A recent study reported that a record 270 class action lawsuits were filed in 2016 alone. Because of the high volume of class action lawsuits filed and settled, you may be a member and not even know about it. However, you will likely only receive your settlement money if you complete the necessary claim forms. Fortunately, the internet simplifies the process of discovering and claiming settlements to which you are entitled.
There are a few things you should know about class action settlements. Obviously, fraudulent claims are illegal, so you should only file claims if you meet the eligibility guidelines. In addition, a case may settle for millions of dollars, but you probably won’t be able to retire with your share. After lawyers’ fees and costs are deducted, the remainder of a settlement is divvied up between the hundreds or thousands of people who filed a claim.
Filing a claim can be worthwhile, though. You can net $10, $20 or even more for just a few minutes of your time. Check out five of the currently open class action settlements you might qualify for that have potential payouts of at least $50.
1. Sony VAIO Notebook Trackpad
If you purchased a Sony VAIO laptop with a defective trackpad in California or New Jersey between 2006 and 2017 you may be eligible for up to $200. Documentation may be required.
2. Kenmore Gas Grill
If you own a Kenmore barbecue grill manufactured between 2011 and 2014 with a galvanized steel box, you could claim up to $300. Be sure to check the model number of your grill before completing the claim form.
3. Mobile Content Text Spam
Mobile users who received unsolicited SMS from certain short codes can file claims for up to $65 per spam message. You must provide the phone number from which the messages were sent.
4. GT’s Kombucha
If you purchased certain beverages from Millennium Products and Whole Foods Market, you can claim up to $60. The class action lawsuit alleges that the alcohol, sugar and antioxidant content were misrepresented.
5. Visionworks BOGO
Customers of Visionworks in Ohio and Illinois may be eligible to claim up to $100 if they made qualifying purchases. The lawsuit alleges inflated prices on glasses, partly covering the cost of the second “free” pairs.
Discover more open settlements here.
[h/t: The Penny Hoarder]