaw.com

    I will tell you what I know and think in about 48 hours…

    • David Batten says:

      My last email to class counsel on 7/31 went unanswered, unless you count the read receipt.
      I asked for another update and I included looking at the Settlement Agreement and that the Settlement Administrators are in breach of the Settlement Agreement.
      Section 9 subsection 1 (9.1) of the settlement agreement states, “The Settlement Administrator will use its best efforts to complete distribution of compensation payments and gift cards within 90 days after the Effective Date.”

      They did not even reply. On the same day, I also sent a similar email to the settlement administrators. I again only got a run around answer of “Due to unforeseen circumstances, this deadline was not able to be met. Gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed at the earliest possible time. ”

      If they indeed made an error in the payment to others, then it sounds like it needs to be a claim on their E&O insurance to me.

    • Ross in GA says:

      I still think class C gift cards were supposed to be $16 (60% increase) and someone moved a decimal place by accident, making it $160, and it wasn’t caught till too late.

    • Mike says:

      Derek,
      Are you willing to share what you heard from the class counsel?

  193. Derek says:

    Well, they didn’t get back to me…after I bluntly wrote them a reply to theirs.

    Their original reply: “There were some issues with the way claim denials were handled, and we are currently working through that with the administrator and defense counsel. Further distribution is on hold temporarily while that process is completed. Please know that we are continuing to work hard for you and the other class members, so that everything is handled in a fair manner and as expeditiously as possible. Thank you for your patience. ”

    What this likely means:

    Claims were denied before distributions without sufficient time for appeals.
    Payments were made to class C and those requesting checks.
    Claims are now being found valid which were originally denied.
    As Class C were paid first there are likely insufficient funds to cover A &B gift cards as per the agreement.
    And this will effect payment for Class A & B gift card recipients.
    Or the delay will be stretched out as long as possible…

    Again everyone should write the emails and demand a straightforward answer with an actual timeline, call them if you have a moment:
    pperotti@dworkenlaw.com
    fbartela@dworkenlaw.com
    nfiorelli@dworkenlaw.com
    jkunsman@dworkenlaw.com

  194. Bob McCoy says:

    Sounds like the settlement administrator will be needing to file a claim with their E&O insurance provider.

  195. Derek says:

    As well their phone number: 440-352-3391

    I would suggest calling daily until we obtain a sufficient answer. Let us make them work for the fee they earned 🙂

    If we could coordinate to call and email on the same days would be the best way to get their attention. A business inundated for even a day can lose 10’s of thousands, perhaps that can get their attention.

  196. Edward Burns says:

    I read on another website that the poster received a reply from class counsel telling him they have issues with how claim denials were handled by the administrator. I don’t understand why that would become an issue after the class C cards were mailed and class A&B checks were issued. The A&B check claimants would have undergone the same approval process as the A&B card class. None of it makes any sense since the numbers were supposedly crunched before any cards or checks were mailed and both parties would have agreed and signed off on amounts to be issued to all the classes. So if the class counsel wants to start disputing claim denials, where does that extra money come from? Class A&B gift card claimants? They certainly can’t claw back any money from class C cards and A&B checks
    that money is gone.

  197. Keith M. Coahran says:

    I filed a claim before the deadline and provided receipts for every purchase that met the requirements and never got any form of settlement , not even as much as a response to my emails Everytime ive tried to see what was taking so long. This is a bunch of crap!

    ADMIN – Hi Keith,

    Scroll up to read other comments. There is a problem with distribution.

  198. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    I like Derek’s suggestion. I wrote the following e-mail to the addresses he suggested and sent it last night:

    To whom it may concern:

    I am a member of the settlement class and as such, I am in need of answers to some questions.

    I am a Group A&B claimant.

    1) There was a deadline of June 26, 2018, to mail gift cards to claimants. As it is nearly two months past that date and I have received nothing, what is the status of those mailings?

    2) What problems, if any, have surfaced regarding this distribution?

    3) Others have reported hearing from settlement administrators wording along the lines of “there have been some issues with the administrator we are working through, so distribution is temporarily on hold.” What specifically are those issues and what is the anticipated resolution and resolution date?

    4) Group C claimants had their gift cards substantially increased, by $150. Will all claimants receive that increase? If not, why not? It would be grossly unfair if that was not the case.

    5) Did the change in amount for Group C claimants adversely affect the distribution of funds for Group A & B claimants?

    6) When, specifically, will distribution take place for Group A&B members?

    Thank you for your time. My claimant ID is ########.

    ADMIN – Hi Andy,

    That is a very nice template.

  199. Scooby Doo says:

    96+ hours.

  200. Edward Burns says:

    If anyone out there who has been denied a claim is reading this, could you please post the details here about the how and why of the denial? We are not going to get any real information from the parties on the distribution side of the case. TIA

  201. Ross in GA says:

    To review our present status:

    1. Class A & B checks and Class C gift cards are distributed and per a previous post, they are “golden”.

    2. Class A & B gift cards are on indefinite hold. Strong indication is a mistake was made leaving them short of funds. Pure speculation as to what the mistake was.

    3. The settlement web site states two things: An increased amount for all claimants AND that they would be pro-rated.

    4. A & B checks were pro-rated and since they are legally a different “specie” than gift cards they have no recourse to request a greater amount based upon the $10 to $160 increase of Class C gift cards.

    5. Providing A & B gift cards a relatively small percentage increase when compared to Class C 1500% increase is not “Pro-rated” per engineering, mathematical, or accounting standards. However, such standards (much like “Fairness”) may not hold much weight in a courtroom.

    Now to speculation: Since I believe they are short of funds their first effort will be to reduce the pool of claimants, hence reviewing claims with greater intensity to deny as many as they can. Once they have reduced their financial exposure they may well send out gift cards based upon the stated increases. Their hope then is that many claimants (possibly more than 90%) will use their gift card for a purchase (any purchase at all). At that point anyone who does that effectively has accepted the stated terms and will NOT be eligible for any follow up lawsuit contending breach of contract for not providing an equivalent percentage/prorated increase comparable to Class C gift cards.

    Now a reality check: “threatening” a lawsuit to a company of lawyers is akin to Barney Fife running around with an unloaded gun, it primarily provides them with comic relief. However, the experienced attorneys will realize that based on the amount and intensity of threats, they are in trouble (so a big Thank You to everyone banging away at them). Also one can’t sue someone for doing something “wrong” if they haven’t done anything yet. Next, let’s say they do sent out the A & B gift cards based on the relatively lower increase from C. Then our option is to accept and use it OR (a really big OR) keep it but don’t use it and pursue a class action lawsuit. That path may take several years of waiting with no certainty of victory, or for those willing to take the risk and be patient they may get richly rewarded. Risk versus Reward combined with possibly waiting for years, hmmm…, talk about a hard choice.

    All we can do is wait and see what actually happens. Also per Derek and Andy and others we can still attempt to pressure them into responding to us. From there we can have a concrete discussion of our next options.

    • Derek says:

      Exactly, all we know now is there is a problem/issue. Without additional info it is difficult to decide a course of action. So annoy them as much as possible 🙂

  202. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    Alright folks, there’s a lot here, but I had some back-and-forth today with someone at the questions@nationalsalepricesettlement.com address. I sent the message that you’ll see a couple posts up. Here’s the entire e-mail chain for your afternoon reading, with some personally identifying information of mine removed. You’ll have to read from the bottom up.

    I have asked for a copy of the “Settlement Agreement” which is referenced below. If I receive it, I will pass it along. To summarize it all though, in my opinion it appears as though:

    1) Option C members came out way ahead, both in timeliness of receiving compensation, and in the amount
    2) Option A, B or A&B members with amounts between $10 and $160 got screwed
    3) Option A, B, and A&B members requesting cash probably already received a check
    4) Option A, B and A&B members requesting gift cards continue to get screwed because no one can say when anything is happening and (seemingly) nothing has been happening. Note they always say “will be mailed” which indicates a grand total of zero mailings have taken place.

    Who knows. Maybe all those gift cards are being rung up by that token SuperSlow WalMart cashier who should have retired 40 years ago, in which case half of us will be in the grave by the time they show up.

    ###########################################################

    Thank you for your email. Settlement payments were calculated in accordance with the Stipulation and Agreement of Class Action Settlement Between Plaintiff Jeffrey Beck, Individually and on Behalf of a Class, and Defendant Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc. (the “Settlement Agreement”) negotiated by the Parties and approved by the Court. There is no provision within the Settlement Agreement to increase the Option A and Option B payments beyond the percentages previously noted.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Andy Ringsmuth [mailto:andy@]
    Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 4:00 PM
    To: Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com
    Subject: Re: Harbor Freight class action settlement questions

    Thank you.

    Seeing as how my Option A&B total, even at the new amount, is less than $160, how do I convert from Option A&B to Option C?

    Or will all Option A and/or B recipients also have their amounts increased by the same $150 that Option C members received? If this is NOT the case, this seems ripe for yet a second class action lawsuit.

    —-
    Andy Ringsmuth

    On Aug 21, 2018, at 2:25 PM, Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com wrote:

    Good afternoon,

    Checks were mailed to claimants who selected a cash payment on April 30, 2018, and gift cards were mailed to claimants who submitted an Option C claim on May 11, 2018. Gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed at the earliest possible time. It is not possible, however, to provide a mailing schedule at this time.

    There are no problems, disbursements are continuing on a rolling basis.

    Because the initial calculation of the total amount to be paid to Class Members plus administrative and attorney’s fees was less than $23 million, Class Members with valid claims are eligible to receive additional compensation on a pro rata basis. Option A claimants will receive cash payments equal to 54% of their documented “you saved” amounts or gift card payments equal to 60% of this amount. Option B claimants will receive payments equal to 18% of their documented Harbor Freight purchases. Option C claimants will receive one $160.00 gift card.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (JAD)
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Andy Ringsmuth [mailto:andy@]
    Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 2:59 PM
    To: Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com
    Subject: Re: Harbor Freight class action settlement questions

    Thank you.

    I would appreciate my other questions being addressed however.

    —-
    Andy Ringsmuth

    On Aug 21, 2018, at 1:51 PM, Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com wrote:

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for contacting us. Gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed at the earliest possible time. It is not possible, however, to provide a mailing schedule at this time.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (JAD)
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Andy Ringsmuth [mailto:andy@]
    Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 11:25 AM
    To: Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com
    Subject: Harbor Freight class action settlement questions

    To whom it may concern:

    I am a member of the settlement class and as such, I am in need of answers to some questions.

    I am a Group A&B claimant.

    1) There was a deadline of June 26, 2018, to mail gift cards to claimants. As it is nearly two months past that date and I have received nothing, what is the status of those mailings?

    2) What problems, if any, have surfaced regarding this distribution?

    3) Others have reported hearing from settlement administrators wording along the lines of “there have been some issues with the administrator we are working through, so distribution is temporarily on hold.” What specifically are those issues and what is the anticipated resolution and resolution date?

    4) Group C claimants had their gift cards substantially increased, by $150. Will all claimants receive that increase? If not, why not? It would be grossly unfair if that was not the case.

    5) Did the change in amount for Group C claimants adversely affect the distribution of funds for Group A & B claimants?

    6) When, specifically, will distribution take place for Group A&B members?

    Thank you for your time. My claimant ID is #####.

    —-
    Andy Ringsmuth

    • Derek says:

      The settlement agreement can be found on the national sale price settlement website. (In my experience a very poorly constructed legal agreement.)

  203. Rick Igou says:

    I have not heard anything about my claim….Still waiting people. Please provide updates. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Rick,

    Please take a moment to read the comment thread. Lots of useful info.

  204. Willy says:

    I am an Accountant not a Lawyer and there has to be some public information on how these funds were/are being disbursed. If someone can tell me where to find it, I will dig in and report to everybody. There must be a Trustee or a Transfer agent that is making sure these funds are being disbursed according to the settlement. I find it hard to believe that our class counsel would miss such a glaring error as the massive over payment of the first Classes or missing the date for claim denial appeals. If so, somebody was asleep at the switch. I wonder if they have received their pay yet???

    • Edward Burns says:

      All the case documents can be found in the link below. I read through them a while back but don’t remember a mention of any intermediary party between HF and GCG. Good luck, let us know if you come up with something.

      http://www.nationalsalepricesettlement.com/casedocs.php

    • Derek says:

      There is a very limited clause in the agreement that the class council can review the settlement administrators progress etc. In all of my IP agreements I include terms for the ability to complete full on audits. I have asked them for documentation to no avail.

      I feel the problem is likely deep.

  205. Victor says:

    Here are a couple of email responses I received from the Administrator
    Victor,

    There were some issues with the way claim denials were handled, and we are currently working through that with class counsel and the defense counsel. Further distribution is on hold temporarily while that process is completed. Please know that we are continuing to work hard for you and the other class members, so that everything is handled in a fair manner and as expeditiously as possible. Thank you for your patience.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (AB)
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

    From: Victor E [mailto:hockleyvalley@hotmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 11:03 AM
    To: Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com
    Subject: Re: National Sales Price Settlement

    Thank you for your response. Why was the June deadline missed?
    …..Victor

    From: Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com
    Sent: August 21, 2018 10:59 AM
    To: ‘Victor E’
    Subject: RE: National Sales Price Settlement

    Good morning,

    Thank you for contacting us. Gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed at the earliest possible time. It is not possible, however, to provide a mailing schedule at this time.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (JAD)
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

  206. Derek says:

    To me all signs point to:

    Claims were denied before distributions without sufficient time for appeals.
    Payments were made to class C and those requesting checks.
    Claims are now being found valid which were originally denied.
    As Class C were paid first there are likely insufficient funds to cover A &B gift cards as per the agreement.
    And this will effect payment for Class A & B gift card recipients.
    Or the delay will be stretched out as long as possible…

    They also mishandled distribution in that Class C was to be paid last by the agreement.

    It is the only logical reason why they would be stalling A&B gift cards now. Makes me annoyed that they are not providing specifics.

    • Bill L says:

      @ Derek: I think you may be close to the truth, although I’m not sure the agreement stipulated that the class C claims were to be paid last. If I’m understanding the documents, they were “allocated” (calculated) last, after the first and second calculations (initial and bonus amounts) of the A & B class payouts, but then were actually distributed before the A & B payments. The C class “allocations” were part of the problem, in that, per the agreement, they were assigned ALL of the remaining funds (without limit) after the A & B classes (which had specific limits on the $ or percent they could be paid) were tallied. I think the lack of a limit on the class C payments in the agreement may be what triggered the outsized class C payout. In hindsight, that seems a particularly stupid and inequitable arrangement.

      Since it seems they DID distribute ALL of the calculated remaining funds to the class C’s, that left any new claims allowed under A & B without a source of funding. If they had fully sorted out the A & B claims first, including dealing with denials, they could have had them funded as per the agreement, and the C’s would still get what was left (which still may have been unfairly large).

      I don’t see how they can legally not pay out the full “allocated” amounts to the A & B’s. My guess is that they’re now fighting over who takes the money hit for fixing this screw-up…the “administrator”, the legal team, Harbor Freight…?

      • Derek says:

        @Bill, Certainly agree.

        The other option I think could be an issue is:
        They are finding more claims to deny.
        They are actually left with excess funds.
        They already distributed Class C.
        What do they do with the excess funds now?

        Which is the better option for those waiting for A & B gift cards in a way as the money is there…but will lead to a lengthy delay as it would be a real nightmare agreement wise. Especially if they wind up having to cut minuscule gift cards to the class C of the divided up funds which will cost more then other options.

  207. David Batten says:

    There has been recent activity with the court case. They have been slowly and I do mean slowly filling denials under the original court case. For almost 30 days now. As of 8/23/18, it looks like 15 so far.

    07/27/2018
    Right of Statement, Notice of claim form denial attached and filed. (Alan Lansing)
    07/31/2018
    Notice of claim form denial with response fom Barry Dootson with receipts attached and filed.
    08/03/2018
    Notice of claim form denial along with response from Jennifer Hinds attached and filed.
    08/07/2018
    Notice of claim forms denial from Phil Manikkam, William Allen, Celaine Barker, Yohanna Gerrard, Hannelore Gerrard, with a hand written letter from the manager of Ridgeview Senior Living Apts filed.
    08/09/2018
    Letter from Daksha Ghiya and Neelam Ghiya with notice of claim form denial attached, and filed.
    08/09/2018
    Notice of claim form denial from Courtney Wynille filed.
    08/13/2018
    Notice of claim form denial from Diplip Ghiya filed.
    08/20/2018
    Notice of claim form denial, from Carol Matsikoudis filed.
    08/23/2018
    Notice of claim form denial from George Wyville, filed.

    Now, the 36 hour wait until this post is approved and shows up on the website…… 36 hour average approval time!

  208. Jeff says:

    I sent an email and this is the response i got back… Note that none of the Lawyers bothered to reply..

    To:Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com,pperotti@dworkenlaw.com,fbartela@dworkenlaw.com,nfiorelli@dworkenlaw.com,jkunsman@dworkenlaw.com
    Aug 24 at 5:18 PM

    To whom it may concern:

    I am a member of the settlement class and as such, I am in need of answers to some questions.

    I am a Group A&B claimant.

    1) There was a deadline of June 26, 2018, to mail gift cards to claimants. As it is nearly two months past that date and I have received nothing, what is the status of those mailings?

    2) What problems, if any, have surfaced regarding this distribution?

    3) Others have reported hearing from settlement administrators wording along the lines of “there have been some issues with the administrator we are working through, so distribution is temporarily on hold.” What specifically are those issues and what is the anticipated resolution and resolution date?

    4) Group C claimants had their gift cards substantially increased, by $150. Will all claimants receive that increase? If not, why not? It would be grossly unfair if that was not the case.

    5) Did the change in amount for Group C claimants adversely affect the distribution of funds for Group A & B claimants?

    6) When, specifically, will distribution take place for Group A&B members?
    Thank you for your time. My claimant ID is *******

    Jeffery Lawter

    Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com
    To:’Jeff lawter’
    Aug 27 at 10:48 AM

    Mr. Lawter,

    Your claim has been processed and approved. According to our records, you filed under Option A and selected to receive payment via gift card.

    The payments are being sent on a rolling basis. Checks were mailed to claimants who selected a cash payment on April 30, 2018, and gift cards were mailed to claimants who submitted an Option C claim on May 11, 2018. Gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed at the earliest possible time. It is not possible, however, to provide a mailing schedule at this time.

    There were some issues with the way claim denials were handled, and we are currently working through that with class counsel and the defense counsel. Further distribution is on hold temporarily while that process is completed. Please know that we are continuing to work hard for you and the other class members, so that everything is handled in a fair manner and as expeditiously as possible. Thank you for your patience.

    Due to an excess in settlement funds the award amounts were increased following the guidelines of section 8.6 of the Settlement Agreement which is located at http://www.nationalsalepricesettlement.com/casedocs:

    1. Group A amounts were raised from 20% to 54% in cash and from 30% to 60% in gift card.

    2. Group B amounts were raised from 10% to 18% in cash and from 12% to 18% in gift card.

    3. The remaining funds were divided among all Group C Class Members

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (AB)

    National Sale Price Settlement

    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

    • Derek Miller says:

      When it comes to business/IP agreements I have very rarely seen silence from lawyers for such an extended period as a good thing.

      For this long my guess would be they are too busy with CYA work regarding this so they can not reply.

  209. Willy T says:

    I send a round of emails to the claim administrator and the lawyers every other day. We all have to keep the pressure on them. Scary thought: What if the claim denials are not outright denials but disputes from legitimate claimants that are receiving less than expected (submitted). I have not received any verification as to the amount that I am due only that my claim was approved. Has anybody actually received confirmation of their amount to be paid vs what they submitted?

    PS The “Rolling Basis” they reference in all there correspondence assumes something is actually moving. BS

  210. WillyT says:

    More info. This is from the court records at

    https://phoenix.lakecountyohio.gov/eservices/search.page.16.1?x=hDrhUMedfvR2jh1Kf2g*mu0NzLhFa89s4pmOrYQ3G3wIqpRsNvQiHHiSSmLsnHyWD50NLwSwghN3U-6HPY56eQ

    Since 7/3 there is a grand total of 13 people who have filed a denial of claim with the court. This cannot be a money pool issue if only 13 have filed. These claim denials must have brought up something that they are afraid will be magnified if they release the final Class payments which are probably much larger. Again, my guess is that they are not outright denying claims but somehow reducing the expected amounts we all submitted.

  211. Edward Burns says:

    I still don’t see the logic in any of this. Why should denied claims hold up approved claims? There must have been denied check claims yet they were paid months ago. They couldn’t deny undocumented claims, there’s no basis to deny them on. If the amounts are set in stone as per section 8.6, then what is the holdup? Pay the approved claims and deal with the denials later. I hope they don’t plan on taking money from the approved A&B card claims to pay previously denied check claims.

    ADMIN – Hi Edward,

    I wish I could give you more insights on this one.

  212. WillyT says:

    I sent an e-mail to the administrator asking for the exact amount that my claim was approved for and they actually responded. I now have it in writing what they owe me. It would be difficult for them to reduce it now because of a pool shortage. Everybody should do the same and lock that number down.

  213. Edward Burns says:

    We are now at FOUR months since the first check payments were mailed out.

  214. Willy T says:

    it was exactly for the 18% as promised.

  215. Jim F says:

    can anyone give me the email address of where I can find out about my claim amount or if I’m even getting anything. thanks for any help

    ADMIN – Hi Jim,

    Here is the contact info

    National Sale Price Settlement
    c/o GCG PO Box 10351
    Dublin, OH 43017-5551
    1-888-321-0482

    Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

  216. fred says:

    Oh, and the silly runaround continues! Everyone on this forum should be demanding $150 on top of the original percentage owed! The administrators have clearly tanked this distribution and now with a PEA-BRAINED revision of the settlement (illegal itself in my view) are ripping most of us off. If you submitted receipts and receive less than $160, you’re getting shortchanged. The Group C people ( who sent in NO receipts ) were given the rest of the leftover funds that were supposed to be divided among ALL of the claimants. Colossal Fraud. The distributors don’t want to use their liability insurance, I guess, to make up the difference. People on this forum who aren’t upset by this are either blissfully unaware of why the lawsuit against HF’s phony exaggerated prices existed in the first place OR they never set foot in a HF OR they are getting YOUR money. Yes, YOUR money. Some people will receive an obscene amount of money from the revised payout. Alternately, this money could have been used to compensate many more claimants (YOU), but , no, the administrators have made a bad situation worse. Let’s not lie down for this, folks.

  217. Brian C says:

    Just received a reply to my question on what is my total for A&B gift card, and it was exactly what I had calculated. No date on when the card will be coming.

  218. Willy T says:

    If everybody is confirming the amounts they were expecting, i think we can set aside the “not enough money left to pay us” theory. Based on the 13 filings with the court for denial of claims from the first round, I think it comes down to not having any adjudication process in place for handling these claims outside of the court. If someone files with the court it probably takes effort from the lawyers to address them (filings, etc) and in their mind this is to much additional work. What we will have to see is a process agreed on by all parties for handling denial claims outside the court before they release the final rounds of payments. The net result is A&B got screwed because some lawyer missed this issue in the settlement. Is this discriminatory negligence? I guess we will see based on how long it takes for us to get paid.

  219. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    I asked for some details yesterday and received a message a bit ago. Here’s my message and the reply, separated by &&& lines.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    To whom it may concern:

    As the holdup continues for group A & B members to receive their gift card compensation, please let me at least know what dollar amount to expect.

    My claimant ID number is: ########

    I know you continue to say that it is not possible to give anticipated mailing dates or schedules, but can you at least put it within a rough timeframe?

    Such as, will my gift card be mailed:

    1. Sometime in September 2018?

    2. Sometime before Dec. 31, 2018?

    3. Sometime before Dec. 31, 2020?

    4. Before hell freezes over?

    5. After hell freezes over?

    Thank you for your time.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Mr. Ringsmuth,

    Your gift card amount is $144.33.

    We anticipate that gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed within approximately the next 4 to 6 weeks.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (AB)
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

    • Willy T says:

      This is the first time that they have actually given anybody a time frame for mailing ( 4-6 weeks). Everybody else gets “Cannot be determined at this time”. I guess we will see. If anybody gets their card please report it here.

      • Victor says:

        We’re at least 1/2 way there. Only another 1-3 weeks before they give us another delay date.

        ADMIN – Hi Victor,

        Let’s try optimism. Maybe we will see a miracle.

        • Victor says:

          I see that by the more recent posts that claimants are finally receiving them…. I am of course referring to the new
          4-6 week delay dates and not the actual cards.

  220. Ross in GA says:

    Here is the cold hard truth: we have no leverage to force a reply or to get an increase in payout to match the increase the Class C people did. Complaining and writing emails, no matter how demanding and nasty and good intentioned, is just noise to them. IF and only IF someone wants to contact another law firm will there be any leverage. Even then it’s going to be a gamble. I don’t know any lawyers and for approximately $72 I’m not certain how much I want to invest. It’s not likely anyone can get a class action for some sort of breach of contract based on the distribution not being prorated UNTIL we actually get our gift cards. Then, a word of warning, anyone using their gift card will effectively “agree to the terms” and eliminate themselves from further class action (I believe). All we can do is wait unless someone is on good terms with a law firm and can provide some solid information about possible legal action. Fingers crossed.

    • Edward Burns says:

      Unfortunately there is really no case to be made about the inequity of the distribution among the classes. The agreement states that the remainder after class A&B receive their fixed amounts is to be divided equally among class C. Since this was signed off by the judge and all parties involved, I am guessing it’s impossible to make changes now, although it seems it was changed at least once to increase all amounts. How and why class C wound up with a 1500% increase baffles me. Did they have a count on the number of claimants broken down into classes before or after the final agreement was drafted? Who knows but obviously a lot of documented claimants got screwed in favor of the “no purchase necessary” claimants.

      • Ross in GA says:

        Oh well. In that case all we can do is wait for the gift cards. Maybe by Christmas. Sigh.

      • Bill L says:

        It does seem bizarre (at least, in retrospect) that they would allocate ANY extra funds to the class C claimants, knowing the strong likelihood of bogus claims in that group, and the possibility of their payment outstripping that of many legitimate buyers who documented their purchases. Oh well, at least the lawyers got paid…That’s all that really matters, right?

        ADMIN – Hi Bill,

        Yes indeed. It is all about the lawyers 😉

  221. Allen W says:

    I just emailed and requested an update on when I could expect my gift card and I was told 4-6 weeks also. Previously I was told distribution of the gift cards was on hold. They also confirmed the amount of my claim, which is exactly 18% of the credit card charges I submitted.

  222. CHARLIE FUNK says:

    Class C claimants rolled the dice on the size of their settlement. A and B settled for a safe known amount. There’s no settler’s remorse do over because someone bet on the wrong horse.

    • Derek Miller says:

      Charlie, you are missing quite a bit with your statement. I should come out quite far ahead of Class C as I made quite a few business purchases at HF over the years.

      For others who come below the Class C if you changed your settler’s remorse comment to there is no going back now I would agree with you. Otherwise you are just trolling and undeserving of even this reply.

      Class C required no proof. Don’t try to say they were rolling the dice as a conscious decision in any manner whatsoever. Had the attorney known the turnout would be so low they likely would have written the agreement differently to the benefit of those providing proof. As shown by the intent of the flow down of excess funds A then B then C.

      That said, Class C did get lucky. Leave it at that Charlie and nothing else. Glad they did. Glad everyone’s was increased. I feel a term should have been written in that A & B would be brought to C level if below but it hadn’t. Doesn’t effect me either then I have read a lot of contracts and the attorney was a bit of a hack.

    • Ross in GA says:

      Sorry, that doesn’t make any sense: “Class C claimants rolled the dice on the size of their settlement”. Class C was set at $10. The statement that excess funds being distributed on a pro rata basis applied to all claimants. I can’t think of a case where someone would say to themselves, “I could submit receipts and get a guaranteed minimum $50 or not do receipts and get $10, but maybe if I do $10 I’ll get even more.” Of course there is an abundance of evidence that quite a number of people do things that don’t make sense.

  223. Willy T says:

    I just received a response to my weekly “bitch” email to the administrator. They actually stated that Gift Cards would be mailed within 4-6 weeks. I don’t believe them but at least they are actually putting a time frame on it.

    • Ross in GA says:

      From September 6 entry by Andy Ringsmuth “We anticipate that gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed within approximately the next 4 to 6 weeks.” So if they were actually telling the truth then (it’s good to have a sense of humor about these things) they should have told you “1 to 3 weeks”. I guess the new norm is going to be a standard reply of “4 to 6 weeks” until suddenly they show up in the mailbox. Still hoping for Christmas.

  224. JERRY RICHARDSON says:

    Well, it’s October 5th and I’m still waiting on my money (option A and B). I don’t think it’s coming at this point. Another reason to stop shopping at H/F.

  225. David Batten says:

    It looks like we are still getting the “run around” on getting straight answers!

    On 10/03/18, I emailed both the Class Attorney and the Class Administrators the following message:
    “I am looking for an update on when the Gift Cards for Option A & B will be mailed out. It has been reported by others that the issue causing the delay on the gift cards was resolved.
    Please provide: An update on an accurate mailing date for the claimants of class A & B who opted for a gift card. ”

    Replies received on 10/4:
    “Mr. Batten,
    Correct, the review process is now over, and the administrator anticipates mailing of the remaining gift cards will begin in approximately 4-6 weeks. I cannot confirm, however, the exact mailing timeline. For specific claim-related questions and updates, please contact the administrator directly at 888-321-0482 from 9AM-5PM EST or email Questions@NationalSalePriceSettlement.com.
    Thank you,
    Jennifer Kunsman”
    &
    “Mr. Batten,
    We anticipate that gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed within approximately the next 4 to 6 weeks.
    Regards,
    Settlement Administrator (AB)”

    I immediately replied to both within minutes from receiving the replies the following:
    “Someone else posted an e-mail on 9/6/2018 from the Class Administrators saying the cards would be mailed in 4-6 weeks. That was now 4 weeks ago! So, is it still 4-6 weeks or now 0-2 weeks.

    It just feels like the class members are being given the run around on when the gift cards are going to be mailed out.
    It is beginning to feel like the court needs to be notified on the delays.
    Thank you,
    David Batten”

    Neither the Class Administrators or the Class Attorney has yet to respond to my reply on Thursday or Friday of last week.
    Because if the original date of 4-6 weeks was accurate, then we should now be at the 0-2 week mark! But it seems they are now just repeating the same 4-6 weeks to everyone.

  226. Brian C says:

    Just asked again on Friday about timing, was told 4 to 6 weeks…

  227. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    I have asked much the same question of the administrators multiple times and have yet to receive a reply. Here’s my message to them this morning:

    —————————-
    (Please note – I have asked this question three times now within the last week and have yet to receive a reply. A timely reply, today, would be much appreciated.)

    To whom it may concern:

    I was told by you on Sept. 6, 2018, that “We anticipate that gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed within approximately the next 4 to 6 weeks.”

    My claimant ID number is: ########.

    Since Oct. 8 is more than 4 weeks from Sept. 6, would it be accurate to assume that gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed out within the next two weeks?

    Thank you for your time. I eagerly await your response.

  228. Edward Burns says:

    One would think the A&B cards would have been ready to ship months ago but put on hold because of this denied claim review. Another thing I don’t understand is – were there no denied claims on “no proof of purchase” and check claims? Usually there is a “one per household” limit on undocumented claims, not the case here. I know for a fact that multiple $160 cards were handed out to the same address, one to the husband, the wife and all their kids. I saw these cards show up in multiple lots on ebay and saw one craigslist ad selling six $160 gift cards for $800. Did the administrators scrutinize these claims the same way they are nickle and diming documented claims? It would be interesting to see a breakdown of monies allocated to the different classes and total number of claims in each class.

  229. Derek Miller says:

    Well, in agreement with everything everyone else is saying…I am going the route of annoyance at the time.

    I already asked once if my claim was approved etc. and they responded it was and with the amount.

    Then I did the whole fact checking the 4-6 week timeline.

    And now as enough time may have passed I am going to repeat the process at the beginning. 🙂

    I wonder if the stated amount I am getting will change around? Any bets?

    With how they are handling it and any luck maybe it will go up 🙂

  230. WillyT says:

    We are all spending all of our efforts on the lawyers and administrators who could care less since they have already been paid. I am trying to find out the email addresses of upper management at Harbor Freight so I can tell them that A and B claimants are some of their best customers and we are pissed off. Even though it is a lawsuit, maybe we should let the local media (consumer advocate) know that Harbor Freight is allowing this to happen. Harbor Freight is the only party that can really push this to resolution so we need to start pressuring them. I have already e-mailed customer support and the manager of my local branch.

  231. Derek Miller says:

    “On June 18, 2018, GCG was acquired by Epiq.” GCG being the settlement administrator. I wonder if the transition in company played a part in all of this?

    I am going to try and email Epiq’s CEO etc.

  232. Derek Miller says:

    I sent the following to: john.davenport.jr@epiqglobal.com the CEO of the company that took over the settlement administrator.

    Mr. Davenport,

    We are trying to ensure that payments for a class action settlement go out in a timely and organized manner.

    We are aware of a company in the past that blew way past the agreed upon schedule to the extent the bulk majority of payments have still been left unprocessed and undelivered.

    This leaves us an opening in finding a new settlement administrator. I estimate there is approximately $10 million + to distribute remaining.

    Would your company have interest in taking this over? If so I will provide all of the case details etc.

    What are your thoughts? The current/previous company was supposed to have disbursements complete about 4 months or so ago…

    Kind Regards,

    Derek Miller

  233. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    I found a “contact us” form at Epiq, the firm that Derek Miller referenced above. I sent this message:

    To whom it may concern:

    I understand Epiq recently bought GCG (Garden City Group, LLC). They were the settlement administrator for a class action lawsuit known as Beck v. Harbor Freight. It seems the payments to class members required by this lawsuit may have ceased and settlement administrators have been entirely unresponsive.

    Who at Epiq might have more information about this? Thank you.

    Andy Ringsmuth

  234. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    Well, shoot. It looks like the “4 to 6 weeks” has been tossed into the shredder again. FINALLY got a reply this morning to my third message to the settlement administrator. I replied, asking for clarification, asking if they anticipated distribution 1. before Thanksgiving, 2. before Dec. 31 2018, 3. before Dec. 31, 2019, 4. before hell freezes over or 5. after hell freezes over. Will let the forum know if I receive a reply to that question.

    -Andy

    Mr. Ringsmuth:

    We are in receipt of you most recent email below. We regret the delay in distributing Option A and Option B gift cards to eligible class members. A review of certain claims in the National Sale Price Settlement was recently completed. However, we are not able to provide a definite distribution date at this time.

    Sincerely,
    Settlement Administrator
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

  235. David Batten says:

    I finally got a reply to my message sent on 10/4, where I questioned why they still keep saying 4-6 weeks. Even after 4 weeks. However, still no response from the attorney.

    The Settlement Administrators reply:
    “Thank you for your email. We regret the delay in distributing Option A and Option B gift cards to eligible class members. A review of certain claims in the National Sale Price Settlement was recently completed. While we anticipate that distribution will occur within the next several weeks, we are not able to provide a definite distribution date at this time.

    Sincerely,
    Settlement Administrator
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

  236. Philip Forney says:

    Below is a response from Epiq today, 10-15-2018, regarding my claim. You are welcome to publish it so others can make contact with Epiq and move this stalled train forward!

    Mr. Forney,
    Your email from earlier today was forwarded to me for response. As previously advised, your claim was received, processed and approved. Based on the documentation you submitted, we identified $2,087.81 in eligible “You Saved” amounts. Purchases on receipts that did not indicate a “You Saved” amount were converted to Option B. These purchases totaled $629.31. As a result, once released for mailing, you will be receiving gift cards totaling $1,365.97.
    After the mailing of the check and Option C gift card payments earlier this year, we were instructed by the Parties to put all gift card mailings on hold until certain claims could be reviewed by counsel. That review was recently completed. While we anticipate that distribution of the gift cards will resume within the next few weeks, we are not able to provide a definite distribution date at this time. I will be happy to let you know as soon as a distribution schedule is available.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.
    Sincerely,

    Kathleen Dolan

    Epiq | Project Manager

    Office: +1 631 470 6832

    Mobile: +1 516 287 6335

    Email: Kathleen.Dolan@epiqglobal.com

  237. Philip says:

    You have my permission to use everything but my contact information, phone, email, etc. I truly hope the contact information for Epiq helps your readers and after they contact Epiq, moves this along. Phil

    Mr. Forney,

    Your email from earlier today was forwarded to me for response. As previously advised, your claim was received, processed and approved. Based on the documentation you submitted, we identified $2,087.81 in eligible “You Saved” amounts. Purchases on receipts that did not indicate a “You Saved” amount were converted to Option B. These purchases totaled $629.31. As a result, once released for mailing, you will be receiving gift cards totaling $1,365.97.

    After the mailing of the check and Option C gift card payments earlier this year, we were instructed by the Parties to put all gift card mailings on hold until certain claims could be reviewed by counsel. That review was recently completed. While we anticipate that distribution of the gift cards will resume within the next few weeks, we are not able to provide a definite distribution date at this time. I will be happy to let you know as soon as a distribution schedule is available.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions.

    Sincerely,

    Kathleen Dolan

    Epiq | Project Manager

    Office: +1 631 470 6832

    Mobile: +1 516 287 6335

    Email: Kathleen.Dolan@epiqglobal.com

    From:
    Date: October 15, 2018 at 1:07:38 PM CDT
    To: john.davenport.jr@epiqglobal.com
    Subject: Harbor Freight Settlement

    CAUTION: This email originated from outside of Epiq. Do not click links or open attachments unless you recognize the sender and know the content is safe.

    Mr. Davenport, 10-15-2018

    I am inquiring the status of my Harbor Freight Settlement claim, Option A, 30% Gift Card disbursement.

    My claim form was submitted 3-27-17. I have been in touch with the Settlement Administrator on numerous occasions in the past year. My claim has been approved, processed and promises made for disbursement. Could you please investigate why disbursement has not occurred yet?

    Claimant ID: 9124766 Control # 9245224282

    Kind Regards,

    ADMIN – Hi Phillip,

    Thank you. I think I removed all of your personal info.

  238. Derek Miller says:

    Sounds like the same response from EPIQ as the original administrator…

    Not even checks in the mail but rather the check will be in the mail at some point.

    • Edward Burns says:

      You would think they would be embarrassed enough by the mishandling of this thing that they would have rushed these cards out in the mail at the first opportunity. Absolutely no accountability to any party in this situation.

      • Derek Miller says:

        Having written my fair share of different types of contracts I cringe a little each time I read that agreement and it’s terms. It sure did ensure the lawyers were taken care of well though… I bet they had to sharpen their crayon at least once to write out the first draft?

  239. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    I just sent this to the Kathleen and Jon e-mail addresses above. Will post again if I get a reply.

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    To whom it may concern:

    On September 6, 2018, the settlement administrator told me “We anticipate that gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed within approximately the next 4 to 6 weeks.”

    It has been more than six weeks since Sept. 6, and I have received nothing yet. It would also seem that no one else in Groups A and B have either.

    What is/are the SPECIFIC reason(s) for the endless delays? I’m asking specifics, not generic “we had to wait for certain claims to be reviewed” garbage. I am asking specific details like: What specific claims required review? What date(s) did that happen? What were the exact reasons for claims needing to be reviewed? How many claims were reviewed? What was the dollar amount of those claims? What was the outcome of those reviews?

    What’s going on? This entire process has been a clusterf**k since the beginning, particularly with Group C members making out like bandits and Groups A & B outright ignored.

    My claimant ID number is: ########

    I know you continue to say that it is not possible to give anticipated mailing dates or schedules, but can you at least put it within a rough timeframe?

    Such as, will my gift card be mailed:

    1. Before Thanksgiving 2018?

    2. Before December 31, 2018?

    3. Before December 31, 2019?

    4. Before hell freezes over?

    5. After hell freezes over?

    Thank you for your time.

    —-
    Andy Ringsmuth

  240. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    The Epiq people respond MUCH faster than the settlement administrator! Received this back shortly after:

    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Mr. Ringsmuth:

    As you were previously advised, after the mailing of the check and Option C gift card payments earlier this year, we were instructed by the Parties to put all gift card mailings on hold until certain claims could be reviewed by counsel. That review was recently completed. Distribution to eligible class members will soon resume. We now anticipate that final compensation will be mailed by the end of November.

    Sincerely,

    Kathleen Dolan
    Epiq | Project Manager
    Office: +1 631 470 6832
    Mobile: +1 516 287 6335
    Email: Kathleen.Dolan@epiqglobal.com

  241. coyn says:

    Hi All,

    UPDATE:on the GCG website this AM

    On November 3, 2017, the Court granted final approval of the settlement in its Settlement Order and Final Judgment. Appeals that were filed by settlement objectors against the Settlement Order and Final Judgment have been resolved as of March 26, 2018. Disbursements to eligible Class members who did not opt out and who sent in valid and timely Claim Forms has resumed. Final compensation will be mailed on a rolling basis. All compensation should be mailed by November 30.

    Coyn

    • Derek Miller says:

      I love in their update, “Appeals that were filed by settlement objectors against the Settlement Order and Final Judgment have been resolved as of March 26, 2018…All compensation should be mailed by November 30.” They completely left out the reason for the delay for the payment of A&B gift cards. Me thinks someone made a mistake and they finally figured out the CYA needed on their ends. No pun intended. But are still avoiding any admittance of error.

    • CHARLES FUNK says:

      All compensation should be mailed by November 30.

      Of what year?

      ADMIN – Hi Charles,

      This year. I am hearing that some class members received their gift cards yesterday.

  242. Edward Burns says:

    On Sept. 6 –
    “We anticipate that gift cards for claimants who submitted Option A and Option B claims will be mailed within approximately the next 4 to 6 weeks.”

    That was EIGHT weeks ago.

    ADMIN – Hi Edward,

    The saga continues. Keep us updated.

  243. George says:

    I just got my Option A gift cards today.

  244. J. Allen says:

    I received my gift cards today by FedEx. I selected Option A – 30% gift card. The amount I received was 60% of the “You Saved” amount. It was a long wait but worth the trouble. I am thankful to this website and all the information people have contributed. Thanks!

  245. Bob says:

    Got mine. Expecting $342, got $616 in gift cards.

  246. Len Williams says:

    I finally received my gift cards today. I selected option A and I received 3 gift cards totaling a little over $600. which was 55.6% of the total receipts submitted. It was a frustrating wait but in the long run I’m happy with the end result, I hope everyone else receive their awards soon.

  247. Derek Miller says:

    Got mine. 3 split over 698. Must have had their crayons sharpened to fix the issue.

    Nice to have them in hand but what we should all realize is:

    That money was likely in an account collecting interest…so by stalling during those months whoever held that money was making money off of what should have been sent to us long ago. Who received the interest?

    ADMIN – Hi Derek,

    Because this is a gift card there was no money set aside in a particular account. The gift cards were issued directly by the defendant and they are not required to have an escrow account to support them.

    • Derek Miller says:

      Yes, exactly. The gift cards were issued directly from the defendant…who held onto the funds for the gift cards for the entire time we were waiting regardless if it was a separate account. And will hold onto those funds and receive interest on them until the gift cards are even used.

      So…Harbor Freight was sitting on a fat account earning interest and being invested in various ways while we were left waiting for the gift cards.

      I can assure you the money was not sitting idle earning nothing while we waited for the gift cards…

      Admin, sometimes you can be so silly 🙂

      It is kind of like taxes. Overpay and you get a fat check after filing…but all that time the government receives a zero percent interest loan. Money is never idle.

      ADMIN – Hi Derek,
      In the case of gift cards the defendant is not required to place money in escrow. Instead they get to keep it all not necessarily earning interest but in the form of merchandise that has not been redeemed. Yes they are the ones profiting but not through direct interest. The retail value of the gift cards after all is way less than the real value of the merchandise.

  248. Brian C says:

    Are these all coming FedEx?

  249. Coyn says:

    Got my $812 Option A gift card today via Fedex; seeing as my last name starts with an “S” and I filed near the deadline, thought I might not see mine until later

  250. Mike says:

    As Brian said can any of you confirm delivery provided
    Thanks

  251. Jim says:

    Gift card arrived today. Can coupons be used like normal while paying with these gift cards?

    ADMIN – Hi Jim,

    I believe so unless the cards include small print.

  252. Jim D says:

    I believe mine came USPS.

  253. Bill says:

    Received my gift cards 11/5/18 via FedEx. I am a class A claimant. Was exactly 60% of my “you saved amount.”

    An early Christmas present!!!

  254. Allen W says:

    I see several Class A claimants have received their gift cards. Has anyone in Class B received theirs? I am still waiting on mine.

  255. Ron McDonald says:

    Received $219.43 gift card via mail 11-5-2019 as expected from National Price settlement,Dublin OH where I sent receipts .

  256. Eric Sauey says:

    I submitted a claim some time ago but have heard nothing. Should I expect to receive something?

    ADMIN – Hi Eric,

    The judge extended the window to allow people to change the terms if they wish to have a voucher instead

    • Edward Burns says:

      “ADMIN – Hi Eric,

      The judge extended the window to allow people to change the terms if they wish to have a voucher instead”

      Could you expand on this? What window? What do you mean by “voucher”? Where did you see this?

      ADMIN – Hi Edward,

      This was incorrectly posted. It was a response for another settlement

  257. Mark says:

    I’m a “Class A” kind of guy! I gots me $677 in 3 gift cards and expected $330-$400, depending on how they interpreted the details. I got just slightly under double! So I can’t complain AND HAVEN’T COMPLAINED ABOUT FREE MONEY IN THE LAST YEAR! Received via FedEx. I moved in recent years since the judgement and only had a USPS forwarding for my mail, not knowing it would come FedEx. I called FedEx not knowing the routing number, and they had it re-routed to Walgreens for an easy pickup. GAME! Upgrading my tools now 🙂

    ADMIN – Hi Mark,

    Finally some positivity around here 😉

  258. Mark says:

    I am always tickled pretty when people claim money held is simply because of interest earned during the holding. Doesn’t make a lick of sense when talking about a multi-billion dollar company handling a few mil on a comparably minuscule lawsuit. enjoy that free money.

  259. Phil says:

    Received my $56 gift card yesterday via regular USPS mail and spent it today! A big Thank You to the ADMIN who has been keeping this forum alive for so long as we waited and wondered if this day would ever come.

    ADMIN – Hi Phil,

    You only got $56????

    • Phil says:

      Yep, that was 60% of the Amount Saved on my receipts. I’m guessing that lower value gift cards like mine are mailed via USPS. The higher value ones may be shipped FedEx.

    • Bill L says:

      @ Admin: “You only got $56????”
      Phil was probably honest an submitted what receipts he actually had. Too bad the structuring and payout was handled so incompetently…He’s have been better off submitting fake, unverified claims for himself, his wife, 13 children, 5 cats and 3 dogs.

      ADMIN – Hi Bill,

      My dogs did not file nor did the cats but with receipts we received a little over $100. Mainly because we had purchased a lift for the motorcycle

  260. Andrew says:

    Got my gift cards! Expected $760 and received $730. Close enough! First thing I’m buying is a welding helmet, and maybe a security camera system (gonna wait until I can use a coupon on them though). Don’t know what I’ll use the rest on.

    ADMIN – Hi Andrew,

    Lucky you! I wanted the greenhouse but I only had enough receipts for $100

  261. Bill L says:

    Not seeing anybody noted as a class B claimant receiving cards yet; I certainly haven’t. Anyone????

    • Allen W says:

      I am class B and still waiting also.

      • Allen W says:

        I am class B and I was due $387 and I received one gift card for $250 via USPS. I am hoping to receive another gift card today in the mail for the balance of what I am due. I have seen mention from others that their balance was spread over multiple cards. Did those cards come in a separate envelopes? Hopefully mine were mailed the same day, but just got separated.

    • Ross in GA says:

      I’m a class B and nothing yet. Should only be $72 and change, but free money is always good.

  262. Bob McCoy says:

    Got my class B gift cards yesterday. They came fedx.

  263. Jacob S says:

    Got my class B gift card today for $98.49 came USPS.

  264. Bill E. says:

    Got my class B gift card today via USPS. About 24% of claim. Thank you to all of those who supported the claim process.

  265. Edward Burns says:

    Just a heads up. I have been reading that HF headquarters is shut down due to the fires in CA. The stores have not been able to accept gift cards. Apparently the servers that handle this are located there. So call before you go.

  266. Fred says:

    I received my class B gift card today for $138.81 via USPS. Let me get this straight, I search through receipts, find all of them, some were no longer legible, so I decide to find the credit card statements from two different cards and submit the information under the Class B option. I get $138.81 for my time and someone who has one purchase, applies for the Class C option and gets a $160.00 gift card. Does this in fact sound evenhanded to anyone?

  267. Willy T says:

    Class B $1280 as expected in gift cards. Received today by FedEx (had to sign).
    Nightmare is over, I guess I will have to find a new hobby.

    ADMIN – Hi Willy,

    You will be greatly missed. How about you pick another case to follow?

  268. Bill L says:

    Got my class B card for just over $200 in yesterday’s (11/13) US Mail. Inexplicably about $9 less than it should have been based on 18% of the charges submitted….oh well.

    Also, obviously about $120 less, and months delayed, than if I had just filed 2 unsupported claims for my wife and myself. What a joke, but at least it’s done.

  269. Garret Hoogerhyde says:

    Received Class B cards for $500+ in New Jersey via FedEx today. I’ve looked on this site several times a week for over 1 year. Thanks for doing this.

  270. Edward Burns says:

    Has anyone received an A+B card yet? I’m getting antsy now wondering if this will be the last class to be mailed or if it is lost.

    • Ken O says:

      Same here. So today I emailed the claims administrator with my control and claim ID #s and within an hour the response I received said I have been approved and the usual blah blah and “All compensation should be mailed by December 7”.

    • Robert Newman says:

      I am still waiting on A + B gift card too. I was starting to get worried too but now I see I’m not the only one still waiting.

      ADMIN – Hi Robert,

      I would reach out.

  271. Charlie Funk says:

    Several posts and comments on posts indicated that there would be an 18% settlement instead of 12% settlement. I received my cards for 12% of the amount submitted and am happy with it but wonder what I misunderstood about the actual amount being substantially higher than first thought

  272. Jon K says:

    I’m still waiting for my option A gift cards which should be in the $1,200 range. I’ve called several times and they always tell me they can’t tell me my final value nor when I will receive my payment. The only info they will tell me is that I will be getting a settlement and that my gift cards have not been sent. Another confusing thing is that they say I’m listed as option A+B, however I only submitted store receipts and my claim form only says option A. I did not submit any bank transactions.. Odd..

  273. Keith K says:

    I am still waiting on Group A gift card, is anyone else still waiting? I think they said everything would be mailed by Nov 30th, so will keep watching.

  274. Michael Grace says:

    I got my OPTION B gift cards 11/21/2018 by USPS mail, was expecting $254.87, got $388.32 it came as 2 gift cards one for $250.00 and another for $138.32

  275. David R Batten says:

    After months and months of waiting. I finally got my option A giftcards delivered today via FedEx.
    The balance was spread out over 5 cards with two cards being a seemingly random amount for a total of $927.14
    The total being a little less than my calculated amount. The previous emails received from them stated they substracted free items, etc.
    Just glad the day finally arrived.

  276. Phil Forney says:

    Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:19 AM
    To: Dolan, Kathleen
    Subject: Re: Harbor Freight Settlement

    Hi Ms. Dolan,
    Could you please provide an update on the disbursements of my ‘gift cards” as another 6 weeks have passed.
    Thanks Much, Phil Forney

    Thank you for your email.
    Disbursements to eligible Class Members has resumed. Final compensation will be mailed on a rolling basis. All compensation should be mailed by December 7.

    Regards,
    Settlement Administrator
    National Sale Price Settlement
    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

  277. Andy Ringsmuth says:

    Have any Option A&B people received theirs yet?

    ADMIN – Hi Andy,

    I have heard of several people receiving their settlements in both sub-classes.

  278. Harold Rutledge says:

    I am in both A&B class. I have received nothing yet.

    ADMIN – Hi Harold,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  279. Tyler says:

    I reached out to them multiple times yesterday regarding my A and B claims and FINALLY received some concrete explanation.

    ******CALCULATIONS******

    Group A cash: Raised from 20% to 54%
    Group A credit: Raised from 30% to 60%
    Group B cash: Raised from 10% to 18%
    Group B credit: Raised from 12% to 18% credit
    Group C: All remaining funds after the A and B claims were divided equally resulting in the $160.

    In addition, they did provide the dollar amount I was receiving with a breakdown. Though it seems lower than it should be, I will be going back to my receipts to ensure they got the total “You Saved” amount correct. I am STILL waiting on the gift cards and too was told, “all compensation should be mailed out by 12/7”.

    Hope that helps some of you!

    -Tyler

    ADMIN – Hi Tyler,

    Thanks for this.

  280. Jon Knight says:

    Finally got a response and a FedEx tracking number!

    Mr. XXX,

    Your claim has been processed and approved. According to our records, you are filed under Options A & B because some of the receipts that you submitted did not have a “You Saved” amount. The purchases on these receipts were ineligible for option A and were changed to Option B. Your total gift card amount is $1,348.96. Final compensation will be mailed on a rolling basis. Your FedEX tracking number is xxxxxxxxxx.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (AB)
    National Sale Price Settlement

  281. Steve says:

    I placed an online order using the 2 gift cards I received. Harbor Freight didn’t ship the order or notify me as to why there was a delay. When I contacted customer service about the reason it hasn’t shipped, I was told they are refusing to accept my gift cards. I’m not sure what’s going on, they haven’t given me an answer as to why they’re not being accepted.

    ADMIN – Hi Steve,

    Contact the class action administrator.

  282. Harold Rutledge says:

    As of today, still nothing (see two entries above). If I have not received my award by 12/10, I will contact the class action administrator.

  283. Brian C says:

    Sent a message asking if my cards have been mailed for A&B, this morning’s response was that no, the cards for me have not been sent yet, but everything should be mailed by the 7th….Guess I will ask on the 8th for a tracking number.

    Your gift card has not been sent yet. All compensation should be mailed by December 7.

    Regards,

    Settlement Administrator (AB)

    National Sale Price Settlement

    http://www.NationalSalePriceSettlement.com

  284. Joe says:

    FedEx Delivery Manager sent me a notice that an envelope had been mailed today for Tuesday delivery from EPIQ in Ohio. I filed as option A.

    • Joe says:

      Received the gift cards today. Bought a couple of LED lights and didn’t have any problem with them being accepted at the store. Thought I would try one based on an earlier post.

  285. Philip/Phil Forney says:

    Thank You to the Administrator of this site! Only through this site was I able to find information for the “Settlement Administrator” and contact them for the status of my claim.

    Today, 12-10-18, I finally received 6 gift cards totaling $1,365.97, via FedEx Express (mailed out 12-7-2018-as promised). I hoard receipts, so I submitted all I had and still received more $ than expected. But it will all go back to HF so I guess that it’s all good.

    ADMIN – Hi Phillip,

    I am just a bit envious. I can think of a million things to buy at HF

  286. Jon Knight says:

    Finally, the day has come! Came home from work to find a FedEx package with 6 gift cards totaling $1,348.96. Thanks to everyone on this site for your updates and insight as this process finally ran its course.

    Jon

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    I am dying here. I can think of 1k things I could buy at HF with that kind of money.

  287. Brian Carlson says:

    Looks like my gift cards are arriving today in the mail. Going shopping this weekend!

  288. Bill L says:

    Placed an online order on 12-9-18 for the $600 item I had been holding off on buying while waiting for the gift card (had also been waiting for a 25% off code, which just showed up).

    Got an email this morning (12-11-18) :
    “We are reaching out to you regarding your order #xxxxxxx.
    We have a few questions regarding the gift card(s) you applied to this order. Please contact us so we may complete processing your order…”

    Called and was asked where I purchased the gift card. Told them I didn’t buy it, but received it through he class action settlement. Rep immediately said OK, and advised on the remaining balance that would be charged to my credit card.

    The process was pretty quick and painless, and maybe indicates they’re trying to police against the use of lost or stolen cards, …which is a good thing. You would think, however, that they would have the information on file to note the matching name and address of a settlement receiver to the same on an order.

    No idea what they might have done if I had bought a card on eBay. Maybe nothing else, unless it was on a “lost” list.

    ADMIN – Hi Bill,

    Thanks for the info.

  289. ProfQuill says:

    Got my Class A/B gift card today in regular mail, it was exactly as the new calculations suggested. And still less than the slackers who sorta said they once maybe went to HF. Yes, in retrospect, I wish now I was one of those (like my dad and a friend). But who would possibly assume such a crazy distribution?

    I realize that once they distributed the $160 cards, there would be little they can to do assuage the A/B folks, since it’s just one pot of money, you can’t ask HF to kick in more, that part of the case is long over.

    Along with my dad’s $160, we can go shopping! Hmmm. Nice table saw, a planer, a free flashlight…

    ADMIN – Hi Bill,

    Or a greenhouse, a set of chisels or the pink toolbox for your wife.

  290. Hal R says:

    I would also like to express my appreciation to the Administrator of this site. The information received here was much appreciated. Today, December 11th, I received two gift cards to settle my claims as a Group A and Group B claimant. The total settlement that I filed for was $205.88 and the gift cards that I received were for $369.53.

    ADMIN – Hi Hal,

    Your words are so kind and encouraging.

  291. al says:

    I appreciate the info on this site. Thank you very much. Without this site help I would have been in the dark. God Bless

    ADMIN – Hi Al,

    Thanks for the encouragement.

  292. Brian Carlson says:

    I received my cards yesterday in the mail. I see they have extended the 25% off friends and family discount thru this weekend. Very timely!

    ADMIN – Hi Brian,

    Have fun shopping.

  293. Carl Nelson says:

    Just got my cards. $301.00 How long do I have to use them. And will there be any issue if I use them on an online order.

    ADMIN – Hi Carl,

    If cards have expiration dates it will show on the card. Someone reported issues with online usage so you may want to head to the store.

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