Want $50 In Free StarKist Tuna? Canned Tuna Giveaway Part Of Class Action Tuna Lawsuit
If you purchased StarKist tuna fish in the past, you may be eligible to receive $50 in free tuna or a $25 check as part of a class action lawsuit settlement.
According to the Consumerist, anyone who purchased at least one five-ounce can of tuna listed below between February 19, 2009, and October 31, 2014, can file a claim (information below) to get $50 in coupons from Starkist or a check for $25.
Consumers who purchased a can of Starkist Chunk Light Tuna in Water, Chunk Light Tuna in Oil, Solid White in Water, or Solid White in Oil between the dates listed above is eligible to make a claim.
What is the tuna lawsuit all about and how do you go about getting $50 worth of Starkist coupons?
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Top Class Actions reports that the lawsuit was filed in February 2013 by plaintiff Patrick Hendricks. His suit alleges that five-ounce cans of StarKist tuna contain only 2.81 to 3.11 ounces of tuna, slightly less than the amount that is required by federal law (2.84 to 3.23 ounces).
Apparently Hendricks wasn’t pleased about getting less tuna than he paid for, so he filed the suit on behalf of himself and consumers who purchased the allegedly under-filled cans of StarKist tuna.
“Hendricks claims he would not have purchased the StarKist tuna products if he had known they did not contain an adequate amount of tuna for a 5-ounce can.”
The company denied Hendricks’ allegations but settled the class action lawsuit and agreed to pay out $8 million in cash and $4 million in coupons that can be used to purchase StarKist tuna product.
If you purchased the tuna listed above between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014, you are eligible to file a claim on TunaLawsuit.com (yes, it’s a real website).
No receipts are necessary, but you do have to agree on penalty of perjury that you did buy at least one five-ounce can during that time period. That means you have to tell the truth, not use the claim as a way to get lots of free tuna.
When filing the claim online, consumers will be prompted to enter their name, address, and email, and they will be given a list of StarKist products. Check off the items you purchased within the dates listed above, agree to the terms, and choose the $25 check or $50 in tuna. Print a copy for your records as a confirmation is not emailed to consumers.
There is no indication on how long the $25 check or $50 in StarKist coupons will take once all of the claims are received.