Apple Class-Action Lawsuit to Pay $14.8M to iCloud Subscribers

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If you own an Apple device, then you know that the 5GB of free storage on your iCloud account fills up pretty quickly. If you’ve paid for a higher tier of iCloud storage in the past, then you may be entitled to a refund as the result of a recent class-action lawsuit.

Apple Class-Action Lawsuit Details

In the Williams vs. Apple Inc. class-action lawsuit, the company was accused of storing iCloud data on third-party servers instead of its own. Apple maintains that it did nothing wrong, but the company has agreed to a $14.8 million settlement for breach of contract.

This settlement includes any U.S. resident who paid for an iCloud subscription any time between September 16, 2015, and January 31, 2016. Class members don’t need to take any action to be included in this settlement, as long as the email used to sign up for iCloud storage is still active.

Look for this email: Qualifying class members should have received an email with the subject line “Notice of Settlement” informing them of their status on or about March 24. This email came from the sender “Settlement Administrator” at

*Note that if you don’t find this in your inbox, be sure to check your spam folder!

text from a class action lawsuit email

Each class member will receive a portion of the Settlement based on the payments made during the Class Period, so the amount of your refund will depend on how much money you spent during that timeframe.

Class Members who currently have a monthly iCloud subscription will receive their refund in the form of a payment on their Apple account unless they opt for an alternative payment method. You have until May 23, 2022, to choose a payment method (either ACH transfer or check).

No claim form is required to receive a refund, but you must have a Notice ID number and Confirmation Code (highlighted above). This information was included in the email notice sent to Class Members.

A Final Approval Hearing will be held on August 4. For more information about this class-action settlement, you can visit the Williams v. Apple Inc. website.

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Comments 8

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You’re SO very welcome! Thank you for the super sweet comment! Super glad this was helpful! 🥰🤗

  1. Lisha

    On topic of settlement, but different company
    I recently received notification that a preliminary approval settlement has been reached with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for data security “incidents”. If this applies to you, be on the lookout. I THINK I received on Saturday.

    Thanks h2s crew
    For all that you do.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Lisha! Thank YOU! We’ll look into that!

  2. Kay

    Thank u H2S n RamonaR! I got an email but deleted it cause I thought it was spam too. Thanks to u, I found the email.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re very welcome, Kay! SO glad you found it!

  3. Mimi

    I pay for the 50 GB storage for a good while now but did not receive that email 😮
    Anyone else in the same boat?

    • Stacy F (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      That was my first thought too, Mimi, but then I saw the dates are only from 2015-2016, and I started my storage with them after that time. Did you subscribe for the storage service back then?

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