Bluetooth Headset Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
You can take part in the Bluetooth Headset Class Action Lawsuit Settlement if you have a set and you bought it from June 30, 2002 to February 19, 2009. This lawsuit is against Motorola, Plantronics and GN Netcom. They are the makers of Jabra headsets. Apparently there was not enough advertisement that using the headphones can cause hearing loss if the volume is turned up too high.
The Bluetooth Headset Class Action Lawsuit Settlement is worth $1.2 million. Notices will be sent out to all those who are eligible to get compensation in this case. However the compensation is nothing in this case. Yes that is right. There is $1.2 million but nothing for you who may have suffered hearing loss. Great! So where does the money go to? Apparently $100,000 will go to 4 charities. These charities will be selected by the plaintiffs.
Because of this settlement, the manufacturers of the headset have also agreed to put warnings about the hearing loss. However, very few people will even read this warning. How many people actually read the documentation that comes with a headset. All you do is get it out of the box and plug it in. It is not rocket science. I think hearing loss if you listen to music that this too loud is also common sense. Why do you need to be told that. I guess that is why nobody will get money from this settlement. It is just too idiotic. However the lawyers will still get their money. The trial lawyers will get $850,000. Nine plaintiffs will get a total of $12,000 in incentive payments.
You still retain your legal rights in this case even though you do not get a dime. This means that you can still exclude yourself from the settlement. I think this is the best route to take in this case because you will not get anything. At least if you exclude yourself then you have a chance to sue the company or even to take part in other lawsuits against the company. If you do not exclude yourself, you will get nothing in terms of compensation and you will also not be able to sue the company or to even get a chance to get compensation in other lawsuits against the company. However excluding yourself does not mean that the lawyers will not get paid. No matter what you do, the lawyers will still get paid. So basically they are the real winners.
If you decide not to exclude yourself, you can object if you wish. However, you may need a lawyer. However, please do not go out and get a lawyer because that can be very expensive. Usually you will be able to use the lawyers who are appointed by the Court to help you. The final hearing is supposed to be on July 6. One of the objections that you can make if you decide to do this is that the case should be dismissed because it has not merit. You are not getting anything from this case anyway. So why let the attorneys get all the money. If it is dismissed then the lawyers will not get a dime. So this might be the best thing to do if you decide to stay in the settlement.
If there are enough people who object to this settlement, there is a good chance that this case will be dismissed. That is the only thing that you can do. I have bought quite a few headsets and I have never even opened the documents that come with it. Why would I even want to read it when there is nothing to assemble. You also do not need any instructions to operate a headset. It is as easy of plugging it into the computer and turning the volume up and listening. That is it. So a warning in any of the documents will not be read by most people. A lot of people do not even read the manual for things that actually need to be assembled. A lot of people prefer to start trying to assemble than to read. The one good thing about this settlement is that Judge Fischer lowered the attorneys fees on July 31, 2012.
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