A Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Was Just Approved In Quebec & You Could Receive Up To $300 In Compensation
It should come as no surprise to Apple users that the battery life on certain products isn't always the best. Last December, two Quebeckers decided to take legal action against the company and the lawsuit was recently approved by Quebec's Supreme Court.
According to a report from Le Devoir, the lawsuit evokes the notion of planned obsolescence and a violation of Quebec's Consumer Protection Act.
The lawsuit accuses the tech giant of being dishonest with Quebecers who have purchased Apple products with a rechargeable battery since Dec. 29, 2014 (iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, iPods and MacBooks) and Quebecers who have purchased AppleCare or AppleCare+ for their products since Dec. 20, 2015.
Punitive damages for this lawsuit are estimated to be up to $300 per consumer. Claims for compensatory damages will be determined once the lawsuit reaches a verdict.
The petition for a lawsuit was filed after Apple admitted that it had slowed down the performance of some older products. iPhone 6 and 7 were also set with built-in obsolescence for battery life. One plaintiff even claimed that their iPhone 5 was completely useless after an update and was forced to buy a new phone.
The lawsuit is split into two groups, according to Le Devoir. The first group will represent all consumers who have purchased Apple products with a rechargeable battery since December 29, 2014. This category includes Apple iPhones, Apple Watch, Apple iPad, and MacBooks.
The second group will represent a body of consumers who have been scorned by Apple's unclear details of the Apple Care and Apple Care+ programs.
Apple customers who purchased the extended warranties since the date of December 20th, 2015 are eligible under the lawsuit.
Plaintiffs argue that Apple wasn't clear about the legal details of AppleCare and AppleCare+ and that AppleCare+ is not advantageous compared to the price. In fact, the price compared far outweighed the benefits of the insurance package.
If you've purchased Apple products during the allotted time period, you may be entitled to up to $300 in compensation.
To file a claim with the law firm that's handling the case, please visit their official website.