Neirfy/shutterstockResidents of the good old U.S. of A., we have some great news. If you bought one or more phones, laptops, or tablets between January 1, 2000 and May 31, 2011, you could be eligible for a BIG payout. (And if any of these things are in your attic, you’re sitting on a gold mine.)
A class action lawsuit was just filed against Hitachi Maxell, LG, and NEC, companies that make lithium-ion cylindrical batteries, Inc. reports. The lawsuit accuses the three manufacturers of fixing the cost of the batteries, which in turn increased the sticker price on the devices that used them.
“In other words, individuals and businesses may have paid more for certain products which contained these lithium-ion batteries,” the lawsuit’s website said.
The list of electronics covered under the lawsuit include laptop PCs, notebooks, netbook computers; mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, digital audition players; camcorders, cameras; cordless power tools; and replacement batteries for any of these products.
If you’re eligible to cash in, all you need to do is file a brief form by November 29. The $45 million settlement will be divvied up among all valid claimants. For just a few minutes of your day, you’re almost guaranteed to get a free check in your mailbox.
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