Google and Huawei have preliminarily agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by Nexus 6P users. The lawsuit claims that the users’ devices experienced a bootlooping issue that caused their phones to shut down, randomly irrespective of the battery level. If the lawsuit gets court approval, the companies would be liable to a $9.75 million statement for the lawsuit that began in April 2017, which may result in payments of up to $400 for participating plaintiffs.
The lawsuit alleged that while Google contracted the design and manufacturing of its early Android smartphones to third-party companies, Huawei, one of the chosen third-party companies, breached the device warranty since the companies were aware of the issue, but did not respond to the bug.
The lawsuit also claims that the companies continued selling faulty devices while failing to acknowledge the issue. The next hearing is set for May 9th, and if the court approves the settlement the companies would pay back to their customers. For instance, Nexus 6P users in the US who purchased the device on or after September 25th, 2015 would be eligible to claim reimbursement.
The proposal currently states that those who are eligible for the settlement could be paid up to $400 against the lawsuit, while those who received a Pixel XL in a prior warranty exchange program would only be eligible for up to $10. Moreover, those who submit proper documentation for the bug will receive the large settlement amount, while those without any documentation may be eligible for up to $75.
This is not just the first time, a few Android related lawsuits have already been evolved, that resulted in manufacturers paying out owners of faulty devices. The most recent and high-profile case belonged to LG, which end up paying $425 per owner, or $700 in the form of a rebate, after settling a similar class action suit regarding bootloop issues with the G4, V10, V20, Nexus 5X, and G5 back in January 2018.