Dell and SBE Litigation Settlement on Optional Service Contracts- Claim for Refunds

What is the Settlement Agreement?

In connection with litigation involving (1) a class of purchasers of Dell computer products and optional service contracts, (2) Dell, and (3) the Board of Equalization, a California Court of Appeal ruled in 2008 that Dell's sales of optional service contracts should not have been subject to tax. If you paid tax to Dell in connection with your purchase of optional service contracts, you may be eligible for a tax refund.

Therefore, you may be eligible for a refund if you paid the sales or use tax on a service contract.

Will I Get a Refund?

If you received in the mail a Short Form Notice And Individual Summary for the Dell Settlement or SBE Settlement, then Dell's records show that you made one or more service contract purchases and you may be entitled to a refund.

If Dell's records show that you made more than one purchase and fall into both Settlement Classes, you should receive two separate notices. You must file a claim to be eligible for any benefits from the settlements. ALL CLAIMS MUST BE FILED BY MAY 29, 2013.

How Do I Apply for a Refund?

For more information, or to file a claim, please visit You may also call the toll free Claims Assistance Line at 1-877-502-2008.


On June 12, 2013, the San Francisco Superior Court approved the settlement and entered a final judgment in the case.

Refunds are currently being mailed to claimants. For further information, including the status of a refund claim, you can contact us by telephone at (916) 445-7767 or via e-mail at