Walmart Packaged Food Class Action Settlement; Are You Eligible?
Walmart finally agreed to resolve a class action lawsuit filed against them. In this settlement, the company will pay $9.5 million. Furthermore, consumers who bought Walmart packaged food items are entitled to receive as much as $40 — and potentially even more.
This settlement covers “beef, pork, poultry, fish, and other types of packaged foods marked with unit pricing.”
According to reports, the eligible class members in this settlement are US consumers who bought weighted goods from Walmart between Feb. 7, 2015, and Aug. 26, 2020.
The 2019 Walmart Weighted Goods Class Action Lawsuit
The 2019 Walmart Weighted Goods Class Action lawsuit argued that the company had been overcharging consumers for certain goods that were marked as on “sale.”
The complaint also stated that Walmart was putting the weighted goods near the expiration date on sale. However, customers reported that the final sale price didn’t match the advertised sale price.
Thus, the lawsuit asserted that Walmart wrongfully marketed its weighted products. Furthermore, the plaintiff alleged that Walmart has been practicing this deceptive sales scheme since 2015.
“Consumers are provided with an item’s unit price in addition to its overall price as a tool to help them make informed purchasing decisions,” the complaint stated.
By August 2020, both parties have agreed to a settlement. In this deal, Walmart will pay up to $9.5 million. However, despite the allegations, they haven’t admitted to any wrongdoing. The retailer agreed to change the way it advertises the Walmart packaged food items.
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Are You Eligible?
Reports revealed that to be an eligible class member, the cost of the weighted good shouldn’t be accurately stated in the final sales price. Meats sold by the pound and other goods with unit pricing are considered weighted goods.
In this settlement, the class members are divided into three groups:
- Class Members who can’t present a receipt of proof of purchase are entitled to receive up to $10.
- Class Members who have receipts but couldn’t prove Walmart’s overcharging for the packaged items can receive up to $40.
- Class Members who have both receipts and packaging that states how much they were overcharged have no cap.
To be eligible, Class Members are asked to submit a claim form either online or by mail. These claim forms and supporting documents should be submitted by January 8, 2021.
For objections, the concerned individual can opt-out until November 4, 2020. Meanwhile, the final hearing is set on February 26, 2021.
Editor’s note on the Walmart Packaged Food Class Action Settlement:
This article accentuates the current development of the Walmart Packaged Food Class Action Settlement. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the article above, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
We’d be happy to help you take a step in the right direction, fight this issue, and better enable you to join in on any potential consumer class action. If interested, please send an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter or Facebook, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from you all.
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