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Apple Facing 59 Lawsuits Over Decision to Slow Down Phones

The lawsuits may receive class-action status, an effort that will start on March 29 in Atlanta.

By NTK Staff | 03.28.2018 @1:00pm
Apple Facing 59 Lawsuits Over Decision to Slow Down Phones

Five dozen iPhone users have filed 59 lawsuits against tech giant Apple since December 2017, when the company publicly admitted to slowing down users’ older iPhone models in an effort to preserve battery life.

The admission sparked a public outcry and an “unusual” number of lawsuits, according to experts who spoke to the Wall Street Journal.

Plaintiffs are seeking “an unspecified financial award, attorneys’ fees and free iPhone battery replacements, as well as a corrective advertising campaign,” the Journal reported.

The lawsuits are seeking class-action status. Efforts to combine the cases into one class-action suit will kick off at a March 29 legal meeting in Atlanta, setting in motion an effort to have the class certified. A lead attorney and a court location also will be chosen.

Apple is no stranger to class-action suits. They faced a large number of suits in 2010 when a flaw in the design of the iPhone 4 caused the phone to repeatedly drop calls. Apple settled that case, agreeing to pay iPhone 4 owners $15 or give them a free iPhone case. “The total potential settlement amount was $315 million,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

While the plaintiffs may face an “uphill battle,” Apple may be eager to settle this case, too. “[A] multiyear court fight over the phone-throttling issue could force the secretive company to disclose sensitive information about its software development process, according to analysts.”

The longer this issue drags out in the courts and in the press, the worse it gets for Apple. The issue has even drawn interest from Washington, D.C., with federal regulators launching an inquiry in January.

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