Ever bought a Celsius energy drink? You could receive up to $250 from class action lawsuit
People who drink Celsius may be eligible to receive compensation from a class action lawsuit settlement with the popular energy drink company, and earn up to $250.
The settlement stems from lawsuit filed in November, alleging Celsius drinks had misleading labels that said the drink contained "no preservatives" but contained citric acid.
The company denied the allegations, saying citric acid was added to products as a flavor and not as a preservative.
Eventually, the parties agreed to a settlement instead of proceeding with the lawsuit. The settlement fund was set at $7.8 million.
The settlement comes weeks after hip-hop artist Flo Rida was awarded $82.6 million in a lawsuit with the company. A South Florida jury ruled Celsius breached a contract with Flo Rida and attempted to hide money from him.
There are several stipulations for settlement money meant for people who bought the drink. Here's what to know about eligibility:
Who is eligible for Celsius settlement money?
The class-action settlement website states that people eligible for compensation drank Celsius drinks "for personal or household consumption and not for resale or distribution." Eligible people bought the drinks from Jan. 1, 2015, through Nov. 12, 2022.
People who qualified bought the following drinks during the timeframe:
Original Celsius (sometimes labeled “Celsius Live Fit”).
Celsius with Stevia.
Celsius On-The-Go and Flo Fusion powdered drinks.
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How much money can I get from Celsius settlement?
Eligible people can get hundreds of dollars in return, as long as you have receipts.
People who purchased a can of Celsius during the eligible time period can receive $1 for each can, and people who purchased Celsius On-The-Go and Flo Fusion powdered drinks – typically sold in packs of 14 – can receive $5 per package. A valid receipt is required.
Settlement claim members will be capped at $250 per household.
If you don't have a receipt but have purchased the products during the timeframe, you can still submit a claim to receive up to $20 per household.
How do I submit a claim?
You can submit a claim online here or by mail. Instructions to submit claims by mail can be found here.
How long do I have to submit a claim?
Those who want their cash settlement from the claim must submit it online by Feb. 13. If by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Feb. 13.
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What if I'm eligible for settlement, but don't want to accept?
Excluding yourself from the settlement allows you to keep the right to sue or continue to sue. In order to do that you must send a letter by mail to the Celsius class administrator by Feb. 13 saying you want to be excluded. You'll need your:
The date of purchase.
You can also send a letter by mail to object to the settlement.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Celsius class action lawsuit: Refund of up to $250 through settlement