Walmart Class Action Lawsuit Over Unfair COVID-19 Return Policy
Here’s one to keep an eye on! If you purchased items from Walmart during the COVID pandemic, then you may have found yourself unable to return them. In California, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Walmart, accusing them of changing their return policy during the coronavirus crisis. The lawsuit claims they changed without any notice to customers. And, that doing so violates civil code and retail laws such as unlawful, fraudulent & unfair business practices, and breach of contract, among others.
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 a plaintiff or plaintiffs file the case on behalf of many people who were affected by aren’t involved in the actual suit. For example, if you purchased an item that was later determined to be involved in a class action lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation.
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 are part of the group of affected people. 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 are part of the class of people 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?
The Walmart COVID-19 Return Policy Class Action Lawsuit is Danielle Hubmer, et al. v. Walmart Inc., Case No. RIC2001569, in the Superior Court of California for the County of Riverside.
Hubmer, claims she purchased items, including clothing, at a California Walmart store on April 25. At that time, the dressing room at the store was closed, so she was not able to try on any of the clothing items she planned to purchase. Although there were no signs stating that all sales were final or that the return policy had changed, when she returned two days later the store refused her returns. The Walmart website now says they would not accept any returns on certain items for “a number of weeks.”
According to the site, as of June 15, the retailer is once again accepting returns “in most states” in accordance with its normal policy, and “any items that were temporarily not permitted for return and were purchased between April 20 and June 15 can now be returned though Sept. 15 with a receipt.”
What Products are Included? Where were they sold?
Several categories of products were not eligible for return at Walmart, including
Who is eligible for a refund?
You may be one of the tens of thousands included in this Class Action Lawsuit if you made a purchase at Walmart before the return policy was changed and was unable to return items.
How much will I get back?
The refund amount has not yet been 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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