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How to Earn Money in Class Action Lawsuits

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Lisa and I’m a practicing attorney in Florida and a regular contributing writer for KCL. I’m here to provide you with some basic information about class action lawsuits and how you can potentially receive money by joining them.

At one time or another, most American consumers have been eligible to join a class action lawsuit that would have entitled them to a portion of a settlement or judgment award—their very own slice of the money pie. Love it or hate it, in our extremely litigious country, there have been thousands of successful class action lawsuits and new ones seem to pop up every day—it’s like legal Whack-a-Mole, but you can “win” cash instead of a stuffed polyester panda.

Trust me, and not just because I’m a lawyer, but rather because I’m a consumer just like you who has received checks (three to be exact, totaling nearly $200 in value) for joining class action lawsuits for products and services I had previously purchased. If you want to get in on the (class) action, read on:

Law School 101: What is a class action suit?

Here’s three years of law school compressed into three paragraphs:

When a company allegedly does something wrong that harms a large number of people in the same way, people from the harmed group often come together to bring a giant case against the company. In such a case, the group litigation becomes known as a class action suit. A famous example of a class action lawsuit would be the group of workers injured by asbestos-related cancer who filed a class action lawsuit against the asbestos manufacturer. Also, the much-loved film Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts was based on the true life class action lawsuit against Pacific Gas and Electric for contaminating drinking water that caused nearly 200 people in a California town to get cancer.

A class action suit gets started when one or more people feel that they, along with a group of other similarly situated people, have been wronged by the same person or company. Similarly wronged people are notified of the lawsuit and are given a chance to participate in the lawsuit as a class member.

As a class member, you aren’t responsible for paying any legal fees, even if the lawsuit is unsuccessful. Ultimately, if you decide to join the lawsuit as a class member, you will have to share any settlement or judgment awarded in favor of the class with all the other class members who joined the suit, and a set amount or percentage of the settlement will go toward attorney fees. For example, assume that there is a $1.5 million judgement awarded to 10,000 class members and attorney’s fees are $500,000. That means that after attorney’s fees, there is $1 million dollars left to be divided equally among the 10,000 class members ($1 million/10,000 = $100 per class member).

Members wanted! How to join a class action suit

The most common way to join a class action suit is through responding to a notice of the suit sent to you in the mail by the law firm handling the case. You’ve probably received such a notice in your mailbox before. Maybe the notice confused you, so you spit your gum out in it or perhaps you mistook the notice for junk mail or a scam and nonchalantly tossed it out. Big mistake! That notice could have been your ticket to money in your pocket. In the future, if you receive such a notice and want to join the suit, simply follow the instructions included with the notice. If you have questions, contact the law firm indicated on the notice. Easy, right?

If you don’t receive a notice, that’s okay too—you still may be able to join the lawsuit. Check out an online database of ongoing class action litigation to see if any currently pending suits pertain to you. I regularly check both the “Open Lawsuit Settlements” section of the Top Class Actions website and the list of current class action suits listed on ClassAction.org. Also, you may learn of current suits through advertisements on television or in various print publications.

Show me the money! How class members get compensated

The type of compensation varies among cases:

  • Typically, you will receive compensation in the form of cash (a check). As for how much, it could be $3, $300, or $3,000,000—it just depends. For example, class members in the class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of Kinoki foot pads received $10 per package of foot pads purchased; class members in the class action lawsuit against Bank of America for overdraft charges received about $30 each; and cancer-stricken class members in past asbestos class action suits have sometimes received hundreds of thousands of dollars.
  • In some cases, your compensation may consists of a replacement product or a manufacturer’s credit. For example, in a recent class action suit against HP, class members who owned affected printer models received a $13 e-credit for HP printing products.
  • Sometimes, class members may receive a discount on future services. For example, in the recent class action suit against Ticketmaster, class members received a $1.50 discount on future tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.

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83 thoughts on “How to Earn Money in Class Action Lawsuits”

  1. Anold Friend says:

    The injustices put upon the public by big businesses are unsurmountable. Often the judgements against them are a small percentage of their profit and not sufficient to compensate consumer loss.

    for instance…

    We purchased a new Toyota Corolla in 2009. The idea was that it would
    save our family since the 36 mpg would literally cut our fuel costs in
    half. Our commutes are just over 30k per year. Now remember that fuel
    was over $4 at the end of 2008.

    Unfortunately, our new car had an accelerator that would stick. Maybe
    some of you remember the recall issues in 2009 and 2010. We had to
    leave the car parked and continue to drive our truck for most of the
    year. When we were finally informed when and where to take the car, we
    took time off work and complied only to find out they had no intention
    of repairing our car.

    They offered to let us trade it in for a different car that had been
    fixed with the recall. This would have put us in an additional 8k of
    debt.

    We opted to trade in, but not with Toyota. We took a total of 9K
    loss. Now due to a Class Action Law Suit, we have the opportunity to
    recoup $870.00.

    Please don’t judge this website for promoting this avenue of income.
    Remember, if you were not a wronged consumer, you have no stand to gain
    anything. If you were wronged, you can choose to opt out. Krazy Coupon
    Ladies are just showing you your options.

  2. Guest says:

    The injustices put upon the public by big businesses are surmountable. Often the judgements against them are a small percentage of their profit and not sufficient to compensate consumer loss.

    for instance…

    We purchased a new Toyota Corolla in 2009. The idea was that it would save our family since the 36 mpg would literally cut our fuel costs in half. Our commutes are just over 30k per year. Now remember that fuel was over $4 at the end of 2008.

    Unfortunately, our new car had an accelerator that would stick. Maybe some of you remember the recall issues in 2009 and 2010. We had to leave the car parked and continue to drive our truck for most of the year. When we were finally informed when and where to take the car, we took time off work and complied only to find out they had no intention of repairing our car.

    They offered to let us trade it in for a different car that had been fixed with the recall. This would have put us in an additional 8k of debt.

    We opted to trade in, but not with Toyota. We took a total of 9K loss. Now due to a Class Action Law Suit, we have the opportunity to recoup $870.00.

    Please don’t judge this website for promoting this avenue of income. Remember, if you were not a wronged consumer, you have no stand to gain anything. If you were wronged, you can choose to opt out. Krazy Coupon Ladies are just showing you your options.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow! I think some people are reading WAYYYYY too much into this article. An award is made and that same amount is paid out whether there are 100 people or 1,000 people in the suit. The amount that affected persons receive would of course be decreased based upon the numbers of those involved in the class action. No I am not an attorney. No I haven’t ever participated in a suit. But I have received several of these notifications and not participated. I always assumed, ignorantly, that it would be too much trouble for me to do so. Thanks to the article I know that it really isn’t a hassle at all. If I was sold a product that harmed others and could have harmed me or my children, you better believe I hold that company at fault and only thank God that we were lucky enough not to be harmed. But that doesn’t hold the company harmless. My poor 80 year old grandmother is a widow and lives off of social security with not much left over for extras. She had purchased those shape up Skechers shoes thinking they would help her legs get stronger and then it turned out their claims were false and they actually made you prone to injury (I could have told her that if I’d known she had been wearing them anyway at 80, but that is beside the point.) For those saying “if you weren’t harmed…” Well this case is an 80 year old fragile woman living alone with a stroke history and no family near by. She was put in a position to suffer a bad fall and could have been in the floor for days if she fell during the weekend when Meals on Wheels doesn’t deliver. It isn’t so cut and dry that someone has to have lost their eye sight or a limb or even gotten sick to be owed reimbursement for a faulty product. If you were out at risk it isn’t the company’s looking out for you that kept you from harm, that was divine intervention and the company is still at fault.

    Some of you need to get off the author’s back for trying to explain how these things work. It is no different than the “unclaimed money” many of us have left behind from electric deposits in towns we lived in 20 years ago. It is money owed to you. Why not get it back. They didn’t give you their faulty products for free. You paid for them. So you are not bilking them if they are having to pay you back what you spent. She doesn’t tell anyone to look for suits and claim you bought the product if you didn’t. Guilty consciences or glass half empty people seem to be looking for ulterior motives. The lady didn’t say “call my firm and we can help you”, lol. If she did that, maybe she was looking to make a quick buck. But that was only imagined in some of your minds. Read what was there, not what you want to see or suspect. And to bash the KCL for “allowing” the post??? For real??? If she posts a coupon for beef are the vegetarians going to bash her? If she posts a coupon for plastic ware is she single handedly ruining the environment? No, that is ridiculous. She is helping you and you can either choose to read and heed her advice or look away or gasp…not read and pay full price. Jeez! Some people have a lot of nerve, and the self righteous indignation I’ve seen here in this thread is just sad. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I’m seeing a few people worrying about the speck in someone else’s eye when they are ignoring the plank in their own eyes.

  4. We’re happy to host a forum where you all can debate the merits of this article and idea. But let’s be nice to one another! Gather ’round for a giant coupon group hug!

  5. Stacey says:

    I have heard that if you join in on these class action lawsuits that when you do have a real lawsuit for yourself you could be seen as litigious (spelling may not be right!). Is that not true?

  6. Tina Foster says:

    Well, it has been my experience that when I was entitled to join a class action suit that I was notified for. I never received a penny out of the few suits that I did file my claim in. I do not know why this is, but I have gotten zero money from making my claim in class action suits I was entitled to be in. So there is nothing I can gain and do not see anyone else gaining from this info either.

  7. snowbunny says:

    I might be part of an individual one against Mirena IUD

  8. Kali says:

    It sounds nice, I just can’t bring myself to do it. I mean, sure I may have bought bought 7UP that was labeled “all natural” between this date and that date, and that may not have been an accurate description, but how am I hurt by the fact that it wasn’t really natural? I know soda isn’t healthy. I didn’t buy it for its “all natural” health benefits, I just wanted a soda. Common sense!

  9. Karma says:

    Frivolous lawsuits. Each useful idiot gets $3, the lawyers get $30 million. I will not participate. It’s not “free money”, it’s the chipping away of values, ethics and morals in this country – one perceived “hurt” at a time. Just remember SOMEONE is going to pay for that. You get your $3, but the company that is paying up will eventually charge you (or me) an extra $300 for that “free money”.

  10. starlight says:

    I do agree one of my class action lawsuits for TD Bank which changed transaction timing to receive the most overdraft fees actually returned me $250!

  11. Duke says:

    I think it’s hysterical how uneducated some of you sound. It’s also funny how everyone hates lawyers until you really need one!

    • Cat says:

      To me, those poorly written posts are just painful. And lawyers are a lot like couponers–there those who behave ethically and those who will take every opportunity to earn money however they can.

      • emkat13 says:

        ha ha its kinda the back bone of America. I love this country but history doesn’t lie. There’s also two sides to every story and with those two sides come two perspectives. Who knows the truth but those whom have lived it….this is very hilarious just to read.

  12. Cat says:

    Ugh.
    Being as open-minded as I possibly can here, I suppose its just barely possible that this article was truly intended to help people who feel they’ve been victimized by a faulty product or whatever, and not intended to be an instruction manual for grabbing whatever money you can regardless of entitlement.
    But something doesn’t smell right when a lawyer writes an article like this, and uses wording like “Members wanted!” and “Easy, right?” I’m sure that the more “members” there are equals more money for the lawyers, after all. The author herself regularly checks those databases she mentions, which just isn’t the same as seeking information on a specific product or service that you feel has wronged you.

    • Sarah says:

      Exactly! And how exactly is trolling websites for class action lawsuits “earning” money, as the title suggests.

  13. Anonymous says:

    I see nothing wrong with holding people, small corportations, and/or big corportaions responsible for thier actions and products that affect other people. I do see something wrong with people going out in the world and looking for money that does not belong to other people. I dont think this author was telling us to go seek money that does not belong to us. I think she was simply stating you should take part in the lawsuits that affected you.
    I do have a problem with the lady that stated people on food stamps should not use couponing. Why Not? Whats wrong with stretching any form of payment as far as you can? I actually think it is a responsible way to use the benefits allotted to you. by the way, I do not get food stamps because I dont qualify, but if I did, I would definatley coupon with them. Get off your high horse because not everyone was born with a golden spoon in their mouth……..

  14. Paul2812 says:

    Agree with some one down there about the laweys win!, everyone dont like any injustice or that mislead with something that is not work o damage yourself, so this advice is aceptable, but this come from an attorney that maybe will make hundres dollars from you, and you will get maybe less than 1% from the lawsit but for me is clear they want people for them, they are not worry about you, they only want money is like their job…. is a freee country and you can do what you want…..but never above the law…

  15. SandyTodd says:

    If you don’t want government regulation, then people have to be able to hold corporations accountable for dangerous products in some manner. If it’s free capitalism you want, this is the consumer protection side of it. I took chantix and now I can’t go out in the sun without getting a rash. It’s been ten years and I still have that side affect. Shouldn’t somebody challenge it if you won’t let government regulators step in?

  16. ed says:

    Who wins:the lawyers.
    Who loses: The company and the overall legal system.
    One of them is for Frosted Mini Wheats. The componsation? $15!!!!!
    So, all the time, money, and bogging down the legal system for two tickets to the movies? Get a life people.

  17. Haley Marie Stout says:

    As do the lawsuits, if this article doesn’t pertain to you, then don’t participate. I am sure they informing how to get involved in a lawsuit of which relates to you. I do not see anywhere that it tells you to scam the system. I think it’s a good article. If you wanna bash KCL then fine, more coupons for the rest of us!

    • Briezy DaBrave says:

      FINALLY….A VOICE OF REASON. I think some need to choose other appropriate sites to vent their frustration, lol

  18. Missy Hitch says:

    I’ve had several of these and they all say if you’d like to join, do nothing you are automatically included, but if not, go to this site and remove yourself. I have never seen anything from any of them! I would say anywhere from 7-10 of them have darkened my mailbox. After awhile I just throw them away and forget about them. Would be nice to have gotten something from them. I suppose you could go to one of the sites listed above and check on them to see if they are still pending, but at this point they have all been trashed.

  19. Anonymous says:

    What’s with all the controversy people??? Pizzaz just got back from an enjoyable out-of-town trip and, apparently, I can’t leave you children alone for a split second!
    First of all, some of you should be ashamed of yourselves for biting the coupon clipping hand that feeds you! Time and time again, KCL has consistently demonstrated and promoted financial integrity and superlative character!
    Secondly, KCL lovingly provides informative and educational articles for the benefit of any who may be unaware of programs that they may be eligible for. Did it ever occur to you that perhaps your own understanding of the intent behind the article is flawed? Do you possibly go through life imputing wrong motives to others, thus betraying a defect in your own character?
    And, finally, those who are quick to assume that KCL is encouraging abuse should re-read the posted articles and then slap themselves silly while standing in front of a mirror!

    • Leslie Alley says:

      Thank you Pizzaz!!!! I really appreciate you saying this!!

    • Seriously? says:

      Its because KCL “consistently demonstrated and promoted financial integrity and superlative character” that has so many of us speaking up. This just isn’t like you, KCL. Please, come back into the light.

      If the article said something like “If a product or service harms you or fails you and a ton of other folks miserably, you may be entitled to compensation from a class action suit” then no problem. The author could have instructed dissatisfied customers to search for the product that they believe has harmed them in the frivolous lawsuit database or whatever, and all would be well. But to encourage people to scan a database of suits just to see what they might qualify seems unethical and predatory. And sad. And greedy.

      And by the way, calling the people who disagree with you “children” ironically strikes me as incredibly immature and condescending.

      • Anonymous says:

        Seriously?

      • Anonymous says:

        Actually, if you look closely, you will notice that the reference to “children” applies to all, not just the people who disagree with me! As far as being ‘incredibly immature’, you must be new here. In regards to what the author should have written, rather than making an issue out of the exact wording that was or wasn’t used, why can’t you learn to look at the spirit behind what was said? By your own statement, a person must ‘qualify’ to apply for compensation. And, let’s not forget that the basis for the lawsuit falls on the corporation that was caught acting ‘unethical’, ‘predatory’, ‘sad’, and ‘greedy’!!!

        • Seriously? says:

          Ok, so I took your reply “seriously” and I re-read the article.

          I still don’t much like being called a child, but there are far worse things in life. Whatever.
          In looking at the spirit behind what was said, to me it still reads like instructions to grab whatever bucks might be available, regardless of entitlement. Often with these suits, to “qualify” all you have to do is raise your hand and say you bought the product in the past–and thats it. No receipts needed. Check into the Naked suit that another reader mentioned–you can get money by just pretending you bought the juice.
          Not cool at all in my opinion, but the silver lining is that so many others in are in agreement. Restores my faith in humanity.

    • stfu says:

      pizzaz, please go on another out-of-town trip.

      • misami says:

        LMAO omg yes! it might have been a nice getaway for her but it was a welcome vacation for everyone here not to have to read her stupid ass comments under EVERY SINGLE thread.

        • Anonymous says:

          The only thing that gives me greater satisfaction than knowing that you read my comments (even though no one has a gun to your head) is knowing that they annoy you!

          • misami says:

            every time i read one of your comments, i wish i DID have a gun to my head.

            • Anonymous says:

              For once, I agree with you! :)
              (By the way, you don’t need to keep creating new usernames. Even a blind person can see that you are one and the same.)

            • misami says:

              No need to be so paranoid, honey. There’s just that many people out there who don’t like you :)

            • Anonymous says:

              I’ll be sure to let the over 11,000 who have ‘liked’ me know! :)

            • misami says:

              If you need to validate your likeability based off of an internet voting system, go right ahead. Pathetic—especially considering that a majority of those votes are probably ones you gave yourself—but to each his own!

            • Anonymous says:

              Don’t you have puppies to torture?

            • misami says:

              Hmm, a deflective comment. I must be on to something….

            • Anonymous says:

              Yes ash07dc, you are very clever! (By the way, thanks for giving me many of those votes at one time.)
              I’m going to go do something more meaningful now, like use the bathroom. I’ll be thinking of you as I do. Have a good night!

            • misami says:

              You’ll be thinking of me, but I won’t be giving you another thought! Nighty night :)

            • Seriously? says:

              After reading this dialogue (30 seconds wasted that I can never get back–lesson learned) suddenly your use of the word “children” seems wildly appropriate rather than offensive. Seriously.

            • ash07dc says:

              EXCUSE ME!? I have not been replying to you. Whether or not I may dislike some comments that people make on here. I would never say such awful things. I have no clue why you think that this garbage was coming from me. What awful things to say. I happened to be scrolling through and saw my name. If someone is trying to impersonate me I think its awful. Thanks for thinking about me though!

            • ash07dc says:

              That’s very creepy. Please don’t!

            • TL says:

              I like you Pizzaz!

        • Cesar Vazquez says:

          I can’t believe what mean things come out you mouth. I really enjoy Pizzaz comments because it makes me laugh when reading the comments.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks for saying ‘please’. If we’re going to get on each others nerves, we might as well be civilized about it!

    • Lindsay says:

      Pizazz, I don’t know who you are, but I thoroughly enjoy it when you comment on here! It makes my day.

  20. Kikoi says:

    I don’t really like the wording here, but I can agree with some of what she’s saying. I was an avid purchaser of a well known company known as Naked Juice. I spent so much money on their products thinking they were all natural, and GMO free. It says on the side of the bottle exactly what are in it and saying ALL NATURAL on the front. Turns out they lied. And they are definitely not all natural. There was a suit against them and you can bet I filled out the form to get at least some little compensation for it. I will no longer buy their products and I’m glad someone pointed out to me that I could get some money back for all the cash I spent on their products.

  21. Vicki says:

    Thank you for pointing this out. Too many doctors today are so ready to put you on any medication knowing it has harmful ramifications. It ruins your body, needing transplants. Then there is corporations today that treat their customers like dirt. Without “us” they wouldn’t have a company. So Thank You Lisa !!

  22. Crankymom says:

    Listen: I am thrilled that Krazy Coupon Lady posted this information. It does not matter one speck whether or not you want to receive any compensation from these class action lawsuits- they’re already in the system and pursuing your claim does not mean there is something wrong with you from a moral standpoint. It is so easy to target these lawsuits and say that they are the problem and miss the root of the problem. Those who think this information is terrible should work to address the moral problems in our homes, schools and general culture that produce the misuse of these lawsuits in the first place, rather than criticize this website for posting valuable information. And believe it or not, not every class action lawsuit is for something frivolous. Many people have lives that have been significantly impacted or ruined by immoral/harmful things that companies have done. Receiving compensation for a wrong committed is actually a Biblical concept, and many of these lawsuits are based on legitimate grievances and injuries.

  23. nikuu says:

    Very disappointed to see an article like this on KCL. It’s one thing if a company’s product actually harmed you or caused damage to your property; it’s another to jump on a legal bandwagon just to claim a few bucks from a product you’ve used without issue. Funny how it’s an attorney who wrote this article and is encouraging
    readers to actively search out and join these frivolous suits. I especially love her subtitles: “Members wanted!” “Show me the money!” Disgusting. Very disappointed in you, KCL!!

  24. Krazysociety says:

    I agree with the majority on this subject. This is what is wrong with society today. The only ones making money on this is the attorneys, like the one recommending this and the ones losing out are the companies who make it possible for us to coupon to start with !

  25. Anonymous says:

    Is The Krazy Coupon Lady so obsessed with saving money that she is now promoting us to join the ranks of ambulance-chasing lawyers?

    Frivolous lawsuits are an abomination on our judicial system. If we really want to save money on goods and services, we need TORT REFORM not more redistribution of other people’s money that is hidden in the guise of class action lawsuits.

    This is the second article I have seen on KCL that encourages people to use other people’s money to help their own finances. The first one was a few weeks ago regarding how to best use food stamps! F’ing FOOD STAMPS!

    I would think that this site would encourage people to use coupons so as to NOT have to use welfare, food stamps, or join class action lawsuits. But instead I find that you are encouraging people to use coupons in conjunction with the government handouts. I’m very disappointed.

    • Shay New says:

      I must have missed the post on Food Stamps, but i don’t see any reason for you to be angry about people being given advice how to stretch those foodstamp dollars

    • JillMarie says:

      While I don’t agree at all with this post, I do know that TORT REFORM is a JOKE. If you think for one second tort reform is to protect people and not big business you are sadly mistaken. The only people who care about tort reform are politicians being bought by big corporations or corporations themselves. Just another way for businesses to not be held accountable for their deplorable actions and for innocent Americans to sign their life away. Don’t bother responding- a person like me will never agree with someone who uses TORT REFORM as an argument to PROTECT American citizens. What a joke!

    • Nita T says:

      The use of food stamps is stretching their money. Often when any person buys $20 worth of Planters or Kellogg’s etc products you earn $5 or $10 in RR or ECB. This responsible food stamp user then uses this earned money on items such as tp and diapers etc. Items u needed anyways. There is no misuse if they are buying qualifying items to earn “credit” toward non food items. Buying junk food. soda and other unnecessarily items i dont agree with. Also unfortunately people who sell there food stamps and use for drugs is where the misuse is at.

    • Unfortunately Unlucky in Life says:

      I was on food stamps once out of sheer necessity. My husband lost his job and with only bringing home $1200 a month for a family of 3 (one being my 6 year old son) we were only awarded $105 a month which was our sole grocery budget. If it weren’t for couponing that way on that mealsy amount we all would have gone hungry. Not everyone is out to hurt the system. But for people like me who actually need the assistance they don’t give us Jack and they expect us to get by.

      This is a sad world we live in.

      • Unfortunately Unlucky in Life says:

        *measly

      • emkat13 says:

        I’m glad you shared your story because often people whom haven’t been on government funded systems, never been check to mouth or even seen a “poor” mans way of living tend to speak on something they have no idea about. Often, I see people using the people whom are on Food stamps as the “are just blood suckers off my hard earn paycheck” excuse (not intended to comment on anyone elses post, just speaking) as a way to degrade others yet they won’t be the first to speak up on the other side when they themselves find their family living off that “other side.” Gravity is always there and sometimes it weighs heavy on those whom never thought they’d stop floating in the clouds. Just makes sense to help others when they are in need out of sure respect for a human being simply because you never know their story (what if God was one of us) meanwhile you can also help said man “learn to fish” for the lifetime haul!

    • Anonymous says:

      Okay. I see your point, but easy! I agree you shouldn’t be out looking to sue someone for fun or living off food stamps for no reason, but there are times when both are necessary, and I see no harm in an article that explains how to use those situations to the benefit of those stuck in the position of dealing with this kind of thing.
      I have an example of each, one I went through a few years ago and the other is just unfolding for us.
      I used HughesNet for internet services for awhile. It was billed as high speed internet, but wouldn’t even play a Netflix movie without freezing every few minutes. When I had enough, I went to cancel the service, I was informed of the exorbitant amount of money I would owe to cancel a year early (over $350) and that I would have to climb up and remove the equipment to ship it to them or owe another several hundred dollars (Did I mention the heavy duty cable cutters you would need to uninstall it or the ‘Remove at your own Risk’ warning that came along with the instructions to uninstall informing me that if the equipment was damaged as I uninstalled it, I would have to pay anyway?). After cancelling and telling them to come get their own equipment, because I was not informed of any of this when I had it installed, I was given the runaround. I ended up with a bill of Over $550. I refused to pay it and wrote letters to the company and collection agency stating my reasons. I never paid it, and was more than happy to see they were being sued in a class action lawsuit by other people affected by the same underhanded practices I had dealt with. I did not join the suit, but they have not bothered me since then.
      We have just found out the military screwed up our paperwork during a recent transition. We are now in a year’s lease (signed knowing we would have our military income), and my hubby is attending school as well, and have no source of income. We are working with a JAG lawyer and trying to fix the situation, but in the meantime, we have no source of income, no insurance, and are running out of options. We have never received government assistance of any kind before, but may have to now just to get by while we try to get out of the lease, move in with family, and try to find jobs. I missed the article about getting the most out of food stamps, but I may have to find it. When you are in a situation like our current one, every cent matters. I am glad you don’t have to worry about using government assistance or making food stamps stretch, but there is nothing wrong with taking assistance and stretching it as far as possible. In fact, that is the responsible way to use that resource, and may help families save enough to get off public assistance. Obviously, the point of an article about food stamps is not ‘Hey, lets all get on food stamps,’ rather, it is to enhance the benefit for those who are in a tight spot and need it!! Don’t be so self righteous. It only takes a moment to lose everything.

      • Anonymous says:

        Well said. My sister gets food stamps and if she doesn’t use coupons or shop the sales it’s not enough to feed her and her kids through the month. Even with sometimes it gets tight. And before you say anything negative about her being on food stamps in the first place and why doesn’t she just get a job. Let me tell you my sister has had a job since she was 16. The only exception being 2 months, years ago, when she quit her job because she was being harassed.

    • Chantell Burco says:

      wow you people are missing the point

      • psydonymsRpsilly says:

        thank you,
        I think it points out where MANY of these people are coming from…personally, I think I’m going to find a couponing website that doesn’t vilify or degrade poor people, while simultaneously claiming that “the lord” has helped them find their coupons. I’m very tired of hearing people that aren’t that smart, nor have traveled outside of their tiny bubbles judge others. Tort reform? ConservaWayne, you are on the wrong soapbox; If you are really so fiscally conservative, then you should be HAPPY about people in need or crisis stretching GOVERNMENT money with coupons. Jeez.

        Go read a book, most likely your text of faith, and see what it says about the poor. Better yet, keep your nose out of others lives.

        Thanks to the other people who cared enough to call these people out on their ranting and raving.

  26. nschoochoo says:

    Great article, I have been awarded money for lots of things…save those post cards, look in the newspaper and magazines on how to claim your money because I bet you will be affected by at least something. Every year I normally have about 2-3 class action suits to participate in.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you were directly, negatively affected by a company’s or product’s negligence, then I understand joining a lawsuit, and maybe even filing one yourself. But to peruse the newspaper looking for a lawsuit to join as if you are looking through the want-ads is a truly vile way to live off of the backs of others.
      So you get a postcard in the mail saying that if you used a product within a certain time frame, which can be months or years, you can join a suit against the manufacturer. According to you, it doesn’t matter it the product had a negative affect on you, there’s a lawsuit and you are going to “claim your money.”

      First off, it is not “your” money, it is the manufacturers and their shareholders. Secondly, if anyone is entitled to a portion of a legal settlement for their own personal pain and suffering, it isn’t someone who got a postcard in the mail or goes looking through the newspaper seeking out a judgement for their benefit.

      I hope you reconsider how you look at class action lawsuits and decide to save money with more integrity.

      • Babawawa says:

        I agree with ConservaWynne. We really shouldn’t go out and look for people to sue. In the end, it negatively affects the consumer. We’re the ones who will have to pay for these frivilous lawsuits. It isn’t free money. And it isn’t a very ethical practice. Honesty, integrity and compassion should be what we are looking to achieve, not easy money. i’m disappointed with this article and with the promotion of the practices it is encouraging.

      • Agreed! This is a lazy, lazy way to make a buck.

      • Cat says:

        ConservaWynne’s first sentence pretty much says it all for me. Love that 3rd paragraph as well.

  27. Kathryn T. says:

    I think it is terrible to be looking for someone to sue. What ever happened to “do onto others???”

    • Anold Friend says:

      It went out when big businesses quit caring for their customers. If good customer service was still in place, their would be no need for class actions to defend the little people.