Apple's sticky butterfly: I'm not waiting for my $50

From Denny Jacob's "Apple to Pay $50 Million Settlement Over MacBook Butterfly Keyboard Lawsuit" in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal:

Apple agreed to pay $50 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by customers over an alleged defect in the company’s butterfly keyboard.

The representatives in the lawsuit alleged that issues with the butterfly keyboard could result in characters typed being repeated unexpectedly or keys not responding in a consistent manner, among others problems.

The tech giant denied all of the allegations made in the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Jose, and that the proposed settlement isn’t an admission of guilt or wrongdoing...

Certain groups in the settlement are estimated to receive between $50 and $395 depending on the number of valid claims received.

My take: It was a magnet for crumbs, a letter-doubler and a typo-generator for which I blamed Jony Ive. I eventually had to drag the thing to the Apple Store to be swapped out. But I'm too old to be chasing every class-action email that lands on my desktop.


  1. Bart Yee said:
    The only ones who ever make money in these class action lawsuits are the lawyers for the lawsuits, and the necessary lawyers for the companies. However, $50M is a relatively small price to pay to finally put the Ive mistake behind Apple, easily paid for by profits from new M-series MacBooks.

    July 20, 2022
    • Neal Guttenberg said:

      I had joined in several class action suits about 30 years ago. I think one was due to screen size of a monitor and another had to do with travel. I remember all I got were vouchers for things that were useless when the cases were settled while the lawyers’ firms took home at least millions of dollars and maybe 10s of millions. Now, when I get something about a class action suit in the mail, I shred it right away.

      July 20, 2022
  2. Tom Farris said:
    $50 million payout here…non renewal/termination of J Ive’s $100 million contract.

    July 20, 2022

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