A New Class Action Sephora Settlement Means the Store May Owe You Some Money

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Being a Sephora Insider is a slam-dunk for freebies, insider access and bonus beauty buys, and according to a new class action settlement, it may also be grounds for some money owed.

In the case Ruiqi Ye and Yolin Han v. Sephora USA, Inc. filed in California, the “plaintiffs allege that Sephora closed their accounts without notice, and that these deactivations amounted to discrimination against Chinese/Asian customers based on the belief that all Chinese/Asian customers abuse discount sales to resell products, The account deactivations occurred during Sephora’s largest online sale event of the year in November 2014.”

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While that’s a lot of legal jargon, it basically means that you may be a member of this settlement and may be entitled to some money if you had a Sephora Insider account—with VIB or VIB Rouge status—as of November 4, 2014, you had an email hosted by one of the impacted domains (@qq.com, @126.com, or @163.com) and you had your account deactivated. More details on the settlement can be read here.

Sephora does “deny any liability or wrongdoing of any kind associated with the claims in the action. The court has not decided whether or not Plaintiffs’ claims have merit, or whether they would be entitled to pursue claims on behalf of others as a class action.”

So far, the settlement pool has hit $406,500.

The deadline to file a claim is April 3. 

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