Apple Settles Class-action Suit over iPhone 4 Antenna

CNET reports that a settlement for the class-action lawsuit in regards to the antenna performance of Apple’s iPhone 4 has been reached. The class-action complaint brought together 18 separate suits, which were accusing Apple of “misrepresenting and concealing material information in the marketing, advertising, sale, and servicing of its iPhone 4–particularly as it relates to the quality of the mobile phone antenna and reception and related software.”

Ira Rothken, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said that:  “We believe that the Apple iPhone 4 settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable. We believe that it allows members of the class to choose, and they can get $15 of cash or a bumper, so we believe that type of choice is proportional to the circumstances.” When the iPhone 4 was released in June 2010, reports started to come out that the handset suffered loss of signal when held in a certain way. Due to this, Apple held a press conference that July to address the issue by offering a free case for iPhone 4 units purchased through September 30, 2010.

The company now promises to offer $15 payouts to a small number of people, according to The Loop

“This settlement relates to a small number of customers who indicated that they experienced antenna or reception issues with their iPhone 4 and didn’t want to take advantage of a free case from Apple while it was being offered in 2010,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told me on Saturday.

Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, was tested by Consumer Reports and the device is free of issues.

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