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Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Case(s): Rhonda Dupler v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, Case No. 06-CV-03141 (JFB) (ETB)
Website Link to access the Class Action Lawsuit Settlement and get YOUR Stake (NOT NEEDED – YOU’LL BE PAID AUTOMATICALLY): http://www.costco.com/renewalsettlement.pdf
Address of Settlement Administrator to submit a claim form (NOT REQUIRED):
Details: Yet one more super easy class action lawsuit settlement. If you’re a class member you’ve already been notified via mail or e-mail or both.
Purchased From: 3/1/01 – 3/31/09
Claims Accepted Until (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR CLAIM BY THIS DATE!): No claims filed so no end date. You’ll be notified once the settlement is finalized if you’re a class member. If you’re a current member of Costco and you’re included your membership will automatically be extended by one – three months depending on where you fit in the class. If you’re not a current member of Costco you’ll receive a membership card good for one – three free months of membership. Easy enough, right? Check out the full details at http://www.costco.com/renewalsettlement.pdf.
Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Amount(s): $44,210,000 = $5,380,000 Attorney Fees/expenses + $38,800,000 Award (in free months, no cash) to class members + $30,000 to lead Plaintiffs ($25K to one and $5K to the other)
Settlement Administrator(s): None – Costco is managing the payout of the settlement
TCA Staff Tidbit: This lawsuit was a long time coming. It’s funny, when we renewed a few years ago after our membership was expired, we wondering why we lost out on that time and didn’t think it was right. But, as these things go, we didn’t bother raising a stink about it. Why bother, right? We love Costco and shop there all the time. At the time, we didn’t think it mattered. Why sweat $5 or $15 right? Well, now we see we’re not the only ones who ran into the same question and we’re happy to see that attorneys addressed this practice. We paid for those few months of membership, so why didn’t we get them?
So, now if you were in the same boat you’re taken care of. If you’re currently a member of Costco and included in the class you’ll receive 1 – 3 months of free membership, depending on how many months you were charged for but didn’t get. If you’re NOT a member of Costco, WELCOME BACK! You’ll get 1 – 3 months of free membership via a card you’ll receive in the mail. I hope your address on file with Costco is correct! Unfortunately there’s no way to submit a correction. The last address on file with Costco will receive the free membership card. If you changed your address with the National Change of Address Registry (the form you fill out with the post office when you move) you’ll get it as well. That’s it! Enjoy your free months of membership!
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