Court Grants Final Approval of $9.75 Million Nexus 6P Smartphone Settlement

The law firms of Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP and Girard Sharp LLP announce that on November 12, 2019, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order granting final approval of a $9.75 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against Google and Huawei related to the Nexus 6P smartphone.

Judge Beth Labson Freeman approved the settlement acknowledging that “the $9,750,000 settlement fund represent a substantial recovery for the class.”  The settlement covers purchasers of the Nexus 6P smartphone between September 29, 2015 and May 3, 2019, and “allows all class members to receive a monetary benefit.”

The plaintiffs in this case alleged that the Nexus 6P is defective, resulting in “Bootloop” and “Battery Drain” issues.  “Bootloop” is when a Nexus 6P allegedly begins randomly rebooting, often becoming stuck in an endless cycle of constant rebooting without ever advancing to the home screen, and in some instances permanently fails by not rebooting altogether.  “Battery Drain” is when a Nexus 6P allegedly has a noticeable decrease in battery life, or shuts off suddenly even when its battery life icon shows that it is charged.  Google and Huawei deny that the Nexus 6P is defective.

In further awarding the attorney’s fees, Judge Freeman acknowledged Class Counsel’s experience in consumer protection cases and that “[t]he quality of their work is reflected in the results achieved for the class.”