Apple agreed to pay $50m (€48.8m) to settle a class-action lawsuit by customers who claimed it knew and hid what caused the “butterfly” keyboard failure on its MacBook laptop computers. were prone to.
He proposed that the preliminary settlement be filed late Monday in federal court in San Jose, Calif., and that it requires a judge’s approval.
Customers claimed that MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro keyboards suffer from sticky and unresponsive keys, and that even small amounts of dust or debris can make typing difficult.
Lawyers for clients expect a maximum payment of $395 to people who replaced multiple keyboards, $125 to people who replaced one keyboard, and $50 to people who replaced key caps. .
Customers are also eligible for free keyboard repairs for up to four years after their purchase.
The clients’ law firms, Girard Sharp and Chimicles Schwartz Kriner and Donaldson-Smith, can seek up to $15m in legal fees, which will be deducted from the $50m settlement fund, court papers show.
Meanwhile, Google faces a London lawsuit over claims of an estimated £920m (€1.1bn) in damages after a court authorized a lawsuit alleging that the Alphabet-owned tech giant More than 19.5 million customers were charged for App Store purchases.
The class action, which was upheld by the Competition Appeals Tribunal on Monday, alleged that Google abused its dominant position on its Play Store since October 2015 by charging up to 30pc of commissions on popular apps, including Roblox, Candy Crush Saga and Tinder is included.
A detailed decision has yet to be published, a spokesman for the claimants group said on Tuesday.
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Regulators, rivals and consumer champions are trying to curb Big Tech, with the likes of Google and rival Apple around the world suing over alleged anti-competitive behavior. The European Union alone has fined Google more than €8bn in recent years over anti-trust practices.
The latest British case against Google, which is not expected to come up for trial before 2024, is brought by Liz Cole, a former digital policy manager at the non-profit Citizens Advice Service. He is being mentored by the law firm Hausfeld.
Ms Cole alleged in the lawsuit that the Play Store commission is illegal and unfair, in violation of European and British competition laws, and that Google is abusing its dominant position at the expense of British Android smartphone and tablet users.
Google generated $11.2bn in revenue from its mobile app store in 2019, an unsealed court showed last year.