Amazon Prime Class Action: No Expedited Shipping During Pandemic
If you have Amazon Prime, you expect to have items shipped fast with Prime Shipping. Prime shipping generally means 2-day or less. However, during the Coronavirus Pandemic, Amazon Closed Down Prime Shipping. Prime members were no longer able to receive items within 2 days. Because, Amazon instead prioritized medical products for their fast shipping. But, Amazon kept charging Prime members.
The Amazon Prime Class Action Lawsuit is Jeremy Shepherd, et al. v. Amazon.com, Case No. 706075/2020, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
What is a class action lawsuit settlement?
A class action lawsuit is one with multiple plaintiffs. In other words, there are more than one person being represented by the lawsuit. Oftentimes plaintiffs file the case on behalf of many people who were affected but aren’t involved in the actual suit. For example, if you purchased an item that was involved in a class action lawsuit, you may be included.
If you’re included in the class or group of people affected, then you can file a claim to receive money, coupons or replacement products. Each case is different, and each will specify who is included.
In addition, class action lawsuits may require proof that you were affected. In this case, proof of purchase or other specified proof is needed. However, in some cases, no proof is required. In that case, you can file a claim without proving that you were affected. Of course, when you file a claim you are doing so under penalty of perjury. So, do not file if you do not qualify.
Perjury is the intentional act of swearing a false oath or falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding. – Wikipedia
What’s this settlement about?
Amazon Prime stopped prioritizing Prime Shipping during the Coronavirus Pandemic. But, they kept charging Prime members who couldn’t use their fast shipping.
A standard annual Amazon Prime membership costs $119 per year. If you pay month-by-month, an Amazon Prime membership is $12.99 per month.
The way Amazon Prime shipping works is that manufacturers and/or third-party sellers send their products to Amazon distribution centers. Then, products are ready to be quickly packed and shipped when a customer places an order.
How it Prime Shipping was Interrupted
In March of 2020, online purchasing and shipping demand surged. This was a result of people staying home due to COVID-19. And, countries shutting down brick and mortar businesses other than grocery and pharmacy stores.
On March 17, 2020, Amazon halted its Prime Shipping service. They sent notice to all manufacturers and third party sellers. It said that they could no longer ship most products to Amazon’s distribution centers. Because, they were “temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products. So, they could more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.”
Prime Shipping Suspended
Accordingly, Amazon temporarily suspended its Prime shipping service. In other words, they wanted to focus on grocery and pharmacy business, favoring one group of customers over others.
Plaintiff was damaged by Amazon’s unfair actions as he was not able to use the free and fast shipping service that he paid for and would have not purchased Amazon Prime membership if he knew that Amazon could freeze the service to concentrate on its grocery and pharmacy business and not provide him any credit for the
In selling Amazon Prime shipping services, Amazon fails to adequately disclose to the public and customers, prior to the purchase of Amazon Prime, that Amazon may suspend its free and fast shipping
- at any time and for whatever reason it chooses.
- so that it can concentrate on higher volume and/or higher margin customers and/or orders when it chooses to do so.
- so that it can compete against other companies, including grocery and pharmacy delivery companies.
Who is eligible for a refund?
Amazon Prime members who did not receive expedited “2-day” shipping from March 17, 2020 through the date of final deposition of lawsuit may be eligible for a refund.
How much will I get back?
The refund amount has not yet been determined.
When will I get my check?
Not yet determined.
What’s the deadline to file a claim?
Not yet determined.
How do I file a claim?
Claims are not yet open.
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Source: Courthouse News