If you are a Sony Xperia smartphone or tablet user, you may be eligible for a $300 reimbursement. A federal court in the US, on Friday, approved a class action lawsuit against Sony. The Japanese company reportedly advertised its products as ‘waterproof’ and a case has been filed against that very claim. While, there are not many takers for Xperia devices in the US, but if you are one of them, you may get back upto $300. For example, Xperia Z1 gets a rating of IP58 and that means the device can be immersed in 1.5 meters in fresh water for around 30 minutes. This means that the phone can resist a quick drop in the bucket. This also means the phone is water resistant and not waterproof. The issue came up when the advertisements made people take their phones under water to click pictures. This less than accurate advertising may lead to Sony to pay.
What has happened in the case? Sony has been hit with a class action lawsuit which alleges that it’s “waterproof” devices are unable to withstand normal user underwater. Interestingly, instead of continuing the case, the company has decided to reach a settlement where affected owners of Sony mobiles and tablets be rewarded with up to 50 percent of the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price). This amount can go upto $300. The lawsuit mentions that “Sony exploited certain international water resistance ratings in order to launch a deceptive marketing campaign promoting the Devices.” Under this lawsuit, 24 Sony Xperia devices are covered. The lawsuit has also sought a 1-year warranty extension for recently purchased phones and tablets. Sony will still need to settle with the court again on December 1, 2017, and agree to final terms. This means that the amount may vary based on Sony’s aggression while fighting back.
The phones and tablets under the lawsuit are: Xperia M2 Aqua, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia ZR, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Z1s, Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3v, Z3+, Z3+ Dual, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z4 Tablet.
Look at the list below and check the amount you can get from Sony:
It should be noted that the settlement is only valid for customers in the United States. This means there may not be many of you, as it is not really a popular device. Check if you are eligible for the reimbursement and want to claim it. You will have to sign up on http://www.xperiawaterproofsettlement.com/ by January 30th, next year.