Apple faced 30 class-action lawsuits over iPhone battery issue

Published on January 11, 2018

Ever since Apple admitted to slowing down iPhone performance without the consent of its users, their legal troubles have only seemed to have mounted. An increasing number of iPhone owners are now joining the bandwagon of filing a lawsuit against the Cupertino technology giant.

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For those who aren’t aware, the trouble for Apple began when they decided that it would be okay to slow down iPhone performance with aging batteries to prevent them from shutting down. The only problem here is that they failed to inform the users about it. This has now resulted in over 30 class action lawsuits against the company.

According to a report published by BGR, a US-based website has been tracking class actions against Apple from day one. “This week, five new suits were filed, including one from Hagens Berman, the law firm who got Apple a $450 million fine over eBook price fixing,” notes the report.

One of these lawsuits, which was filed back on Wednesday, cites six causes of action. The list includes “fraudulent conduct, unfair conduct, trespass to chattels, breach of implied duty and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing,” states the BGR report. Trespass to chattels involves physically causing troubles to one’s property without their permission. “Apple intentionally pushed iOS updates, including but not limited to iOS 10 and 11 and their variants, despite knowing that the updates imposed performance demands that the phones’ hardware could not meet, throttled the phones’ performance, and otherwise negatively impacted the performance and utility of the phones,” the user’s post read.

Apart from US lawsuits, the Cupertino technology giant may have to face similar actions in other markets, including Australia, Canada, France, and South Korea. The firm has even released their battery replacement programs for a significantly cheaper price for users. However, that doesn’t seem to be stopping people from filing angry lawsuits against the company.

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