Are You Owed Money? See If You Can Join These 7 Class-Action Lawsuits

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You might have been wronged and don’t even know it.

Class-action lawsuits aren’t just the big headline-making news we hear about from time to time. They are happening all the time — and you could be a potential claimant, which could mean some extra dollars in your pocket.

Check out the following purchases that are associated with class-action settlements to see if you are eligible for any of them.

Vizio smart TV

Potential award: Estimated to be between $13 and $31 per TV

Deadline to submit a claim: April 29

For more information: viziotvsettlement.com

Consumer electronics company Vizio is accused of violating privacy and consumer-protection laws by sharing customer viewing habits — without customers’ consent or knowledge — with advertisers.

If you own a Vizio smart TV that was connected the internet between Feb. 1, 2014, and Feb. 6, 2017, you could be eligible to receive money from a $17 million settlement.

Canada Dry ginger ale

Potential award: Up to $40 per household

Deadline to submit a claim: March 19

For more information: cdgasettlement.com

If you bought Canada Dry Ginger Ale between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 19, 2018, in any U.S. state except California, you could receive payment from this settlement. California residents must have purchased the soft drink between Dec. 28, 2012, and June 26, 2018.

Two class-action lawsuits claimed that the soda’s claim to be “made from real ginger ale” constitutes false advertising.

Wendy’s purchases

Potential award: Up to $5,000 per person

Deadline to submit a claim: March 21

For more information: wendysdatabreachsettlement.com

The fast-food chain allegedly suffered a data breach between Oct. 25, 2015, and June 28, 2016. You might be eligible for a payment from a settlement if you used a debit, credit or other payment card at affected Wendy’s restaurants between those dates.

Two types of settlement payments are available. Both are detailed on the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the lawsuit website.

Lenovo laptops

Potential award: An estimated $40

Deadline to submit a claim: March 25

For more information: lenovoadwaresettlement.com

You could be eligible for a cash payment if you bought a Lenovo laptop in 2014 or 2015. Plaintiffs allege that software called VisualDiscovery “created problems with performance, privacy and security,” according to the lawsuit website.

Multiple brands of decking materials

Potential award: Varies

Deadline to file a claim: March 29

For more information: deckingsettlement.com

According to the website for this settlement, plaintiffs alleged that the following “were prone to splitting, warping, swelling, shrinking, or surface decay and to develop pervasive mold, mildew, or fungal or other growth”:

  • Cross Timbers and DuraLife decking products made or sold by Elk Corp. or Building Materials Corp. of America
  • Railways railing products manufactured or sold by either company

To be eligible to make a claim in this settlement, you had to have bought such decking materials during the time periods listed on the settlement site, and the materials had to have remained installed on your property on Nov. 11, 2016.

Fiat Chrysler vehicles

Potential award: Up to $2,000 payment or up to $4,000 trade-in voucher

Deadline: May 15

For more information: secure.dahladmin.com/granil

According to this class-action lawsuit, consumers bought certain Jeep, Chrysler or ProMaster City vehicles that had automatic-transmission problems. The vehicles in question are:

  • 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee
  • 2015 Jeep Renegade
  • 2015 Chrysler 200
  • 2015 ProMaster City

Asahi Beer

Potential award: Up to $10 per household

Deadline to submit a claim: May 3

For more information: asahibeersettlement.com

You could be eligible to receive a cash payment if you bought Asahi Beer between April 5, 2013, and Dec. 20, 2018. A class-action law alleges the beer producer deceptively advertised certain products as brewed in Japan when they were actually brewed in Canada.

Households can receive up to $10 under the settlement, depending on their purchases:

  • 50 cents per six-pack of 12-ounce bottles or cans
  • 10 cents per 21.4-ounce bottle (“Big Bottle”)
  • $1 per 12-pack of 12-ounce cans
  • $2 per 24-pack of 12-ounce cans

Have you ever taken part in a class-action lawsuit, or would you consider joining one like these? Share your thoughts by commenting below or the Money Talks News Facebook page.

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