Toys 'R' Us Settles Price Fixing Lawsuit: Do They Owe You Money?

Christie Haskell
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Did you get some snail mail recently that said, "Baby Products Anti-trust Litigation Settlement" and toss it out? Well, guess what? It's legit. If you've bought anything from Babies "R" Us or Toys "R" Us since January 1999 through January 2011, you might want to listen up -- there's a big class action lawsuit right now that many people might stand to get some money from, after lots of companies are accused of conspiring with Babies/Toys "R" Us to fix prices.

Also, if you bought something or were given a gift during that time that was purchased online and returned it, and then received less money back than you paid for? You might also finally get that difference returned to you.

There are two different cases going on right now, and you may actually fit into both, even multiple times. How do you know if you qualify? The website for the settlement breaks it down into subclasses, and you may fit in multiples as a "Class Member." It all depends on if you bought/received/returned the product listed during the periods for each "subclass."

Subclass Date of Purchase From Babies “R” Us or Toys “R” Us Product Purchased Percentage of the Settlement Amount That the Entire Subclass May Receive

BABYBJÖRN SUBCLASS

February 2, 2000 through April 30, 2005 Any BabyBjörn baby carrier

6%

 

BRITAX SUBCLASS

January 1, 1999 through January 31, 2011 Any Britax car seat

28%

 

KIDS LINE SUBCLASS

January 1, 1999 through December 31, 2006 Any Kids Line Product

21%

 

MACLAREN SUBCLASS

October 1, 1999 through January 31, 2011 Any Maclaren stroller

7%

 

MEDELA SUBCLASS July 1, 1999 through January 31, 2011 Any Medela Pump in Style breast pump

22%

 

PEG PEREGO CAR SEAT SUBCLASS

July 1, 1999 through January 31, 2011 Any Peg Perego car seat 3%

PEG PEREGO HIGH CHAIR SUBCLASS

July 1, 1999 through January 31, 2011 Any Peg Perego high chair 4%

PEG PEREGO STROLLER SUBCLASS

July 1, 1999 through January 31, 2011 Any Peg Perego stroller 9%

If you think you might qualify, you should check out the details FAQ and also fill out a claim form (you can also download one), which has to be postmarked, faxed, or submitted online by August 1, 2011.

Now, to be fair, all of the companies listed above have only been accused of wrongdoing, and they all deny that they conspired with Babies/Toys "R" Us or that they did anything wrong. So far, no one has proved they've done anything wrong either.

Now, the lawsuit about returned merchandise is a little different. If you returned an item, bought by you or received as a gift that was purchased ONLINE and refunded less than the original price paid, you could get a $10 or $5 store credit. You have to submit a claim form (which you can download at www.toysrusinc.com/settlement) electronically to settlement@toysrus.com or mail it in postmarked no later than February 3, 2011. If the difference was greater than $10, you can make a claim for that amount, too.

Confused? I know, it is kind of confusing. To break it down:

Do you fall into either of these lawsuits, or think you might? How do you feel about price fixing?


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