Class Action Settlements to Request

Individuals and businesses can submit claims after several class action lawsuits have been settled over the past year.

While payout estimates vary, overall settlement totals range from $1.55 million to $188 million.

Here are some class action lawsuits that settled in 2022, along with their deadlines for when to apply.

ODD ELECTRONICS

A $29.7 million settlement was reached this week with several electronics companies over alleged price-fixing of optical disc drive (ODD) products sold between January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2010. The products ODDs include DVD and Blu-Ray players, video game consoles and desktop computers. Canadians who purchased ODD products from BenQ, Hitachi-LG, NEC, Panasonic, Phillips, Pioneer, Quanta, Sony, TEAC or Toshiba Samsung between those years are eligible to receive a minimum of $20.

Proof of purchase is not required to submit a claim, unless a person is seeking to claim more than the $20 minimum.

The deadline to apply is November 14, 2022 through this claim’s website.

VISA-MASTERCARD

Several Canadian and U.S. banks have agreed to pay a $188 million settlement after a lawsuit alleged they charged merchants high interchange fees between March 23, 2001 and September 2, 2022.

Each qualifying group member’s payment estimate will be based on their annual earned income. Forty percent of the settlement will be allocated to small traders earning less than $5 million per year, 10% will be awarded to medium traders earning $5-20 million, and 50% will be awarded to large traders earning more than $20 million . These Canadian businesses also have the option of submitting a simplified claim that would allow them to receive between $30 and $250 for each year they accepted Visa or MasterCard credit payments throughout the claim period.

The deadline to submit a claim is September 30 via this website.

CATHAY PACIFIC DATA BREACH

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has agreed to a $1.55 million settlement over allegations it failed to protect its customers from a data breach in 2018. The lawsuit alleged that between 2014 and 2018, passenger data that was compromised included names, dates of birth, passport numbers. , addresses and credit card information. At the time of the breach, the CEO said 9.4 million people were affected.

For those wishing to submit a claim, proof of losses or out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the data breach must be provided.

The deadline to submit a claim is August 31 via this website.

NISSAN CVT

Canadians who have purchased or leased select Nissan vehicles are eligible for extended warranty and reimbursement for repairs on vehicles with a defective Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). All Canadians, excluding Quebecers, who own, own or lease the following vehicles are eligible to submit a claim; 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, 2013-2017 Nissan Juke, 2013-2017 Nissan Sentra, 2012-2014 Nissan Versa and 2014-2017 Nissan Versa Note.

Repairs performed by an authorized Nissan dealer will be reimbursed in full, but repairs performed by a non-Nissan workshop will be reimbursed up to $6,000. Reimbursement will only be given for repairs made to the vehicle’s transmission within 84 months or 140,000 kilometers of service, whichever comes first.

The deadline to submit a claim is September 13, 2022 via this website.

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