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Judge Dismisses iPhone Battery Lifetime Lawsuit

6:08 pm on Sep 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Judge Dismisses iPhone Battery [bloomberg.com]Lifetime Lawsuit
Apple Inc. won't face a lawsuit claiming it didn't immediately tell customers about the limited life of batteries for its iPhone or their $86 replacement cost, including delivery.

U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly in Chicago granted Apple's request that he dismiss the lawsuit on the evidence and the law without a trial -- a so-called summary judgment.

"Apple disclosed on the outside of the iPhone package that the 'battery has limited recharge cycles and may eventually need to be replaced by Apple service provider,' Kennelly wrote in his Sept. 23 opinion, quoting the packaging. 'Under the circumstances, no reasonable jury could find that deception occurred.' "

8:58 am on Sept 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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you got to be kidding, when does USA learn that all this suing is ruin US business.
10:00 am on Sept 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Well people expect things running on batteries to be easily replaced with other batteries when the time comes, it's a common expectation. If there was some disclosure somewhere, fine, but was it in really tiny print somewhere inside the package or obvious outside of it, so you knew before you purchased it? Having to ship an iPod to exchange a battery at a big price is a rather unconventional and impractical method, you have to make it obvious.
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Hmmm, I checked my iPhone box and yup, that note is on the outside of the package. I didn't notice that until I read this thread and looked. I've had my phone since July and haven't been able to drain the battery in a day. Just keep it plugged in when you're not using it if it's that much of a problem. A lawsuit is a waste of time IMHO. Why wouldn't the guy's lawyer have taken a look at the box and say you're just wasting your money? Maybe the lawyer wanted to make another payment on his Bentley LOL!

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