Since the scandal broke out, the tech giant was slapped with 32 class-action lawsuits nationwide. Plus, a series of government investigation will look at Apple’s business practices more closely.
Patently Apple, a website that keeps a close watch of lawsuits filed against Apple, found that there are 32 class actions against the tech company in the United States. The site couldn’t tell how many other similar lawsuits are affecting the company internationally.
This week alone, five people and entities sued Apple including law firm Hagens Berman which once forced the tech giant to shell out $450 million for an illegal price fixing.
Apple Facing 32 New Class Action Lawsuits
The recent lawsuits allege unfair conduct, breach of implied duty, breach of fair dealing, fraudulent conduct, and trespass to chattels. The latest is the most interesting since it means altering somebody’s property without their consent.
Two decades ago, spammers faced numerous trespass to chattels lawsuits for tampering with somebody else’s computer networks. The plaintiffs that sued Apple recently claim that the iPhone maker’s fraudulent updates that slowed down their phones are an example of trespass of chattels.
According to one of the lawsuits, the iOS updates were rolled out even though Apple was perfectly aware that the older handsets’ hardware could not meet the new performance demands. Nevertheless, the so-called fixes remotely throttled performance and reduced the utility of the devices.
Plaintiffs claim that Apple’s actions caused them injury as their handsets are now affected by long-term degradation in both performance and value. Users also accuse Apple of indirectly pushing them to upgrade their devices to the latest iPhone models to the company’s financial benefit.
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