GROUPON INC. Class Action Settlement
As you may remember from my previous post, Groupon is a website, where you can buy coupons with a pretty sweet promotional value, like $50 meals for $25, and so on. There has been a class action lawsuit filed against Groupon. Normally, I am pretty sceptical to such settlements, because the main reason behind them is to skim you out of your personal and banking info; however, this one seems to be legit [not available anymore, past the deadline].
Groupon has agreed to pay up to $300,000 (CDN) to settle the claims of the Class Members (the “settlement fund”) where it is not possible for them to redeem their expired Daily Deal vouchers, or who only redeemed part of the purchase price of the Daily Deal vouchers (“partial redemption”) and are not able to redeem their Daily Deal vouchers for the difference between the amount redeemed and the purchase price.
To be honest, I have never had this issue with my Groupons (except for the time Oishii Sushi in Thurlow refused to accept the coupon via the mobile app, insisting I print it to redeem). All places have been very cool about me redeeming an expired Groupon for the face value, although I still have several un-used ones: one for the place, that turned me away initially (Libra Cafe), claiming they already at capacity for the Groupon carrying partons for the evening (me and my party showed at 5 on a Sunday, while the place was empty); one for Granville Island paddle boards; and one for Fresh Slice, which I had no time to use (though, looking forward to).
Here is the link to the Settlement Agreement, which is, IMO, too long and detailed to be a scam.
Also, there has recently been a Chocolate Products Price Fixing Class Action [deadline has passed, link not available anymore], which entitles you and your household members to a $50 settlement if you have spent $1000 or more on chocolate products from Cadbury, Hershey, Mars or ITWAL during the October 1, 2005 to September 31, 2007 period. Spouses and children living in the same household can pool their purchases and file a single claim (with one individual claiming on behalf of the household). You can submit the claim here [deadline has passed, link not available anymore] [not anymore, past the deadline].