Earlier this year, Top Class Actions, a class action lawsuit news source, announced the biggest class action settlement payments awarded to consumers in 2014. It should be noted that this report deals with amounts actually paid out during the years.
$1.1 Billion LCD Panel Settlement
Payments from this historic settlement were mailed to Class Members in October. The settlement resolved multiple class action lawsuits filed in 2006 accusing 10 manufacturers of conspiring to fix and raise the prices of flat-panel monitors and televisions since 1999. The settlement included consumers in 24 states who purchased electronics with LCD screens from 2007-2008. Some claimants reported receiving more than $500.
$53 Million Apple iPhone/iPod Warranty Settlement
Apple iPhone and iPod owners received checks in September between $122 and $250 from a 2013 settlement with Apple. Plaintiffs accused the company of refusing to honor warranties for devices based on assessments that they made contact with water. The lawsuit was filed after the manufacturer of the Liquid Contact Indicators used in these devices admitted that humidity could cause malfunction.
Honda Engine Misfire Settlement
For years Honda Accord, Odyssey, Pilot and Crosstour owners complained that their vehicles excessively burned oil. Honda Motor Co. denied the problem, but agreed in November 2013 to a settlement to resolve the litigation. Thousands of Honda owners filed claims and received free warranty extensions and refunds for repairs. Average payouts between $235 and $294 were mailed to claimants in July. The total class action settlement was undisclosed.
Gerber Childrenswear Settlement
This summer, hundreds of parents received checks up to $200 from a settlement involving Gerber Childrenswear. Plaintiffs claimed that Gerber apparel manufactured by Jay Jay Mills and Kitex from 2005 to 2009 contained chemicals that caused skin irritation. Gerber denied allegations but agreed to provide consumers reimbursement for related out-of-pocket costs. The total class action settlement amount was undisclosed.
$18.6 Million Intellicorp Background Check Settlement
Job seekers who had their criminal background report submitted to a potential employer by Intellicorp Records Inc. or Insurance Information Exchange (IIX) were eligible to claim between $50 and $2,000 from a settlement over allegations the reports violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Payments varied depending upon inaccuracies in the reports.
Source: Claims Journal
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