Posted by William Charles on June 19, 2017
Class Action Lawsuits

Published on June 19th, 2017 | by William Charles

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$44.95 Million Lithium-Ion Battery Class Action Settlement – Most People Eligible

The Settlement

Direct link to settlement

A number of Lithium-Ion battery manufactures have agreed to a settlement resolving claims that they allegedly fixed the price of cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells. You’re eligible to receive part of the $44.95 million legal settlement if:

  1. You were a resident of the United States from January 1, 2000 to May 31, 2011 AND
  2. You purchased for yourself or your business (and not for resale) one or more of the products covered by the settlement
    • Laptop PCs, Notebooks, Netbook computers
    • Mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, digital audition player, cameras
    • Camcorders
    • Cordless power tools
    • Replacement batteries for any of these products

The Details

  •  All claims must either be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on November 29, 2017, or for mailed in claims, postmarked by November 29, 2017, in order to be considered valid
  • If you want to keep your right to sue the Settling Defendants regarding Lithium Ion Battery and/or Lithium Ion Battery Product purchases, you must exclude yourself in writing from the Class by August 11, 2017
  • Payment date currently unknown, should be Q1

Our Verdict

How much you’ll receive will depend on the number of claimants and number of claims by each claimant. I suspect most people will have purchase an eligible product during this period. Proof of purchase isn’t required, but you’re just taking money from other eligible claimants if you lie so please do not do that. You can view other class actions we’ve covered here and our introduction to them here.

Hat tip to reader JJ



26 Responses to $44.95 Million Lithium-Ion Battery Class Action Settlement – Most People Eligible

  1. Nick says:

    I never got or heard back from that milk class action settlement from last year.

  2. Daniel says:

    That’s a relatively small pool for all the potential claims. I’m guessing the payouts will be pretty small.

    • Hopefully lots of people think the same way and the settlement is better than expected 😀

      • RF says:

        Good luck. Class actions are bullshit, especially anything this broad. I signed up for the DeBeers class action and waited years for that thing to finally settle. In the end, our claim was not even worth the $10 minimum payout. Seriously, how can I be represented (not opted out) by the class and unable to pursue further action, but receive no compensation as part of the class? But the laywers got millions. And that was with a nearly $300 million dollar settlement.

        This $45 million isn’t going to go far. Notice they don’t even mention what the minimum payout is? I couldn’t find it anywhere on the website. This thing is so broad, everyone is going to qualify. I went through the questions. Without even thinking very hard (ie: I’m sure I missed some) I came up with 28 qualifying battery purchases in the covered time span (edit: oops…just though of 5 more).

        In the end, a class action this broad is a joke. It’s either a bullshit shakedown by the class action lawyers (be annoying enough for them to pay us to go away), or its something serious enough that the government should be prosecuting it, not some for-profit lawyers.

        • El Guapo says:

          Usually, that is true. I always stay in them, though, because not long ago, my aunt and uncle received $6,000 from one they had long forgotten about. Then again, I once received $0.18, so it cost them more to mail me the check than the check was worth.

    • Jim says:

      It will be even less than 44.95 million that actually gets disbursed. They are asking for 11.24 million in attorneys’ fees (~25%…they round up lol) and about 4.1 million in cost reimbursement. Once approved by the court, this will come out of the 44.95 million.

  3. paz says:

    Anyone got a notice on the Staples settlement from http://www.torczynervstaplessettlement.com?

    “If between March 24, 2009 and April 25, 2017, you
    [1] bought a Staples Rewards® eligible product and a
    non-Rewards eligible product in the same transaction,
    [2]used an item-specific coupon on the non-Rewards eligible
    product, and [3] were negatively impacted by Staples’ pro rata coupon accounting, you might be entitled to $10 in Staples Rewards.”

  4. Chris says:

    Since my household alone bought approximately 3 million of those listed devices in that decade, I’m expecting to get about 20 cents based on the likely number of claimants.

  5. Matt P says:

    Let’s see, 2 laptops, a netbook (most regrettable purchase ever), 3 mobile phones, a digital audio player, 2 cameras, a cordless power tool, and 3x replacement batteries for those items. That’s 13 items just for me. Aint nobody getting much out of this one.

  6. MarcoPolo says:

    5 Laptops, 2 Netbooks and about 50 cellphones, 4 tablets, 7 digital audio player, 9 digital cameras over this period.
    So I should get couple of dollars in the settlement after attorney fees.
    Right?

    • Fingers crossed. Why so many cell phones and digital cameras?

      • MarcoPolo says:

        From BF, Staples and other sales.
        Most of them were free after rebate and some other benefit like Staples used to have free printer if you buy a digital camera and there used to be some software rebates if bought with a Laptop.
        In fact I got a Laptop for free after combining ALL software offers. Did about 40 MIR that weekend. That was about 10 years ago but I still have many printers in basement still NIB.
        I just cant resist a good price 🙂

        • Ann says:

          You might want to look into which of those printers have Win7 and Win10-compatible drivers available for them. Many consumer printers that old won’t work with current/recent computers anymore – especially if they’re multifunction units (built-in scanners), which require much more complex drivers that the manufacturers are less likely to bother keeping up to date. If some of yours are no longer supported, sell them now while you can still get anything for them.

  7. Max says:

    The claim form is not even asking for the mailing address, just email.
    If they were seriously expecting to pay anything to the class members, wouldn’t they ask for it up front?

  8. Jamie says:

    Is this like the Got Milk settlement? That (and another settlement that followed soon thereafter… can’t recall what it was) looked so fishy to me. Never a place to input an address. It also kept pushing the “tell your friends” aspect, which doesn’t sound very official to me. I wonder if it’s just a big phishing project??

  9. calwatch says:

    On the other hand, some of the class actions like Kashi and the Glucosamine class actions paid decent money. Although I do not take glucosamine my dad does and it was a decent amount.

  10. HML says:

    I just got a $200 check from the symantec one

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