Sony Mobile Communications owes US customers who purchased certain models of Sony Xperia devices 50 percent of the cost of the device. This surprising windfall is courtesy of a class action lawsuit against the company.
The lawsuit alleges that the devices in question were “deceptively advertised as waterproof”. Users in the US who bought or received the devices as a gift or part of a replacement program are eligible. Of these, only those who filed water damage claims will receive the 50 percent refund. Devices still under warranty will receive a one-year extension. Devices not under warranty will receive a six-month extension.
The last date for filing a claim is 30 January, 2018.
Affected customers will need to have a record of their interactions with Sony or they will not be eligible.
The lawsuit also alleges that “Sony exploited certain international water resistance ratings in order to launch a deceptive marketing campaign promoting the devices.”
The affected devices include the Xperia M2 Aqua, M4 Aqua, ZR, Z1, Z1 Compact, Z1s, Z2, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3v, Z3 Dual, Z3+ Dual, Z3+, Z5, Z5 Compact, Z2 Tablet, Z3 Tablet and the Z4 Tablet series.
Variants of the above devices for T-Mobile and Verizon networks are also included.
The ruling is part of a preliminary settlement for the lawsuit. Members can choose to opt out of the settlement and still sue Sony separately.