MacBook Pro Keyboard Litigation

Apple MacBook Keyboard Defect Class Action Lawsuit
Did you purchase a MacBook laptop with a butterfly keyboard?
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Girard Sharp is prosecuting a certified consumer class action that seeks monetary recoveries for individuals who purchased a MacBook laptop computer with a thin “butterfly” keyboard.

The lawsuit alleges that the keyboards on MacBook laptops equipped with Apple’s butterfly keyboard have a propensity to fail. Individuals potentially affected include those who purchased an Apple MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air from model years 2015 through 2019. 

You can read a copy of the lawsuit here.

In March 2021, U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California granted Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification and appointed Girard Sharp as co-lead class counsel, along with Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith.

The certified class includes “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.”

Purchasers from other states, though not included in the class certified for trial, have live claims against Apple that are preserved in Plaintiffs’ complaint brought on behalf of a proposed nationwide class.

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If you purchased one of the computers mentioned above, our class action suit may affect you. Please click here to complete our free online survey.  

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The Butterfly Keyboard

In 2015, Apple unveiled a new “butterfly” keyboard on its MacBook laptops. The butterfly keyboard enabled Apple to make its laptops thinner. Apple promoted the butterfly keyboards as being more responsive than traditional laptop keyboards.

The Keyboard Defect

Thousands of consumers have reported that Apple’s butterfly keyboard resulted in sticky and unresponsive keys, which interfere with a user’s ability to type. Our case alleges that Apple’s butterfly keyboard is produced and assembled in such a way that when minimal amounts of dust or debris accumulate under or around a key, keystrokes fail to register correctly. 

Because typing is the primary purpose of laptops, over time, consumers have become more and more frustrated with this keyboard defect. In early May 2018, Apple customers started a petition demanding that Apple recall its defective laptops, noting “Apple’s relative silence on this issue.” The petition has now amassed over 40,000 signatures. 

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Girard Sharp has earned national Tier 1 rankings for Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation and has been named to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list each year since 2013. Read about some of our results.

We have recovered over a billion dollars for our clients against the world’s largest corporations in cases concerning false advertising, unfair business practices, data breaches, and defective products against some of the largest tech companies, including, Apple, Google, LG, Yahoo, and Motorola.

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