Preliminary Settlement Announced in Lenovo IdeaPad Class ActionSep 9, 2014
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, has approved a preliminary settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit against Lenovo, Inc. The lawsuit alleges that the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 and U410 “U Series” computers have defective Wi-Fi capabilities, despite being marketed as “ideal for any and all mobile needs.”
The order granting the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval was signed by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney on September 4, 2014. Parker Waichman LLP is one of the firms appointed as class counsel in the litigation. The final approval hearing will be held on December 8, 2014, the order states.
According to court documents, the devices had a defect that severely impeded the plaintiffs’ ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks or obtain Wi-Fi speed sufficient to engage in their intended mobile computing purposes. The suit alleged that Lenovo sold the faulty computers using deceptive marketing practices.
Court documents indicate that an agreement to resolve these allegations was reached in June 2014. The court has granted the plaintiffs’ motion, stating that “the terms of the settlement are likely to be fair, adequate, and reasonable.” The order states that “having reviewed the negotiation process and substantive terms of the Settlement Agreement, the Court finds no obvious deficiencies or grounds to doubt its fairness.”
The settlement agreement provides several options for plaintiffs to choose from:
- Repair the wireless capability (only available to those who have not returned their computers to Lenovo)
- Receive a $100 cash refund from Lenovo
- Receive a $250 credit certificate to be used toward any product listed for sale on Lenovo’s website
Class members must submit a claim form and settlement declaration along with “a sales receipt, credit card or other account statement, shipping manifest, purchase order or other similar documentation evidencing purchase of” the affected computer to receive any of these benefits.