We thought he never would write about the phone Galaxy S4, but Samsung just resolve a lawsuit that was in development for five years related to the device. The lawsuit was settled for an amount of $13.4 million of dollars, and if you had one of those phones, you touch a small —but very small— slice of the pie.
According to The Register, the demand was presented for the first time in November 2014 by Daniel Norcia, after it was discovered that Samsung was inflating artificially the numbers of the scores of reference or benchmarks. The complaint alleges that the company introduced code that showed that the speed of the processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 was of 532MHz, instead of the 480MHz normally works this processor.
Samsung has never denied that inflated scores for reference, but adopted a different approach. The company argued that according to California law, was not “legally obligated” to disclose that the phone was configured to inflate scores; in contrast, he pointed out that the only thing that should be disclosed to the public are the issues of security and data breaches. The case went to the Supreme Court and was scheduled to be brought to trial, before Samsung finally came to an agreement for $13.4 million dollars.
As part of the agreement, Samsung agreed to not inflate the software that it artificially raises the scores of a reference, but interestingly, only agreed to do so until 2024. Not only that, but the company is not required to admit any crime.
The large slice of the pie ($7,500 of that $13.4 billion) will go to Daniel Norcia, while $10.6 million dollars will be in the form of precautionary measures. The other $2.8 million going directly to the settlement fund, which means that if you were a owner of a Galaxy S4, you have the right to receive some money. Considering that around 10 million people bought the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the US, we would be talking about $10 dollars.
The instructions on how to get them are not available yet, but if you were a registered owner of a Galaxy 4 you will soon receive an email about it. If you no longer use the email address that you had when you purchased the samsung Galaxy S4, and if you think that it is worth the claim, apparently it is recommended to review or buy USA Today on Monday, because the instructions will eventually show in the section legal Notices or Your Money. Although, perhaps, many think that the time and effort that they would need to invest is worth more than the minimum reward that can be received.
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