Act Fast: Time Running Out to Join $45 Million Walmart Lawsuit Payout

Act Fast: Time Running Out to Join $45 Million Walmart Lawsuit Payout

The time is running out for consumers to submit a claim in a class-action lawsuit against Walmart over the retailer’s sale of some weighted goods and packed citrus fruit.

The allegations originate from a class action lawsuit filed in October 2022, alleging that Walmart overcharged consumers who bought specific organic oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, and navel oranges that were sold in bulk, as well as meat, chicken, pork, and seafood, among other sold-by-weight products.

The action claimed that customers paid more for the goods than the lowest stated price in-store.

The $45 million settlement, which was reached in principle on September 18, 2023, includes a $500 maximum payment to consumers who bought food between October 19, 2018 and January 19, 2024.

How to File a Claim for the Walmart Settlement?

According to the settlement website, customers who made qualifying purchases and have a receipt “will be entitled to receive 2% of the total cost of the substantiated Weighted Goods and Bagged Citrus Purchased, capped at five hundred dollars ($500.00)”.

But in order to be part of the settlement, you had to file a claim by June 5, 2024. The deadline to opt out of the settlement is May 22, 2024, for anyone who wants to be left out.

Without a receipt, customers can still file a claim and get paid anywhere from $10 to $25, depending on how many items they can honestly attest to buying. On the Walmart website, old receipts might be available to you.

In the event that no action is taken, those who will not receive a settlement and will be bound by it are prohibited from bringing individual claims against Walmart based on “the alleged facts, circumstances, and occurrences underlying the claims set forth in the Litigation,” as stated in the settlement agreement.

June 12, 2024 has been set aside for the settlement’s final approval hearing.

Walmart has denied any misconduct, despite having accepted a compensation. The company declared, “We will continue to offer our customers everyday low prices to help them save money on the products they need and want. We still deny the allegations, however we believe a settlement is in the best interest of both parties.”