Justice is a big chain of mall stores that are really, really popular with adolescent girls. If your daughter has ever asked you for something purple and covered in sequins, or some arm bands that look like they came from an Avril Levingne video circa 2001, you’ve probably been in a Justice. Most of my friends with adolescent girls admit to having spent a lot of their lives in a Justice store in recent years, and that means they’ve spent a whole lot of money there.
If, like my friends, you have spent a ridiculous amount of money on sparkly “cool kid” clothes that make you cringe but your kid loves more than anything in the world, so you suck it up, there is good news for you. No, your kid is not suddenly going to hate the idea of combining animal prints and sequins, but you might be getting some money back thanks to a massive class-action lawsuit settlement.
Like many mall stores, Justice has great big sales almost constantly. But it turns out that some customers thought those rock-bottom, “40-percent-off” discounts were allegedly a sham. They alleged that the “discounted” prices were the real prices, and the higher prices were just there to make it seem like shoppers were getting a deal. (OMG, I fall for that sort of thing all the time.) But that sort of thing is not OK, and now Justice owes a lot of people a lot of money after having settled a $50.8 million class-action lawsuit alleging pricing shenanigans. Justice maintains that the allegations are not true and that it did nothing wrong, but as part of the settlement, a lot of parents will be getting money back.
Parents who shopped at Justice five times between 2012 and 2015 can submit a claim for reimbursement. Parents who submit receipts or a bank or credit card statement showing Justice purchases can submit a claim to receive a check for either 14 percent of the purchase, or a Justice voucher worth 20 percent of the total documented purchase. (If your child is still of Justice-shopping age, you might want to go for the 20-percent option.)
Even without documentation of purchases, some Justice shoppers will be compensated with either up to $20 in cash or a Justice voucher worth up to $30.
Now if only I could also get a bunch of money back from Build-a-Bear and American Girl, I might be able to fill out that college fund I keep putting off.