Why is there a class-action lawsuit against Apple?
"Consequently," law firm LPC Avocat Inc. writes online, "the one-year warranty period offered to Quebec consumers is not a reasonable length of time, having regard to the price paid and intended use for Apple Products."
They also argue that Apple further violated the Act by not informing AppleCare and AppleCare+ purchasers both "orally and in writing" of "the existence and nature of [...] Quebec’s legal warranty" outlined in two sections of the Act.
MTL Blog has reached out to Apple for a comment on this story. This article will be updated when we receive a response.
Who is eligible to participate in the class action?
According to Narcity Québec, the first group includes all customers who bought an iPhone since December 29, 2014.
The second group, according to LPC Avocat Inc., includes "all consumers who, since December 20, 2015, purchased 'AppleCare' and / or 'AppleCare +' for an Apple product, including an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, iPod and / or MacBook and who were not informed of the legal warranty under the Consumer Protection Act at the time of purchase."
How much money is at stake?
The class action is seeking "punitive damages in the amount of $300.00 per Class Member," according to the law firm.
Other possible damages are "to be determined."
"In Quebec, you are automatically included in the group if you meet the definitions of authorized groups, so you don't have to do anything. If one day there is a settlement or a favourable ruling, we will notify everyone," said Joey Zukran of LPC Avocat Inc. to Narcity Québec.
Members of the class action can sign up to receive updates online.
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The Official Languages Act, which last got a major update in 1988, comes months after Joly introduced the Liberal government's vision for language reform in Canada in February.
In a press release, the government said amending the act "is necessary to allow the law to keep pace with the social, demographic and technological realities in today's society."
In a news conference on June 15, Joly added that the goal is to "bring the official languages Act into the 21st century."
She said that "the new law recognizes that the official language of Quebec is French."
"[It] also recognizes that Quebec and Manitoba have specific protections when it comes to the use of both official languages in the courts and provincial legislatures."
What could the revisions look like?
The bill, if passed, will guarantee the right to be served and to work in French in businesses under Canadian jurisdiction in Quebec — as well as in other Canadian regions with a "strong francophone presence."
The amendment to the Act will also "explicitly state" that it would "not undermine the status, maintenance or enhancement of Indigenous languages while including the important concepts of reappropriation, revitalization and strengthening that are specific to Indigenous languages."
Joly said the bill would also oblige the federal immigration ministry to develop a support program to enhance francophone immigration outside of Quebec.
It would further amend the Act to oblige Supreme Court of Canada judges to be bilingual.
The bill lays out that it would grant Canada's official languages commissioner more power to fully enforce French-language requirements in federally-regulated workplaces across Canada.
The commissioner would also have new powers to receive complaints about "language of service and language of work" from employees of private companies under federal jurisdiction in Quebec — such as banks, airports, railways, telephone companies, broadcasting and Crown corporations.
On May 11, the Quebec Superior Court approved a settlement in a class-action lawsuit involving Apple and consumers who bought a 15 or 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro and experienced a graphics issue. PCMag was the first to report the settlement approval.
Under the terms of the settlement, eligible individuals are entitled to compensation.
Lawyers from the Lex Group represented the plaintiff.
On its website, the group defines the class as consisting of individuals who "live in Quebec and purchased, own, or owned a 15” or 17” 2011 MacBook Pro Laptop" or individuals who "live elsewhere but purchased such a Device in Quebec."
The settlement further divides the class into two groups.
The first group, Lex Group attorney David Assor told MTL Blog, consists of consumers who received service from Apple for the graphics issue, as well as consumers who contacted Apple about the problem but never received such service.
The second group includes people who experienced the graphics problem that was the subject of the lawsuit but who never contacted Apple about it.
What's the compensation?
Members in the first group will automatically receive $175 per device, Assor said.
Members in the second group will have to make a claim on the settlement website. They will also be eligible to receive $175 per device.
Finally, members of both groups will be able to make a claim for repair expenses for which they have not already received a reimbursement.
For this claim, eligible consumers must have a receipt for their purchase of the 15 or 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro dated before December 31, 2017, Assor explained.
When will members of the class be able to make a claim?
The court ordered the claim form to become available within 10 days of the "effective date," which Assor said has not yet been determined.
He estimated that the effective date could occur in four to six weeks.