Apple Will Pay Some MacBook Owners Up to $395

Apple MacBook owners who have struggled with faulty butterfly keyboards could get a nice payout after a big legal settlement.

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Apple MacBook owners suffering from faulty keyboards may have an early holiday present. A $50 million class action lawsuit settlement by Apple has been given preliminary approval by the presiding federal judge in California, according to Law360. Roughly $33m of that will be assigned to lawsuit class members, who can now look forward to a payout of up to $395 each.

U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila said the deal is fair and reasonable, especially considering the various risks of continuing litigation that has involved over two years of negotiations and more than 1 million pages of documents.

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GroupMember DetailsMaximum Payout
Group 1Members who received two or more replacements for their keyboards within four years of purchase.$395
Group 2Members who received one replacement keyboard from Apple and attested that the repair did not resolve their keyboard issues.$125
Group 3Members who got replacements for their keycaps.$50

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Ben Demers manages digital content and engagement at Kiplinger, informing readers through a range of personal finance articles, e-newsletters, social media, syndicated content, and videos. He is passionate about helping people lead their best lives through sound financial behavior, particularly saving money at home and avoiding scams and identity theft. Ben graduated with an M.P.S. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Vassar College. He joined Kiplinger in May 2017.