Apple Settles Class Action Lawsuit Over Powerbeats 2, Agrees to Pay $9.75 Million

Apple has settled a class action lawsuit related to the Powerbeats 2 headphones, which was levied against the Cupertino company after some customers found that the Powerbeats 2, first released in 2015, had a defect that could cause them to stop working and fail to retain charge after "minimal usage."

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Plaintiffs alleged that Apple misrepresented the battery life of the Powerbeats 2, and that the Powerbeats 2 were sweat and water resistant. Apple was also accused of not repairing or replacing defective Powerbeats 2 within the one-year warranty period, with the lawsuit initially filed in 2017.

There was no ruling by the court as Apple and the plaintiffs in the case have agreed to a settlement that will see Apple paying $9,750,000. Apple says that it denies all allegations and is paying the settlement fee to avoid expensive litigation. The $9.75 million will be split between all Class Members who submit claim forms (one payment per household) after attorneys' fees and related costs are paid.

Details about the settlement were sent out to Powerbeats 2 owners this evening. Customers who purchased new Powerbeats 2 earbuds before August 7, 2020 can claim a payment from the settlement after it is approved by the Superior Court of the State of California, Santa Clara County. A hearing is set to be held on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

For those who owned or own Powerbeats 2, claims can be submitted online through the settlement website, which also includes more information on the settlement agreement. Those who want to participate in the settlement need to do so by November 20, 2020.

Top Rated Comments

bunty07 Avatar
16 months ago
Some one should start a class action for AirPods and AirPods Pro as well!! Disposable after 1 year the AirPods! AirPods Pro one AirPod is not working, battery drains really fast! Not happy with the purchase.
I’m going back to wired connections!!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
16 months ago
finally I'll get closure to this and get my $1.95 check in the mail. Thank goodness
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eriamjh1138@DAN Avatar
16 months ago

the Powerbeats 2, first released in 2015 ('https://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/14/beats-powerbeats2-sport-colors/'), had a defect that could cause them to stop working and fail to retain charge after "minimal usage."
so... like AirPods after two years.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Seoras Avatar
16 months ago
Tim Cook digs behind the couch cushions for some lost change - "here ya go..."
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
frownface Avatar
16 months ago
lets see, 9.75 million, less attorney fees; divided by the the number of plaintiffs; leaves around just enough to buy a new pair of silicone ear tips.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Analog Kid Avatar
16 months ago

so... like AirPods after two years.
Two years of daily use is not minimal usage. That's 600+ deep charging cycles on a battery you need to handle with tweezers. Lithium Ion batteries have a cycle life.

As I've said before-- you're simply complaining that you've loved your Airpods to death.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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