Archive for January 22, 2022

Google Shuts Down G Suite Legacy Free Edition…. Cue The Lawyers

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 22, 2022 by itnerd

On Wednesday, Google announced that it is getting rid of the G Suite legacy free edition. And Google will will transition all remaining users to an upgraded Google Workspace paid subscription based on your usage. This ticked quite a few people off and to the surprise of nobody, there are now reports that a class action lawsuit could be filed in response by a law firm called Chimicles Schwartz Kriner & Donaldson-Smith:

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve covered the firm before. They’re the company that sued Google for the Nexus 6P’s early shutdown and bootlooping issues, the Nexus 5X’s bootloops, the 2016 Pixel’s microphone problems, and the more Pixel 3 news. You may also know them from the Nintendo Joy-Con drift class-action — it’s a well-known firm for these big tech class action lawsuits. And now they’ve set their sights on Google’s legacy G Suite shutdown.

No lawsuit has been filed yet; the attorneys involved are just collecting information for a potential lawsuit in the future once all the facts are straight (and Google has had time to reconsider its actions).

Now if you’re affected by this, you can reach out to the attorneys involved in the case. Though this news alone might make Google reconsider what it is doing as it likely pocket change to keep things the way they are, and far more expensive to fight a class action lawsuit.