Claim $25-$500 if You Have an iPhone 6 or 7!
If you have an iPhone, you may be eligible for a settlement! Because Apple has tentatively reached a settlement in the Apple Inc Device Performance Litigation lawsuit that alleges that they slowed down older phones to entice people to buy new phones.
The proposed settlement agreement requires Apple to pay owners of certain iPhone models $25 per affected device. The total settlement amount is a minimum of $310 million, and maximum of $500 million.
But, they might owe you more than that. According to court documents, eligible customers could receive up to $500 per device.
They really did slow your phone down?
Although Apple admits no wrongdoing, they have agreed to settle this case. That’s often the result of long battles in court.
In December 2017, the company admitted that they used software updates to slow down older phones. Users argued that this was an attempt to get people to buy new phones. But, the company said it was addressing issues with battery life and sudden shutdowns.
Apple blamed its batteries for the slowdown, and offered a battery replacement program last year. Known as Batterygate, Apple lowered battery replacement cost from $79 to $29, and some were even free. This case has been going on for a few years.
In other words, iPhone users who own or have owned an eligible iPhone, which was purchased before December 21, 2017, can file a claim.
Which iPhones are eligible for the settlement?
Settlement payments will go to former and current U.S. owners of the following iPhone models:
- iPhone 6
- 6 Plus
- 6S Plus
- iPhone 7
- 7 Plus
The iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus and SE must have been running iOS 10.2.1 or later, and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices need to have been running iOS 11.2 by Dec. 21, 2017.
What’s the settlement?
For a release of their claims, Settlement Class Members will receive $25.00 for each iPhone owned, the amount of which may increase or decrease depending on the amount of any Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, Named Plaintiff Service Awards, notice expenses, and the aggregate value of Approved Claims.
If payment of $25.00 for each iPhone device identified as Approved Claims, plus the payment of Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, Named Plaintiff Service Awards, and notice and administration fees would not reach the Minimum Class Settlement Amount, the Residual will be allocated according to the Stipulation, including increasing payments to Settlement Class Members on a pro rata basis up to a maximum of $500.
Conversely, if the number of iPhone devices identified as Approved Claims, multiplied by $25.00, exceeds the Maximum Class Settlement Amount, then the cash payment for each iPhone will be reduced on a pro rata basis in order to not exceed the Maximum Class Settlement Amount.
How much will I get?
Apple has agreed to pay anywhere from $310 million to $500 million to settle the lawsuit. The settlement still needs approval from the court before it’s official, but if it’s approved you could receive $25 for each iPhone owned.
Of course, the actual amount each claimant receives could increase or decrease. It depends on how many claims are filed, as well as any additional legal fees and expenses approved by the court.
According to the report, the settlement “calls for Apple to pay consumers $25 per iPhone, which may be adjusted up or down depending on how many iPhones are eligible, with a minimum total payout of $310 million.” That means if you ever owned an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus or SE you’re eligible for a payout.
What do I do now?
On Friday, in US District Court in San Jose, California, paperwork was filed on this settlement case. The next step is for a judge to approve this settlement. It goes before the court again on April 3, 2020.
In other words, the settlement still needs approval from the court. We’ll keep you posted on any updates and how to file your claim once it’s approved.
Read the court documents here:
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