Apple Device Litigation
In re Apple Inc. Device Performance Litigation
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Case No. 18-md-02827
On May 27, 2020, the Court granted preliminary approval to a class action settlement. In that Order, the Court certified the proposed Settlement Class as: all former or current U.S. owners of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, and SE devises running iOS 10.2.1 or later (for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus and SE devices) or iOS 11.2 or later (for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices), and who ran these iOS versions before December 21, 2017. You may review this Order and the Stipulation of Settlement in the Case Documents section below.
The Court-approved Administrator will transmit Notice by U.S. Mail and/or Email no later than August 12, 2020 to members of the Settlement Class. We urge you to monitor your U.S. mail delivery and your Email account as the Notice will contain important information and deadlines by which to act if you choose to do so. The Administrator will also establish a website with detailed information and Court-file documents. Details for accessing that website will be contained here as soon as it becomes available.
Please be advised we are unable to respond to questions confirming any individuals’ membership in the proposed Settlement Class as defined by the Court.
The Court set the Final Fairness Hearing for December 4, 2020.
In 2016, Apple announced that certain iPhones were affected by a battery problem that caused the devices to shut down for no apparent reason. Plaintiff alleges that Apple knew about the defect and failed to disclose it properly to customers. Instead, Apple issued an iOS update that actually reduced functionality and battery life, causing customers to purchase new iPhones.
On January 17, 2018, Keller Rohrback L.L.P. filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California against Apple, Inc. for the severe reduction in functioning of older version iPhones caused by functionally mandatory iOS updates. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered transfer of all pending federal cases to the Northern District of California with the Honorable Edward J. Davila is presiding over the proceedings. On May 15, 2018, Karin B. Swope of Keller Rohrback L.L.P. was appointed by the Court to serve Co-chair of the Offensive Discovery and ESI Coordination Committee on behalf of the Plaintiffs.