In 2011, a group of consumers filed a class action lawsuit against Warners’ Stellian, a major appliance retailer in the United States. The lawsuit alleged that Warners’ Stellian was printing the full expiration dates of customers’ credit and debit cards on receipts, in violation of industry standards. This practice put customers at risk of identity theft and fraud.
The lawsuit was settled in 2012 for $123,500. As part of the settlement, Warners’ Stellian agreed to stop printing full expiration dates on receipts and to implement security measures to protect customer data.
What You Need to Know
If you shopped at Warners’ Stellian between 2009 and 2011, and you received a receipt with your full expiration date on it, you may have been affected by the lawsuit. You may be eligible for a cash payment under the settlement.
To learn more about the settlement and to submit a claim, visit the following website: Warners’ Stellian Class Action Settlement Website: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/minnesota/mndce/0:2011cv02325/121683/47/)
Q: What is identity theft?
Identity theft is a crime in which someone steals your personal information, such as your name, Social Security number, or credit card number, and uses it to commit fraud or other crimes.
Q: How can I protect myself from identity theft?
There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from identity theft, including:
- Be careful about who you give your personal information to.
- Shred any documents that contain your personal information before you throw them away.
- Use strong passwords for your online accounts and change them regularly.
- Monitor your credit reports for any unauthorized activity.
Q: What should I do if I think I’m a victim of identity theft?
If you think you’re a victim of identity theft, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338) or FTC Identity Theft: https://consumer.ftc.gov/features/identity-theft. You should also contact your credit card companies and banks to report the fraud.
Q: Am I eligible for a cash payment under the Warners’ Stellian settlement?
To be eligible for a cash payment under the Warners’ Stellian settlement, you must have shopped at Warners’ Stellian between 2009 and 2011, and you must have received a receipt with your full expiration date on it.
Q: How do I submit a claim for a cash payment?
To submit a claim for a cash payment, you can visit the following website: Warners’ Stellian Class Action Settlement Website: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/minnesota/mndce/0:2011cv02325/121683/47/)
Q: When will I receive my cash payment?
Cash payments are expected to be distributed in early 2024.
The Warners’ Stellian lawsuit was a victory for consumers. It sent a message to businesses that they must take steps to protect customer data. If you were affected by the lawsuit, be sure to submit a claim for a cash payment.
- Warners’ Stellian Class Action Settlement Website: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/minnesota/mndce/0:2011cv02325/121683/47/)
- FTC Identity Theft: https://consumer.ftc.gov/features/identity-theft
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about the Warners’ Stellian lawsuit or your rights under the settlement, you should consult with an attorney.