Millions of Apple Users to be paid in $500M iPhone settlement

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Source: Inc.Magazine

Apple will pay out between $310 million and $500 million in settlement to nearly 3 million users of pre-2018 iPhones. According to a statement from lawyers for Apple customers, the payouts will go to affected users who filed claims against the tech giant in 2020 for the notorious “batterygate” issue.

The class action was filed back in 2018. In 2019, the Court ruled on Apple’s motion to dismiss and allowed several claims in the litigation to move forward. This included violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, California’s Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, California’s Unfair Competition Law, and Trespass to Chattels. Apple was accused of purposely slowing down older iPhone models during that period. Hence, convincing users to upgrade to the latest generation of phones.

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Mark C. Molumphy, a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP said the following about the settlement:

The settlement is the result of years of investigation and hotly contested litigation. We are extremely proud that this deal has been approved, and following the Ninth Circuit’s order, we can finally provide immediate cash payments to impacted Apple customers.”

Apple agreed to pay between $310 million and $500 million in cash compensation settlement to users who filed claims. It is unknown when these payouts will be delivered.

Tyson C. Redenbarger, a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP adds, “This was an important case, lying at the intersection of privacy, consumer product, and computer intrusion laws. The settlement provides substantial relief to Apple consumers and, going forward, will help ensure that customers are fully informed when asked to update their products.”