If you owned a defective Pixel smartphone from 2016, you can now file a claim to receive as much as $ 500 in compensation.
Eligible consumers can submit their claims at the website devoted to distributing the $ 7.25 million Google paid to settle a class action lawsuit regarding defects in the original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
The lawsuit was filed last year on allegations Google sold the first-generation Pixel handsets knowing they contained faulty microphones that prevented them from recording audio. The company later offered replacements, but they too suffered from the same problem, the class action lawsuit claimed.
Although Google denied the allegations, the company decided to settle the case by paying $ 7.25 million. Eligible consumers now have until Oct. 7 to claim their share of the money.
The settlement applies to US consumers who bought a Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone manufactured before Jan. 4 2017. However, eligibility is lost if the owner received a replacement Pixel unit newly built after Jan. 3, 2017, or refurbished after June 5, 2017.
The most consumers can claim is $ 500 per person if they experienced the audio defect in more than one Pixel device. If the malfunctions only occurred over one Pixel unit, the compensation falls to $ 350. Eligible owners will also need to supply documentation, such as emails, customer service chat logs, and repair records, to prove they encountered the microphone issues.
Owners who experienced no faulty microphone problems or who fail to provide supporting documentation will receive $ 20 per person. The compensation will be paid out within three months after the court is slated to approve the settlement on Dec. 6. If the $ 7.25 million fails to fund all the claims, then the $ 350 compensation amount will be pro-rated.