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Apple agrees to pay $9.6m in suit over ‘defective’ Powerbeats 2 earbuds

*Both plaintiffs and Apple agree to a settlement to ‘avoid the cost of a trial’ ─Report

*Consumers who want to file a claim must have bought the earbuds before August 7, 2020

Isola Moses

For a false claim on a ‘defective’ product, Apple has agreed to pay $9.75 million to settle accusations that its Powerbeats 2 earbuds contained a defect that caused them to stop working and prevented them from holding a charge after “minimal usage”.

It was learnt the lawsuit also alleged that Apple misrepresented how long the product’s battery life lasted and falsely claimed they were sweat and water-resistant.

It also purported that the company refused to repair or replace the devices within the one-year limited warranty period for consumers, according to ConsumerAffairs.

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In agreeing to the settlement, the company maintains that it has done nothing wrong. According to the site established for the class action suit, both the plaintiffs and Apple agreed to a settlement to “avoid the cost of a trial”, and so class members can “receive relief now rather than years from now, if at all.”

Report states, however, that to be eligible for part of the settlement, members of the class must have purchased Powerbeats 2 earbuds before August 7.

Claims can be submitted through the class action Web site from now until November 20.

Consumers can also use the site to learn more information about the case and explore all of their legal options.

Incidentally, this isn’t the only pending legal battle that Apple is fighting, according to report.

In July 2020, another class action suit was filed against the company over gift card scams that are perpetrated through its App Store.

The plaintiffs in the case accused Apple of profiting from these schemes while saying that the “ecosystem” of its App Store protected it from liability.

The suit stated: “Any attempt by Apple to disclaim liability for loss or damage resulting from iTunes gift card scams would be unconscionable and unenforceable in light of its role in those scams and the profit that it makes and retains from such scams.”

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data indicates that iTunes gift cards are used in nearly a quarter of all gift card scams, with more than $90 million in reported commissions going to Apple due to the transactions associated with these schemes.

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