District Court Grants Class Certification in Lawsuit Involving Apple’s Butterfly Keyboard in Certain MacBooks

On March 8, 2021, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued a 30 page opinion that granted Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in a lawsuit involving Apple’s MacBook laptops equipped with a “butterfly” keyboard mechanism. The Plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that the butterfly keyboards are defective because small amounts of debris can become lodged underneath the keyboards, leading to symptoms such as the letters repeating unexpectedly or not appearing at all, and also feeling sticky or not responding in a consistent manner.

Following a hearing held on February 4, 2021, the Court certified a class defined as “all persons who purchased, other than for resale, within California, New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington or Michigan, an Apple MacBook from any of the model years 2015-2017, an Apple MacBook Pro from any of the model years 2016-2019 (excluding the 16 inch MacBook Pro released in November 2019), or an Apple MacBook Air from any of the model years 2018-2019.” The Court also appointed the Plaintiffs as class representatives, and designated the law firms Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith LLP and Girard Sharp LLP as class counsel.

The parties are in the process of developing a notice plan to advise these class members of the Court’s order, of their rights with respect to the litigation, and the process by which they can exclude themselves from the case if applicable. Class members who do not affirmatively exclude themselves will remain included and be bound by any future orders as the case progresses.

A public version of the Court’s opinion can be accessed here.

Please contact the attorneys below if you have any questions about the case.

Attorneys for this case:

Steven A. Schwartz
Benjamin F. Johns
Beena M. McDonald