Lawn Mower Class Action Settlement Update

Last year I posted about the Lawn Mower Class Action Settlement and I was wondering if anyone has gotten their settlement yet, I haven't.

On August 16, 2010, Judge Adelman granted Plaintiffs’ motion for final approval of the settlements with all defendants. Subsequently, some of the class members who objected to the terms of the settlements filed notices of appeal with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently dismissed the relevant appeals and the settlement proceeds will soon be ready for distribution to class members. The Claims Administrator is currently processing the claims received by class members. Class members who filed a valid claim can expect to receive a cash payment and engine warranty certificate (if applicable) by April, 2011.


Please be patient and check this website (http://www.lawnmowerclass.com/) or call 1-877-773-8196 for timely updates. The updates on the website and toll-free telephone line contain the most up-to-date information available, so please refrain from contacting Rust Consulting or Class Counsel directly if your questions relate to the status of the Court’s decision on Final Approval or any appeals.

100 comments:

  1. I haven't received mine yet. Got about 8 hours to go till April though. Mail hasn't come yet but I'm not holding my breath!
    rds 3-31-11

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  2. Anonymous4/08/2011

    It's now April 8, 2011 and I have received nothing.

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  3. Anonymous4/08/2011

    Nor I and still waiting. I'm presuming the number of claims is greater than anticipated.

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  4. Anonymous4/12/2011

    April 12th and nothing. I'm very interested in the extended warranty too since I've been holding off buying a new one hoping to get this one repaired.

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  5. Anonymous4/13/2011

    It's April 13, 2011 and still waiting for settlement check for 3 lawnmowers......

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  6. Anonymous4/13/2011

    As usual we are left waiting

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  7. Anonymous4/14/2011

    Still we have nothing yet.

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  8. Anonymous4/14/2011

    STILL WAITING I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID LAST YEAR IN SEPT. 2010

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  9. Anonymous4/14/2011

    April 14 and still waiting for payment on 3 lawnmowers. Why don't they update the website and tell us something?

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  10. Anonymous4/14/2011

    I have been holding my breath waiting for my check and I am about ready to faint due to lack of oxygen since I haven't seen the check yet as of April 14, 2011.

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  11. Anonymous4/15/2011

    April 15... nothing here.

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  12. Anonymous4/15/2011

    another scam?

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  13. Anonymous4/15/2011

    Waiting on 2 checks. Guess the lawyers are squeezing the checks for as long as possible. Typical. Maybe the check got lost in the mail.

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  14. Anonymous4/16/2011

    Mail arrived and nothing for my claim.

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  15. Anonymous4/16/2011

    still waiting we have two warrities coming. And a broken lawnmower to be fixed.

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  16. Anonymous4/18/2011

    April 18...Still no joy! Am considering contacting Obama to see if he can finally get these squirrels off their asses. Woops, misspelled assets!

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  17. Anonymous4/18/2011

    They updated the class action web site today to indicate that payments and certificates would be processed by the end of April. (Don't hold your breath!)

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  18. Thanks for the update on website, I guess they needed their tax return to pay us off! keep breathing...

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  19. Anonymous4/20/2011

    Can't help but wonder if the lawyers will take their fees out of the settlement money on time?

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  20. Anonymous4/21/2011

    From Wisconsin...no check as of April 21

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  21. Anonymous4/22/2011

    No check in Michigan as of April 22.

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  22. Anonymous4/22/2011

    Maybe we'll get it in May??????????

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  23. Anonymous4/23/2011

    They say the settlement is $35 for walk behind and $75 for riding mowers. I have a $2,000 Bobcat walk-behind with a 15.5 hp (or I guess a lot less) B&S engine. Doesn't seem like the best way to determine how much you get back. Would have been nice if they paid the settlement out based on horse power since that's the reason for the class action lawsuit..

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  24. Anonymous4/23/2011

    from Maine no check as of April 23

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  25. I guess we are all still waiting. I am in for 3 checks.

    April 23, 2011

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  26. Anonymous4/23/2011

    wow I thought I was the only person waiting. I planned on calling them about mid-may if I don't get a check by then.

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  27. Anonymous4/25/2011

    i to have 3 claims, so iam sending letterhead,from my attorney,my sigs are worth,5 grand each.thanks for the back door,

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  28. Anonymous4/25/2011

    Timely manner, huh? or our government at work?
    late again.....and no check...

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  29. Anonymous4/25/2011

    Checks held hostage, Day 222

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  30. Anonymous4/26/2011

    I have 2 walk behind mowers and 2 riders that I submitted. No conformation if received, approved, or rejected. April is almost gone and no update. I called the phone number on the website, but it doesn't give any better updates and you don't get an option to talk to a person. If interest rates were better, I would think they were just cashing in on the interest.

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  31. Anonymous4/26/2011

    Still waiting!

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  32. Anonymous4/27/2011

    No check. Still waiting in South Carolina

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  33. Anonymous4/27/2011

    No Check in WV. Never heard anything after filing claim either. Guess it's just a wait and see situation.

    4/27/2011

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  34. Anonymous4/27/2011

    Did anyone receive anything after filing the claim ?

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  35. Anonymous4/27/2011

    Class members who filed a valid claim can expect to receive a cash payment and engine warranty certificate (if applicable) by the end of April, 2011

    Just wondering what was meant by "Valid Claim"...maybe that's the loop hole, since it looks like nobody has got any kind of notice or anything since this all started. Hmmmmm

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  36. Anonymous4/27/2011

    this is such a scam, lawyer take the money, member left holding the bag.this is why lawyer have bad reputations. 4/27 still no sign of cash.

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  37. Anonymous4/27/2011

    No check today.
    Maybe we should class action sue the class action lawyers to get our money?

    First they said Sept. Now the end of April.
    By Friday it will change to August.

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  38. Anonymous4/28/2011

    Ooh wee, today is Thursday, April 28, 2011 (approximately 3:00 p.m. EST) and still NO check here is Georgia. So let the countdown begin -- 2 more days to go. I just KNOW (or should I say NO) it will be in my mailbox tomorrow, the 29th, and if not then, certainly by the 30th (the last day of April). I am so excited! And if it doesn't happened, then . . . well, I just hate resorting to threats. But do realize I do know people in high places (and low places too). And you don't want me to go there. You know, I'm only joking, expressing my frustration. Just like this entire lawsuit has been so far, a joke!

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  39. Anonymous4/28/2011

    For me, it's not the small amount of money promised for the lawsuit, it's just watching the runaround we have gotten from this that is so fascinating. I will be very surprised if the check is in the mail. I'm sure someone from the lawsuit is watching sites like this, so I'm just saying, Mail the Friggin' checks and get this over with.

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  40. Anonymous4/28/2011

    I see they updated the site 4/28, now says checks to be received by the middle of May 2011. Please don't hold your breath..blue color is not attractive!!

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  41. Anonymous4/28/2011

    I KNEW IT...RUNAROUND!!! The website says to NOT contact the Rust Consulting or Class Counsel directly, But I think someone should post the contact info on here and everyone that is fed up with this crap should contact them and demand an answer and keep contacting them until we get one.

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  42. Anonymous4/29/2011

    yep we were right now it's the middle of May the fee's are adding up out of that $75 you will probably get $5 if that

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  43. Anonymous4/29/2011

    As usual lawyers just drawing interest off settlement money.ITS MY MONEY AND I NEED IT NOW!! Lol

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  44. I called Rust yesterday to complain about getting the runaround. Same old sad lawyer excuses. I said at the very least if they are going to lie to us, they should change the terminology on the updates and just say they have no idea!

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  45. Anonymous4/30/2011

    There are no guidelines for how long they can take to distribute the checks - remember, WE asked THEM to go to court and get the money. They can just sit there "processing" and collecting intense interest on forum accounts it is held in. What is processing these days anyway... entering a spreadsheet and clicking tools and compile to export to address label documents? Takes about 3 minutes where I work.

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  46. Anonymous4/30/2011

    "Forum" accounts? LOL that is so funny but right on man. BTW no check here April 30.

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  47. Anonymous4/30/2011

    Did any of you get a response/confirmation when you filled the forms out last year? Took me a while to get all the info on the two mowers I own written down and submitted, but i never got a confirmation of any kind.

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  48. Anonymous5/01/2011

    May 1, NO CHECK in Indiana, still waiting!

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  49. Anonymous5/01/2011

    Response to the question regarding getting a response/confirmation: Yes! I submitted my claim via the internet and got a response page after entering my data that listed my information and included a Confirmation Number. But, haven't received a payment....yet????.

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  50. Anonymous5/01/2011

    Thanks for the info regarding confirmation number. But you never got a followup verifying that the serial numbers, etc. were accepted, just a "thanks for you info" page, right?

    I don't recall if I got that, but didn't print it or write the number down if I did.

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  51. Where in the world are the settlement checks? It's taking a lot of grace and patience waiting! LOL! I feel like I need to hire an attorney to place a claim against the attorneys who handled the settlements? The web site provides very little information and there is never a live person to talk to just some recording that has spewed out the same rhetoric for months. First it said checks would come in March, than April now it says Middle of May. This is ridiculous! The lawyers made millions on this and they can’t cut the checks in a timely manner!

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  52. Anonymous5/01/2011

    I guess on May 15, the website will say the check will be mailed June 1. Crazy!!

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  53. Anonymous5/02/2011

    How about everyone who comes to this site send an email to good old "Philip" (see above post) at email address he provided...at least we'd feel like we had some contact! Shouldn't be anything vulger...don't want anyone to get in trouble.
    pmattoon@rustconsulting.com

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  54. Anonymous5/02/2011

    Apparently the legal fees are higher than expected. I just called 877 773 8196 and it said the expected payment dropped from $35 per push mower, to $10.19 and the riders from $75 to $21.84. How ridiculous is that ? Now they are expecting to be mailed in mid-may. I am not holding my breath.

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  55. Anonymous5/02/2011

    No need to contact anyone for $10.00. This has got to be the biggest waste of time I've ever seen. Lawyers-Rich, Everyone else-Screwed as usual. LMAO

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  56. Anonymous5/02/2011

    It's not so much the $10 for me, but more the extended warranty. I just want that so I can get my recently non-running mower repaired. The phone message also said to go to the website at https://lawnmowerclass.com to receive instructions for how and where to obtain service after the warranty extension is received. Well, I perused the site and found nothing regarding this. Looks like the ol' bait n switch. I can wait 13 more days, but what exactly am I waiting for? That is the question. Good luck all!

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  57. Anonymous5/03/2011

    Well, well, well, I've been made to look like an idiot once again. It's May 3, and still no check or warranty in Georgia. "Class members who filed a valid claim can expect to receive a cash payment and engine warranty certificate (if applicable) by the middle of May 2011." Really? I bet it will be more like Neverary 32, 2011.

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  58. Anonymous5/04/2011

    May 4 and no sign of payment in California!

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  59. Anonymous5/06/2011

    Keep in mind it is the Judge (LYNN ADELMAN) in the case that has final say over what fees the attorneys can charge.

    I made some calls and can backup the earlier post that the reimbursements are now down to $10 and 25. The warranty certificate will be serviced by a 3rd party company accessible at some point through the class website. Due to expected "high demand" those requesting repair service will submit a claim for repair and it will be processed within "6-12 weeks". There will be an additional caveat though: The warranty work will not be performed by the manufacturer or an affiliate. It is a 3rd party repair and you will be responsible for transporting the unit to them.

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  60. Anonymous5/14/2011

    Nothing yet in Wisconsin. I bet the lawyers payments weren't reduced. Why would they state a payment amount at the start if the proceeds had to be devided between an unknown amount of recepients. I guess No.1 always comes first. Let's reduce the lawyers portion too and devide it among us. Yah I know.....Ha Ha

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  61. Anonymous5/15/2011

    Yes that is not right we were promised $75.00 and $35.00. Maybe we would not have settled if we knew it was going to be reduced.

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  62. Anonymous5/15/2011

    GREAT THATS ABOUT 2 GALLONS OF GAS IN OHIO!!!!EDDIE

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  63. Anonymous5/16/2011

    middle of may, i wonder if there is a fat check waiting in my mail. Probably not. what a joke! I don't know if i'm more upset about the run around scam or that i wasted my time, worth well more than $35, on this nonsense.

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  64. Anonymous5/16/2011

    The lawnmowerclass.com web site was updated today to indicate: " Settlement Benefits - Monday, May 16, 2011
    Distribution of the settlement benefits has now begun. Because a very significant number of documents are being printed and mailed out, we appreciate your patience as you await the arrival of your settlement check and/or warranty certificate." Will be intersting to see how long it is before anyone who knows about this site gets their check.

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  65. Anonymous5/18/2011

    We'll keep each other posted.....Wisconsin

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  66. Anonymous5/18/2011

    rust is a fuckin scum,,and i pray to god that mother fucker gets the illnesses i have,c.o.p.d diabites,epilipcy enimea,ect;your full of crap,to all the people you been playing like fuckin puppets,you deserve every illness i have and more injoy your money you fuck,and you can keep mine ,i feel so much better now that i decided,to write this will deserved blog,,,,,,,....mxcv vkek938iwls;a,.;d;;,.m/n;[,l;.m';

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  67. Anonymous5/19/2011

    Hum, "significant documents to be printed and sent out"? Guess they haven't heard of computers or mailing services...Hey Rust Consultants..wake up and smell the ire! How about hiring some help with mailing, you can take it out of the $50 your not sending us for any riding mower. No payment yet in California.

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  68. Anonymous5/20/2011

    Just got off the phone with them and they will be mailing checks over the next few weeks. Someone named Mark called me back and said that they updated their website to say checks were being mailed. My lying eyes.

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  69. Anonymous5/20/2011

    i have 3 claims,two push,one riding,3 ligetiment claims,5-20-11,i recieved one check for $10,that is payment for one push,what happened to the other 2 claims,so i was supposed to recieve,$145,instead i recieved $10,now if i was to do what they did to us ,they would be going after are bank accounts,house,even the shirt off your backs,what fuckin blood suckin ,semen!if gas wasnt so expensive i would go to them,you know what i mean

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  70. Anonymous5/21/2011

    Got my check today,$21.84. I live in Kansas

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  71. Anonymous5/21/2011

    Hoorah from Georgia! I received a substantial sum of money today in the form of a check, $32.03 to be exact. $10.19 for the push mower; $21.84 for the riding mower. Unfortunately it came on the day of the Rapture. How terrible it is to have waited all this time and now won't be able to spend it. Life just isn't fair!

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  72. Anonymous5/21/2011

    Check came today, although there was no warranty paper... Did anyone else not get their warranty extension certificate? Got like 32.03 luckily. wanted my original 110 dollars BUT I'll take what I get since obviously only one party can be greedy (The lawyers)...

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  73. Anonymous5/21/2011

    mr.philip.ihave 3 ligetiment claims,2 push one riding,i recieved,$10,that adds up to one push,what happened to my other claims i should have $42.18,still coming in the male because all the blogs aim reading,is they got every thing they were told they were getting,after you informed them of the unfair cuts,i have$32.03 coming from my riding and $10.19 from my push,so how about it pilip,you do know of couse i still hane the lawnmower,and if you like i will deliver them to you ,of course you will pat for shipping and handling,and allso shipping them back,since my ligetiment claim form,did not do the job for you,i hope i dont have to make a mole hill in a mountain,some people say iam really really good at that,so in this closing statement,i really hope you do the right thing,sencerly your clint still,and will be until this is resolved

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  74. Anonymous5/22/2011

    $32.03 received in South Carolina! While it was not what I expected, some is better than none. So much for expectations.......

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  75. Anonymous5/23/2011

    No money in VIRGINIA... I am like most people..The Lawyers have their money and could give a rats ass if the public gets theirs..
    Lawyers are Scum Bags......
    May 23, 2011 No Notice -- NO CHECK...

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  76. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Got a check for $32.03 for 1 rider, 1 push. That's about 1/3 of the original. I am however comforted to know that the lawyers will get 100% of their fees, expenses and whatever else they want, not a penny less.

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  77. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Check received for one riding mower vs. two that were owed...letter says more information will come in a seperate letter...believe that if your out of your mind! Celebrating in California just like my son in Tennessee!?

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  78. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Got a whole $10.19 in WV....woohoo

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  79. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Funny isn't it? As soon as they changed the settlement for smaller amounts, the checks got mailed.

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  80. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Did anybody get a warranty certificate? Wonder if we cash the checks it will void that part?

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  81. Anonymous5/23/2011

    got a check asked for a warrenty but it says to wait for seperate letter

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  82. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Illinois receive a check today for a rider $21.84 how did they figure this? no certificates!

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  83. Anonymous5/25/2011

    Still no check in Pennsylvania - I'm geographically challenged so maybe they are starting from the West

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  84. Anonymous5/25/2011

    Got a check today for $10.19 when I have a rider. What happened to the $21.84. Tried the "Toll Free Number" but it's only recorded messages. You can't talk to a person.

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  85. Anonymous5/25/2011

    Got my $10.19 check today and the Extended Engine Warranty Certificate. It's been a fun year waiting for this settlement payment especially since I found this site where so many of you guys have gotten so upset about such a trivial matter.

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  86. Anonymous5/25/2011

    finally got my check today for $32.03 in Tampa, FL. Thanks for all your updates.

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  87. Anonymous5/27/2011

    Got second payment for riding mower and extended warrenty. Called Kohler Authorized Service Dealer and he is currently not accepting certificates because he stated "Kohler is more then four months behind in payments". Guess if dealers won't accept certificates there not worth the paper there printed on???

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  88. Anonymous6/04/2011

    I got mine two weeks ago and was waiting to get my Briggs & Stratton engine fixed on my zero turn tractor. I called Briggs & Stratton to make sure the Authorized Dealer would accept extended warranty and they said yes. Two authroized dealers knew nothing about it and are not sure they will do they work!!! What good is the warranty if the dealers won't accept it!! Another lawsuit???

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  89. Anonymous11/19/2011

    Where is the engine id on a b&s? I have a model,type,code and a bar code with a long number under it. Trying to respond to admin. THANKS.

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  90. Anonymous12/23/2011

    SOME OF THESE BRIGGS STRATT ENGINES HAVE NOT PLACED THE ENGINE ID'S IN A FULL VISIBLE SETTING WHERE THEY, SAY IT IS THERE. IF YOU ARE TOTALLY DISABLE AND USE OUT-SDE HELP TO MAINTAIN. IT COULD COST YOU $75. TO $150. SERVICE CHARGE, PLUSS ++ THE TIME IT TAKES TO FIND THERE REQUIRED NO'S." MANUFACTURES " WARRANTY, SAYS MODEL NO., TYPE NO., CODE NO. NEEDS TO BE KNOWN TO HAVE "ALL" INFO OF OF THAT PERTICULAR UNIT THAT GIVES "ALL" THE INFO TO THAT ENGINE AND "ALL" TO PARTS OF THAT ENGINE. THESE ARE WHAT IS ASK FROM YOU TO GET. "ANYTHING" TO THAT UNIT.
    SOME BODY I WOULD BELIEVE, SHOULD AND NEEDS TO BE AVAILABLE FROM THIS "RUST" CONSULTING INC. TO CONVERSE WITH.
    PROF OF "PURCHASE" PROF OF "WARRINTY" PROF OF "UP-DATED OWENERSHIP" SHOULD BE SUFFIC.

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  91. Anonymous1/03/2012

    Still no certificates received as of today 1/3/2012. Claim filed using model/id instructions from website on 4/15/2010. Apparently, Rust Consulting posted wrong instructions and is now withholding all the certificates due to wrong model numbers supplied on the claims. I wrote to Rust Consulting in June 2011. They said letters would go out soon regarding supplying the corrected model numbers. That letter/form was received on 10/29/2011, which I promptly returned. I had also supplied the corrected model to them on 8/22/2011. Here it is January 2012, and still no warranty certificates. I have a feeling that they are waiting until it is too late to use the warranty. The warranty will expire 2/21/2012. RUST CONSULTING is either inept or total scammers.

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  92. Anonymous10/23/2012

    I also filed a claim back in 2011 and then received a notice that my numbers were not correct. I too sent them another revised claim form and as of 10-22-12, I have not received a dime. I agree that RUST CONSULTING are scam artists.

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  93. I also filed back in 2010, and a year later they wanted the #'s once more. Are these people smart emough to deciefer a few digits, and get any money for the clients that were mislead into paying more for the equipment than it's real value? Nothing at all yet-12-15-2012. The # on the origional card is no longer in service. Looks like the only money made was for the attornies. Who handles scams like these? Federal Trade Commission?

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  94. Anonymous1/02/2013

    I STILL don't have my check! Maybe we should file another class-action!

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  95. Anonymous1/29/2013

    I filed mine a couple of years ago and have received absolutely nothing.

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  96. Anonymous3/24/2013

    I also received a letter saying I supplied the wrong info, so I sent the correct info to them again (for the second time) at their request. I never received my check either.
    Looks like we may have enough "non recipients" to file our own class action against the processor of this one!!

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  98. I received a rejection letter late Oct 2011 asking me for complete B&S engine number. I sent back the attachment on 10-31-11 (deadline was 1-24-12) with the numbers I could find. I don't recall ever rec'g a check. The 877-773-8196 contact number is out of service, and the lawnmowerclass.com website says only that the deal is closed.

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  99. I am still awaiting my check - I re-submitted with everything they wanted as I did the first time - Hmmmmmm! - wonder if my check got lost in the mail - I was really counting on it for my retirement

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  100. I am still awaiting my check - I resent the information as requested - Hmmmmmmm! ! ! wonder if my check got lost in the mail - I was going to use it as part of my retirement

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