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.”
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney signed the order granting the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary approval on September 4, 2014. The final approval hearing will be held on December 8, 2014, the order states. Parker Waichman LLP is one of the firms appointed as class counsel in the litigation.
Court documents allege that the Lenovo devices had a defect that severely impeded the owners’ 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.”
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, members of the class have several options available to them:
- Repair the wireless capability (available only 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
Any IdeaPad owner seeking a settlement 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.