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Groupon Class-Action Suit


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

Free Slurpees Wednesday!

7-Eleven, the convenience store chain which recently bought out Wilson Farms, will host SlurpFREE Day Wednesday.


Each customer will receive one free 7.11-ounce slurpee May 23 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, while supplies last.


Check with your 7-Eleven to be sure they're participating.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Free admission for military Saturday

The Genesee Country Village and Museum will host Military Heritage Day Saturday, to which all past and present military personnel will gain free entry.

Here's more from the museum:

This brand new event will showcase the importance of the military in the lives of western New Yorkers from the birth of our nation through the modern day. The focus of the day will be showing the public how military technology has evolved since the time of the American Revolution. View demonstrations of patriotic music, static displays of military vehicles, uniforms, equipment, and collectibles spanning our region’s 225+ year history.   On hand will be some of the area’s leading experts on military history and the involvement of western New Yorkers in America’s wars. 
The day’s programming includes special presentations and exhibits from the following groups:

The Military History Society of Rochester

Rochester’s own Army National Guard

Old Fort Niagara

The museum's Civil War Re-enactment host:The 140th New York Volunteer Infantry

Vietnam-Era Veterans Oral History Project booth by The Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

And many individual collectors and exhibitors!

The public programming schedule* includes:

  • Concerts in the morning - Excelsior Fife and Drum Corps at 10:30 a.m. and the Rochester Scottish Pipes and Drums at 11:30 a.m.
  • A children's militia recruitment and march around the village square! 12 Noon and 1:30 p.m.
  • Live firearms demonstrations: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
  • A special "Soldiers Through Time" presentation on the evolution of America's uniforms at 3:30 p.m.
 *All activities and programming features are subject to change and may also be weather dependent. 
To All the Brave Men and Women Who Have Served and Continue to Serve Our Nation…
The Genesee Country Village & Museum is pleased to extend an invitation to all military veterans and active service personnel to be our honored guests at the Museum’s Military Heritage Day event on Saturday, May 19. The Museum will extend free admission for all active military and veterans for this very special program in honor of Armed Forces Day.


Can you get a refund for your sneakers?

This just in from the New York State Attorney General:

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a record $45 million dollar nationwide settlement with Skechers, USA, Inc. to end the deceptive marketing of its footwear products including Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, and the Skechers Resistance Runner athletic shoes. Under the settlements reached with New York, 44 states and the Federal Trade Commission, up to $40 million is being allocated for refunds to be paid back to consumers who purchased the shoes, and Skechers will pay an additional $5 million to the states.

The investigation revealed that Skechers engaged in deceptive and misleading practices when it unlawfully marketed its line of rocker-bottom shoe products including Shape-ups, Tone-ups, and the Skechers Resistance Runner as providing certain health and medical benefits that were not adequately proven by scientific evidence. Skechers claimed that its toning shoes caused consumers to lose weight, burn calories, improve circulation, fight cellulite, and firm, tone or strengthen thigh, buttock, and back muscles and that its products also reduce stress and improve sleep. However, these grandiose claims were not substantiated by credible scientific evidence. Following the investigation, Skechers agreed to change its marketing of its toning shoe products.


Under the settlement, Skechers is prohibited from making these claims unless it has adequate substantiation to do so. More specifically, Skechers cannot make claims regarding the health benefits of its toning footwear products unless those claims are based on scientifically reliable studies or generally accepted competent and reliable scientific evidence. Skechers entered into the settlement without admitting any wrongdoing.


Consumers who purchased Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, or the Skechers Resistance Runner at any time should go to or call 866-325-4186 beginning today to submit a claim for a partial refund. The amount of each refund will be determined by how many consumers apply for a refund from the available pool of $40,000,000.



Save some money on your wedding

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:


You can save thousands of dollars booking your wedding on a non-peak day, such as a Friday or Sunday, or in an off season, such as in the dead of winter.

---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Follow care labels

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:


You may find a good bargain on a piece of clothing, but what good does it do you if you end up ruining it after one wash? That's why it's important to always follow a label's laundering instructions.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Time to update homeowner's insurance?

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:


If you've done major renovations that could affect your home's value, or if you've inherited valuable items, it's time to update your homeowner's insurance.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Wegmans posts summer's price-freeze list

Wegmans has released its consistent low pricing list for summer.

Wegmans will freeze prices on a list of items it says families buy most. The list differs from the one released for winter, and contains things people buy more often in summer.

The list includes bananas priced at 49 cents a pound, Wegmans brand macaroni and cheese for 49 cents per box and Wegmans brand whole wheat bread for $1.99. For a complete list of items and prices, click here.

Wegmans vows to keep the prices in place until August 25, whether or not the cost of each item increases.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

For a rainy day

Here is today's MoneySmart tip of the day:


Have at least 10 percent of your gross income automatically deducted from your paycheck and deposited into a high-interest savings account. You'll barely miss it and it will add up quickly.


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

Cash from cloth?


Bring your bonus card and a reusable shopping bag when shopping at Tops and they'll enter you to win $1,000.

Tops customers using Tops BonusPlus or BonusCard and using any reusable shopping bag at checkout will be entered for a chance to win through its “Shop, Reuse & Win” sweepstakes. 

Shoppers using one or more reusable bag to bring home their purchases will receive one entry into the sweepstakes. Three shoppers will be chosen at random every month through the end of the year. Each one will win a $1,000 Tops shopping spree.

It's part of the grocery store's effort to decrease plastic bag use. 


---Samantha Maziarz Christmann

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