Asus has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit concerning wi-fi and GPS connectivity issues of the Asus Eee Pad TF201 Transformer Prime tablet. If you own or owned a TF201, you may be entitled to $17 and a free GPS extension kit.
Colin Fraser had filed a lawsuit against Asustek for their Transformer
Prime tablet. The lawsuit alleged that the metallic case of the tablet
made the tablet's GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities useless. Asus had
aknowledged the issue and removed the GPS functionality from the
tablet's specification sheet, adding admitting that there were
limitations when using the GPS function. Asus claimed it had addressed
the issue by offering the Dongle to Asus Eee Pad TF201 Transformer Prime
Fraser seeked an injunction and damages for "negligence, defect in
design, manufacture and assembly, breaches of warranty, violations of
California's Consumer Legal Remedies Act and business and professions
codes, and negligent misrepresentation."
Now Asus and Fraser have agreed to settle the class action lawsuit. Asus
said it was entering into the proposed settlement to avoid burdensome and
costly litigation. Consumers are eligible to participate in the
settlement if they are United States residents who bought a TF201 between
December 1, 2011 and February 19, 2013 and did not receive a full refund.
Asus is offering each user either a $17 refund or a new Dongle. To claim
a cash payment and a Dongle, users must submit a Claim Form
on the Asus' website, by email or by regular
mail by May 31, 2013.
The Court has not yet approved the settlement and will have a hearing to
decide whether to do so. Users who may object to the settlement by June
20, 2013 and ask the Court not to approve the proposed settlement.