If you bought an Apple MacBook with a bad butterfly keyboard and had to replace either individual keycaps or the whole keyboard, you may get a share of a $50 million settlement reached after a class-action lawsuit. According to this MacRumors report, the law firm in charge of the settlement has been emailing class members since mid-December. However, we wanted to point out that the deadline for making a claim is March 6, 2023.
Claim forms can be filled out at keyboardsettlement.com, which says that the settlement class includes “all persons and entities in the United States” who bought a MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with a butterfly mechanism between 2015 and 2019.
There are three main people in this class. The first group comprises people who have had to replace their keyboards more than once. This is also known as getting a “topcase replacement.” This group should get their payment automatically, but they should ensure that their $395 (maximum) payment is sent to the correct address. The other two groups will need to fill out a claim form. This includes anyone who replaced their whole keyboard or individual keycaps and found that this didn’t fix their problems. You can get up to $125 for replacing a keyboard and up to $50 for keycaps. You can only get a settlement payment if your repair was done by Apple or one of its authorized service providers within four years of your purchase.
CNET says that payments aren’t likely to be made until a final approval hearing on March 16, and the amount paid out could be less depending on how many people are in each category.
The butterfly keyboard saga began in 2015 when Apple replaced the traditional scissor-switch keyboard mechanism in the MacBook with a new slimline butterfly version. But soon after it came out, MacBook owners noticed that the keyboard was unreliable. If even a small amount of dust got under the keys, the keys would stop working or stick.
Even though Apple was getting rid of the keyboard in 2020, many customers had to replace individual keys or even the whole keyboard on their MacBooks.
Several lawsuits have been filed over the issues, and in 2021, a class action suit was approved. In July last year, Apple settled for $50 million, and a judge approved the deal in November.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.