updated 01:15 pm EDT, Wed May 18, 2005
Power adapter lawsuit
Conclusion nears for a class action lawsuit filed against Apple in California over faulty power adapters. The lawsuit claimed that certain power adapters sold with Macs were defective, and failed prematurely. Apple denies the allegations, and does not admit any wrongdoing or liability. A offers a "compromise of disputed claims and does not mean that Apple has any liability for the allegations made by plaintiff." If the Settlement is approved, Apple will pay a cash refund of $35 to Settlement Class Members who provide proof that they own or owned covered adapters that failed within the first or second year following purchase.
Subject to the approval of the Court, Apple also has agreed to pay an amount not to exceed $650,000 in full payment of the fees and expenses of the attorneys and legal firms representing the Apple customers for the lawsuit.
The Court has given its preliminary approval to the proposed Settlement, has conditionally certified the Settlement Class, and has approved appointment of Class Representative and Class Counsel. A hearing will be held before the Honorable Jack Komar of the Superior Court of California for the County of Santa Clara on September 27th. The hearing will determine: 1) whether the proposed Settlement of the Action on the terms set forth in the Agreement is fair, reasonable and adequate and should receive final approval; 2) whether a settlement class should be finally certified for purposes of entry of Final Judgment; 3) whether the Court should enter the proposed Final Judgment; and 4) whether the application of Class Counsel for an award of attorney's fees and expenses in the amount of $650,000 should be granted.