A Mysterious Appeal In The iPod Battery Class Action Settlement

Arik Hesseldahl

Macworld is reporting today there is an appeal against the settlement in the iPod battery class action case. A notice on the Web site devoted to information about the settlement dated Nov. 15 says that a notice of appeal was filed in the California Suprior Court in San Mateo, Calif. This will effectively put the final disposition of the settlement on ice until the appeal is resolved.

Apple is apparently not behind the appeal, and as of yet its specfic nature of the appeal is known. I put in a call to Andrew Muhlbach, Apple's attorney on the matter and was told that he was in meetings in Cupertino. And sadly, the court's Web site doesn't allow access to court documents.

As you may have read, I'm no big fan of these class action lawsuits. This settlement is the one where you had to find some proof that you bought the iPod in order to qualify for a new battery or a $50 credit at the Apple Store. The settlement as approved would cost Apple about $14.5 million, about as much revenue as it took in in nine hours of operation during its 2005 fiscal year.

If Apple's not behind this appeal, then maybe someone doesn't think a new battery or $50 is enough of a payout. Just out of curiousity, I'll keep an eye on this as it develops.

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