Tomczak was chastised online for what some deemed a "frivolous" suit, and he reportedly tried to have his name removed from the action. Instead, the original law firms filed actions against Tomczak to keep his name attached to the suit, forcing Tomczak to retain his own attorney.
According to the suit, some of those nanos weren't "coated," and were subject to "excessive scratching."
A notice was sent out to nano owners this week. Customers who didn't receive a slip case from Apple upon purchase of their iPod nano may be entitled to a cash payment of $25, while those who did receive a slip case "may be entitled to a cash payment of $15."
A judge still needs to sign off on the settlement, and a hearing has been scheduled for April 28. The $22.5 million includes attorneys' fees of $4.5 million and litigation expenses of up to $200,000. Ouch.
On the other hand, with $28 billion in cash in the bank, $22.5 million works out to less than 1/10th of 1 percent of Apple's available cash. C'est la vie.
The settlement covers uncoated First Generation iPod nanos. These iPod nanos were first sold beginning in September 2005, and have a black or white plastic front and a stainless steel back.