Buy gas at Albertsons? Class action suit could put a small check in your pocket (and a large one in attorneys’)

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If you purchased gas at an Albertsons gas station, you could be part of a class-action lawsuit, and might get a small check.

Fred Martin of Alameda County, California sued Safeway in 2019, alleging the receipt he received at a Safeway gas station did not meet the requirements of federal law for debit transactions. Albertsons Companies is Safeway’s parent company

Martin and his attorneys said his receipt showed more than the last five digits of his debit card number, which attorneys said was a violation of the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act – or FACTA.

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The lawsuit was granted class-action status, and ultimately the company agreed to pay $20-million in a proposed settlement.

Albertsons Companies provided a statement to BoiseDev, indicating which of its owned brands are impacted by the settlement: “’Safeway fuel location’ includes fuel stations operated by Safeway or operated under any of the following banners affiliated with Safeway: Albertsons; Acme; Carrs; Randalls; Jewel; Tom Thumb; and Vons.”

Albertsons has more than 330 fueling stations, including three Boise-area locations.

Who would get what

Of the $20 million, 40% would actually go to attorneys – or $8 million, as well as “reasonable expenses.” Martin will get a check for $10,000.

The rest of the cash would go to members of the class, but the roughly $12 million will be divided up into many small payments. An FAQ on the class action attorney’s website outlines what happens:

“The final payment amount will depend on the total number of valid and timely claims submitted by Settlement Class Members, but Class Counsel estimates $36-$18.”

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You might have received a postcard in the mail, pointing you to the class action website. Folks who bought gas at one of the Safeway-affiliated gas stations owned by Albertsons Companies between September 17, 2017, and February 26, 2019, may be impacted. To participate in the class, you must file a claim.

If a court approves the settlement, checks could go out sometime after May 4th of this year.

Safeway said it desires “to avoid further expense in this litigation,” but said it “denies all claims as to liability, damages, losses, penalties, interest, fees, restitution, and all other forms of relief, as well as the class action allegations, asserted in the litigation.”

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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