Bad News For iPhone Owners As Batterygate Payout Is Delayed

Millions of iPhone owners are facing an even longer wait for compensation for the Batterygate scandal.

More than two million Americans are set to receive payout from Apple, after the company settled the case in March. Apple artificially hampered the performance of certain iPhone models in order to preserve battery life. Although the company has never admitted any wrongdoing, it agreed to pay at least $310 million to settle the case brought in the Northern District of California.

Although the court granted final approval of the settlement in March, several appeals have since been filed. A Bloomberg Law report last month claimed that the case had “drawn several appeals to the Ninth Circuit by individuals and a business opposing its fee awards”.

A spokesperson for the claims administrator confirmed that multiple appeals have been filed, and that “settlement payments cannot be distributed to eligible claimants until the appeals are resolved”.

“We do not know how long it will take to resolve the appeals,” the spokesperson added.

Payment uncertainty

The final court settlement revealed that 2,268,860 claims for compensation had been approved, pending deduplication. Although it has yet to be confirmed how much each claimant will receive, the court documents suggested it would be significantly higher than the minimum of $25 per affected handset that was originally stated.

“Class Counsel estimates that each Settlement Class Member will receive $65 or more per Approved Claim,” according to the settlement documents that were posted in March.

The final amount of compensation awarded will partly depend on the fees awarded to the lawyers who pursued the case. The attorneys were awarded more than $80 million in fees, as well as substantial costs, all of which are deducted from the compensation to be paid to affected iPhone owners. It is believed that at least one of the appeals is objecting to the amount of money being paid to the attorneys.


Long-running case

The further delay created by the appeals will exacerbate the frustration of affected iPhone owners, who’ve waited a long time for their compensation.

Batterygate affected handsets stretching as far back as the iPhone 6, which was released in September 2014. Customers with eligible handsets – which also included the iPhone 6 Plus, 6s, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus – were invited to apply for compensation last year. The window for applications closed last October.

The case brought in the Northern District of California is only one of a number of cases that were pursued following the Battergate scandal.

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