Class-Action Suit Claims Apple Not Forthcoming Re Battery Replacement Costs
Computerworld reports that a second class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this week that argues that Apple and AT&T neglected to tell initial iPhone buyers they would have to pay more than $100 to replace the iPhone battery while maintaining service.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California received the class-action lawsuit Monday. Lead plaintiff Sydney Leung is seeking $5 million in punitive and compensatory damages. The matter will be heard November 28.
The nine-page complaint maintains that Apple and AT&T committed fraud by not fully informing customers about the costs and procedures for replacing the battery. The complaint further argues that the battery "must" be replaced after 300 charges- a regularity of at least one year or less. According to the complaint the battery- which rests inside a sealed compartment, must be replaced by a qualified technician.
Leung "was not informed at the time of purchase of the costs and procedures for replacing the battery," the suit says. The suit seeks answers to whether Apple and AT&T "should have known that the time and expense of replacing the iPhone battery would affect initial sales of the iPhone."
Computerworld's Matt Hamblen added that Apple did not respond immediately to the lawsuit, and AT&T had no comment.
If and when the case is officially heard, Apple is likely to claim that a statement on its website at the time of iPhone's release established that when properly maintained, the device's ithium-ion battery will hold up to 80% of its full charge at 400 charge and discharge cycles.
Matt also notes that Apple covers replacement of the battery for a full year and also has a protection plan for $69 for two years of repair coverage for the iPhone, including the battery.
Once an iPhone battery is out of warranty, that'll be $79, plus $6.95 shipping.
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