SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – This week in California, Groupon costumers can file a claim to receive refunds for some of their daily deals. Groupon has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the expiration dates on Groupon vouchers are illegal in states, such as California, which have strong consumer protection laws.

Groupon admitted no wrongdoing, but gave its customers two choices on how to handle their expired vouchers. Customers who bought vouchers from Groupon before December 1st, 2011 can either decide to redeem the vouchers past their expiration date or obtain a refund. Groupon has also agreed not to sell more than ten percent of its daily deals with an expiration date less than thirty days after their issue dates for the next three years.

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The deadline to object to or request exclusion from the settlement class is July 27th, 2012.

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