Do You Qualify for Any of December’s Class-Action Settlements?

Could you use some extra cash?

Several class action lawsuit settlements have claim deadlines before the end of the year. See if you qualify but act fast if you want to file a claim against TULA Life skin care because that deadline is Dec. 10. The rest are Dec. 13 through Dec. 31.

Best Buy Data Breach Class Action Settlement

Consumers who made purchases from Best Buy and were affected by a 2017 data breach may be entitled to compensation of up to $2,060.

The Class includes everyone who received a mailed or emailed notice about the 2017 Best Buy data incident. These Class Members either lost money, needed to replace financial cards, felt they had to pay for credit monitoring, or spent time dealing with the results of the attack.

The plaintiffs claim their private financial information was obtained by hackers during the data breach.

Class Members submitting documentation of unreimbursed bank fees, card re-issuance fees, overdraft fees, telephone charges, charges from banks or credit card companies, interest, credit report costs, or fraud resolution services costs will be eligible for up to $2,000 in compensation.

In addition, those who can provide documentation regarding time spent dealing with the data breach can claim up to $20 per hour for up to three hours of lost time.

File your claim by Dec. 22, 2021.

Ferrara Candy Class Action Settlement

Consumers in the U.S. can claim up to $8 without providing proof of purchase as part of a class action settlement resolving claims Ferrara Candy Co. underfilled its cardboard candy boxes.

The Class is made up of U.S. residents who purchased one or more cardboard boxes of Raisinets, Buncha Crunch, Butterfinger Bites, Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, Rainbow Nerds, SweeTarts, Spree, Sno-Caps, Runts, or Gobstoppers between Feb. 9, 2013, and Sep. 23, 2021.

Plaintiffs claim Ferrara Candy and Nestle USA both intentionally underfilled their candy boxes in order to deceive consumers into thinking there was more product in the boxes than there actually was.

Eligible Class Members may receive $0.50 per unit for up to 16 units covered product, for a potential payment of $8.

Claims must be submitted by Dec. 27, 2021.

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TULA Life Skincare Products $5M Class Action Settlement

Anyone who purchased TULA Life products may be able to claim part of a $5 million class action settlement.

The Class is made up of anyone in the United States, its territories, and districts who purchased TULA Life skincare products between Jan. 1, 2013, and Aug. 30, 2021.

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit alleged they had been led to falsely believe that certain TULA products advertised as containing probiotics contain live cultures.

Class Members who submit proof of purchase with their claim form will be eligible to receive a refund of the greater of 10 percent of the amounts they paid for the covered TULA products, or $4, up to a maximum of $25 per household.

Class Members who do not include proof of purchase with their claim will be eligible for a cash payment of $4.

The company also has agreed to certain labeling changes.

Claim forms must be submitted by Dec. 10, 2021.

Equifax Public Record Class Action Settlement

Certain consumers may be eligible to benefit from a class action settlement resolving claims Equifax provided inaccurate information about tax liens and civil judgments on credit reports.

Consumers who had Equifax credit reports issued to a third party and the report contained an inaccurate or incorrect tax lien or civil judgment between June 28, 2015, and May 14, 2019.

Nearly 20 class actions claimed Equifax violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by reporting inaccurate public records information to third parties pulling consumers’ credit reports.

Claimants may be eligible to claim up to $1,500.

Claims forms are due by Dec. 31, 2021.

CalPERS LTC Policy $2.7B Class Action Settlement

California residents who purchased long-term care policies from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System — or CalPERS — may be eligible to benefit from a $2.7 billion settlement.

The Class is made up of citizens living in California in 2013 who purchased an LTC policy from CalPERS between 1995 and 2004 that included automatic inflation protection benefits, and who were subjected to the 85 percent increase in premiums announced by CalPERS in 2013.

According to a class action lawsuit, CalPERS improperly imposed an 85 percent premium increase.

Class Members will fall into one of several categories established under the terms of the settlement, and the amount of compensation they can expect will depend on which category they belong to.

Claims are due by Dec. 13, 2021.

Smitty’s/CAM2 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Retailers $7.2M Class Action Settlement

Individuals who purchased certain types of Smitty’s and CAM2 303 tractor hydraulic fluid and may have experienced equipment damage may be eligible to claim some cash.

The Retailer Settlement Class is made up of any person or entity who purchased Super S Supertrac 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid, Super S 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid, Cam2 ProMax 303 Tractor Hydraulic Oil, and/or Cam2 303 Tractor Hydraulic Oil from Tractor Supply Co. — including Del’s Feed & Farm Supply locations — Orscheln Farm and Home LLC, Rural King, or Atwood stores between Dec. 1, 2013, to June 23, 2021.

Those who solely purchased Super S Super Trac 303 Tractor Hydraulic Fluid in Missouri are excluded.

A class action lawsuit alleged the retailers violated the law and claimed they knew or should have known the products were made with certain waste products that were not appropriate for use in the products and, as a result, did not meet current specifications.

Each Class Member will receive a payment based on the value of their general equipment damage claim and their repairs/parts/specific equipment damage claim.

File your claim by Dec. 29, 2021.

Pembina 1964/1980 Judgment $40M Class Action Settlement

If you are a beneficiary of the 1964 or 1980 Pembina Judgment fund, you may be eligible for compensation thanks to a $40 million settlement.

The Class is made up of anyone who is an original individual beneficiary of the 1964 and/or 1980 Pembina Judgment Fund, a legal representative of a Class Member, or an eligible heir to a deceased original individual beneficiary is automatically part of the Class.

The federal government was accused of failing to properly manage the Pembina funds, which were the result of two legal claims brought in the Indian Claims Commission that sought additional compensation for lands the Pembina Band of Chippewa Indians ceded to the United States.

Class Members can expect to receive between an estimated $50 and $1,440.

The claim deadline has been extended to Dec. 19, 2021.

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Freedom Mortgage Fees Class Action Settlement

U.S. consumers who received mortgages through Freedom Mortgage Corp. and paid property inspection fees may be eligible to receive a payment.

The Class is made up of U.S. citizens who held mortgages through Freedom Mortgage Corp. and paid fees on property inspections after defaulting or being delinquent on their mortgage payments between March 5, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2020.

Plaintiffs had alleged Freedom Mortgage improperly and unnecessarily charged borrowers fees on mortgage loans.

Class Members who submit a claim can receive a one-time payment equal to 35 percent of the amount of the first property inspection fee they paid to the company.

They will receive another payment of 50 percent of the amount of all inspection fees paid to Freedom Mortgage.

The claim deadline is Dec. 16, 2021.

Hyatt Employee Fingerprint Scan Class Action Settlement

Employees of certain Hyatt properties who scanned their finger to use the company time clocks may be able to claim a cash payment.

The Class is made up of current or former Hyatt employees who scanned their fingerprint using the company’s timekeeping system as a requirement for employment at the following locations during the respective time periods and who were not subject to a collective bargaining agreement:

  • Hyatt Lodge: Oct. 30, 2012, to Feb. 16, 2018
  • Regency McCormick Place: Oct. 30, 2012, to Dec. 12, 2018
  • Park Hyatt Chicago: Oct. 30, 2012, to Dec. 116, 2018
  • Hyatt Regency O’Hare: Oct. 30, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2017
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago: Oct. 30, 2012, to Dec. 3, 2018

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit claimed the company’s use of the fingerprint technology violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which prohibits companies from capturing, obtaining, storing, transferring, or using biometric information for any purpose without providing certain written disclosures and obtaining prior written consent.

The exact amount of each Class Member’s payment is not known at this time.

The claim deadline is Dec. 24, 2021.

Partners Healthcare System Data Privacy $18.4M Class Action Settlement

If you received medical care in Massachusetts and visited certain informational websites, you may be able to take part in a $18.4 million Partners Healthcare System settlement.

Settlement Class Members include all Massachusetts residents and U.S. residents who received medical care at Partners Healthcare System — now Mass General Brigham — in Massachusetts who visited the following informational websites between May 23, 2016, and July 31, 2021: massgeneralbrigham.org, massgeneral.org, brighamandwomens.org, and dana-farber.org.

According to the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit, these websites — unbeknownst to users — implemented specific third-party analytics tools cookies and pixels that disclosed information about the consumer’s internet usage.

Class Members will be eligible for a payment of up to $100, depending on the number of valid claims filed.

File your claim by Dec. 15, 2021.

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Make Money – The Penny Hoarder 2021-12-07 17:15:10

If you needed extra money, like, yesterday, you’ve come to the right spot.

Our team has compiled a list of creative ways you can fatten your bank account this month. Certainly, there’s something here that fits your needs.

Without further delay, here are five ways to pocket up to $2,808:

1. Let This App Pay You up to $83 When You Win Solitaire Games

Earnings: $83

Lots of us already play Solitaire on our phones for fun or just to pass the time. Want to see if you can win money at it?

There’s a free iPhone app called Solitaire Cash that lets you play for real money. You could get paid up to $83 per win.

You might be thinking: There’s got to be a catch. This is definitely one of those spammy apps, right?

Wrong. There really isn’t a catch. Sure, you can pay to play in some higher-stakes tournaments, but there’s no pressure. And, in fact, there aren’t even any annoying ads.

With each game, you’ll battle it out against at least five other players. Everyone gets the same deck, so winning is totally a matter of skill. The top three players who solve the deck fastest can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.

Over on the App Store, it has over a million downloads and more than 15,000 ratings, averaging 4.7 stars (out of 5).To get started, just download the free app and start playing your first game immediately.

2. Watch Movie Previews

Earnings: $225

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If we told you that you could get paid to watch videos on your computer, you’d probably laugh.

It’s too good to be true, right?

But we’re serious. A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. One minute you might watch someone bake brownies and the next you might get the latest updates on Kardashian drama.

All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward.

No, InboxDollars won’t replace your full-time job, but it’s something easy you can do while you’re already on the couch tonight wasting time on your phone.

Unlike other sites, InboxDollars pays you in cash — no points or gift cards. It’s already paid its users more than $56 million.

It takes about one minute to sign up, and you’ll immediately get a $5 bonus to get you started.

3. Cancel Your Car Insurance

Earnings: $700

When was the last time you compared car insurance rates? Chances are you’re seriously overpaying with your current policy.

If it’s been more than six months since your last car insurance quote, you should look again.

And if you look through a digital marketplace called SmartFinancial, you could be getting rates as low as $22 a month — and saving yourself more than $700 a year.

It takes one minute to get quotes from multiple insurers, so you can see all the best rates side-by-side. Yep — in just one minute you could save yourself $715 this year. That’s some major cash back in your pocket.

So if you haven’t checked car insurance rates in a while, see how much you can save with a new policy.

4. See if You Can Get Free Money From This Company

Earnings: $1,800

Here’s the deal: If you’re not using Aspiration’s debit card, you’re missing out on extra cash. And who doesn’t want extra cash right now?

Yep. A debit card called Aspiration gives you up to a 10% back every time you swipe.

Need to buy groceries? Extra cash.

Need to fill up the tank? Bam. Even more extra cash.

You were going to buy these things anyway — why not get this extra money in the process? Let’s say you use this card to spend $1,500 a month on groceries, gasoline and other essentials — that could mean putting up to an extra $1,800 in your pocket this year!

Enter your email address here, and link your bank account to see how much extra cash you can get with your free Aspiration account. And don’t worry. Your money is FDIC insured and under a military-grade encryption. That’s nerd talk for “this is totally safe.”

5. Get $83 Every Time You Win This Free Cell Phone Game

Earnings: $83+

Lots of us already play games on our phones for fun or just to pass the time. Want to see if you can win money at it?

There’s a free iPhone app called Bubble Cash that lets you play for real money. You could get paid up to $83 per win.

You might be thinking: There’s got to be a catch. Wrong. There really isn’t. Sure, you can pay to play in some higher-stakes tournaments, but there’s no pressure. And, in fact, there aren’t even any annoying ads.

The game is based on a classic bubble-shooter format, and you’ll battle it out against other players within your skill level to see who can clear the board fastest. Everyone gets the same layout, so winning is totally a matter of skill. The top three players who clear their board fastest can win real money — anywhere from $1 to $83.

Over on the App Store, it has more than a million downloads and more than 12,500 ratings, averaging 4.6 stars (out of 5).

To get started, just download the free app and start playing your first game immediately.

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3 Ways to Make Money from a Leased Car

When you lease a vehicle, you never really own it — the dealer does. So you might think that you have no equity in the vehicle.

But you’d be wrong.

In fact, if you are currently leasing a car, even if you are just a year in and have several years to go, you might be able to get out of the lease and walk away with several thousand dollars.

So how is this possible?

An Auto Shortage Means Higher Prices for Used Cars

The fallout from COVID-19 continues to cause supply chain shortages in multiple industries. With steel and computer chip shortages, the automotive industry has not been immune.

That means fewer new cars rolling off assembly lines and thus a larger demand for used cars. The problem? Dealerships cannot keep up with this demand.

Megan Stewart of Cincinnati recently purchased a new Toyota RAV4, but the dealer was so desperate for used cars, there was an unusual stipulation to the deal.

“When I went to buy a new RAV4, the dealership would only make a deal if I agreed to trade in my 2015 Honda Civic,” says Stewart. “They said they couldn’t handle the loss of a single vehicle on their lot, given the major shortages going on.”

And that’s no isolated incident. In January 2019, there were just under 3 million used cars available in the U.S. And earlier this fall? It was down to 2.3 million for a loss of nearly 33%.

To put it bluntly, “dealers are hurting for inventory,” says Kyle Johnson, senior editor for The News Wheel.

To make up for the massive deficit of used cars, dealerships have resorted to emailing lessees with whom they are currently under contract, offering to end the lease early and pay a pretty sum for a buyout. San Francisco’s ABC 7 told a story of a woman offered $6,000 to end her lease early.

How to Make Money Off Your Leased Car

The amount of money you pay for a leased vehicle over the duration of the contract is typically the difference between the car’s initial value and the estimated residual value at the end of the lease term. In that sense, you are merely renting a vehicle from a dealership, and at the end of the contract, the dealership intends to sell the vehicle as a used model.

But what’s happening right now is that leased vehicles are worth considerably more than they were originally estimated to be at the end of their terms. As a lessee, even though you don’t own the vehicle, you hold all the power because that increased equity belongs to you … if you handle the end of lease strategically.

According to Cars Direct, the top five selling cars of 2018 are being sold used for over 40% than would have been expected pre-pandemic. For example, a 2018 Nissan Altima has a nearly 50% market value increase which translates to a more than $6,000 jump. Think about that if you are turning in a 2018 Altima this year.

The No. 1 advice we can give: If you are currently leasing a car, do not just turn it in at the end of a lease as originally planned.

You will be leaving money on the table if you do. Instead, explore one of these options for making money off your leased car:

1. Sell the Lease to a Third Party

An option that lessees have long exercised during their leases has been selling their leases to a third party, like Carvana, Vroom or CarMax. For example, you could take your leased 2020 Honda Pilot and sell the vehicle — lease agreement and all — to CarMax. You’d immediately stop making payments, and you’d have a nice check if the vehicle was able to fetch enough money to cover the rest of your payments and then some.

And because of the huge demand for used cars, your lease vehicle should easily be able to command a large amount of that “and then some” cash when you sell it to a third party.

However, directly in response to the used car shortage, many lenders (branches of the automakers themselves) have begun to put a stop to this, legally prohibiting lessees from selling their contracts to third parties. Instead, they either have to return the vehicle to the dealership or buy it from the dealership at the end of the lease.

As of right now, Leasehackr is reporting that the following lenders are prohibiting third-party lease sales:

  • Acura Financial Services
  • BMW Financial Services
  • Ford Credit
  • GM Financial
  • Honda Financial Services
  • INFINITI Financial Services
  • Lincoln Automotive Financial Services
  • Mercedes-Benz Financial Services
  • MINI Financial Services
  • Nissan Motor Acceptance CompNY
  • Southeast Toyota Finance
  • Volvo Car Financial Services
  • Tesla Finance

We expect this list to grow as the used car shortage continues.

2. Buy the Car and Sell It

Don’t let automakers have the final say. An easy enough way around the prohibited third-party lease sales is to simply buy the car from the dealership at the end of your lease and then turn around and sell it to whomever you want.

In fact, this gives you more earning potential. Once you own the car, you can see what CarMax or Carvana will pay for it, but you can also try to sell it privately for even more money.

To determine how much your vehicle is worth, try out Kelley Blue Book, which can estimate the value of your car based on model, year, features and condition. You can also check out dealer websites to see how much similar vehicles are selling for.

The beauty of buying the leased vehicle from the dealer at the end of your lease is that they can’t jack up the price. Check your lease agreement for the lease buyout wording; in it, the dealership should have spelled out exactly what you will pay to purchase the car from them. This is called the guaranteed purchase option price.

A word of caution: You will need to pay sales tax and title fees when purchasing the leased vehicle, and if you can’t immediately sell the car, you need to be OK with the funds you spent to buy out the lease being illiquid until the vehicle sells.

A second word of caution: This strategy applies to a lease buyout at the end of a lease contract. Early buyouts typically do not have guaranteed purchase option prices, meaning the dealer can charge you more for the vehicle. There may also be an early buyout fee.

3. Sell the Lease Back to a Dealer

If you’re fortunate, you may not have to do much work at all. Don’t scoff when your dealer calls asking to buy you out of a lease early. Take a look at the offer, calculate what you think you could make trying to sell the vehicle on your own and determine if just simply selling the lease to the dealer is the right move.

Chances are good you may leave a little money on the table this way, but it’s certainly much less of a hassle to just sell to the dealer than buying the vehicle and selling privately.

Alternatively, you could try other nearby dealerships that sell vehicles of the same make. They may offer you more than the dealer from which you leased the vehicle. That’s the beauty of driving a leased vehicle in this shortage; you have the power to start a potential bidding war.

“Prices are way up,” confirms Johnson. “That car you leased a while back could actually net you a nice profit if you find a dealership that wants to come to the table and strike a deal with you.”

What to Consider Before Selling Your Leased Car

Now is a great opportunity to make some quick and serious cash by selling your lease. But before you sign on the dotted line, consider a couple of caveats:

You May Be Without a Car

If you are not part of a multi-car family and do not have access to affordable and efficient public transportation, getting rid of your vehicle may not be the right move.

New and Used Vehicle Prices Are at Record Highs

If you do sell and need to replace the vehicle with something new, be ready to pay those premium prices that you were charging when selling your lease. What goes around comes around.

In fact, some experts say that taking advantage of dealership incentives for ending leases is a bad idea for this very reason. “My recommendation would be: don’t do it,” says Kyle MacDonald, Director of Operations at Force by Mojio. “No matter how much you can earn in the moment, with the state of the market right now, there’s no guarantee you’d be able to find a replacement easily.”

MacDonald does offer one exception: “If you’ve already locked down a new car to purchase, in that case, ending a lease a month or two early may be worth the cash incentive.”

You Leased That Car Because You Liked It

Finally, consider if you’re ready to part with the car. At the end of the day, you work hard for a paycheck that affords you nice things. If a car to you is just a way to get from point A to point B and you couldn’t care less what make and model you’re sitting in, sure, end the lease.

Timothy Moore covers bank accounts for The Penny Hoarder from his home base in Cincinnati. He has worked in editing and graphic design for an automotive marketing agency, a global research firm and a major print publication. He covers a variety of other topics, including automotive, insurance, taxes, retirement and budgeting and has worked in the field since 2012 with publications such as The Penny Hoarder, Debt.com, Ladders, WDW Magazine, Glassdoor and The News Wheel.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

Do You Qualify for Any of November’s Class-Action Settlements?

Are you eligible to claim some cash?

Several class action lawsuit settlements — involving brands such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, DevaCurl, Honda and Coppertone — have claim deadlines in November.

Read on to find out if you qualify. Cases are listed in order of deadlines to file, with the earliest dates being listed first.

Blue Cross Blue Shield $2.67B Settlement

Those who were covered by certain Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurance or administrative services plans may be eligible to claim part of a $2.6 billion settlement.

The Class is made up of anyone who was covered by certain BCBS health insurance or administrative services plans between February 2007 and October 2020. Dependents, beneficiaries, and non-employees are not eligible Class Members.

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit had accused BCBS of working with others in an attempt to limit market competition throughout the United States.

The amount of the individual Class Members’ payments will depend on several factors, including the number of claims filed, the premiums the Class Member paid, and whether the insurance was fully insured or self-funded.

Claims must be submitted by Nov. 5, 2021.

Move Free Advanced False Advertising $50M Class Action Settlement

Anyone who purchased certain Move Free Advanced joint health supplements may be able to claim about $66 without proof of purchase thanks to a $50 million class action settlement.

The Class is made up of anyone who purchased Move Free Advanced or the Move Free Advanced Plus MSM or Plus MSM & Vitamin D varieties, other than solely for purposes of resale, between May 28, 2015, and June 24, 2021, within the United States and its territories.

Plaintiffs alleged the supplement’s maker, Reckitt Benckiser, advertised the products as being able to provide joint health benefits they could not actually provide.

Under the terms of the settlement, Class Members may be eligible to claim an award of $22 per bottle purchased.

File your claim by Nov. 8, 2021.

Vivid Seats $7.5M Event Cancellation Class Action Settlement, Deadline Extension

Anyone who purchased tickets through Vivid Seats to events canceled because of the pandemic may be able to file a claim in a $7.5 million settlement.

The Class includes all persons or entities residing in the United States, its territories, or Canada, who at any time on or before April 1, 2021, bought a ticket through Vivid Seats to an event that, at any point between Sept. 29, 2016, and April 1, 2021, was cancelled or was postponed or rescheduled and has not yet occurred.

Plaintiffs had accused Vivid Seats of retroactively discontinuing its long-standing “100% Buyer Guarantee,” which provides ticket buyers with a legally required full cash refund, early in the pandemic.

Class Members may file claims either for a credit or a cash payment.

The deadline to file a claim has been extended to Nov. 10, 2021.

A woman holds an Epipen.

EpiPen $345M Class Action Settlement

Pfizer Inc. and other defendants have agreed to a $345 million settlement in an EpiPen class action lawsuit.

The Class is made up of any person or entity in the United States who paid or provided reimbursement for some or all of the purchase price of branded or authorized generic EpiPens for the purpose of consumption — not resale — by themselves, their family, insureds, plan participants, employees, or beneficiaries, at any point between Aug. 24, 2011, and Nov. 1, 2020, and did not exclude themselves from the Class.

A 2017 EpiPen class action lawsuit claimed Pfizer and others plotted to maintain EpiPen’s monopoly on the market by issuing rebates to insurers and Medicaid plans that refused to cover the drug’s competitors.

Class Members’ individual payments will be a portion of their respective funding pool to be determined by their allowed claim compared to the total allowed claims of all Class Members in that same pool who also submit a valid claim.

Claims must be submitted by Nov. 12, 2021.

Coppertone Mineral-Based Sunscreen $2.25M Class Action Settlement

If you bought certain Coppertone mineral-based sunscreens, you may be eligible to claim up to $10 without proof of purchase thanks to a $2.25 million class action settlement.

The Class is made up of retail consumers who purchased in the United States one or more of the following Coppertone products for personal use, not resale, before Sept. 17, 2021, that had the words “mineral-based” on the label: Coppertone Water Babies Pure & Simple, Coppertone Kids Tear Free, and Coppertone Sport Face.

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit had alleged the products were misleadingly labeled because they actually contained chemical active ingredients in addition to mineral active ingredients.

Without proof of purchase, Class Members may claim $2.50 for up to four qualifying products purchased, a total of $10 per household.

With proof of purchase, Class Members may receive $2.50 for each qualifying product purchased, with no limit.

File your claim by Nov. 17, 2021.

Honda Infotainment Issues Class Action Settlement

Honda owners and lessees who experienced problems with their vehicle’s infotainment system may be eligible to take part in a class action settlement.

All current owners and lessees of a 2018 or 2019 Honda Odyssey vehicle (Elite, EX, EX-L, EX-LNR or Touring trim), a 2019 Honda Pilot vehicle (2EX-LNR, 2TRG, 2TRG 7P, 4Elite, 4EX, 4EX-L, 4EX-LNR, 4TRG or 4TRG 7P trim), or a 2019 Honda Passport (2EX-L, 2TRG, 4Elite, 4EX-L, or 4TRG trim) who reside in and who purchased or leased their vehicles (other than for purposes of resale or distribution) in the United States, Puerto Rico, and all U.S. territories, and former owners and lessees of Class Vehicles who submit a claim are considered Class Members, as are all U.S. military personnel who purchased a Class Vehicle during military duty.

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit alleged they had experienced Honda infotainment issues, such as frequent freezes and failure to connect to devices. They alleged these issues were caused by software and hardware defects, and that American Honda Motor Co. should have either disclosed those defects before selling the vehicles or remedied them under warranty.

Class Members may file claims for reimbursement for battery-recharging costs incurred as a result of a car battery that drained because the vehicle’s infotainment system did not turn off when it should have, as well as claims for qualifying transportation costs incurred if they returned a Class Vehicle two or more times to an authorized dealer for a repair of certain infotainment system symptoms.

Claims must be submitted no later than Nov. 19, 2021.

DevaCurl Hair Loss, False Ad $5.2M Class Action Settlement

Claim up to $20 without proof of purchase thanks to a $5.2 million DevaCurl settlement.

Anyone who purchased and/or used any of the covered products in the United States between Feb. 8, 2008, and Aug. 29, 2021, is considered part of the Class.

A list of the covered products can be found on the settlement website.

A class action lawsuit alleged the DevaCurl made consumers’ hair fall out and caused scalp irritation. The company also allegedly misrepresented the products.

The amount of each Class Member’s payout will vary up to $18,000, depending on which tier their claim belongs to.

Claims must be submitted no later than Nov. 21, 2021.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Flavoring $2.6M Class Action Settlement

If you purchased certain Blue Diamond Almond Breeze vanilla almond milk or other products, you may be eligible to make a claim with or without proof of purchase in a $2.6 million class action settlement.

The Class includes all consumers in the United States who purchased the affected products between April 15, 2014, and May 17, 2021.

Allegedly, Blue Diamond tricked consumers into thinking Almond Breeze yogurt products were flavored using real vanilla by misrepresenting the ingredients used to create the vanilla flavor.

Class Members who do not have proof of purchase may make a claim to receive $0.50 for each affected product they purchased, up to 10, for a maximum possible payment of $5.

Those who have proof of purchase will be eligible to receive $1 for each affected product purchased, up to 20, for a maximum possible payment of $20.

Payments may be adjusted depending on the number of claims filed. Only one claim may be made per household.

The claim form deadline is Nov. 23, 2021.

People ride a roller coaster while wearing face masks at Six Flags.

Six Flags Season Pass COVID-19 Closure Refunds Class Action Settlement

U.S. consumers who paid for a monthly membership for their local Six Flags park during the COVID-19 closures may be able to take advantage of a free membership offer thanks to a class action settlement.

The Class includes consumers with season passes who paid for a Six Flags monthly membership in the United States during the time their Six Flags Home Park was closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The eligible time period is March 13, 2020, through Sept. 10, 2021. Class Members must not have received Six Flags season pass refunds for the full amount of their charges in order to be eligible to take part in this settlement.

Plaintiffs had claimed Six Flags season pass holders were still charged while the parks were closed during the pandemic and Six Flags did not refund Class Members’ membership fees.

Class Members may claim free months of membership, gift cards, reward points, or other benefits, depending on their membership status.

Claim forms are due by Nov. 24, 2021.

Harbor Freight Chainsaw Settlement

Consumers who bought certain chainsaws from Harbor Freight may be eligible to receive replacement products or up to $50 in cash or gift cards.

The Class includes anyone in the United States or its territories who purchased Portland, Chicago Electric, or One Stop Gardens 14-inch electric chainsaws (SKU Nos. 67255 or 61592) from Harbor Freight stores between March 11, 2011, and Feb. 6, 2018.

Harbor Freight Tools USA Inc. allegedly sold defective chainsaws that were subject to a recall.

Each Class Member’s payout will depend on their choice of benefits and whether they provide proof of purchase or proof of destruction of the covered products.

The claim deadline is Nov. 24, 2021.

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Dear Penny: Do I Get My Ex’s Lottery Money if We’re Still Legally Married?

Dear Penny,

I left my husband in 1990. We were in a bitter custody battle for two years before I left. I was awarded sole custody. He had visitation rights, which he never used. Long story short, he never saw our children from the time I left him.

He was on Social Security Disability, which meant the children received money from Social Security. He had to pay child support, which he was behind on for several years. Child support enforcement was very new at that time in my state, so trying to get them to go after him became a nightmare.

My attorney at the time had the support order changed so it came directly from his SSD check. For me, it was the end of a nightmare of endless court battles. We never got divorced. There was no reason other than I was mentally drained with him trying to financially ruin me.

I raised three wonderful sons. Recently, my oldest son informed me that he was told my ex won a substantial amount of money in our state lottery.

As I mentioned we are still married legally, so I know I am entitled to a portion of that money. How would I go about finding out how much he won and if he claimed it himself or had someone else do it?

I should also mention he cut off the family’s health insurance that he was ordered to pay until the youngest child turned 21, which caused me financial strain. At the time, I was paying $650 a month for a family plan in 2004. Child support also ended at that time. He was supposed to pay for insurance for three more years.

My sons want nothing to do with him and don’t want me to pursue this. I’m torn on whether to proceed or not. 

-Separated for 30 Years

Dear Separated,

You can check your state’s lottery website to see if your estranged husband is listed among the winners. Even if he didn’t accept a giant check at a news conference, his name may be listed in accordance with your state’s open records laws.

But it’s also getting easier to keep your name private when you win the jackpot. Eleven states — Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia — now allow lottery winners to stay anonymous.

The other 39 states require that winners’ names become part of the public record, at least in theory. What that means is that even if the state doesn’t display the names of all winners on its lottery website, you should be able to ask the state’s lottery for the names of winners.



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But in practice, these records are often ridiculously difficult for the public to obtain. A team of six journalists from the Columbia Journalism Review made 100 public records requests to state lotteries and found that many ignored or declined the requests, redacted information, or claimed the request would result in exorbitant fees. Also, winners can often avoid making their names public by setting up a trust or an anonymous LLC.

That was my long-winded way of saying: Just because you don’t find evidence that your ex won the lottery doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I’m curious about the person who told your son of your ex’s winnings. Was it someone your son trusts who would actually be privy to this information? Or did this news come from a friend of a friend’s second cousin twice removed? I get that your sons don’t want you going after this money. But convincing your eldest to get a few more details from the source may be the easiest starting point.

It would certainly make for poetic justice if your husband had to split his lottery winnings with you. Unfortunately, though, you shouldn’t assume that you’ll be entitled to your husband’s money — that is, if it actually exists.

The laws for assets acquired after a couple has separated vary by state. Many states treat property one spouse acquires after a permanent separation as belonging solely to them. Talk to an attorney in your state. Your attorney may be able to help you figure out whether your husband actually won. If he did win, your attorney can tell you whether you have a legitimate claim.

Obviously, you can expect a nasty fight if you proceed. But I think it’s worth pursuing if this money exists and your attorney thinks you have a reasonable shot at getting part of it. You deserve to be made financially whole after all these years.

Even if this turns out to be a rumor, consider finalizing your divorce already. Walking away with your ex’s lotto money would certainly be a sweet parting gift. But even if there is no money, it’s time to sever your ties with this guy after 30 years.

Robin Hartill is a certified financial planner and a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Send your tricky money questions to AskPenny@thepennyhoarder.com.

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