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Sony may owe you $55 - Here's how you can claim your cash

Linux powers supercomputers, servers, smartphones, smart TVs, cars, spaceships, entertainment systems and pocket computers. You name it, this operating system is probably involved with it one way or another. It is so well adopted that it totally surrounds us.

With everything you can do with Linux, what would happen if the manufacturer of your gadget blocked its use? One major corporation is doing just that, and it might owe you money because of it.

You are a Class Member and might be eligible for a cash payment if you bought a Fat PS3 in the U.S. between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA).

The suit was brought against SCEA after the company issued a firmware update that disabled the "Other OS" functionality from PS3 "Fat" model consoles. The Other OS function allowed users to run Linux as an alternative OS.

SCEA has denied any wrongdoing but has reached a settlement to resolve the case. Whether you decide to act or not, your legal rights are affected. The Court still needs to approve the settlement before it is official.

How to make a claim

If you are a Class Member, you have a few options to choose from. You can submit a claim, exclude yourself from the settlement, object to the settlement, or do nothing. If you choose to do nothing, you will not receive a cash payment and will be bound by the settlement terms.

If the settlement is approved, Class Members who submit a claim and don't exclude themselves will receive payments. Here are the two payment options:

  • $55 - You are entitled to this payment if you are a Class Member and submit a claim with required proof of purchase along with proof of use of the Other OS feature.
  • $9 - If you submit a claim with proof of purchase and attest that you intended on using the Other OS function, you are entitled to the $9 payment.

For a more in-depth look at what these choices mean, check out the overview of the proposed settlement here. If you want to submit a claim, click here.

Here are some important dates that you need to be aware of:

  • December 7, 2016 - This is the deadline if you want to be excluded from the settlement. Your exclusion must be postmarked or submitted by this date. If you want to object to the settlement, you also have until December 7. You have until December 7 to file a claim. Your claim form has to be postmarked or submitted by this date.
  • January 24, 2017 - A hearing is set for this date regarding the settlement's fairness. Click here for more details if you would like to attend.

You're not going to get rich with a class action suit settlement, but if you are a Class Member you need to know your rights. Make sure you read up on your options and make the best choice for you.

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