OfficeMax Gets Go-Ahead For ZIP Code Collection Settlement

By Lance Duroni (November 14, 2013, 6:25 PM EST) -- A California federal judge approved a $600,000 settlement Thursday in a class action accusing OfficeMax North America Inc. of illegally recording customers' ZIP codes, four months after initially rejecting the deal because the proposed attorneys' fees didn't account for the payout coming in coupons rather than cash.

In a one-page order, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers granted preliminary approval to the settlement, apparently satisfied with changes to the deal that the parties proposed in September.

On July 12, Judge Rogers refused to grant initial approval to the settlement, which is to be paid to class members entirely in $5 and...

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