Kohl's class action lawsuitA 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.

Have you been asked to provide your ZIP code during a debit or credit card transaction at a California or Massachusetts store? You may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit and pursue compensation. See if you qualify for free at the Merchant ZIP Code Class Action Lawsuit Investigation.

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18 Comments

  • Matthew Watts January 15, 2013

    I got excited about this one. Surprised it’s just California, because a lot of retailers still ask this. Never really thought about how it could be paired with your credit card number to make purchases in your name.

  • Dolores January 15, 2013

    Almost all of them ask, for either zip code or phone number. I live in PA and don’t know if it’s legal here or not but they always do it. I just refuse and that’s the end of it but it’s annoying.

    • Nancy E. Waring December 19, 2013

      I would like to file a claim directed to the settlement administrator as part of the settlement for Kohl’s gift card. I have been asked for my zip code, and credit card info as a customer in Massachusetts. I understand my state is also involved in the settlement.

  • David Burton January 15, 2013

    ,Did you know they also required Social Security Numbers.?

  • Bridget Armstead January 16, 2013

    I was asked for my zip code when making a purchase at kohls..

  • Vicki Duncanson January 21, 2013

    Each time I have made a purchase they ask me my zip code and often my phone number to go with it

  • Debra Cellmer January 22, 2013

    I travel to CA every July and Christmas and take my kids shopping at Kohls. I always use my charge card so there is proof of it except when I bought them gift cards here in Texas. I never thought that much about it, there are a lot of stores that ask for your zip code.

  • joe February 13, 2013

    Was this settlement already closed. I google kohls settlement and saw the website http://www.kohlssettlement.com and it said forms has to be postmarked by the end of January.

    (Editor’s Note – Joe, I reached out to the settlement administrator (Simpluris) to see why we were never informed of the settlement opening up for claims. I’m working with them so we’re in the loop on all settlements going forward. I REALLY don’t like it when a settlement like this one comes and goes and we have no idea about it. -Scott)

  • joe February 14, 2013

    Scott, thanks for the investigation. I was just thinking I misread the site and I couldn’t believe it closed out so quick. I just remeber a similar thing happening with bens and jerrys settlement, i think they gave people two days and it started a storm on here. Thanks for the info

  • David Burton February 19, 2013

    I received my Kohls Card in October 2012 and have been unab;e to find out which legal firm is handling the case.So please E-Mail me with the info if possible.
    Thanks Dave

  • Sandra Giorgi March 13, 2013

    I am a long time Kohl’s customer and used my charge card over the last several years and have been asked not only for my zip code but my social. I guess what has me upset is that very few people in California knew about this. I have not received any compensation but yet I know of someone who received a $460.00 check for just saying she spent money in the store in that time-frame. What do the rest of us need to do???

  • Manjit Kumar March 13, 2013

    I was not notified regarding the Kohls Class Action. I have been shopping at Kohls since it has been opened. What do i need to do you be part of the class actions?

  • rena March 14, 2013

    I got a settlement but the case name is different burdewick vs kohl’s here s the number 18883693780 I had to file a claim.

  • JSpence March 14, 2013

    Can a claim still be filed? I have shopped at Kohl’s numerous times and 90% of the time provided my zip code.

  • Claudia Parra April 1, 2013

    I think it’s unfair we were never notified. I shop there all the time. I think we should get some type of compensation.

  • Teresa Gonzales April 24, 2013

    I too should have been a part of this but was unaware. Not fair. Seems Kohls got away with giving more money to less people because most of us were unaware of the settlement. Seems to me Kohls knows about all of our transactions during that period of time so it should have been an automatic pay out so long as you didn’t opt out of the settlement. Very unfair. I will boycott Kohls from now on.

  • karen silva June 24, 2013

    can you please followup and advise us the status and how to file a claim???

  • J April 1, 2014

    Please advise and email claim form.
    Thanks

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