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Apple pays compensation for remanufactured devices

Plaintiffs in the United States had argued that a used, remanufactured Apple device is not enough to replace a defective one.

Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement with the authors of a class-action lawsuit and agreed to pay $ 95 million in compensation. This is what Macrumors reports. In the class action lawsuit, Apple users sued because they did not receive a new device as a replacement device, but a refurbished one.

In its terms and conditions, Apple states that repairs or replacements of iPhones, iPads and other Apple products can also result in reconditioned parts or devices being used. The plaintiffs had argued that a so-called refurbished device does not correspond to a new product in terms of performance and quality.

The class action lawsuit concerns all US customers of Apple who took out an Apple Care plan or Apple Care + and received a refurbished device after July 20, 2012. The amount paid by Apple will be divided between those concerned once it is clear how many people have come forward and the out-of-court settlement has been accepted by the court.

Apple prefers out-of-court settlement over costs of litigation

Apple is said to have decided to come to an out-of-court settlement with the plaintiffs due to the expected duration of a process and its costs. Macrumors estimates that after legal fees are deducted, there will be compensation between $ 63.4 million and $ 68.1 million.

Apple denied in the proceedings that remanufactured parts and devices are not equivalent to original devices. The out-of-court settlement could be accepted by a court on October 20, 2022. Affected persons can find out the details on a website and should also be contacted by email or post after the agreement has been reached.

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