Washington Hospitality Association has partnered with Class Action Capital, a market leader in class action settlement claim management. Class Action Capital is already successfully working with a very large number of hotels, restaurants, and state associations across the country, helping to recover substantial refunds on their behalf from several recent class action settlements. WHA will now offer these value-added services to its members.

Many restaurants and hotels do not have the time, resources, or relevant data available to file a settlement claim. Class Action Capital will work with you to submit a fully comprehensive claim recovery.

Class Action Capital’s pricing model is simple – we work on a commission basis whereby we receive a percentage of the client’s financial recovery. Once you sign up for our claim management service, we will immediately get to work building and preparing a comprehensive claim.

We work to best position each client’s recovery from a settlement while minimizing their time, use of internal resources, and the risk of error if they were to manage claims on their own. Please see below for a listing of applicable settlements and our claim authorization form.

Settlement Opportunities

Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement

The settlement resolves allegations that VISA, MasterCard, and their issuing banks violated the law by charging excessive interchange fees to merchants.  A company is likely eligible for a refund if it accepted VISA and/or MasterCard branded credit or debit cards as a form of payment between January 1, 2004 – January 25, 2019.  The settlement fund is currently $5.54 billion, and a filing deadline has not been set yet.

While no official claim form is available and claimants do not need to sign up with any third-party service in order to participate in monetary relief, many eligible companies choose to outsource the claims process to companies like Class Action Capital and avoid the responsibility of managing the process internally, such as deficiencies or audits, and the potential difficulty of understanding what data is provided by the defendants, how the data, or lack thereof, applies to your company’s claim, as well as what additional information can be provided to ensure a better-positioned claim.

The Class Administrator will have data from Defendants and others, which it expects will permit it to estimate the total value of interchange fees attributable to each authorized claimant.  No-cost assistance will be available from the Class Administrator and Class Counsel during the claims-filing period. The Court-approved website is www.paymentcardsettlement.com. If the data is not reasonably available to estimate a class member’s Interchange Fees Paid or if the value established by the Class Administrator is disputed by the class member, claimants will be required to submit information in support of their claim.

Class Action Capital can assist with this process by organizing the ways data is tracked by your organization and presenting that to the Class Administrator in a concise report to get an understanding of what matches.  If there is any discrepancy between the information the Class Administrator has and what your organization believes to be correct, Class Action Capital can establish an argument and negotiate with the Class Administrator on your behalf.

Washington Attorney General Broiler Chicken Settlement

The suit alleges that 19 chicken producers, including Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Perdue Farms, along with data processing company Agri Stats, engaged in a sprawling conspiracy to inflate and manipulate the price of broiler chickens, the term used for the vast majority of chicken sold in the United States for human consumption.

The suit contends the scheme involved the producers of some 95% of the chicken sold in the country and alleges the companies coordinated supply reductions, rigged bids, and shared pricing and other information dating back to 2008. The settlement fund is currently $35 million, but we expect that to increase.