A California federal judge on Friday approved a class action lawsuit settlement that will provide gift cards worth roughly $500 to more than 1,000 Kohl’s customers who were asked by the retailer to provide their ZIP codes during credit card transactions.
The Kohl’s ZIP code settlement will resolve a 2011 class action lawsuit, titled Whittenburg v. Kohl’s Corp., that alleges the retailer violated California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act by collecting customers’ ZIP codes. The law prohibits merchants from asking for personally identifying information, such as ZIP codes or phone numbers, during credit card transactions.
Plaintiffs allege in the Kohl’s class action lawsuit that they provided their ZIP codes after store clerks requested them because they believed it was a requirement to make a purchase.
The Kohl’s settlement is the latest in a slew of class action lawsuit settlements involving violations of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act against major retailers such as Crate & Barrel, Cost Plus World Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and many others. What makes this settlement stand out, however, is that Class Members will receive gift cards worth roughly $500 – much higher than typical payouts in these cases.
Class Members of the Kohl’s class action lawsuit settlement include anyone who made a purchase at California Kohl’s from March 4, 2010 through October 2012.
Details on how to file a claim for the Kohl’s ZIP Code Class Action Lawsuit Settlement were not immediately available. Keep checking Top Class Actions or sign up for our free weekly newsletter to receive claims filing instructions as we receive them.
The case is Whittenburg et al v. Kohl’s Corporation, Case No. 11-cv-02320, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
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