Apple and AT&T are facing a potential class-action lawsuit over the battery life of the new iPhone. The suit alleges not only that the iPhone was defective, but also that corporate officers knew of the defects and fraudulently withheld that information from customers.
The lawsuit follows a complaint sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs by the New York State Consumer Protection Board which asks him to revise the company’s battery replacement program, which costs consumers $79 plus shipping.
As this blog has continually noted, class action lawsuits are a great tool to protect the American consumer. Usually, such a claim is too insignificant to pursue individually. However, if all similarly-situated consumers band together in a single claim, each individual consumer finds redress for the harm done and it prevents corporations from acting in similar manners in the future.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.