Settlement in Class Action suit means that some Sony Xperia device owners could receive a 50% refund

Settlement in Class Action suit means that some Sony Xperia device owners could receive a 50% refund
A settlement in a Class Action suit against Sony means that owners of certain Sony Xperia devices might end up receiving a 50% refund of the phone or tablet's retail price. A federal court in New York ruled against Sony in a case that involved the waterproof capabilities of 24 Xperia models, including several smartphones and tablets. Owners of the devices listed below will automatically have their limited warranty coverage for damage resulting from water intrusion extended by one-year for models still under protection, and by six-months for devices no longer under warranty.

Other options allow owners of the affected devices to file a claim to get reimbursed for 50% of the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the device at-issue. Or, members of the Class can write to the Court and explain why they object to the settlement; they can also decide to do nothing and miss out on some parts of the settlement. Taking this road means that these Class members will give up the ability to sue Sony about certain issues. Or, they can opt out of the settlement completely, which will still give them the right to sue Sony.

The case revolves around Sony's "misrepresentation" of the named devices as being waterproof even though the plaintiffs claim that the products were not designed for ordinary underwater use. The plaintiffs, on behalf of the Class, state that "Sony exploited certain international water resistance ratings in order to launch a deceptive marketing campaign promoting the Devices." Based on the documents released today, it appears that the settlement involves the extension of the limited warranty involving water intrusion, which we outlined above. In addition, members of the Class will be refunded 50% of the product's MSRP, which we also discussed earlier in this story.

The devices covered by the Class Action include:


Those seeking reimbursement, will need to file their claim by January 30th, 2018. A fairness hearing on the settlement will be held December 1, 2017. We should point out that this lawsuit and Class Action covers only U.S. citizens who owned the above Sony Xperia models.

source: XperiaWaterproofSettlement

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18 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How many did they sell?

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

20 maybe?

9. Chaise unregistered

Come on now. I'm sure you can add another 0 there.

14. SuperA187

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 28, 2017

Okay then, 020?

18. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

lol that was funny haha

10. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I remember 12M units. Z3 series save them in units sold but not profitable

16. acme64

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

i got 1

2. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I am not elegible... All of my water resistant Sony Xperia devices worked great at resisting water... The ones that broke were due to cracked digitizer.... And I am also confident that many of the people that file the claim has water ingress due to missuse, specially with older devices that used to have lids.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good to see the case settled to the benefit of consumer.

5. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

The loop on the inside of my cap wore away. The digitizer now does not work properly. I wonder if I'm eligible for this...?

3. middlehead

Posts: 453; Member since: May 12, 2014

I never had to submit a claim for water damage, so I'm out :(

6. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

All my xperias have been water-resistant, lots of underwater fotage.

8. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"We should point out that this lawsuit and Class Action covers only U.S. citizens who owned the above Sony Xperia models." -Alan F. No. This is completely wrong. One does not have to be a citizen of the USA to receive remedy under the Class Action.

11. Alan01

Posts: 602; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

True. But this particular case involves U.S. ciitizens only. If you don't believe me, check out the release in the sourcelink. This is an example of poor reading comprehension. The line I wrote was: "We should point out that this lawsuit and Class Action covers only U.S. citizens who owned the above Sony Xperia models." Nowhere does it say that ALL Class Action suits are for U.S. citizens only. Regards, Alan F.

12. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Someone should sue Samsung too. The s7 is not water resistant.

13. wesley.

Posts: 209; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Pity it's only the US. A friend of mine got a little bit of rain on her Z3 Compact and it completely died. Insurance could not repair it and gave a replacement, after they took their excess. Not even close to being fully submerged in water either.

15. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

No Z5 Premium? Does that mean it is really waterproof? I never got my Z5 Premium wet but I am back using it because I got my Lenovo Phab 2 Pro wet and it died. I find it interesting that the Z5 Premium is noticeably faster than Phab 2 and backup BlackBerry Priv.

17. acme64

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

i never filed a claim for mine since i bought it in germany :/

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