Sony Gets Early Nod On Settlement In Vaio Laptop Defect Suit

Law360, San Francisco (January 4, 2017, 8:56 PM EST) -- A California federal judge preliminarily approved on Tuesday a deal that would settle computer buyers' class action lawsuit against Sony Electronics Inc. alleging it knowingly sold Vaio laptops with touchpad defects, finding it fair, reasonable and adequate.

U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashan preliminarily approved a deal under which Sony agreed to pay each class member 65 percent of their out-of-pocket costs to repair their laptop's touchpad, up to a cap of $200, or $25 if they experienced the alleged defect but don’t have proof of a repair.

“The settlement agreement appears to be the product of serious, informed, noncollusive negotiations and...

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