Apple iPhone/iPod Warranty Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
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A federal judge has preliminarily approved a $53 million class action settlement between Apple Inc. and thousands of iPod Touch and iPhone users who say they were denied warranty coverage because Apple stated their devices had been damaged by liquid. If you were denied warranty coverage for your iPhone (on or before December 31, 2009)or iPod Touch (on or before June 30, 2010), you may be eligible to claim up to $215 from the class action lawsuit settlement.
The Apple warranty settlement resolves multiple class action lawsuits (consolidated as In re Apple iPhone/iPod Warranty Litigation) that allege Apple wrongfully denied warranty coverage by stating that customers’ iPhones and iPod Touches had been damaged by liquid because a Liquid Contact Indicator (“LCI”) or Liquid Submersion Indicator (“LSI”) visible through the headphone jack or dock connector had turned pink or red. Plaintiffs contend the company that makes the LCI tape admitted that humidity — not water contact — could cause the color to turn pink, if not red.
Apple denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to establish a $53 million class action settlement fund to compensate Class Members and resolve the costly litigation.
Class Members will receive a proportionate share of the Apple warranty settlement, which will be determined by the type (i.e., iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch) and configuration (i.e., 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes) of the device for which they sought warranty coverage from Apple.
The average cash award you may receive from the Apple warranty class action lawsuit settlement will be:
To qualify for a cash payment, Apple must have denied warranty coverage:
- for your iPhone on or before December 31, 2009, OR
- for your iPod Touch on or before June 30, 2010.
Some Settlement Class Members, called “Direct-Payment Settlement Class Members,” will receive a cash payment even if they do not submit a Claim Form. If the Settlement Administrator has all the information necessary to process your cash payment under the settlement, you will be sent a customized notice (by postal mail or email) advising you that you are a Direct-Payment Settlement Class Member. However, if you are a Direct-Payment Settlement Class Member you will receive a check only if the Settlement Administrator’s records reflect your current mailing address, so you should check to ensure that the notice you receive reflects your correct mailing address. If it does not, you must provide or correct it. You can provide or correct your U.S. mail or email address by clicking here. The deadline for providing or correcting your mailing address is October 21, 2013. If your mailing address changes after the deadline, you must notify the Settlement Administrator within 45 days after the change at the website above.
If you are not a Direct-Payment Settlement Class Member, you must fill out and submit a valid Claim Form online no later than 9:00 p.m. Pacific time on October 21, 2013 or by mail postmarked no later than October 21, 2013 in order to receive a cash payment.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Apple iPhone/iPod Warranty Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.AppleWarrantySettlement.com.
The case is In re: Apple iPhone/iPod Warranty Litigation, Case No. 10-cv-01610, and Pennington et al v. Apple Inc., Case No. 13-cv-02375, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
How to File a Claim for the Apple Warranty Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
Website of the Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Administrator: www.AppleWarrantySettlement.com
Address to submit a claim form (REQUIRED):
If you are required to submit a Claim Form (see above), you must submit one online at www.AppleWarrantySettlement.com than 9:00 p.m. Pacific time on October 21, 2013 or by mail postmarked no later than October 21, 2013 in order to receive a cash payment. The mailing address is:
Apple Warranty Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 43184
Providence, RI 02940-3184
Phone Number to call for assistance: 1-855-282-8115
Claims must be postmarked by: 10/21/13
Settlement Administrator: KCC, LLC
Jeffrey L. Fazio
Dina E. Micheletti
FAZIO MICHELETTI LLP
Steven A. Schwartz
Timothy N. Mathews
CHIMICLES & TIKELLIS LLP
Anthony F. Fata
CAFFERTY CLOBES MERIWETHER & SPRENGEL LLPC
THE KRALOWEC LAW GROUP
LAW OFFICES OF EARL L. BOHACHEK
CHAVEZ & GERTLER LLP
MILLER & SHAH LLP
BOHRER LAW FIRM LLC
KEOGH, COX & WILSON
HEINS MILLS & OLSON, P.L.C.
UPDATE: A federal Court granted final approval to the Apple iPhone/iPod warranty class action settlement on May 8, 2014. The Settlement Administrator announced in August that it will begin distribution of the settlement money in the next couple weeks. If you get a check, let us know!
UPDATE 2: Apple warranty class action settlement checks were mailed to eligible Class Members on Oct. 2, 2014. Readers are reporting that they have received between $145 and $252. Let us know how much money YOU received in the comments below. Congratulations!
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