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Free Money In Class Action Litigation: $43 + $50 In Tuna

I love opportunities to collect free money. Here are a few that could allow you to pick up ~$100 for less than 10 minutes of your time.

Background

Large companies frequently experience class action lawsuits, for instance related to defective products or improper marketing. Affected customers have the ability to claim a piece of the proceeds (typically a ~2 minute process that can be completed online), but most are unaware of the process and don't. The process typically just requires you to provide your name and address where a check should be sent, and does not require proof that you were a customer. Here are 3 current opportunities.

Starkist Tuna

A lawsuit (Hendricks v. StarKist Co.) was brought against StarKist Co. alleging that over a period of several years the company included less tuna in their cans than was advertised. The company denied the allegations but agreed to settle to avoid further legal costs. All US residents that purchased a 5 oz. can of either chunk light or solid white tuna in water or oil from Feb. 19, 2009 and Oct. 31, 2014 have the ability to claim either $25 in cash or $50 in tuna. Proof of purchase is not needed.

Here is the link to file a claim. To be eligible, you need to file by November 20.

CRT

The cathode ray tube was a component of the old-style, bulky (non-flat screen) TVs and computer monitors. Nine anti-trust lawsuits were brought against various manufacturers of TV monitors and other devices with CRTs, alleging that the distributors of products with CRTs fixed their prices (causing consumers to pay more). The distributors denied the allegations, but some settlements have been reached. Purchasers of a CRT or product containing a CRT (e.g., a TV or computer monitor) in several states have the ability to file a claim to receive $25 of proceeds.

To be eligible, one must have purchased the product from a distributor and in one of the following states:
-Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin or the District of Columbia between March 1, 1995 and November 25, 2007
-Hawaii between June 25, 2002 and November 25, 2007
-Nebraska between July 20, 2002 and November 25, 2007
-Nevada between February 4, 1999 and November 25, 2007

However, proof of purchase is not needed, and the process of filing a claim is simple via the link below (it takes ~2 minutes).

Here is the link to file a claim. To be eligible, you need to file by December 7.

Templeton Rye

A lawsuit (Aliano, et al. v. Templeton Rye Spirits LLC) was brought against against Templeton Rye alleging that the company engaged in deceptive marketing for their whiskey. The company denied the allegations but agreed to settle to avoid further legal costs. Purchasers of Templeton Rye whiskey between Jan. 1, 2006 and July 21, 2015 have the ability to claim a portion of the proceeds.

Proof of purchase is not needed, and the process of filing a claim is simple via the link below (it takes ~2 minutes). However, those who do not provide proof of purchase will receive a max payout of $3 per bottle of Templeton Rye they purchased, up to a maximum of six (those that provide a receipt would receive twice as much).

Here is the link to file a claim. To be eligible, you need to file by November 18.

Other Opportunities

There are a number of other types of attractive opportunities for individual investors to profit with low (or in a few cases like this, no) risk. For a few more examples, check out my last few blog posts:

Also, to learn more, check out my site: oddlotinvestments.com