A preliminary settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that computer maker Lenovo sold notebook computers with inadequate Wi-Fi capabilities.
WBM has been appointed as class counsel in the litigation, along with the Paradis Law Group and Parker Waichman.
The suit alleged that Lenovo sold the faulty computers using deceptive marketing practices. Lenovo marketed its IdeaPad U Series Ultrabooks (U310 and U410) as having Wi-Fi functionality, making them ideal for consumers who are “always on the go” and “dependable enough to use whenever you want.” Plaintiffs, however, alleged difficulties in being able to connect to Wi-Fi or to connect as speeds sufficient enough to allow them use the notebooks for their intended purposes.
In granting the plaintiffs’ motion, the court said, “the terms of the settlement are likely to be fair, adequate, and reasonable.” The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, heard the case.
Under the settlement terms, plaintiffs have three options:
- 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 that can be used toward the purchase of any product listed for sale on Lenovo’s website
“Without Wi-Fi functionality, these computer notebooks are not dependable, mobile, or able to handle the mobile computing needs of consumers. We are delighted that the court has recognized that Lenovo failed to live up to its obligations and consumers are now able to get some compensation for the defective product,” said WBM partner Nicholas A Migliacccio.
To receive one of settlement benefits, 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.
A final hearing on the settlement has been scheduled for Dec. 8, 2014.
If you, or someone you know, has purchased one of these Lenovo U Series Ultrabooks, please contact us or call us at (202) 429-2290.