If you’ve been wronged by a major company, class action lawsuits are some of your best options to get compensation. Although companies almost never admit wrongdoing in class action settlements, they do agree to pay consumers.
Here are six class action lawsuits that, if eligible, you can get paid from so far this year.
Walmart or Sam’s Club
If you returned an item to a Walmart or Sam’s Club between July 2015 and November 2020, you could be eligible for a cash payment. Allegedly, Walmart failed to include the cost of sales tax in refunds to a number of customers during that five year period and agreed to pay $5 million to settle a class-action suit. The exact compensation amount per class member is subject to change.
If you were affected, file a claim here before April 1, 2021.
Between October 16th and 19th, 2019, digital bank Chime experienced a service disruption, and some users were unable to access their accounts as a result. The online bank agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a class action alleging that the slowdown caused Chime users financial damage.
Chime users who were unable to access their account between those dates can receive up to $750 in compensation from the settlement. You can file a claim here through February 15th.
BMW recently settled a pair of class action suits, both of which will be accepting claim forms until March.
The first alleged that the coolant pump on a number of BMW vehicles was defective. The faulty pumps cost some BMW owners thousands of dollars in repairs, and the suit claimed that BMW was aware of the pump defects but made no effort to resolve the problem. BMW owners who had to repair a defective coolant pump should check the settlement FAQ for more information, or file a claim here by March 20th.
The second suit alleged that the timing chain was defective on certain BMW makes and models. Class members are eligible for compensation proportional to how much they spent on repairs and can get 40 to 100 percent of their bill covered. Compensation is capped at $3,000, however. You can file a claim here until March 18th.
Banner Health, a non-profit health organization, suffered a data breach in 2016 affecting around 2.6 million patients. Banner agreed to pay $6 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that this breach caused real damage to patients, including identity theft and fraud.
In the settlement, class members can be compensated for any loss or associated expense from the data breach. Anyone impacted can receive up to $500 for an ordinary claim or up to $10,000 for an extraordinary claim. Class members can also receive two years of credit monitoring, for free, from Banner.
The deadline to file a claim is February 9th, and you can submit one here.
Hyundai settled a class action lawsuit alleging defective engines in a number of Kia cars. These engines broke down often, leading to higher maintenance costs for consumers.
Eligible vehicles include 2011-2018 Kia Optimas and Sportages, as well as 2012-2018 Kia Sorrentos. Class members can receive both monetary and non-monetary compensation, including:
- Warranty extensions
- Reimbursement for any repairs related to an engine issue
- Rebates if consumers purchased a new car following an engine issue
- Compensation for preciously traded in defective vehicles