Consumers can claim cash in lawsuit settlements

Deadlines for Kashi, Tom's of Maine, Justice coming up

SAN ANTONIO – If you bought certain toothpaste, deodorant, granola bars or tween clothing, you may have cash coming your way as the result of some class action lawsuit settlements. However, you have to file your claim in time.

Kashi, with its granola bars and cereals, is known for its natural products. But a class action lawsuit alleges certain foods labeled as "all natural," "100 percent natural" or "nothing artificial" actually contained GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

Kashi has denied any wrongdoing, but has settled the false advertising lawsuit.

That means consumers who bought certain Kashi products covered in the lawsuit  between May 3, 2009, and  Sept. 4, 2015, can be reimbursed. Even without receipts, consumers can get up to $27.50.

The deadline to file a claim is January 19.

Kashi also agreed to remove the "all natural " claims from products containing GMOs challenged in the lawsuit.

Click here for more information and here to file a claim.

Tom's of Maine also settled a false advertising class action lawsuit that alleged certain products labeled as natural actually contained chemicals.

Consumers who bought one of the products between March 25, 2009, and Sept. 23, 2015, can get up to $28 even without receipts. Claims need to be filed by May 7.

Tom's of Maine denies wrongdoing.

Click here for more information and here to file a claim.

Customers of Justice, a popular store for tween girls, may also be able to claim some cash.

Tween Brands Inc. and Ascena Retail Group, which operate Justice stores, settled a class action lawsuit alleging deceptive advertising and fake sales. The suit claims that items marked 40 percent off were actually the regular price.

Consumers who bought Justice merchandise between Jan. 1, 2012, and Feb. 28, 2015, may be entitled to as much as $20 cash or a store voucher. Receipts are not required but may mean more payout.

The deadline to submit a claim is April 4.

Click here for more information or to file a claim.

About the Author:

As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.