A class action lawsuit that has been settled is basically a guarantee that you'll get free money. How much, however, is still unknown.
The class action lawsuit was brought against LG, Hitachi Maxell, and NEC on behalf of customers who bought products containing lithium-ion cylindrical batteries, such as portable computers, power tools, camcorders, and replacement batteries.
The three manufacturers were accused of allegedly fixing the price of cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells, meaning you had to pay more for certain products that contained those types of batteries.
All three defendants agreed to settle for just a shade under $45 million.
How do you qualify? It's easy. Were you a U.S. resident between January 1, 2000 and May 31, 2011 and did you buy one or more of the products listed above? Then you qualify.
Signing up takes just a few minutes and a decent memory. You'll be asked which items, how many, and if you bought them between the listed dates.
The claim period started back in April but you have through November 29 to get registered. Payments are expected to start in either February or May.