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Lenovo Class Action Lawsuit and Settlement

The Lenovo class action lawsuit alleges that Lenovo sold Flex 5 and Yoga 730 laptops with a defect in the display that significantly impairs the laptops’ functionality.

Despite sending his Flex 5 laptop to Lenovo for repairs twice during the warranty period, the plaintiff, along with many other purchasers, found that the display issues persisted after the repairs. Lenovo was accused of suggesting ineffective repair methods or failing to address the core issue causing the defect.

The lawsuit claims Lenovo knew about this defect but continued to market and sell these laptops, highlighting their high-resolution displays and versatile screen positions as major selling points.

The Lenovo Class Action 

The lawsuit against Lenovo centers around a problem with some of their laptop models where the screen doesn’t work right due to a flaw. Even after sending the laptops back to Lenovo for fixes, customers found the same screen problems coming back. The lawsuit alleges the company knew about this issue but kept selling the laptops anyway, telling customers the problem could be fixed with simple solutions, which didn’t actually solve anything. Because of this, people who bought these laptops ended up with devices that couldn’t do what they were supposed to, like watching movies or using apps properly. The lawsuit argues that if customers had known about this flaw, they wouldn’t have bought these laptops or paid as much for them. Now, those affected want Lenovo to make things right by selling laptops that didn’t work as promised.

Lenovo Settlement

In the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, a case involving Martin Gisairo – a guy who bought a laptop in a Costco in 2017 – and others, has settled.  On February 14, 2024, following a final approval hearing, the court has decided to proceed with the settlement as outlined in the agreement signed on December 7, 2022.

Key Points of the Order

  1. Jurisdiction and Venue: The court confirmed its authority over the case, the settlement, and everyone involved, stating that the case was properly placed in this court.
  2. Settlement Agreement and Class Definition: The order includes the settlement agreement and its definitions, focusing on a defined group of end-user consumers who bought Lenovo laptops in the U.S. for personal or mixed use, excluding those bought for resale. The settlement permits class members, identified as all end-user consumers who currently own a specified laptop bought in the U.S. for personal or business use, to be eligible for complimentary repairs and cash reimbursements of up to $100.
  3. Class Certification for Settlement: For the purposes of this settlement, the court officially recognizes this lawsuit as a class action, meaning it covers all individuals who fit the criteria outlined in the settlement agreement.
  4. Class Representatives: Certain plaintiffs are designated as Class Representatives to act on behalf of the entire group affected by this case.
  5. Class Counsel: Specific law firms have been appointed as legal representatives for the class, ensuring the group’s interests are well represented.
  6. Class Notice: The court approves the way notices were sent to the class members, deeming the process followed the best practices for such notifications.

What The Settlement Means

For the individuals who bought Lenovo laptops in the U.S. for personal use or a combination of personal and business use (and not for selling them), this means that the lawsuit they are part of against Lenovo has moved forward. The court has given the green light to the settlement plan that was agreed upon back in December 2022. This plan outlines what Lenovo will do to make things right with the customers affected by the issues raised in the lawsuit up to… $100.  What about the lawyers?  Oh, they get $840,000.


The court has made sure that everyone who needs to know about this settlement has been told in the best way possible, and it has appointed specific lawyers to make sure the interests of the laptop buyers are looked after in the settlement process. Essentially, if you’re part of this group, the court’s decision means that steps are in place to resolve the issues brought up in the lawsuit according to the agreed-upon settlement.

How Consumer Class Action Settlements Like This Work

A consumer class action settlement typically involves a process where a group of consumers collectively bring a lawsuit against a company due to defective products, false advertising, or other misconduct that affects many people in a similar way. The goal is to achieve compensation or other relief for the affected group (the class) from the defendant company. Here’s a simplified overview of how it generally works:

  1. Class Action Filed: The process begins when a plaintiff (or plaintiffs) files a lawsuit on behalf of a larger group who have similar claims against a defendant. This could be for issues like a defective product, misleading advertising, or a violation of consumer rights.
  2. Class Certification: The court must determine whether the case meets the criteria for a class action. This includes proving that there are enough people with similar claims, the named plaintiffs can adequately represent the class, and a class action is the most efficient and fair way to resolve the dispute.
  3. Notification: Once a class is certified, potential class members are notified about the lawsuit. This notification provides details about the case, the class covered by the lawsuit, and instructions on how class members can either participate in or opt out of the settlement.
  4. Settlement Negotiations: Often, class action cases are settled before going to trial. Settlement negotiations may result in an agreement between the plaintiffs and the defendant. The terms of the settlement typically include compensation for the class members and may also require the defendant to change their business practices.
  5. Preliminary Approval: The proposed settlement is presented to the court, which reviews it for fairness, adequacy, and reasonableness. If the court preliminarily approves the settlement, it will then direct the parties to notify all class members about the terms of the settlement.
  6. Fairness Hearing: After class members have been notified, the court holds a fairness hearing to determine if the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate for all class members. Class members have the opportunity to object to the settlement during this hearing.
  7. Final Approval: If the court finds the settlement to be fair to the class members, it will grant final approval as the court just did in this case on Wednesday. This decision makes the settlement agreement effective and binds all class members who have not opted out to its terms.
  8. Distribution: After final approval, the settlement is implemented. This often involves the establishment of a claims process where class members submit claims for compensation. The settlement funds are distributed according to the terms of the agreement, which may include cash payments, product replacements, or other forms of compensation.
  9. Legal Fees and Costs: As part of the settlement, the court also approves the payment of attorneys’ fees and costs to the lawyers representing the class.  In this case, the lawyers made $840,000. These fees are typically taken from the settlement fund or paid separately by the defendant.

Consumer class action settlements provide a mechanism for many individuals to receive compensation or other relief from a defendant for wrongful actions that might be impractical or too costly to pursue individually. It’s a complex process that requires careful legal management to ensure that the interests of all class members are fairly represented and protected.