Powerbeats 2 owners will receive as much as $76 after Apple has settled a class-action lawsuit to the tune of $9.75M. The lawsuit claimed Apple had misrepresented both the battery life and the sweat resistance of the wireless headphones.
As is usual for settlements, Apple has agreed to pay out a load of cash without admitting that it has done anything wrong:
The name of the lawsuit is Simmons et al. v. Apple Inc., Case No. 17-cv-312251, pending in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara. The lawsuit alleges that Powerbeats 2 contained a defect, causing them to stop working and fail to retain a charge after minimal usage. Plaintiffs claim that as a result of the defect Apple misrepresented the battery life of Powerbeats 2 and that Powerbeats 2 earphones were sweat & water resistant. Plaintiffs also claim that Apple did not properly repair or replace defective Powerbeats 2 within the one-year limited warranty period. The Court has not decided in favor of either party. Instead, both sides have agreed to the Settlement. Apple denies all allegations and is entering into this Settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.
If you bought a pair of Powerbeats 2 before August 7, 2020, you are eligible for a piece of the payout pie. Well, after the lawyers wet their beak of course, as they are requesting the court to set aside around $3.7M of the $9.75M total.
Engadget reports that if the court approves the settlement, and the lawyers cut of the action, the estimated payout for each Powerbeats 2 owner will be:
- $76 if you have proof of purchase
- $38 if you don’t
If you don’t have proof of purchase, you’ll need to tell Apple where and when you bought them. If it was an Apple Store purchase, Apple will verify your purchase from its own records.
Eligible parties will bees to complete a claim form by November 20 this year, and payouts are limited to one per household. A court hearing has been scheduled for January 15, and if all goes to plan the payout will be made sometime after that.
To make a claim, you can do one of the following:
- If you bought the headphones from Apple, your details may already have been passed to lawyers Angeion Group, in which case you’ll be sent a claim identification number and confirmation code. In that case, you just enter the two numbers here.
- If you are not contacted, then you can complete a claim form here.
More information is available at this microsite.