It sure didn’t take long for class action lawsuits against Apple and AT&T regarding the new iPhone 4 to get underway. It has only been a week since launch! We knew these were coming, however, since it was announced earlier this week that the same lawfirm that sued Facebook and Zynga was rounding up AT&T denizens to get a class action suit geared up. Now the first one has begun.
Here are some claims and accusations made in the lawsuit:
• General Negligence
• Defect in Design, Manufacture, and Assembly (APPLE)
• Breach of Express Warranty (APPLE)
• Breach of Implied Warranty for Merchantability
• Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose
• Deceptive Trade Practices
• Intentional Misrepresentation
• Negligent Misrepresentation
• Fraud by Concealment
That’s a whole lot of negligence and breaches and misrepresentations! Of course, there’s no dancing around the issue at hand here, and that’s the iPhone 4 antenna problem. The new design which integrates the steel frame as a radio antenna sounded nifty, but ultimately caused problems when held a certain way – the “death grip,” as it’s been called. Since the iPhone 4 problem arose, there have been many quick fixes and homemade solutions for the isssue, but none ultimately fix the problem.
On the other hand, people could just, I don’t know, return their phones if they’re truly unhappy? It hasn’t been thirty days by my count and I’m somewhat sure that no one is forcing these disgruntled customers to keep their faulty devices. Could it be that this is more of a reaction to misplaced feelings of betrayal? After all, people were so damn excited to get their new iPhones so it’s easy to see why many would be angry at Apple for potentially knowingly selling a faulty product. Either way, I’m eager to see where these lawsuits go and whether Apple comes up with a miracle iPhone 4 fix.