Posted by Chuck on January 10, 2019
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Lenovo Class Action: Get an Estimated $40 if you Bought a Lenovo Laptop in 2014-2015

Lenovo Class Settlement

Lenovo Class Settlement

If you bought a Lenovo laptop during 2014 or 2015, you may be eligible to take part in a class action lawsuit:

  • Lenovo and Superfish agreed to install software called VisualDiscovery on some Lenovo laptop computers. Plaintiffs say the software slowed down the computers, invaded user privacy, and exposed users to security risks. Defendants deny these claims.

Laptop must have been purchased between September 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015 to be eligible.

Check your Eligibility and File a Claim Here

Who is Eligible?

To get money from the settlement, you have to be a class member. You are a class member if you bought one or more of the following Non-Think-branded Lenovo computer models, not for resale, within the United States between September 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015:

• G Series: G410, G510, G710, G40-70, G50-70, G40-30, G50-30, G50-45

• U Series: U430P, U430Touch, U530Touch

• Y Series: Y40-70, Y50-70

• Z Series: Z50-75, Z40-70, Z50-70

• Flex Series: Flex2 14D, Flex2 15D, Flex2 14, Flex2 15, Flex2 15(BTM), Flex 10

• MIIX Series: MIIX2-10, MIIX2-11

• YOGA Series: YOGA2Pro-13, YOGA2-13, YOGA2-11BTM, YOGA2-11HSW

You can tell what computer model you bought by looking at the bar code on the sticker on the bottom of your computer or in the Systems Information application on the computer. Additional information on how to determine your computer model is available at: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/find-product-name.

How Much Will We Get?

Defendants will pay $8,300,000 into a Settlement Fund. After deductions for attorneys’ fees, litigation costs, and other expenses, the Fund will be distributed to class members who submit valid claims.

  • Class members who make a claim without supporting documents will get an estimated $40. Class members who make a properly documented claim could get more than the estimated $40. The amount you actually get will depend on how many computers you purchased, how many claims are submitted, and how much the Court allows in fees, costs, and expenses. For information on how to make claim, see  below. For information on the Plan of Allocation, click here.

  • If you submit receipts or other documentation showing sums actually expended as a result of VisualDiscovery software being on the computer, you can get up to $750.

Important Dates

  • Must submit a claim postmarked or submitted online by March 25, 2019
  • The Court will hold a hearing on April 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., to decide whether to approve the Settlement.

  • If the Court approves the Settlement, there still may be appeals of that decision. It is hard to estimate how long it might take for any appeals to be resolved.

  • If the Settlement is approved and no appeals are filed, the Claims Administrator anticipates that payments will be sent out within 3 months.

Final Thoughts

A lot of people didn’t get direct notice of the lawsuit, probably because they didn’t buy directly from Lenovo and never registered their device, so this is good to know. Most class action lawsuits result in a pittance for each member, but this one has a nice estimated payout of $40. Definitely worth signing up if you are eligible.



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culdeus
culdeus

Oh FML, got a U430P in June of that year. Why is this date range limited? I may try to see if I can make this roll anyways. I have all my email receipts.

Ann
Ann

“Why is this date range limited?”

Presumably that is the timeframe when affected machines were being sold.

Rob
Rob

I bought a Y40-80 in that time period (not a Y40-70) I wonder why its not on the list. I know it has the superfish on it

ben
ben

$40 payout if you have no proof of purchase
If your claiming more then 1 laptop and have proof of purchase of said laptops, its $40 per laptop.
If you have proof that you paid to get laptop repair because of flaw, its up to $750 payment.

Prologer
Prologer

That’s awesome, thanks a lot for pointing that out!
I bought three U530 laptops in October 2014 and have no problem to show them the proof of purchase. It’s my first class action I participate, so hopefully, it will work fine.

Somebody should also class action sue them for making the display joints of U530 so bad quality. 😀 All three of the laptops (each used by different person) got their joints damaged within 2 years of purchase.

CtownBin
CtownBin

Wow, I also bought a Lenovo laptop in Jan. 2015, and the joints on mine also got damaged just at the 2-year mark so I had no warranties or protections, felt I got majorly ripped off… well, at least it turns out it’ll be $40 less of a rip-off 🙂

G
G

Ordered on March 20, 2015

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

Dang, August 14th 2014. I wipe machines when I get them anyway and clean installs. This stuff is typical.

Frank

Wow finally. I remember when the news first broke about this. That’s such a pathetic return — $40 is a lot more than your average settlement but if you bought a $1000 computer, 4% back isn’t worth much

Electroman
Electroman

Luckily, the $40 is good for computers that cost a lot less, like most Lenovos. I do have one and will apply for this, so thanks.

CtownBin
CtownBin

I bought a Lenovo laptop in Jan. 2015, but there is no sticker on the bottom with the model number? Also, what kind of my documentation can I submit to prove I bought it? Doubt I’ll be able to find the receipt from 4 years ago.

Terrie Case
Terrie Case

Does anyone know what law firm filed this suit? I’d like to speak to them about another suit against Lenovo for an issue that many of their thinkpads have.

BigSexy
BigSexy

What arrives first, this or Spent app balance? #askingforafriend

BigSexy
BigSexy

“Thank you for contacting the Lenovo Adware Litigation Settlement Administrator.

The Court granted Final Approval to the Settlement on 04/24/2019. Claims processing is currently ongoing. You will be contacted if any further information is required to complete your claim. Benefit distribution is currently anticipated to occur later this year.

Please see http://www.LenovoAdwareSettlement.com for further information.”

bax
bax

Where’re the class action suits against Apple for so many of its product defects, such as changing the shielding plastic material on the L-tip Magsafe charger for Macbook Pro 2011-2012 that makes it super prone to shredding as if cats scratched it? In contrast the older Macbook Pro 2007 Magsafe with the T-tip is still going strong. Someone made a Reddit post about this change in material.

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