There are numerous products that have been the subject of class action lawsuits, and many consumers don’t even realize that THEY qualify for settlements that are already available. There is plenty of money on the table just waiting for consumers to come and claim it, and Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this with Scott Hardy from Top Class Actions.

The links to every one of these settlements are available here: Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Asahi Beer, Vizio smart TV, Aveeno Baby Wash and Samsung washing machines.  


*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

Farron Cousins:                  Right now, American consumers are leaving a lot of money on the table. Money that they are owed because they may have actually been part of a class action lawsuit or at least qualified for it and not even known about it. Joining me now to talk about some of the biggest class action settlements that have happened recently that could result in cash in your pocket is Scott Hardy from Scott, you and I have been speaking a lot over the last few months talking about, you know, some of the up and coming class actions.

One thing we haven’t necessarily done is just kind of tell people what’s already available for them out there. And, you know, we’ve, we’ve got a big list right here of some hugely popular, very common products. You know, people buy these every day and they don’t realize there was a class action on this product or that product that they might qualify for. Give us a rundown. What, what’s happening here? What are some of these products?

Scott Hardy:                          Great. Yeah. This is exactly why I started Top Class Actions was to connect consumers to these types of class action settlements and this cash that otherwise they wouldn’t know about. And like you said, they’d just go ahead and essentially throw out the window because you only have a very set period of time, typically weeks or maybe a couple months to claim and after that it’s over.

So the first one I’d like to start out with is Canada dry ginger ale. And this is an interesting class action settlement in fact, because we know a lot of people will sit there and sip some Canada dry ginger ale if they’re feeling nauseous, they’re thinking, okay, it’s got ginger in it. I’m going to feel a little better if I go ahead and sip this, but what this class action alleged was, is that the ginger is actually just flavoring.

There’s no real ginger in Canada dry ginger ale. And so this is trying to put some money back into the die hard Canada dry ginger ale lovers that there had been buying it or just those that have purchased it in the past. And the average person can get up to $5 and 20 cents per household if you don’t have proof of purchase. Now, if you drink a lot of ginger ale and you love this stuff, you and you have your receipts and that could just be a credit card receipt from a grocery store or a statement from grocery store showing that you shop there.

And you can go ahead and submit your claim for up to $40 per household if you’re a Canada dry ginger ale drinker in most states across the country. So you want to check out if you qualify and if you do, make sure to submit your claim cause this one ends and just a couple of weeks. And next we have another one.

Farron Cousins:                  I did want to add too with that, when you know, Canada dry all over their cans, their bottles, everything in their commercials, they do say, you know, made with real ginger. I mean, that, that is what they proclaim. It is prominent on all of their cans and bottles. So that’s a pretty big deal that they were just making up that claim. And so that’s, you know, that’s a good thing for consumers to know about. Sorry to interrupt you there. I just wanted to add that because that is a huge part of who Canada dry is, that real ginger label and it’s completely untrue. So, again, sorry. So, what else do we have on the list here?

Scott Hardy:                          At one point, I’m sure that was true, but you know, as things changed it’s just become a ginger flavored beverage and no, it doesn’t actually really have the real thing anymore. Then we have Asahi beer. Asahi beer, you know, a very tasty Japanese beer, you know, go ahead and get all the time. Well this one alleges that most people would believe that if you’re buying Asahi beer, it’s actually brewed in Japan or somewhere in Asia.

When in fact, Asahi beer is more of a hockey beer because it’s brewed in Canada. And so with this class action, you’ve got viewers that once again can claim up to $10 if they’ve been drinking Asahi beer. They could go ahead and submit their claims. If they have receipts, they can get more money. But again, Asahi beer, you would think that it’s actually brewed in Japan, shipped over. Nope, it’s Canada. So I guess that makes it okay to drink if you’re watching hockey, which is a good thing.

Farron Cousins:                  I think it’s interesting that we have so many of these products. You know, they, they say one thing, you know, oh, we’re, we’re trying to market this as some, you know, some kind of a exquisite foreign product. But really, you know, it’s here in the United States, it’s in Canada, it’s, it’s essentially, it’s a local thing, but everybody wants to cash in on the craze of, ooh, this is a foreign product, so therefore it must be better. So I’m going to pay a higher price because I don’t want to necessarily maybe go have a bud light. I would rather have the fancy foreign beer.

Scott Hardy:                          Right. You know, maybe instead of getting a little Pabts you’re going to get an Asahi now. I don’t know, but it’s, it’s an, it’s an option and it is tasty beer at that. I used to drink it all the time when I was going to, you know, the tap and table restaurants, there’s fantastic. Going to the next class action. This is something, this is involving Vizio smart TVs and you and I have talked about these things a lot. This is a privacy class action settlement. The original class action lawsuit alleges that consumers who bought the Vizio smart TVs didn’t know that their viewing habits were being shared with marketers to better target advertising to, towards these individual owners of smart TVs.

And so this is a $17 million class action settlement that almost anybody who owned or purchased a Vizio smart TV, we’ll be able to get some money back from you. You’ll want to make sure that you submit your, your settlement. This is actually 20 individual class actions that were combined all into one settlement, which is why you’ve got that big pot of $17 million to divvy out. But if you did have a Vizio, a Vizio smart TV, you weren’t aware that your usage habits could have been sold or given to different marketers. Don’t miss out. This one could be significant to the average person.

Farron Cousins:                  And so, next up, Johnson and Johnson, they, they, they’ve had some, some issues recently. This one obviously not as bad. You know, this is more of a, you know, false advertising thing. So what’s up with the Johnson and Johnson Aveeno lotions that they have here?

Scott Hardy:                          Right. So you’ve got Aveeno baby calming comfort bath and Aveeno baby wash and shampoo. And the labels in of itself, you and I talk about this stuff all the time, you know, just selling it that way is fine. But they were deceptively marked as natural. And on top of that, they were, they were marketed as having a hundred percent naturally sourced ingredients and they were made with a natural oat formula.

But when they dug into it more than 23 of the ingredients within the shampoo or the, the baby wash, we’re actually synthetic ingredients. So the average person picks up this bottle, thinks that, hey, this is great, this is just natural stuff for me to put on my baby. Not knowing that there are 23 ingredients in it that are actually synthetic and not derived naturally.

Farron Cousins:                  That’s one I know for a fact, you know, we have used this Johnson and Johnson Aveeno shampoos and body washes for our kids, for several years. We don’t use them anymore. We kind of, you know, switch it up a little bit. Maybe go with a cheaper product. But for me personally, definitely this is one, I know for a fact we have used this. We’ve have used this product and yeah, you know, we thought, oh well this is good. You know, sometimes the kids get, get Eczema a little bit when the weather gets dry around here, usually very humid, not an issue.

So we have used this, we have tried it in the past. So that’s definitely one that I’ve got to keep on my list because I know for a fact we have had that in my home for the kids. Final one today we can get to is the Samsung top load washing machine defect. This is a big one. This is a very expensive appliance. You know, Samsung washer dryers are not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. And this was a big settlement too. This, this could potentially give consumers a couple hundred dollars back in their pockets here.

Scott Hardy:                          Right. This one is quite significant because if you bought a Samsung top load washing machine, then you can get possibly the entire purchase price of your washing machine refunded to you and $400 on top of that. So if you bought a Samsung top load washing machine, please come to the Top Class Actions. Take a look to see if you are covered by this class action settlement because you might have gotten, you might get your, your replacement washer for free because the problem is the lids would pop off these things, so says the class action.

They were actually recalled. So they acknowledged that it was a problem, but the lids were popping off. The pump within the washing machine itself was also falling off and causing problems and leaks. So this covers more than 30 different models of Samsung washing machines. And a, you know, as you said, this is a big dollar once. So you might be able to get the full purchase price of your washing machine refunded in addition to another $400 back, which, you know, gosh, that’s, that is not pocket change by any means.

Farron Cousins:                  And, you know, I, I’ve said this often, I just actually sent it about the Aveeno thing as well. I also happen to have a Samsung top load washing machine. And, and you and I been doing this for months now, and I’ve said this so many times, and I’m going to keep saying it because it’s, it’s just kind of crazy. The number of things that I know I have in my house, the things I purchase, you know, even my car that we’ve talked about in the past, these apply to me.

And so I’m sure a lot of people watching this video and hopefully you’re sitting out there saying, oh my gosh, I use that product. I, I do this, I have this, I’ve done that. So if you have, please, the links to every one of these settlements are available in the description of this video. If you’d rather go the other route, just go straight to it’s got these stories and countless others. There is money on the table waiting for you. Ladies and gentlemen, go and claim it. Scott Hardy, Thank you very much for talking with me.

Scott Hardy:                          You’re welcome. Thanks for your time Farron.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced