3/1/24 - Walmart Settles Fruit Lawsuit

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A lawsuit claims Walmart falsely inflated product weight and customers who qualify could benefit.

(USA TODAY) - Walmart customers who purchased certain weighted groceries or bagged fruit may qualify to be included in a $5 million settlement after a class action lawsuit claimed the retailer charged customers more than it should have for those products.

 According to a class action lawsuit filed in October 2022, Walmart overcharged customers who purchased sold-by-weight groceries.

The lawsuit claims Walmart falsely inflated product weight, mislabeled the weight of bagged produce, and overcharged for clearance items. 

Customers who purchased eligible weighted groceries from Walmart between Oct. 19, 2018 and Jan. 19, 2024, qualify to be included in the settlement. The settlement however has not been fully approved and a final approval hearing has been scheduled for June 12, 2024. Customers have until June 5, 2024, to submit a claim to be included in the settlement.

Walmart settlement: Who is eligible to submit a claim?

Those who purchased an eligible product 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)," according to the settlement's website.

Anyone who doesn't have a receipt could still submit a claim for a payment between $10 and $25, depending on how many products they attest to purchasing.

Customers have until June 5, 2024 to opt-in to receive payment from the settlement. 

 

- USA TODAY News Story (Sarah Al-Arshani)

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