Los Angeles, CA (CNS) – For those who purchased “pricey” makeup in the last decade, there’s a free makeup for you! A class action lawsuit settlement means free name-brand makeup for women all across the country.
According to the lawsuit filed by nine women in California more than ten years ago, cosmetic manufacturers and retailers conspired to keep the products’ prices artificially high and to never offer discounts. They had violated the antitrust and consumer protection laws for keeping an old fashioned price fix.
Although the defendants did not admit to any wrongdoing, they agreed to a settlement to avoid costly litigation.
As part of the settlement, $175 million of cosmetic products are to be distributed nationwide to women who bought Department Store Cosmetics – products which are the full range of high-end, “prestige,” or special beauty and cosmetic products sold primarily through department or specialty stores – from May 29, 1994 to July 16, 2003.
No need to show sales receipt, although consumers must sign a legal document stating that they had indeed bought makeup from the store during the said time duration. Only one free cosmetic product is allowed for each consumer and her/his chosen product is dependent on a first come, first served basis and while supplies last beginning January 20.
Participating retailers include Bloomingdale’s, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Bergdorf Goodman, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Parisian, Saks Fifth Avenue, Carson Pirie Scott, Gottschalks, Herberger’s, and Younkers. Brands include Chanel, Clarins, Estee Lauder, Clinique and Lancome.