Sony was one of the first OEMs to focus on designing water-resistant phones, but they weren't always resistant enough. Consumers were brushed off by Sony when their water-resistant phones and tablets showed evidence of water damage. Now, there's a class action lawsuit wrapping up that could result in affected Sony owners getting a 50% refund on their devices.

The case covers 24 different phones, all of which were advertised by the company as having IP ratings; Sony does like to splash water on phones in promo images. The plaintiffs allege Sony doesn't stand behind the rating, though. Here's the list of devices.

  • Xperia M2 Aqua
  • Xperia Z3 Dual
  • Xperia M2 Aqua
  • Xperia Z3 Dual
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia Z3+ Dual
  • Xperia ZR
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z Ultra
  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet (WiFi)
  • Xperia Z1s (T-Mobile)
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet (LTE)
  • Xperia Z2 Xperia Z2 Tablet (Verizon LTE)
  • Xperia Z3 Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (WiFi)
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact (LTE)
  • Xperia Z3 (T-Mobile)
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet (WiFi)
  • Xperia Z3v (Verizon)
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet (LTE)

Those who submitted water damage claims to Sony for one of the above phones might already have gotten a notice about this case in the mail, but you can also register for it manually. The proposed settlement includes a warranty extension of 12 months for devices still covered by warranty and six months for those not under warranty at this time. What most people will probably be interested in is the partial refund. If the settlement is approved, those who file a claim will get 50% of the MSRP back.

You can sign up at the class action website, which is also where you can get information about objecting to the resolution or opting out. Importantly, you can only file a claim if you tried to get warranty service on one of the affected phones for water intrusion and were denied by Sony. You need to include documentation of your interactions with Sony as well. Just owning one of the affected models is not enough to get a refund.