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Walmart May Have Overcharged You for These Groceries Since 2015

That discount marked on certain meats? It may not have been applied at checkout, after all.

Have you purchased packaged meat products at your local Walmart in the past five years? If so, you might be eligible for refund from the retail giant as part of a recent legal settlement.

Walmart has agreed to pay millions of dollars to shoppers who purchased "on-clearance" meats after a class-action lawsuit brought by a Florida-based shopper accused the world's largest retailer of deceitful tactics in regards to the price of these items. The terms of the settlement call for Walmart to establish a settlement fund of at least $4.5 million—and as much $9.5 million if enough shoppers claim refunds.

At issue is the sale of "weighted goods" and "on-clearance" meats such as beef, pork, poultry, and fish. These are the styrofoam packages of meat products that are packaged and sold in the store. As these products neared their expiration dates, discounted prices were advertised on the packaging. However, a Florida-based shopper named Vassilios Kukorinis noticed that the discounted amount wasn't actually being used when the final price was calculated for shoppers.

After analyzing data, the Kokorninis' attorneys found that Walmart was overcharging $1.67 on average for these goods nationwide. A lawsuit filed in February of 2019 claimed Walmart was in violation of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, which led to the class-action settlement.

Walmart denied any liability or wrongdoing in the matter, but it did agree to change how it prices and marks its weighted goods. A Walmart spokesperson said: "We are pleased we could reach a proposed resolution and look forward to the court granting preliminary approval of the settlement."

So who is eligible for the refund?

The agreement states that anyone who purchased items "whose weighted goods' unit sale price was not accurately reflected in the final sale price," going back to Feb. 13, 2015, is eligible. That being said, a sworn affidavit from a customer stating he or she purchased mispriced meats will yield a $10 refund. If someone can produce receipts or proof of purchase, then they can receive up to $40. Consumers who actually show the specific amount of the overcharge with receipts or proofs of purchase plus the original packaging are eligible for even more money.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that a website for affected consumers to register claims will go live once the court approves the settlement agreement, according to the legal team representing Kukronis. And for more news about your favorite retail giant, see how Walmart Is Testing A New Service to Make Your Grocery Shopping Easier.

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