Illinois Apple Users: MacBook Lawsuit Settlement Might Mean Money
When I say it might mean money, I mean money for you, the MacBook user. From the information that I'm looking at, we're not talking about a huge pile of cash going to those who are deemed eligible, but are you going to say no to a few hundred bucks coming your way?
I didn't think so. Read on to see if you're someone who meets the criteria for this settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Apple, because not everyone is.
The Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges That Apple Knew That Its "Butterfly Keyboard" Had Defects
In the interests of full disclosure, I'll admit to not really being a laptop guy, or even an Apple guy--so I have no idea about how MacBooks are set up, let alone knowing anything at all about Butterfly keyboards.
But, I did get you all the particulars on this story. Let's start with a bit of background from NBCChicago.com:
According to court documents, a class-action lawsuit filed in 2022 alleges that MacBook laptops sold between 2015-2019 contained defective butterfly keyboards. The malfunctions, the lawsuit claims, can result in "characters repeating unexpectedly; letters or characters not appearing; and/or the keys feeling "sticky" or not responding in a consistent manner."
While Apple denies all allegations claimed in the suit, a settlement of $50 million was reached in July of 2022.
Let's Get To What You Really Want To Know--Who Is Eligible For The Settlement, And How Much Money You Can Expect To Receive
According to the Apple Keyboard Settlement webpage, if you bought a MacBook between 2015 and 2019 and had to replace the keyboard or individual keys, you are eligible for compensation.
The amount you could receive from the settlement depends on how many repairs you had to have on your MacBook.
Consumers who had to swap out multiple keyboards within four years of purchase are considered Group 1 Settlement Class Members. They are eligible for an estimated payment of between $300 and $395 and should be receiving an email this month.
If you had to replace the keyboard once, you're considered part of the Group 2 Settlement Class and could receive as much as $125. And if you only had to replace individual keycaps, you're eligible for up to $50.