Published on January 10th, 2019 | by Chuck18
Lenovo Class Action: Get an Estimated $40 if you Bought a Lenovo Laptop in 2014-2015
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.
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.
- 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.
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.