Users File Second Class-Action Suit Over iPhone Battery

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Date: Monday, August 20th, 2007, 08:00
Category: Legal

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You can’t please them all.
A second class-action law suit has been filed against Apple and AT&T accusing the companies of failing to inform its iPhone customers that fees of more than US$100 would be needed to replace the battery as well as maintain service.
The suit, which according to Computerworld, was filed last Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by Sydney Leung, is purported to represent a group that could represent hundreds of thousands of iPhone owners. Leung’s case seeks more than US$5 million in compensatory and punitive damages and a court conference to discuss the matter has been set for November 28th.
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iphone.jpg
You can’t please them all.
A second class-action law suit has been filed against Apple and AT&T accusing the companies of failing to inform its iPhone customers that fees of more than US$100 would be needed to replace the battery as well as maintain service.
The suit, which according to Computerworld, was filed last Monday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by Sydney Leung, is purported to represent a group that could represent hundreds of thousands of iPhone owners. Leung’s case seeks more than US$5 million in compensatory and punitive damages and a court conference to discuss the matter has been set for November 28th.
Leung’s attorney, H. Tim Hoffman, has submitted a nine-page complaint that argues that Apple and AT&T committed fraud by not informing iPhone customers as to the full costs and procedures involved in replacing the iPhone’s battery. The complain states that the battery “must” be replaced after 300 charges, a time frame that demands attention from a qualified technician, given that the battery resides within a sealed device that can’t be opened without violating the device’s warranty.
Apple was unavailable for comment and AT&T declined to comment in this matter.
In its defense, Apple has stated on its web site that the iPhone can be expected to hold up to 70% of its full charge at 400 charge and discharge cycles. The company currently offers a coverage plan which covers the cost of replacement for the battery for a full year since purchase and a protection plan available for US$69 that covers two years of iPhone repairs, including repair and replacement of the battery.
Replacing an out of warranty battery will currently run the owner US$79, plug US$6.95 for shipping and handling.
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