Just been a week on the market, iPhone 4 made Apple goes to court with three-class action lawsuits and maybe more in the future.
The first one was filed by Gizmodo, in the US District Court for the District of Maryland. Acussing both Apple and AT&T for their general default, their flaw design, manufacture, and assembly, violation of express warranty, violation warranty for commercial use, violation warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, cheating on trade pratices, error in purpose, error in presentation, and hidden scams.
Another one was filed in Texas, and the biggest one in the US District Court for the District of Oakland, California.
The AppleInsider reports that the California complaints are acussing unfair business practices, violation of the Federal Communications Act, and other bad things:
The iPhone4 manifests error design and manufacturing that the Defendants already knew about but not telling the customers, that is about a connection problem caused by the iPhone 4’s antenna configuration that makes it difficult or impossible to maintain a connection to AT&T’s network. The Defendant have failed to help customers about this errors. Customers are left with three actions only : holding their phone in a strange and unsual way, returning their phones and pay 10% “restocking fee”, or buying an Apple’s “bumper” cases for their phones, costing additional $29.99 to the premium they have already paid for the phones themselves, that would be able to repair the phone’s error.
Anything is possible in a lawsuit-happy nation. But don’t forget the facts that : first, that maybe someone just want to make quick bucks before Apple can fix the situation with their software. And two, the California complaint about an email from Steve Jobs saying that we’re holding our phones in the wrong way become a rumor-mill in the court files? And don’t forget the fact that Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff LLP invited folks two days ago to participate in an iPhone 4 “consumer investigation.”
The iPhone 4 antenna is a serious issue. Just make sure that Apple is fixing the problem with their software rather then suing others, shall we?