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Know anybody who’s ever bought one of those Juul nicotine vaping products? Juul has agreed to a $255 million class action settlement, and their customers are eligible for a payout — whether or not they have any proof of purchase.
Juul Labs, the maker of Juul vaping products, was sued for allegedly marketing their products illegally to minors. The lawsuit also claimed that Juul consumers paid more than they would have if they had correct information about Juul’s level of addictiveness and safety.
So basically, the settlement only covers the money that people may have overpaid for Juul vaping products, and it doesn’t include any claims of personal injury. Juul has not said that they did anything wrong, but they decided to settle the lawsuit and avoid going to trial.
Here’s what you need to know about the Juul settlement:
You’re eligible for some Juul settlement money if you bought one of their products before Dec. 7, 2022.
You may submit a claim if you purchased a Juul product in the United States at any point before Dec. 7, 2022, from a retail store, an online store, or the Juul website.
If you bought a lot of products — like more than $300 worth — you’ll need to submit documentation like receipts, bank statements, credit card statements, or screengrabs of order confirmations. But anything under that doesn’t require any proof of purchase. You just have to tell them the estimated date you started using Juul and the estimated date you stopped buying the products.
Expect to get paid around $50 if you make a Juul settlement claim without proof of purchase.
How much will you get in the settlement? It all depends on how much you spent on Juul products and how many other claims are filed.
The most you’ll receive, according to the Juul settlement website, is between 150% and 300% of the retail purchase prices listed on the class action administration website for various Juul products:
- JUULPods (4-pack): $15.99
- JUULPods (2-pack): $9.99
- Starter Kits (Device, USB Charger, 4 pods): $49.99
- Starter Kits (Device, USB Charger, 2 pods): $44.99
- Device Kit (Device plus USB Charger): $34.99
- Charging Case: $49.99
- USB Charger: $6.00
If you submit a valid claim without proof of purchase, the Juul settlement website estimates you’ll receive a payout of around $50. But if you claim over $300, you may be asked to provide proof of purchase to qualify for a larger payout.
The deadline to file a Juul settlement claim is July 14, 2023.
Here’s how to file a claim for the Juul class action settlement:
- Visit the class action site at www.juulclassaction.com.
- Enter your Unique ID or PIN, or select the option that you don’t have one.
- Provide your name, address, and contact information.
- Enter the first and last date of purchase of JUUL products from a retailer other than the JUUL website during the class period.
- Submit proof of purchase if your claim is over $300, or opt out of providing proof.
- Choose your preferred payment type from the options of prepaid Mastercard, Amazon gift card, PayPal, Venmo, or direct deposit.
- Certify that everything you’ve provided is true before submitting your claim.
Once the Juul settlement is finalized, expect to get paid in 60 – 90 days.
To qualify for a settlement payment, make sure your claim is submitted by July 14, 2023. After that, the courts have to approve the final settlement plan. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2023.
If the settlement is approved, qualified class action members will start receiving their payments, usually within 60 – 90 days. Sometimes there can be a long appeals process, though. We’ll tell you more about how class action lawsuits work.