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Starbucks Bulk Coffee Bean Class Action Settlement

By Matt O’Donnell


Starbucks settlement

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Starbucks has reached a $1.7 million class action lawsuit settlement over allegations it tacked on a hidden fee for bulk coffee bean purchases of less than one pound. Customers that purchased less than one pound of scooped (i.e., not prepackaged) coffee beans between 2007 and 2011 may be entitled to receive at least $5 from the class action settlement.

The Starbucks coffee bean settlement will resolve several class action lawsuits consolidated as In Re: Starbucks Consumer Litigation in 2011. Plaintiffs allege in the class action lawsuits that Starbucks did not disclose to customers who purchased small quantities of scooped coffee beans that the price for these purchases was higher per pound than the price charged for purchases of one pound of coffee beans.

Starbucks denies the allegations but has agreed to a $1,733,025 class action lawsuit settlement to resolve the litigation.

The settlement does not involve purchases of prepackaged coffee beans or coffee beverages.

Class Members of the Starbucks class action settlement include all persons who made a purchase of less than one pound of scooped coffee beans at any time between December 9, 2007 and November 7, 2011 from any company-owned Starbucks store in the United States. It does not include half-pound purchases made from January to March 2008 of coffee that had half-pound prices posted on menu boards during that time.

Class Members that made these purchases using a registered My Starbucks Rewards card will receive at least $5 credited to their card. No Claim Form required.

Class Members who did not use a My Starbucks Rewards card can opt to have their award issued in a Starbucks gift card or check. These Class Members must submit a Claim Form by December 23, 2013 in order to receive an award.

Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Starbucks Coffee Bean Fee Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found here on the Starbucks website.


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  • Mary January 22, 2013

    My husband think starbuck coffee is the best there is, we alway buy their coffee beans and ground, we even got a coffee grinder, $5. is all they given, I cannot begin to add up all the money we spent on Starbuck, they are expense.

  • David Stewart January 28, 2013

    I am like Mary I purchase starbuck coffee all the time it is the best coffee I have ever taste. $5.00 is really cheap for all the money I have spent,.

  • smn2100 January 28, 2013

    Yep!I agree to Ive alsopent alot there and who thinks they need to keep those receipts?Not fair

  • Dorothy Monahan January 29, 2013

    Well, 5.00 dollars will not help me feel better about the cheaping. Thanks. NOT.

  • Wendy January 29, 2013

    Receipts fade, no one can save them long enough to be of any use.

  • Diane February 1, 2013

    Wow … only $5.00 … just can’t comprehend this one. Don’t even want to think about all the coffee I bought from Starbucks!!!

  • Dorothy March 21, 2013

    Send a claim form

  • David March 24, 2013

    What I didn’t read was that the coffee you purchased was NOT prepackaged. This was very rare for 99% of us.

  • Lorraine Crump November 13, 2013

    This is a rip off, the number of purchases and the amout that they charge, Starbucks is giving us pennies back.

  • ben c February 26, 2014

    Got my $5 gift card today
    LA California

  • Carlos February 28, 2014

    Requested check and got a gift card.
    People need to learn how to read claim forms.

  • david March 1, 2014

    got a $10 starbucks gift card from this settlement today; live in Washington state.

  • Patricia March 1, 2014

    I received a $10.00 pre paid card on Thursday 2-27-14

  • Justin March 3, 2014

    Received my 5.00 gc. Thought it was going to be a check.

    • Jen March 4, 2014

      Exactly my thoughts. Why giftcards?

  • Shelly March 5, 2014

    Anybody have trouble getting a Starbucks to accept the gift card?

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