The other day, a court in the US approved a settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc. The company must now pay $50 million to MacBook owners.
This lawsuit has been going on for several years. The lead plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit are 11 users from New York, Florida, California, Michigan and several other American states. The lawsuit is about consumer protection: Apple is accused of failing to provide sufficient repair or assistance in fixing problems related to the "butterfly" keyboards. They were installed in MacBooks manufactured between 2015 and 2019.
Many people have probably heard user complaints or even experienced this problem first-hand: over time, the keyboard keys would stick and malfunction due to small debris and dust that got inside. Most notebook owners have had to have their keyboards repaired or even buy a new device at their own expense.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs announced the deal a year ago. Apple agreed to pay a total of $50 million. As of early March, more than 86,000 claims had been submitted for payment. Compensation amounts range from $50 to $395.
The two lead plaintiffs' lawyers at Girard Sharp and Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith said in a statement that they were "looking forward to handing over the money to clients".