Nike partially refunds FuelBand customers to settle lawsuit alleging wristband claims are inaccurate

 
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Nike's FuelBand was designed in conjunction with Apple (Source: Getty)

Nike will give partial refunds to customers who bought its FuelBand fitness tracker in the past three-and-half years, settling a lawsuit which alleged the device was inaccurate.

The wristband, which costs around £100 in the UK, was designed in collaboration with Apple to keep track of a users' sleep patterns, calories burned and steps taken, but a lawsuit brought against the company in 2013 alleging that "false and/or misleading statements were made regarding the Nike+ FuelBand's ability to accurately track steps [and] calories".

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Nike and Apple both maintain that they did nothing wrong or illegal, but have agreed to pay $15 (£9.60) or offer a $25 gift card redeemable at Nike.com to people in the US who purchased the product between January 19 2012 and June 17 2015 in order to avoid a potentially costly lawsuit.

Last year Nike laid off a number of its digital sports staff who worked on the product and cut the cost of the FuelBand, suggesting the company was cooling on developing wearable tech.

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