Class Action Lawsuits Payout for Ticketmaster and Vibram customers

June 21, 2016

Two class action lawsuits have been settled, which means you can expect payment if you were effected.  First, the lingering Ticketmaster lawsuit, where the courts found the ticket company guilty of overcharging fees to customers and has ordered $386 million to be paid out in discounted and free tickets.  The lawsuit alleged that the Order Processing Fee charged on ticket purchases from October 21, 1999 to February 27, 2013 was not to process ticket sales but was purely a profit generator.  Ticketmaster hasn't admitted any wrongdoing and isn't really spreading the news, so if you have a Ticketmaster account with documented sales during that time period, you should see discounted and/or free tickets.  But wait, what if you no longer have an email account used to purchase Ticketmaster tickets? Click here to register your old address.

More information on the Ticketmaster lawsuit from The Consumerist.

The other lawsuit involves the Vibram FiveFingers shoes.  The company was sued for false claims about its barefoot style shoes and has begun to send out payments through the mail for those who purchased the barefoot shoes purchased between March 21, 2008 through May 27, 2014, who also filed a claim by September 2014.  Although it was expected that each customer would receive a check ranging from $20-$50. Instead, you’ll be getting $10.11 per pair of shoes. That’s more than $1.01 per toe!

More information on the Vibram lawsuit from the Heffler Claim Group web site.

Next up, Starbucks.  A Federal judge said two Starbucks customers may pursue a lawsuit accusing the coffee chain of cheating patrons by underfilling lattes. The plaintiffs said Starbucks requires baristas to use pitchers for heating milk with etched "fill to" lines that are too low, and to leave 1/4 inch of free space in drink cups. They said this shorts customers because Starbucks' cups for tall, grande and venti lattes hold exactly 12, 16 and 20 ounces. A Starbucks spokesman said the company believes the lawsuit is without merit and is prepared to defend itself against the remaining claims. The case is Strumlauf et al v. Starbucks Corp, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 16-01306.

More information on the Starbucks lawsuit from Reuters.

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