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Apple Agrees to Pay $9.75 Million to Settle Powerbeats 2 Earphones Lawsuit

Apple is denying all allegations, but still settling as going to court will be more expensive.

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Apple Agrees to Pay $9.75 Million to Settle Powerbeats 2 Earphones Lawsuit

The plaintiffs say that Apple had misrepresented the battery life of the Powerbeats 2

Highlights
  • Apple is settling a class-action lawsuit for $9.75 million
  • Plaintiffs claimed that the Powerbeats 2 earphones have a charging defect
  • Apple is reportedly denying allegations but settling to save litigations

Apple has agreed to pay $9.75 million (roughly Rs. 71.31 crores) to settle a class-action lawsuit in relation to charging issues with the company's Powerbeats 2 wireless earphones. Some customers had found a defect in the earphones that could allegedly cause them to stop working and fail to retain charge even after minimal usage. The money will be split up between all Class Members who submit claim forms, after attorneys' fee and other such costs are paid.

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has denied all allegations, and has said that it is paying the settlement fee to avoid the expensive litigation charges. Since Apple and the plaintiffs in the case have agreed to a settlement, they will be not be going to court about the same. The Powebeats 2 wireless earphones were launched in 2014 by Beats Electronics, acquired by Apple earlier in the year..

According to the plaintiffs, Apple had misrepresented the battery life of the Powerbeats 2, and also falsely advertised them as sweat and water resistant. When the lawsuit was initially filed in 2017, Apple was also accused of not replacing or repairing defective Powerbeats 2 earphones that were in the one-year warranty period.

A final hearing by the Supreme Court of the State of California, Santa Clara County has been scheduled for January 15, 2021. This is to determine the fairness of the proposed settlement. Class-action members will get relief and their fair of the settlement only after this hearing.

Customers who bought the Powerbeats 2 before August 7, 2020, can claim a payment from the settlement after the Supreme Court hearing. They can submit their claim for payment through the settlement website, which also has more information about the agreement, including all their options. Customers are required to submit their claims before November 20, 2020.


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Tanishka Sodhi Tanishka Sodhi is a sub-editor at Gadgets 360. As a journalist, she has covered education, culture, and media and mental health. She is interested in the intersection of technology and culture, and its impact on everyday lives. Tanishka is a staunch advocate of gender equality, and the correct use of commas. You can get in touch with her via Twitter at @tanishka_s2 or drop a mail at tanishkas@ndtv.com. More
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