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If You Have Purchased A
Cellular Phone
Since February 11, 2011,
A Class Action Lawsuit May Affect
Your Rights.

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A lawsuit is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (the “District Court”) against Qualcomm Incorporated (“Qualcomm”). Plaintiffs in the lawsuit claim that Qualcomm violated state consumer protection and antitrust laws in California, harming competition and causing California consumers to overpay for cellular phones.

The lawsuit is about whether Qualcomm engaged in anticompetitive conduct that raised the price consumers paid for cellular phones. The cellular phones involved in this litigation include phones with CDMA and LTE technologies. This includes cellular phones manufactured and sold by companies such as Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and ZTE. A list of all models of cellular phones included in this litigation is available here.

On September 27, 2018, the District Court determined that this case could proceed as a class action. Qualcomm appealed the District Court’s decision to certify a class to the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit heard oral argument on Qualcomm’s appeal and subsequently reversed certification of the class and remanded to the District Court for further proceedings. On June 10, 2022, Plaintiffs filed a Second Amended Complaint, which updates both their allegations and the composition of the class. The Second Amended Complaint is brought on behalf of California consumers only and asserts only California state-law claims. Qualcomm’s motion to dismiss the Second Amended Complaint is currently pending in the District Court.

The District Court has not decided whether Qualcomm did anything wrong. There is no money available now, and no guarantee there will be. If you previously excluded yourself from the certified class, that exclusion is no longer in effect because class certification was reversed. If a new class is certified, a new notice will be provided and you will have the opportunity to exclude yourself if you wish to do so.