April 12th, 2024

B.C. Supreme Court approves $14.4-million settlement of iPhone class-action lawsuit

By The Canadian Press on March 4, 2024.

An Apple logo hangs at a Palo Alto, Calif., Apple store on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Noah Berger

VANCOUVER – A lawyer for a group of iPhone owners says a British Columbia judge has approved a countrywide multimillion-dollar settlement with tech giant Apple over software updates that allegedly slowed down older devices.

Lawyer K.S. Garcha says class members who make claims on the $14.4-million settlement can expect to receive between $17.50 and $150 each, depending on how many people submit a claim for the settlement money.

The settlement covers eligible residents of Canada except those in Quebec, which Garcha says could reach nine million people.

He says the settlement process took a couple of years, with Apple agreeing to a “compromise” without admitting any wrongdoing.

Garcha says the class-action lawsuit was a “complex matter” involving novel legal theories about the company putting software on devices without the owners’ consent.

The B.C. lawsuit was originally filed in 2018, and Apple settled a similar case in the United States involving so-called throttling of iPhone 6 and 7 models, and Garcha says American class members ended up with US$92 payouts.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2024.

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