Update, February 25, 2020 (10:20 AM ET): The team behind the Nexus 6P class-action lawsuit described below has now begun to issue payments to claimants. If you filed a claim, you should either receive a check in the mail or a direct deposit into your PayPal account.
As expected, the amounts paid out ended up being smaller than the lawsuit originally anticipated. This is not out of the ordinary as there are usually more people who file than the lawsuit anticipates. Regardless, it’s nice to get a little extra cash for what was a troublesome (but overall awesome) smartphone.
Did you get a payment? Let us know in the comments.
Original Article, April 11, 2019 (04:11 PM ET): If you currently or formerly owned a Google Nexus 6P smartphone, we have some good news: you might be eligible for a cash rebate for those bootloops and spontaneous shutdowns the device was known for.
The class action settlement is based in the United States, so unfortunately only U.S. buyers will be eligible for the possibility of getting a rebate.
According to the settlement brief, plaintiffs alleged that the Nexus 6P had a defect that caused two different issues: bootlooping and significant battery drain. The bootlooping problem is fairly self-explanatory, and the battery drain issue refers to the device spontaneously shutting down when it reached a low-power state, which sometimes could be as high as 20 percent.
There’s nothing like thinking you have 20 percent battery left and then the phone just shutting down on you!
The two defendants in the case — brand-owner Google and device manufacturer Huawei — formerly deny the allegations. The plaintiffs argued that there is proof both Huawei and Google knew about both issues plaguing the Nexus 6P but didn’t do anything about it. In fact, the companies allegedly continued to sell the device as-is without addressing the problems.
Although both Google and Huawei claim this isn’t true, the companies have agreed to settle the case for $9.75 million.
That money will be distributed to Nexus 6P owners who bought the device on or after September 25, 2015. This is how it will divvy out:
- $325 — People who experienced the bootloop issue and provide documentation
- $150 — People who experienced the battery drain issue and provide documentation
- $400 — People who experienced either issue on multiple Nexus 6P devices and provide documentation
- $10 — People who did not experience either issue or who received a Pixel XL replacement
- $45 — People who experienced the battery drain issue but don’t provide documentation
- $75 — People who experienced the bootloop issue but don’t provide documentation
You can read the as-filed long form notice document for more information.
However, note that there’s no website yet for you to file a claim — the courts need to approve everything first, which should happen in the next month or so. Claims are now open, click here.
We will update this article with information on how to submit your claim once a website is created for that purpose.
In the meantime, are you a Nexus 6P owner? Ae you happy about this settlement? Let us know your horror stories in the comments.