A new class-action lawsuit might be giving you a payout if you’re a fan of Budweiser. According to the lawsuit, which was settled in favor of the customers, Bug Light Lime-a-Rita customers were misled that the alcoholic concoction contained spirits when in fact, it contained nothing more than cheap malt liquor. Customers filed a class-action lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch because they claimed that the Lime-a-Rita did not contain tequila like all margaritas do but was considered a “malt beverage” instead.
Instead of allowing the lawsuit to go to court, Anheuser-Busch decided to settle it and issue a payout, which could be as much as $21.75 per household or as little as $9.75. Disgruntled customers felt that the margarita-themed product should have contained tequila and not be a simple malt beverage.
Anyone who has consumed these popular drinks can be compensated as outlined in the class-action lawsuit. People who feel they might be entitled to a check from Anheuser-Busch only need to fill in an online form at RitasSettlement.com/ to see if they qualify for a check in the mail.
The title of the webpage proclaims, “If You Purchased Ritas™ Brand Products from January 1, 2018, through July 19, 2022, Then You May Be Entitled to a Payment from a Class Action Settlement.”
The settlement page also writes: “This website provides information about a settlement reached in a class action lawsuit filed against Defendant Anheuser-Busch, LLC (‘Anheuser-Busch’ or ‘Defendant’) regarding Ritas™ Brand Products for alleged violations of false advertising laws for representations that Ritas™ Brand Products contain certain distilled spirits (such as tequila) and/or wine when they do not. The Defendant denies all allegations and has settled this lawsuit to avoid further litigation. The Court has not decided who is right.
“You may be a ‘Settlement Class Member’ if you are a person who purchased for personal consumption, and not for resale, any Ritas™ Brand Product in the U.S., from January 1, 2018, through July 19, 2022. You may be an ‘Injunctive Relief Class Member’ if you purchased for personal consumption, and not for resale, any Ritas™ Brand Product in the U.S., from January 1, 2018, through 60 days following the Effective Date (which is the date the Final Approval Order becomes final and non-appealable [typically 30 days after the entry of judgment unless an appeal is taken]). Injunctive relief means Anheuser-Busch will make certain changes to its marketing and advertising practices with respect to the Ritas™ Brand.”
The amount of money you can receive from the class-action lawsuit against Budweiser depends on whether or not you have proof of purchase. In order to receive the maximum settlement amount of $21.75 per household, your receipt has to be dated from January 1, 2018, through July 19, 2022. Otherwise, you will receive $9.75 if you don’t have proof of purchase.
Did you drink Lime-a-Rita products between January 2018 and July 2022? If so, submit your claim to receive a check from the rich beverage company. You could get some money for being duped by Bud.