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Do You Qualify for These Class-Action Settlements? Wendy’s is Paying Millions

What do a burger data breach, vehicle crash parts, unwanted phone calls and a fire-prone lawn tractor have in common? They all include circumstances surrounding alleged violations of consumer law that could result in compensation due to the most important customer of all: You.

See if you qualify for one or more of the following class-action settlements. Hurry, many of these offers will end faster than it takes to get through most drive-throughs.

Wendy’s Data Breach

Would you like a few bucks with that burger?

Wendy’s has agreed to pay a $ 3.4 million class-action settlement over allegations the company failed to protect consumer information from a data breach in 2016.

Class members include customers who used a credit, debit or other payment card at particular Wendy’s locations between Oct. 25, 2015 and June 28, 2016 and had their personal information compromised in the February 2016 data breach.

Potential awards range all the way up to $ 5,000 for those who submit documented evidence; without documentation, eligible class members may collect a total of $ 30 for two hours of undocumented time spent tending to data breach issues (calculated at $ 15 per hour).

For more details and to submit a claim by the March 21, 2019 deadline, click here.

State Farm Vehicle Repair

Did you make a vehicle repair claim on your State Farm casualty insurance policy between July 1987 and February 1998?

If so, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 250 million class-action settlement with the insurance giant.

Class members include “All persons in the United States, except those residing in Arkansas and Tennessee, who, in between July 28, 1987, and February 24, 1998, (1) were insured by a vehicle casualty insurance policy issued by Defendant State Farm and (2) made a claim for vehicle repairs pursuant to their policy and had non-factory authorized and/or non-OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) ‘crash parts’ installed on or specified for their vehicles or else received monetary compensation determined in relation to the cost of such parts.”

The $ 250 million settlement stems from allegations State Farm contributed to campaign funds for a judge’s re-election on the condition the judge reverse a $ 1 billion consumer fraud class-action lawsuit judgment regarding the use “crash parts” on State Farm policyholders’ vehicles. State Farm admits no wrongdoing under the settlement terms.

The settlement award will depend upon the number of class members who submit timely and valid claims.

Class members should be notified by mail, but if you qualify and do not receive a postcard, click here and file a claim by the Jan. 31, 2019 deadline.

Sekure Merchant Solutions ‘Do Not Call’ Phone Calls

If Sekure Merchant Solutions contacted you on your cell phone between July 26, 2013 and Feb. 1, 2018, you could be eligible for a portion of a $ 6.25 million settlement.

Sekure allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by calling cell phones to make a sales pitch even when certain numbers were on the National Do Not Call Registry.

The TCPA prohibits telemarketing calls that invade cell phone users’ privacy by contacting the consumers without explicit written permission.

If you received a robocall from Sekure Merchant Solutions during the specified time period, you could be eligible for an estimated payment of $ 30.

Qualified class members should receive a postcard in the mail with a claim ID number on it, but you may also complete a claim form by clicking here by the Nov. 30, 2018 deadline.

Campus Debt Solutions Unwanted Phone Call

Education Financial Solutions LLC, doing business as Campus Debt Solutions, has agreed to a $ 1.1 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act class-action settlement.

Campus Debt allegedly used an autodialer to contact consumers regarding programs for loan forgiveness or loan consolidation without the consumers’ consent to receive such calls.

Class members who received such a call on or after Oct. 16, 2013 are eligible for a potential reward of $ 20.

 

Those who received notice of settlement do not need to submit a claim form, but if your address has changed since you received the robocall or if you did not receive notice of the settlement, click here to file a claim.

Sears Craftsman Riding Lawn Tractor

Did you buy a Sears Craftsman Riding Lawn Tractor between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2015?

If so, you could receive a free inspection, repair and/or up to $ 125 cash in a Sears class-action settlement regarding allegations a fuel line defect poses a fire risk.

The $ 125 is available for class members who paid for fuel line repairs on their own.

Sears denies the allegations but agreed to the settlement to avoid further expenses of ongoing litigation.

Class members should have received an email with a Notice ID number, but if you didn’t receive the notice, you can click here to see if the model you purchased is covered and to submit a claim by the Dec. 19, 2018 deadline.

GameStop Online Data Breach

Did you buy (or attempt to buy) an item from GameStop’s website between Aug. 10, 2016 and Feb. 9, 2017?

If so, you could receive a portion of a data breach class-action settlement. GameStop notified affected customers about the breach of about 1.3 million debit and credit card numbers in June 2017.

Class members can claim up to $ 10,000 for out-of-pocket expenses linked to the data breach, including fraudulent debit and credit card charges.

 

Consumers also may be eligible for up to $ 235 for out-of-pocket expenses incurred to reverse fraudulent charges, including bank fees and long distance phone calls.

GameStop admits no liability under the terms of the data breach class-action settlement.

To make a claim, click here to submit a form supporting documentation by the Dec. 13, 2018 deadline.

Suunto Dive Computers Incorrect Depth Readings

If you purchased a Suunto dive computer by Aqua Lung that was made between Jan. 1, 2006 and Aug. 10, 2018, you could be eligible for compensation from a class-action settlement.

Consumers allege the functions of their Suunto dive computers took a dive once placed in the water. Allegedly defective pressure sensors caused the depth and temperature readings to be incorrect.

Class members may qualify for a replacement or repair of their defective Suunto dive computer, but this settlement does not include coverage of claims of wrongful death or personal injury that may have resulted from incorrect readings.

For a full list of affected Suunto dive computers, serial numbers, required documentation and a claim form, click here by the Feb. 24, 2019 deadline.

Cricket CDMA Phones

When Cricket and AT&T merged, many consumers complained they couldn’t get as much as a chirp out of their Cricket Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) phones.

After several years of litigation, a class-action settlement has been reached for consumers who bought a Cricket phone between July 12, 2013 and July 9, 2018.

Under the settlement, class members are eligible for one of three benefits:

  • Unlock Benefit: Settlement class members will be able to unlock their qualifying CDMA phone, which may allow them to activate the phone with another wireless carrier.
  • Data Benefit: Settlement class members will be able to port an existing wireless number onto a new line of Cricket service without paying an activation fee and receive an additional 1 GB of high speed data for free after maintaining one month of service.
  • Four Month Data Benefit: Settlement class members who maintain one month of future Cricket service on either an existing or new line of Cricket service will be able to receive 1 GB of free high speed data for up to four subsequent consecutive months of timely prepaid service.

Click here for more details and to submit a claim form by Feb. 4, 2019.

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Smoke-Filled Snapshot: California Wildfire Generates Dangerous Air Quality For Millions

At 11 a.m. last Friday, thousands of former Paradise, Calif., residents were taking stock of all they had lost to the worst wildfire in the state’s history while they continued the grim task of looking for missing loved ones.

At the same moment, with smoke from the deadly Camp Fire blanketing much of the state, millions more Californians were struggling to breathe.

Nov. 16 was one of the most dangerously smoky days in Northern and Central California, as wildfire smoke shrouded communities like an acrid fog.

Air quality readings in several cities, including Sacramento, Modesto and Chico, spiked into “hazardous” territory. But the risks extended much farther away. Residents of San Francisco Bay Area communities couldn’t see the city’s iconic skyline because of the intense smoke.

“We saw the highest readings in some of the locations that we’d ever seen before,” said Simrun Dhoot, a spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the local government agency that monitors air quality. “It was pretty much the worst air quality that we’ve ever experienced.”

The Camp Fire, which broke out on Nov. 8, has killed at least 79 people, burned more than 150,000 acres and destroyed more than 12,000 homes. The combined smoke from that and other California fires has drifted as far as the East Coast.

Wildfire smoke is dangerous because it contains fine particles that enter the lungs and can infiltrate the bloodstream. Prolonged exposure can cause or worsen respiratory issues, such as asthma. Some groups are especially vulnerable, including those with cardiovascular issues, children and older people.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow website displays air quality with its “air quality index,” or AQI. On a scale from 0 to 500, the index is divided into six categories: good, moderate, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy and hazardous. The readings are based on measurements of five kinds of pollution tracked by the EPA, including ozone and particulate matter.

In this case, the AQI readings reflect the density of fine particulate matter in the air full of wildfire smoke.

On this scale, readings above 100 mean the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, including people with heart or lung disease, older people and children. Readings above 150 are considered unhealthy for everyone.

Sacramento’s air registered in the 300s for much of the day Friday, a level considered “hazardous” and constituting “emergency conditions,” according to the EPA. Residents were warned to stay inside. Sacramento’s AQI — and others in the region — topped 400 at times.

Some of those levels were worse than readings captured at the same time from cities known for their terrible air quality, like China’s Shanghai and Delhi, India.

By contrast, air quality in other parts of California, especially Southern California and coastal communities, were in the healthy range. For instance, San Bernardino, hundreds of miles away, was categorized as “good,” with an AQI of 26.

The massive Carr Fire that blazed in and around Redding in July and August was the last major fire to significantly affect air quality in the Sacramento region. The worst recorded reading during that fire was around 130, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District said.

At AQI levels above 150, public health officials suggest people avoid prolonged activity outdoors, or wear the right kind of mask if they must go outside — especially if they have a health condition.

State health officials recommend “N95” respirators or “P100” masks, which are intended to block at least 95 percent of the tiny particulate matter measured by the AQI — known as PM2.5 — that spews from wildfire smoke.

Meteorologists were predicting stronger southerly winds and rain for Wednesday, which is expected to help clean the air and fight the Camp Fire, which is 70 percent contained.

But experts warn that Californians might have to learn to live with smoke-filled air.

“We’re expecting to see these events happen more often because of climate change,” Dhoot said. “People are starting to realize they need to stock up on N95 masks.”


This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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Wesley Snipes has been fighting the government for years to keep the IRS from collecting $ 23.5 million in back taxes.

According to Yahoo, the “Blade” star offered to settle his debt for nearly $ 850,000, but the IRS rejected, so he filed a petition asking the tax court to overturn the decision.

On Thursday, U.S. Tax Court Judge Kathleen Kerrigan upheld the government’s decision, per the Hollywood Reporter, after Snipes failed to convince a tax court that he doesn’t have the assets to pay more than six figures.

In making her decision, Judge Kerrigan said, “Given the disparity between petitioner’s $ 842,061 OIC [offer-in-compromise] and the settlement officer’s calculation of $ 9,581,027 as his RCP [reasonable collection potential], as well as petitioner’s inability to credibly document his assets, the settlement officer and her manager had ample justification to reject the offer.”

The judge also determined that paying the $ 9.5 million would not leave the actor in economic hardship.

In 2008, Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for not filing his federal income tax returns.

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5 Things to Immediately Do If You Win The Mega Millions Lottery

Mega Millions fever is here. A record jackpot of $ 1.6 billion is waiting for some lucky gambler on Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery drawing.

There’s nothing like the feeling of getting an unexpected sum of money. Of course, every coin has two sides and, typically, the greater the amount you receive, the greater your stress. In fact, there is even a stress-related disorder called Sudden Wealth Syndrome. That pressure can lead the “recently rich” to make decisions that ultimately threaten their good fortune and may leave them worse off than before they received their windfall. We’ve all heard stories about the lottery winners who went broke or the former professional athletes or entertainers who struggle to pay rent.

Whether you’ve just signed a multi-million dollar contract, won the lottery, or inherited property from a wealthy relative, here are some tips that will help you keep–and grow–your wealth responsibly.

1. Count the money. Take the time to add up the money for yourself. Sit down and carefully read every piece of paper associated with the windfall. There will be lots of legal gobbledegook and fine print. Read through it all. Highlight areas you don’t understand. Use the Internet to research terms and entire phrases. By doing this homework, you will be better prepared for the next step.
2. Assemble your team of professionals. You can start your search for competent professionals in a number of places, including asking friends for referrals or asking other professionals like your accountant or tax preparer–or even family members. However, you should vet all of these individuals by understanding their professional and disciplinary backgrounds, get to know something about their practice (i.e. wealth and complexity of current clients) and ask for references to similar clients or cases they have dealt with. Next, you must check their background. There is no reason to leave out this important step since it is free and easy. Your state bar association can provide disciplinary information on attorneys, the state board of accountancy can provide information on accountants, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can offer any disciplinary information on investment professionals.
You can also search the professional’s name on your state’s financial and insurance regulator’s website. Combine this with research on the websites of their professional organization like the CFP Board for financial planners and the AICPA for CPAs where you can learn about violations of each organizations standards of conduct. Also, research their name and corporate identifier at the county clerk’s website to learn about liens, foreclosures or judgments. Last but not least, a Google (or other search engine) search of their name and business name and name of partners can help give you a picture of this person as a professional. Be sure to review any papers you sign with accountants, and be very clear on fees. It’s best that everyone be paid on a project or hourly rate in the initial stages when plans are being crafted. If someone tells you the work is free, you can be sure that it is not free, and that they are getting paid some other way which they are not disclosing.
3. Develop a comprehensive financial and life plan. Many organizations talk about their ability to do this. They show nice pictures of couples walking in the sand or smiling in a hammock. It certainly sets the right tone for the conversation. Despite this, their plans may be cookie-cutter solutions. In the end, some standardization is good. Years of research has taught the financial industry important lessons about investing, for example, and those lessons can yield low-cost, highly efficient portfolios that meet an investor’s risk tolerance and long term needs. However, don’t forget that your needs come first. To formulate a your plan, you will need to be clear on the amount of income you would like but also the type of life you would like. You’ll need to consult your financial team to discuss issues such as asset protection, trusts, life insurance and other topics of estate planning. The American College of Trusts and Estates Council (ACTEC) can be a great resource for competent counsel in these areas.
4. Be very careful of friends and family. Unfortunately, your new wealth may attract new friends and estranged family members popping out of nowhere. Athletes and lottery winners experience this frequently. In fact, it’s quite common for advisors of professional athletes to put the athlete on a salary and advise the athlete to direct requests for money to the advisor. This can be a good idea and it puts some distance between you and unscrupulous friends and relatives. Also, depending on the amount of your new wealth, you may find yourself exposed to frivolous lawsuits and threats.
5. Don’t make big expenditures until you are comfortable with your new financial position. Don’t get sucked into the exaggerated scale of your financial windfall. Take care of taxes on your new money, pay down debts, take a small vacation but don’t make too many changes at once. Consult with your professional team. If the amount you have received is substantial relative to your prior situation (i.e. invested at 3% per year the annual return covers your dream standard of living and then some), take the time to consider your good fortune and your position as a steward of the wealth. Be mindful of your responsibility to pass some wealth to the next generation, and give to charity.
Written by: Robert J. Gordon, MBA, CFP, AIFA, Senior Financial Adviser with Investor Solutions in Miami, Florida

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5 Things to Immediately Do If You Win The Mega Millions Lottery

Mega Millions fever is here. A record jackpot of $ 1.6 billion is waiting for some lucky gambler on Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery drawing.

There’s nothing like the feeling of getting an unexpected sum of money. Of course, every coin has two sides and, typically, the greater the amount you receive, the greater your stress. In fact, there is even a stress-related disorder called Sudden Wealth Syndrome. That pressure can lead the “recently rich” to make decisions that ultimately threaten their good fortune and may leave them worse off than before they received their windfall. We’ve all heard stories about the lottery winners who went broke or the former professional athletes or entertainers who struggle to pay rent.

Whether you’ve just signed a multi-million dollar contract, won the lottery, or inherited property from a wealthy relative, here are some tips that will help you keep–and grow–your wealth responsibly.

1. Count the money. Take the time to add up the money for yourself. Sit down and carefully read every piece of paper associated with the windfall. There will be lots of legal gobbledegook and fine print. Read through it all. Highlight areas you don’t understand. Use the Internet to research terms and entire phrases. By doing this homework, you will be better prepared for the next step.
2. Assemble your team of professionals. You can start your search for competent professionals in a number of places, including asking friends for referrals or asking other professionals like your accountant or tax preparer–or even family members. However, you should vet all of these individuals by understanding their professional and disciplinary backgrounds, get to know something about their practice (i.e. wealth and complexity of current clients) and ask for references to similar clients or cases they have dealt with. Next, you must check their background. There is no reason to leave out this important step since it is free and easy. Your state bar association can provide disciplinary information on attorneys, the state board of accountancy can provide information on accountants, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) can offer any disciplinary information on investment professionals.
You can also search the professional’s name on your state’s financial and insurance regulator’s website. Combine this with research on the websites of their professional organization like the CFP Board for financial planners and the AICPA for CPAs where you can learn about violations of each organizations standards of conduct. Also, research their name and corporate identifier at the county clerk’s website to learn about liens, foreclosures or judgments. Last but not least, a Google (or other search engine) search of their name and business name and name of partners can help give you a picture of this person as a professional. Be sure to review any papers you sign with accountants, and be very clear on fees. It’s best that everyone be paid on a project or hourly rate in the initial stages when plans are being crafted. If someone tells you the work is free, you can be sure that it is not free, and that they are getting paid some other way which they are not disclosing.
3. Develop a comprehensive financial and life plan. Many organizations talk about their ability to do this. They show nice pictures of couples walking in the sand or smiling in a hammock. It certainly sets the right tone for the conversation. Despite this, their plans may be cookie-cutter solutions. In the end, some standardization is good. Years of research has taught the financial industry important lessons about investing, for example, and those lessons can yield low-cost, highly efficient portfolios that meet an investor’s risk tolerance and long term needs. However, don’t forget that your needs come first. To formulate a your plan, you will need to be clear on the amount of income you would like but also the type of life you would like. You’ll need to consult your financial team to discuss issues such as asset protection, trusts, life insurance and other topics of estate planning. The American College of Trusts and Estates Council (ACTEC) can be a great resource for competent counsel in these areas.
4. Be very careful of friends and family. Unfortunately, your new wealth may attract new friends and estranged family members popping out of nowhere. Athletes and lottery winners experience this frequently. In fact, it’s quite common for advisors of professional athletes to put the athlete on a salary and advise the athlete to direct requests for money to the advisor. This can be a good idea and it puts some distance between you and unscrupulous friends and relatives. Also, depending on the amount of your new wealth, you may find yourself exposed to frivolous lawsuits and threats.
5. Don’t make big expenditures until you are comfortable with your new financial position. Don’t get sucked into the exaggerated scale of your financial windfall. Take care of taxes on your new money, pay down debts, take a small vacation but don’t make too many changes at once. Consult with your professional team. If the amount you have received is substantial relative to your prior situation (i.e. invested at 3% per year the annual return covers your dream standard of living and then some), take the time to consider your good fortune and your position as a steward of the wealth. Be mindful of your responsibility to pass some wealth to the next generation, and give to charity.
Written by: Robert J. Gordon, MBA, CFP, AIFA, Senior Financial Adviser with Investor Solutions in Miami, Florida

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A Podcast Network Putting the Spotlight on Women Who Amassed Millions

After two years of hosting Switch, Pivot or Quit, a widely popular podcast, Ahyiana Angel gained two valuable insights that inspired her to launch Mayzie Media, a podcast network for women.

I realized male-led shows dominated the podcast charts and the news headlines,” said Angel. “I also noticed a trend on social media with women asking their communities for podcast recommendations with a female lead or host. They were very vocal about being tired of the same dude style talk and content dominating the space and as a result controlling our narratives. Oftentimes, new podcasts have a hard time breaking through to the masses because the discovery of new programs is challenging. My logic was to create a hub where those who want podcasts produced with their interests in mind can have a sole location for discovery and entertainment.”

With a focus on providing podcasts in the categories of inspiration and self-care; society and culture; and business, Mayzie Maydie has a refreshing line-up of programming.

A Milli, the first podcast to launch under the network, takes listeners behind the scenes with women who have amassed a minimum of 1 million in funding, sales, subscribers, net worth, etc. in business. These are dynamic women who collectively have more than $ 60 million in annual revenue, 5 million in social followers, and have amassed more than $ 116 million in funding. Special guests include Janice Bryant Howroyd, founder and CEO of The ACT-1 Group with a reported net worth of $ 420 million; Lindsey Andrews, co-founder of Minibar Delivery, the direct-to-consumer wine, beer, and liquor delivery service with $ 5 million in funding; Myleik Teele, founder and chief experience officer of beauty subscription brand curlBOX; and Sabena Suri, co-founder and CSO of BOXFOX a premier gift-giving company.

Book’d is the next show set to launch. This podcast features authors of new releases in self-help, personal development, and more. The authors are not only talking about their book projects but also sharing their writing process and personal stories as well.

Beyond spotlighting the entrepreneurial process, sales. and success metrics, Mayzie Media is looking to make an impact from having uncomfortable conversations. “I want to make it easy for women to explore programming which speaks to the issues they are discussing on ladies night like: “how the hell did I get ghosted” or “how do I navigate being a new mom after maternity leave,” says Angel. “I also want to highlight the stories that need to be told like the accounts of women who have suffered due to the disturbing practice of sex trafficking, and addressing common themes that come up as professionals: managing money, getting the promotion you deserve, or navigating a micro-manager. I like to say Mayzie Media is a digital brunch date with your girls: fun, fulfilling, and empowering.”

Even major networks such as Spotify are embracing the power of women as podcast listeners and consumers. Recently, the music streaming service announced an initiative to amplify female voices of color through the power of podcast.

“With 18,000 women applying to the Spotify Sound Up Bootcamp I think it was a clear message that we can show up in large numbers, we want to be heard, we have ideas, and we are ready to make our presence felt in podcasting. The response to the boot camp also showed that if you speak to us we will show up,  shine, and glow up. It also proves my gut feeling that the interest is there but the mainstream opportunities are not plentiful. Spotify also launched a very similar program in the UK and I would like to think that it was in response to the overwhelming interest that women showed in the States. I’m excited at the idea of all 18,000 aspiring creators having a network to rally behind them like Mayzie Media,” said Angel.

Advertising spending in podcasting is forecast to grow from $ 326 million in 2018 to $ 534 million in 2020. With 61% of podcast listeners reportedly buying something they heard about on a podcast ad, it’s no mystery that major players in the podcast industry are cutting larger checks for female talent and signing breakout talent to other media related deals as a result of podcasting. Ultimately, there is significant revenue potential in pairing the influence of women with podcasting.

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