If you had a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL phone that was made before January 4, 2017 and didn’t receive a replacement phone that was made after January 3, 2017, you are entitled to a Google class action settlement between $350 to $500 per person.
What are the details of the settlement?
Google has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $7.25 millions regarding a faulty microphone in the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones. Your phone doesn’t need to have a bad microphone to get money from this class action settlement, but the money you’ll get will be much lower than other people who did have issues.
Here’s the official press release: “If you bought one of the First-Generation Pixel or Pixel XL smartphones in the United States, other than for resale, you may be eligible to get a payment from a class action settlement. The lawsuit being settled concerns first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones manufactured before January 4, 2017. Plaintiffs allege that these Pixels have a defect that leads to microphone or speaker failures. The defendant in the case, Google LLC, denies these allegations but has agreed to pay $7.25 million to settle the case.”
How do I know if my Google Pixel phone was made before January 4, 2017?
Like I said earlier, it’s for anyone who bought Google Pixel phones manufactured before January 4, 2017. Finding our your phone’s manufacturing date though, can be confusing.
There’s three easy ways I can think of. First, if you still have the Google Pixel box it came in, the date is usually located on one of the white stickers. Second, if you don’t have the box anymore, you can try contacting Google or your carrier and they should be able to help you out. Finally, the most obvious way is if you’ve bought your Pixel phone before January 4 then it was definitely made prior to that – you genius 🙂
How much will they pay me?
Here’s the payout and how much you’ll be eligible for:
- $20 = Pixel owners who can’t prove that their microphones were faulty, or for original Pixel owners in general, even if they haven’t experienced any issues with their Pixel’s microphone.
- $350 = for Pixel owners who experienced the microphone defect in a single Pixel unit.
- $500 = for Pixel owners who experienced the microphone defect on multiple Pixel units.
How do I file a claim?
I put the direct link at the beginning of this post, or you can go here and file. Once you enter, click on “File Claim” at the top-right hand corner:
The class action settlement is named Weeks v Google because Patricia Weeks was one of the original plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit.
Here are the milestone dates for you to be aware of:
- January 4, 2017 – your Google Pixel must have been made before this date
- October 7, 2019 – you must file a claim on or before this date
- Equifax Class Action Settlement: $125 to $375 Per Person
- Yahoo Class Action Settlement: $100 to $358 Per Person
- Auto Parts Class Action Settlement: $100+ Per Person
The Bottom Line
I never had a first generation Google Pixel phone so I don’t qualify (for electronics, I usually wait for the second model to come out so they can work out the kinks), but like most class action settlements, the form should be relatively quick and easy to fill out.