August 8, 2022
Apple-accusing lawsuit over iPhone water resistance claims dismissed by US judge

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit accusing Apple Inc of misleading consumers about how resistant its iPhone handsets are to exposure to water.

Apple’s commercials made several claims about the resistance of the iPhone to damage when submerged or otherwise exposed to water, with some models able to survive at depths of 4 meters (13.1 ft) for 30 minutes.

Named plaintiffs, two from New York and one from South Carolina, claimed that Apple’s “false and misleading” misrepresentation caused the company to charge twice as much for iPhone models than the “average smartphone.”

US District Judge Dennis Cote in Manhattan said that the plaintiffs alleged that Apple’s ads could mislead consumers, but did not show that their iPhone units were damaged by the “liquid contact” Apple had promised they would. can face.

The judge found no evidence of fraud, citing a lack of evidence that Apple intended to debunk its water resistance claims, or that plaintiffs relied on fraudulent marketing statements when purchasing their iPhone handsets.

Plaintiffs’ attorney, Spencer Sheehan, said his client is disappointed with the decision, and that no decision has been made to appeal.

Neither Apple nor attorneys for the Cupertino, California-based company immediately responded to requests for comment.

For the quarter ended December 25, 2021, iPhone handset sales accounted for $71.6 billion (approximately Rs 5,35,955 crore), or 58 per cent of Apple’s sales of $123.9 billion (approximately Rs 9,27,441 crore).

The case is in Smith et al. v. Apple Inc., US District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 21-03657.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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