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Blue Diamond Class Action


Receive a check up to $10 check via the Townsend v. Blue Diamond Growers Settlement ($1 per qualifying item) and you may claim up to 5 units of each product covered by the settlement without attaching any proof of purchase. For more information, go here.


New Class Action Lawsuits

MyPillow: The company settled claims that it made unsubstantiated health claims in its advertising, including improving users’ REM sleep and treating sleep apnea and insomnia. That’s just one of the company’s recent legal fights.Consumers can receive $5 if they bought up to three pillows, and an additional $5 if they bought three or more and still have their proof of purchase to turn in.Deadline: Dec. 26, 2016

Seventh Generation false advertising: This class action settled allegations that Seventh Generation falsely marketed its products as “non-toxic” and “hypoallergenic” when they contain substances that can be toxic to human skin. Class members must have purchased products between Nov. 14, 2010 to Oct. 12, 2016, and can receive up to half the retail price of the product they purchased for up to 10 products. Proof of purchase is not required, but class members who do turn in receipts may receive higher payments. Deadline: Dec. 27, 2016

Wells Fargo robocalls: If you received a robocall about your overdrafts from Wells Fargo between Apr. 21, 2011 and Dec. 19, 2015, you could receive up to $70. Deadline: Jan. 17, 2016

Follett Higher Education text messages: This class action settled allegations that an estimated 1.8 Follett bookstore customers received unwanted text messages from the company, a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. To be part of the class, you must have received an unwanted text from the company between Oct. 9, 2011 and Dec. 24, 2015. Deadline: Jan. 20, 2017

Sprint early termination fees: This one takes us way back, since it’s over a mobile carrier’s actions from 1999 to 2007. Sprint is settling allegations that it imposed early termination fees on customers, and the fees were higher than the amount needed to offset the actual harm done to Sprint by the customer leaving. You’re eligible if you paid a Sprint ETF while living in California between July 23, 1999 and Mar. 18, 2007. Claim deadline: Apr. 25, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath Products: This suit settles accusations of false advertising, since ads and packaging proclaimed that the products were “clinically proven” to improve babies’ sleep. Parents and caregivers can claim up to $3 per product for a total of $15, or $30 if they still have the original receipts.Deadline: Apr. 28, 2017.

Optical disk drives: This class action settled allegations that manufacturers engaged in price-fixing of the optical disk drives that they sold to the companies that actually make computers. If you purchased a computer between Apr. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2008 that included an optical disk drive, or a drive meant to be plugged in or installed in a computer, and you live in one of the states listed below, you’re eligible.

Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The companies in this case accused of antitrust behavior were Sony, Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Panasonic, and NEC. The settlement will be up to $10 per drive, and you do not need to provide proof of purchase. Deadline: July 1, 2017


Seventh Generation Class Action


If you have purchased select products from 11/14/10 to 10/14/16 you may be eligible for a refund because of a class action claiming that Seventh Generation was using non-natural ingredients and chemicals in select products. The company has admitted no wrong doing by settling the dispute. No proof of purchase is necessary to receive payout of 50% of the purchase price, however you are entitled to a full refund if you have you receipts.


Amazon Is Opening Grocery Stores

The stores — known internally as Project Como — will be small, stocked only with fresh items such as produce, milk, and meats, The Journal reports, citing unnamed sources. Only Amazon Fresh subscribers will initially be able to shop at them, according to the report.

Customers will be able to order items that have longer shelf lives, such as cereal and peanut butter, through a mobile app or from touch screens around the stores, according to the report.

Amazon is also planning to open drive-in locations, where customers can pick up groceries that they ordered online, the report said. Employees will deliver the groceries to customers' cars using technology that can read license plates, meant to speed up wait times, according to The Journal.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Galaxy Note7 Recall

Galaxy Note7 Owners need to do one of the following:

  • Exchange your current Galaxy Note7 for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge and replacement of any Galaxy Note7 specific accessories with a refund of the price difference between devices. Note that customers who exchange a Note7 device will also receive a $25 gift card, in-store credit, in-store accessory credit or bill credit from select carrier retail outlets.
  • Contact your point of purchase to obtain a full refund.

Recall: Lunchables


Today, Kraft Heinz Company is voluntarily recalling more than 959 pounds of Lunchables Ham & American Cheese Snacks due to misbranding and undeclared allergens (the product contains wheat and soy, which are not declared on the product label).


Whirlpool Recall

Washing Machine

Do you own a Whirlpool, Kenmore or Maytag front-loading washing machine that was manufactured between 2001 and 2011? If so, you may be entitled to a cash settlement or other compensation.

If you think you may qualify for compensation, head over here to see if your washing machine is part of the settlement. If you do qualify for compensation, head here to file your claim online or call 1-800-824-5781. Claim forms and documentation must be received by October 11th, so don’t delay.


10+ Tips to Prepare for Bad Weather

Power outages and bad weather can be unexpected and disruptive. Here are some ways to prep ahead of time.

1.  Flashlights and lantern are your friends during an outage. When the power went out, I stumbled around in the dark for the lantern. We were lucky we had that, but we also had to use our cell phones for light. Before the next outage, I am going to make sure we have more flashlights and batteries. We no longer use candles, as it's a fire hazard with our 2 cats running around.

2.  If your heat is electric, think ahead to how you'll keep warm in a cold climate.Portable heater? Fireplace? Blankets work, until it's 40 degrees in your home.

3. Stock up on water and food. Food should be ready to eat in a can, that doesn't require heating. This assortment of camping foods is a good idea too.

4. Speaking of food, food in the fridge lasts 6 hours, the freezer a little longer. Keep the fridge closed during the outage and your food may last a little longer. 

5. Cell phone. Our cordless phone went completely dead in the outage and I couldn't find the corded phone. Luckily, Walt had a battery powered cell phone charger like this one , which was a lifesaver.

6. Cash. It's good to have cash on hand for emergencies, in cash you need to go to the store and their credit card machines aren't working. This was actually happened a few times to me.

7. Full gas tank. This is one thing I try and have all winter long but the last few days I didn't have even a 1/4 tank of gasoline. In an emergency, everyone heads to the gas stations and as you may have seen on the news in the past, it can be total chaos.

8. Games and books for the little ones. Uncharged iPads and computers are useless in an outage. If you know bad weather is heading your way, charge up your electronics ahead of time. And have a stash of games and books just in case.

9. A FREE Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial  for FREE Kindle books, movies and more to keep the cabin fever blues away!

10. When it's time to dig out, don't hurt yourself doing so. During cold weather, blood vessels constrict, causing the incidence of heart attacks  to go up, especially in  those with high blood pressure. Take it easy shoveling or best, use a snow blower. If you don't have a snow blower, pay a neighbor to clear out your driveway.

11. Extra medication. We always have extra over the counter medications, like Tylenol, Pepcid, Excedrin, etc. Also a good idea to have extra prescription medication on hand, especially emergency medications like asthma inhalers and blood pressure medication.

Here are more supplies to have on hand:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Toilet paper
  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
  • Cash and coins.
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.