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Apple class-action settlement expands payouts

updated 10:35 am EDT, Thu October 2, 2008

Power adapter settlement

The list of eligible claimants in the settlement of a lawsuit against Apple has expanded, according to an administrative firm. Rosenthal & Co. has issued notices in the wake of Gordon v. Apple, which alleged that power adapters shipped with iBooks and PowerBooks could fray and spark, or simply fail to work. Although Apple has denied any fault in the matter, it is said to have agreed to a settlement in order to avoid expenses.

The expanded settlement includes a larger number of computers, the list of which has been published online. People applying for compensation must use a specific claim form, and have paid for a replacement adapter; if the adapter failed within the first year, Apple must have denied an attempt to repair or replace an adapter under warranty.

Potential payouts are said to range between $25 and $79, though the settlement will only be finalized on December 15th at the earliest. Forms must be sent out by February 11th in the case of adapters bought before October 14th, or by May 31st in the case of adapters bought after the 14th.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I wonder how many are busted by users. I bent my connector which still works by my own abuse. Technically I could claim its because of the design but I really don't agree with it. How many times can a power adapter get knocked out with a foot, crushed by falling under a chair, get bangs around before it fails. I really wonder how many of these are just general abuse.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shonky plastic

    The soft ductile plastic that Apple is still making their cables from is not very robust. The cable on my Macbook Pro shows significant "ridging" despite my attempts to keep the soft plastic from buckling, and it provides no strain protection at all for the wires inside. I don't know any other company that uses plastic like this, it seems to be one of those subliminal branding elements that Apple loves to include.

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A lot of good...

    A lot of good this will do. I suspect that many people are like myself. I had to replace two of these things, but it was so long ago that there is no way I could find the receipts. Thus Apple won't recognize the claim. Shouldn't I be able to turn in the busted adapters as proof? Not according to Apple.

  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i had to buy a new one

    but i still have the old one. if they just replaced that, i'd be happy.

    it's a fire hazard and rediculous how it failed. It wasn't from use or abuse.

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    Joined: Dec 1969


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