• Remember the Optical Disk Drive Antitrust Litigation?

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    I was one that thought “what the heck, why not” and joined in with this class action suit over five years ago. It seems like 10 years. Every now and then I’ve wondered what ever happened to it.

    Well I received notice the other day that my payment will be coming soon. Whoo-hoo!

    I’ve still got a few days to decide what to do with my $7.61. Invest? Bank it?  Maybe get a gallon of gas for the lawnmower with change, too!

    The notification said “We received more claims than anticipated, which lowered the originally expected payout amounts on the fixed settlement fund”. Just think, If there was only half as many claims I could have got enough for 3 gallons of gas! I wonder if each lawyer will get their $7.61?  😏

    Seriously, I’m not at all surprised.

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    • #2450738

      HaHa! Had to log in just to thank you for this. My chuckle of the day!

      Never Say Never

    • #2450833

      I once got into a Class Action lawsuit.  It has been so long ago that I forget what it was for.  I finally got my part of the claim – 47 cents!  I swore I’d never do that again!

      Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake as soon as you make it again.

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    • #2450884

      Hijacking this thread —
      Is anyone else getting this?
      “The state has now set aside 1.3 billion dollars.
      Your home is eligible for up to 10,000 dollars to use for clean energy upgrades, … ”
      I’ve logged ~40 of these telephone calls since last August. I’ll be delighted to participate if someone will start a class-action suit.

      • #2450890

        Funny as this is, there is also a more serious side to it:

        I long ago decided that is unlikely that participating in one of these big class action lawsuits is going to pay me enough to bother with the paperwork, etc. Now, if the lawsuit final objective were to punish some corporation bosses for their crooked ways, then it might have merit enough for me to take part in it. But if the case were to be won by the plaintiffs, it’s not at all out of the question that those bosses will be left virtually untouched by the judgment and by any negative side effects (like getting fired), with their corporation paying for their misdeeds instead of them. The problem here is how regulatory and legal systems tend to be set up and how they work, and also how much the corporation internal politics are likely to protect those at the top.

        So I wish those who take part in a class action all the luck, if their cause is just, but even so I am not likely to join in a hurry if I qualified to be part of it. Not out of pure negativism, but because I can see that bigger things need to change first for this kind of legal action both to bring justice and to open the way to changes for the better.

        Ex-Windows user (Win. 98, XP, 7); since mid-2017 using also macOS. Presently on Monterey 12.15 & sometimes running also Linux (Mint).

        MacBook Pro circa mid-2015, 15" display, with 16GB 1600 GHz DDR3 RAM, 1 TB SSD, a Haswell architecture Intel CPU with 4 Cores and 8 Threads model i7-4870HQ @ 2.50GHz.
        Intel Iris Pro GPU with Built-in Bus, VRAM 1.5 GB, Display 2880 x 1800 Retina, 24-Bit color.
        macOS Monterey; browsers: Waterfox "Current", Vivaldi and (now and then) Chrome; security apps. Intego AV

      • #2486380

        Sign me up. I’ll waive my 47 cent class action award if they just shut it down.

    • #2450950

      Believe it or not, I actually got $49.47 from the 2009 Transunion Class Action lawsuit (2 checks, one for $25.80 in 2014 after the “initial” settlement agreement and another for $23.16 as my part of what was “left over” after the initial payments were made)

        — never really understood why it took 2 years for them to send the second check… guess that’s just how the US justice system works.

      Anyway, back then, both checks were enough to actually fill the tank in my vehicle.

    • #2451335

      Got this a few days back:

      Good day,

      You will recall that sometime in the period November 23, 2020 to September 23, 2021, you submitted a Consumer Claim under the Canadian Microsoft Software Class Action Settlement for CAD$ 68.00.

      After a careful review, we are writing to confirm that this claim is APPROVED.

      You will be paid by cheque, sent regular ground mail to the mailing address you provided. Your cheque will be in the amount of CAD$ 68.00

    • #2451771

      Are you eligible for $400 Facebook settlement ?

      ..Facebook settlement check

      This umpteenth Facebook scandal stems from a law in Illinois called the Biometric Privacy Act. A Chicago news article explains that, because of the law, “companies are not allowed to collect, store, or give out biometric data, which includes things like face or fingerprint scans, without first giving notice and obtaining personal consent.”..

      But the litigation turned into a giant class-action lawsuit. One that resulted in, among other things, Facebook setting up a $650 million fund to compensate a little more than 1 million people…

      • #2451785

        Fast facts about the class action:

        The settlement class includes Facebook users in Illinois who appeared in a picture uploaded to Facebook after June 7, 2011.

        Settlement recipients needed to have filed a claim form by November 23, 2020.

        Windows 11 Pro version 22H2 build 22621.1778 + Microsoft 365 + Edge

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