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Groupon Class-Action Suit

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If you bought or received a Groupon voucher any time between Nov. 1, 2008 and Dec. 1, 2011, you may be eligible to receive funds from a class-action lawsuit--though you'll probably receive very little.

 

Groupon has settled the suit for $8.5 million.

Here's the story from ABC News:

Seventeen Groupon subscribers each filed individual lawsuits over the past few years about expiration dates on Groupon's deals and how the company sold or advertised those deals.

The suits allege, among other things, that Groupon imposed illegal and undisclosed deal restrictions -- like "must use gift certificate in one visit" -- that violate a variety of gift-card regulations. For example, a federal law makes it illegal to sell gift cards that expire in less than five years .

Those 17 lawsuits were rolled into one and transferred to California district court, where a judge certified the claim as a class action last year. That brings Groupon's entire subscriber base into the lawsuit . . . .

But what those customers will actually get remains pretty murky. The settlement's core terms appear to almost exactly mirror Groupon's own current policy on expired coupons.

Groupons have two separate values: the actual amount paid (like $20 for a voucher promising $50 worth of services at a local spa) and the promotional amount (that's the $50).

While the promotional amount carries an expiration date, Groupon's policy is that expired Groupons can always be redeemed, with any time limitation, for the amount actually paid. If the $50 spa voucher that you paid $20 for expired last month, you can still redeem it at the spa for services worth $20.

The settlement offers those who submit claims a "settlement voucher" that can be redeemed through the merchant for goods "up to the purchase price that you paid."

Check here for more information.

 

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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