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Class-action suit filed against Apple because of the iPhone 4

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Class-action suit filed against Apple because of the iPhone 4
Once problems involving the iPhone 4 started popping up and Apple started dragging their feet, you knew that the lawyers would become involved. And now, it appears that a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Cupertino based firm. And a leaked internal Apple memo that tells employees how to hold the phone correctly to avoid connectivity problems could be the "smoking gun". The suit, filed in Maryland, has a long list of complaints, charging Apple and AT&T with General Negligence, Breach of implied warranty, Deceptive Trade Practices, Intentional and Negligent Misrepresentation and Fraud by concealment among others. Apple alone is being charged with Defect in Design, Manufacture and Assembly. This is just the beginning of what looks to be a big pay day for the lawyers. The entire complaint can be found at the source link. Don't expect a big pay day if you're an iPhone 4 owner. Usually, the members of the class-action end up with the short end of the stick.

Apple iPhone 4 Specifications | Review

source: Gizmodo




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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:47

1. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


WOW! Stick it to em... OOorrrr, you could just buy a rubber band to wrap around the phone, then theres NO LAWSUIT! Nah, Sue the Basterds! They deserve it for releasing a half done phone, Im glad Verizon customers didnt get this model, all the signal hype we suuposed to give the phone, and it comes down to how you hold it...we would of had a hard time with that one...

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:11

3. cadetz (unregistered)


you mean INCLUDE the rubber band and there will be no problem =D it's cheap enough that apple can stuff a rubber band in the box for shipment and have it multi color just for the youthful image & trendy approach now it's all about marketing their marketing experts are falling asleep and the PR doesn't know anything

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:39

13. cc16177 (Posts: 312; Member since: 09 May 2010)


Actually I work for Verizon and there's a customer in my store RIGHT NOW with an iPhone4 WITH the rubber thing around the edge and while it helps with making phone calls it's almost impossible for me to get a solid data connection unless I hold the phone with just two fingers on the very top...

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:59

16. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


not true

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 15:50

35. matt1q2aw3 (unregistered)


I love this....Apple goofed on something sooooo simple, this appears to be a design flaw not based upon computer programming or faulty components.... but simply improper design of the antenna as well as improper testing... Then again, how could Apple properly test their products when they can't even keep track of their prototypes. Those all end up in a puddle of spilled beer and redbull-vodkas. It would be an absolute disgrace if the employee who designed the antenna was fired for this and Jobs is still gets to water and fertilize his orchard of I-bitches. Somewhere on the product testing checklist there is a missing box for "does this phone drop more calls then would be expected?" Someone get me a wool shirt.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 15:50

36. matt1q2aw3 (unregistered)


I love this....Apple goofed on something sooooo simple, this appears to be a design flaw not based upon computer programming or faulty components.... but simply improper design of the antenna as well as improper testing... Then again, how could Apple properly test their products when they can't even keep track of their prototypes. Those all end up in a puddle of spilled beer and redbull-vodkas. It would be an absolute disgrace if the employee who designed the antenna was fired for this and Jobs is still gets to water and fertilize his orchard of I-bitches. Somewhere on the product testing checklist there is a missing box for "does this phone drop more calls then would be expected?" Someone get me a wool shirt.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 15:55

37. matt1q2aw3 (unregistered)


What is 1.7 million times the price of a rubber cover? 34 million baaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh baaaaaaaaaaaaaah pay up shepherd!!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 16:18

38. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


especially since with EVERY Apple purchase they include the SAME DAMN WHITE HEADPHONES!!!! Im sure Apple nuts have LOTS of heaphones, but not a lot of BARS!

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 19:47

58. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


Apple and At&T because they have so much money. I think it will be increadible hard to when a court case against either one, let alone both companies combined.

posted on 03 Jul 2010, 17:34

59. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


The thing that really pisses me off is the other article about how Verizon got sued for their contracts ETF's. People seem to justify the suing of a company that clearly discloses the contract your about to sign and the terms of the agreement that you are bound to if you agree. But in this article people are defending the fact that the company had complete control over their negligence, how Apple fails to take responsibility, and refuses to fix the problem. They dont put a stop on sales, they're still dumping truck loads of these problematic phones to the public without resolving the issue. This to me sounds like the Toyota Prius all over again.

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 09:51

61. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


how can anyone say anything on here is not true? are you at the store with him? do you have an iphone4? and there are so many of these worthless hunks of glass and steel that one could be horrible and the next 5 could be fine...i think you should think about what you are saying before you post it on the WWW and show everyone your intelligence...

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 09:53

62. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


lmao those cheap ass headphones that are soooo junky!

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 09:54

63. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


is it the company or the IDIOTS that keep buying these phones that should be PIMP slapped?!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:09

2. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


As much as I think the iPhone 4 antenna debacle is a perfect example of bad engineering practice, it doesn't deserve a class action suit. The people filling this lawsuit and their ambulance chasing counsel are just try to make a quick buck... And yes, I know I'm probably going to get flamed for this, but I'm concerned that too many of these types of lawsuits are going to keep companies like Apple from trying new things like putting the antennas on the outside. As much as it was poorly executed, it was a good idea...

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:20

5. mdw92581 (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)


So how else do you get Apple to correct their wrong? You think they are just gonna decide to give out these free bumpers that they are charging $30 for on their own? Seriously man they put this product out with its organs showing and then tell you that your holding it wrong and you should buy a bandaid? F!@K THAT! I think the iPhone 4 is awsome but what they are doing to the consumer is not right especially for the hundreds of dollars we're paying for it.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:24

12. luv_droids (Posts: 30; Member since: 21 May 2010)


It's not the face that they were trying something new.... they knew it was flawed, they still put it into production and sold it to the public with the defect. Then they say there is no problem... then say you are holding it wrong like you're a retard who doesnt know how to hold a cell phone. So in this instance they deserve to be sued because they knowingly put out a defective device HOPING the consumer was too dumb to notice, or dumb enough to believe they were holding it wrong when mostly EVERYONE holds a cell from the bottom.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:01

18. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


nak i agree with you...this is obnoxious...here is how you correct a bad product return or don't buy the phone...its not bad engineering...its not defective...vote and reward for a good company with your dollars...if the at&t and Apple iPhone solution is for you great if not there are plenty of alternatives...there is no reason for all drama everytime there is an iPhone story...

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:16

23. bossmann20 (Posts: 38; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


o please they knew that iphone was going to have crappy connections with their 'special engineering,' but it came back and haunted them so they need to be expose and i hope they get hell of money from apple and at&t

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 10:01

57. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I actually agree with you on this. People sue for far too little these days. Mind you, I am not condoning apple's faulty antenna. To be honest I own the iPhone 4 and I have only had a single dropped call, but that may be due to the simple fact that all users will hold their phones differently. In my opinion I believe the simplest and most appropriate solution comes with apple sending a black bumper to everyone who purchased one that they have record of. We all know that that bumber costs nowhere near the $30 they are selling it for. It most likely costs less than a dollar to manufacture. This would mean that their profit loss, ignoring those who may have purchased a bumper at some point for $30, is significantly less than the every growing class action suit that is being filed against them.

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 09:55

64. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


the bumpers cost CONSUMERS $30 not CRAPPLE...think about it more like $3 if that, its rubber for crying out loud

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:15

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


this lawsuit is an example of Americans have had enough of big business half assing stuff and then giving arrogant remarks on the reasoning behind it.

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 09:57

65. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


church...

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 14:30

71. rfrapp (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


Agreed

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:34

6. dsg_cobra (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)


exactly, dont feel bad for apple, they told their employee's and at&t to not say their is an issue, and to tell them its the consumers fault for holding it wrong, then they tell the customer for only 29.99 you can hold your phone like you want to. this is bull s**t. LG realized that the env3 had a build defect, the battery didnt fit properly in the phone, We at vzw reported this and LG acted, they rebuilt the phone and also it comes with a battery now that fits properly and now it doesnt power off randomly anymore. was it cheap?? no , was it the right thing to do?? yes. Now apple step up to the plate, swallow a small portion of your big bonus you were looking forward to and give your 2 dollar bumper cover to your large group of followers and do the right thing.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:41

8. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


AT&T is not telling anyone to by a bumper. Furthermore, most iphone users spend the 29.00 or so for a bumper on the other phones. What is the difference really??

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:59

17. mdw92581 (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)


the difference is that the Antannae are on the outside of this phone and you apparently NEED to buy a bumper to solve the problem. Do you get that? I mean it would be cool if this was called the iPhone 4 Exoskeleton Edition but its not is it?

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:18

24. bossmann20 (Posts: 38; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


the difference is that with and without the 'bumper' a person should be able to make calls and hold it how they want to without losing connections!!! DUH!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 17:56

43. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


like I said, everyone I know has a bumper on previous and current model - so, it was not like they were not going to buy it....mine cost 15.00...for my ARIA

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 12:40

7. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Another stupid lawsuit - if you do not like the phone - buy something else - no one forces you, the customer, to buy an iphone 4. These idiots are feeling peer pressure because everyone else is buying the phone and they want to feel a part of something supposedly special. 'Keeping up with Joneses'....wake up america....these are cell phones - luxury items - economy is not good right now?? lol, could have fooled us. Return your iphone 4 and get an HTC ARIA droid....or go somewhere else. You have 30 days to reverse your upgrades/return the purchase. I hope this is not costing taxpayers money as the governor of CA will make all state employees work minimum wage if the budget is not passed.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:04

9. penoy24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


I have to register just so i can respond to this stupid comment!!! It's like buying a car because of all the hype. That's what advertisement is for and if you believe this you end up buying the stupid car and you end up with a lemon. Now your stuck with the bill and cant get out of it or else you pay extra. The effing service already sucks but you bought it anyway because the dealer told you a bunch of bull!@#$. Even though you were happy with your old one you had to buy this lemon. I think this lawsuit make sense. I was on the edge of giving up my service with my current one and paying the bill for that just for this phone. Hey maybe you dont need that bumper for this phone, just raise your other arm and the opposite leg then cluck like a chicken and hold that for an hour while your doing business on the phone. See how that feels!!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:07

10. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Good, gov't employees are generally worthless as employees anyway. They waste more time than any other employees I've ever seen/known about, and all because they could give two shits about the people that are actually paying their salaries: the taxpayers! You by far, are the biggest waste of space douche on here...

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:12

11. penoy24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


Has anybody heard of a PHONEFAX? You know the phone version of the CARFAX.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:50

14. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


penoy, the stupid comment belongs to you....the iphone 4 comes with 30-day policy to return - if you do not like the phone - then you can return it. AT&T has plenty of other phones to buy - I have an HTC ARIA - works great....

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:03

19. mdw92581 (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)


its called a joke

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:05

21. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


do not buy the iphone 4 and all your problems will go away. Apple will hurt for sales because of the issue and may eventually reissue iphone 4.1 and allow all to do a warranty exchange for it. Honestly, the best way to hurt a company is to not buy their products - that will send a loud message to Steve 'Blo' Jobs....

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:11

22. cansler (Posts: 136; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


1st, I agree w/you about just return the iToy Fore. Get an Aria. It is a great little phone that is a powerhouse. I didn't think the 600MHz processor could handle all the Sense UI and all that. but is zooms. BUT... Never... EVER... call it a Droid. That is Verizon's stupid campaign name for something that already has a name.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:39

26. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Sorry, you are correct ANDROID HTC ARIA - it is a nice phone - even better rooted - gets better signal than a 3GS and is great for the techie and the PDA dummy.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 17:00

40. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But, doesn't Apple charge a restock fee for returns of non-defective products? And, since they claim there is no defect, every return for the antenna non-issue would incur this fee. Does that seem right? I'm not an Apple or ATT customer, so if I'm wrong about the restock fee, let me know.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 17:57

44. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


gtood point - that would suck....

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 22:36

52. penoy24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


perhaps your not reading the whole comment. iphone or not, your still stuck with a contract with at&t just because you switched network because of the IPHONE 4. like i said in it "Now your stuck with the bill" with the service you don't like. I can get better phones on the other network than having an effing lemon.

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 10:00

66. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


EVO!!!

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 10:00

67. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


EVO!!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 13:52

15. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Americans are so sue happy nowadays. No wonder our country is frowned upon by the international community. I admit that apple probably messed up - who says you HAVE to buy the phone?? No one. Be your own person and make your own decisions. You bought the phone on 6/29 and the phone has issues - fine - exchange or return it.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 22:56

53. penoy24 (Posts: 5; Member since: 01 Jul 2010)


for some people to get the iphone, they have to change network. now, because of all the hype and misleading advertisement of apple, they switched to ATT just to get the iphone even if their contract is not over with. They had to pay a fine for breaking contract. Even if they don't like the network and service of ATT they still changed over just to get their hands on the iphone 4. Now that they found out that they have a lemon, even if they can return or exchange the phone now they are stuck with the network and the contract. While you can get the same or better phones from your old better network, your stuck with ATT just because you wanted the iphone4 and you made your own decision and just being your own person

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:05

20. mdw92581 (Posts: 131; Member since: 25 Feb 2010)


T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant a Galaxy S Phone For the WIN!!

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:42

28. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


And, what is up with some posting....."FOR THE WIN!"....or "FOR THE LOSE!!" Really, what is up with that? We are discussing phones/technology as though we root for a team. Corporate America sees us as numbers....

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 15:16

33. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Corporate ANYWHERE sees you as #'s homey...

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 17:23

72. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


Proper english is all most gone most people now adays use more slang from deferent generations to speak.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:21

25. bossmann20 (Posts: 38; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


no one told apple to put a defective phone out in the market then want to have the consumers feel dumb saying they holding it wrong! GTFOH! They so smart they really dumb and im glad it backfired!!!! PERIOD

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:41

27. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


True, so do not buy it - why does anyone have a right to sue a company for a product that can be returned within 30 days from when you bought it?? Bad mark on apple. In all honesty, my friends and family who have the iphone 4 have no problem with theirs. This is all really a bunch of media hype...

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:47

30. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


because its unethical, illegal and just plain bullshit they do not admit it.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:47

31. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Well if that's the motto, then no one told you to buy the phone. Since this antenna mishap has been reported ppl continue to buy the phone but complain about this issue. This is a complete waste of litigation and is a opportunity to try get some quick cheddar cheese off of Apple. Money hungry lawyers and dumb consumers gravitatin like horny sheep to the slaughter for phone that requires a rubber casing make calls. For those proud owners prior to this fiasco, you had to have the phone so live it until its corrected. Americans i tell u...always complainin. I have verizon btw

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:57

32. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Finally, someone with common sense - CRICKET to the rescue.... YOU...CAN...RETURN....the phone (say it like CAPT KIRK). Send a message to apple and return the phone and STEVE will listen because he will see money walking out on him. A lawsuit does nothing - it looks silly - it is a waste of money (great for lawyers). Take ownership of a situation - the phone should not be your life...

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 00:15

55. scvzw2 (Posts: 32; Member since: 20 Jun 2010)


Networkdood i think they understand that you can take the phone back within 30 days problem is you return your at&t service with it you are stuck in the contract for 1 or 2 years this sucks for the people who switched to At&t just for the iphone why should they be stuck with some other phone on At&t just because the phone they switched for dosent work properly?

posted on 02 Jul 2010, 09:53

56. deadpool_ct (Posts: 18; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


The thing that people are missing on here is that AT&T has the same thing as every other carrier, you have 30 days with the phone, PLUS THE CONTRACT. If you dont like the phone, the carrier or the coverage, YOU HAVE 30 DAYS TO RETURN IT ALL AND GET OUT OF YOUR CONTRACT. So everybody that is saying you are stuck in the contract, you need to just shut the hell up and read the rules on your contract a little better. For everybody else, who cares, lawsuits come and go, look at all of the lawsuits between phone makers and other little companies. Its called cry me a river, build me a bridge, and get the funk over it. As it sits right now, I am happy with my Moto Droid from VZW, and all of you iPhone criers can go lick balls. The phone sucks, and losing everyday to the VZW network and the phones that it has to offer.

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 10:04

68. hcbarclay (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


EVO!!

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 17:26

73. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


Unethical is how most people make their decisions. This is based on companies business models.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 14:45

29. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Sue happy or not you should not have to put something over a phone to make it work. If thats true why make the phone pretty at all why not make it out of ugly brown plastic you wont see it any way. Why redesign the outside when you wont be able to see it. Yeah the lawyers are usually greedy but something needs to be done. Even if everybody just return there phone. I think there should be a recall which i have said every time i commented on this situation.

posted on 04 Jul 2010, 17:29

74. wade1968 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Apr 2010)


People put covers on their expensive cell phones to protect them from damage.

posted on 01 Jul 2010, 15:16

34. pocholo (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Jun 2010)


wow if they dont like the iphone whyy bother to gett it ?

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