After Concerns Being Raised Regarding Its Receipts Pose A Threat To Its Customers’ Privacy, Godiva All Set With Class Action Settlement
Turkish chocolate maker Godiva Chocolatier has agreed to a settlement to end the class action lawsuit filed against them for allegedly handing out too much of their customers’ financial information on its receipts.
The settlement fund is slated to amount to up to $6.3 million, divided amongst eligible class members.
Know if you are a class member of the Godiva settlement
You are considered a Class Member to the Godiva settlement if you have bought from any of Godiva’s retail stores between April 6, 2013, to November 20, 2015.
You should have also received a receipt showing the last five digits of your card number as a result of your transaction.
If you have already filed a claim in an earlier and separate Godiva settlement in 2016, chances are that you have already received a notice about it in your email.
You do not need to file another claim on this one. You are automatically included in this settlement.
Eligible class members are expected to receive a cash reward ranging from $55 to $60. The final amount is yet to be determined and is dependent on the number of valid claims made by eligible participants.
For eligible class members who have not filed a claim yet, hurry as the submission deadline is on March 22, 2021.
The Godiva Lawsuit Explained
A class action lawsuit was filed against Godiva Chocolatier for their alleged transgressions of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Acts (FACTA).
David S. Muransky, the plaintiff in the case, argued that the chocolate company has provided too much information of its customer’s card information through its sales receipts.
Indicating 10 digits on the receipts, the plaintiff contends that this practice increases the risk of identity theft and many other risks to a person’s privacy.
Furthermore, hackers can guess the customer’s details through different algorithms designed to obtain these pieces of much-needed information to be able to come up with the whole number.
Muransky has detailed his experience in many of Godiva’s stores spread throughout the country, which he claims is a violation of FACTA.
Godiva denies any misdeeds, yet they have agreed to a settlement to end the class action they are facing in court.
An earlier iteration of the class action was filed in a Florida Court in 2016 but ended up being a pending case. Then, it was filed again in the state of Illinois.
About the company
Founded in Brussels more than nine decades ago, Godiva Chocolatier is now owned and run by Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding and MBK partners after acquiring the company in late 2007.
Headquartered in Manhattan, Godiva has many subsidiaries all over the world – with a notable presence in Japan and France, to name a few.
Company website: GODIVA Chocolates | Gourmet Chocolate Gifts and Truffles
Editor’s Note on Godiva Class Action Settlement:
This feature is an update with regards to the settlement details of the Godiva receipt privacy Class Action Lawsuit.
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