I'm glad to see those who have responded have taken some thought in regards to the matter.
I, too, have made "safe" foreign credit card transactions during that time. But I will not be claiming any refund. Just my humble suggestion, but if one has ever made an "unsafe" cigar purchase, I would never admit to any foreign purchases to claim such a small refund. They'd have to get their proof some other way. Not from me.
As I originally posted, this does appear in all respects to be on the up and up. But I ain't officially telling anyone about foreign purchases at all if there are some hypothetical contraband purchase(s) in my purchasing background.
1. They already know you've made a foreign purchase becuase it has shown up on your cc statement. The cc companies had to release this information about the settlement to all customers who've traveled outside of the US or had a foreign transaction fee show up on their cc. If you got a letter about this information, then they know.
2. The time frame is 10 years (1996-2006). You don't have to list specific items that you purchased with your cc. Did you travel out of the country at anypoint in time during the last 10 years and buy anything with your cc? If so, you can claim a part of the settlement.
3. Internet purchases count too. We're in a global economy now. The settlement could cover up to 13,440,000 Americans that check option #1 and ask for a $25 refund. No one is going to itemize, let alone aduit that number of requests.