Apple is getting sued by more people than CNN has viewers. The company is vulnerable. Apparently, it’s easy to sue Apple for racketeering and make a bundle. Where do I sign up?
Here’s the story. A woman bought an iPhone 4. Just over a year later– after the warranty has expired– the power button stops working. What’s next? Pay for the repair or buy a new iPhone.
Instead, this hungry woman of righteous indignation figured out (or, maybe her attorneys figure it out) that Apple has deep pockets which are the result of years of racketeering.
racketeer |ˌrakiˈti(ə)r| noun
a person who engages in dishonest and fraudulent business dealings.
Said woman found hundreds of other iPhone users with similar problems on Apple’s community support site (hundreds out of a few hundred million iPhones puts it in perspective), so she found an attorney willing to sue the company with a class action lawsuit under RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act).
Why? The woman’s attorneys believe the iPhone 4’s power button is a known manufacturing defect, and part of a carefully orchestrated planned obsolesces gig designed to break just after the warranty expires.
Here’s the deal. Sometimes things break. If they break often (hundreds of times out of hundreds of millions is not often) there will be a customer uprising and revolt and Apple will respond accordingly (which they’ve done many times for bad RAM, crashing hard disk drives, faulty screens, etc.).
This one is a class action lawsuit which will involve ever more suits (as in lawyers who wear suits), and a whole lot more money than the price of replacing a few hundred iPhones over faulty power buttons.
But the whole saga brings up an interesting perspective. Why not sue Apple because the iPhone 5’s screen is bigger, sharper, clearer than the iPhone 4S? Clearly, that’s planned obsolescence, right? Why not sue Apple because of my allergy to aluminum? That should get me a free case. Why not sue Apple for moving the headphone jack to the bottom on the iPhone 5, instead of where it was on the iPhone 4S? At the top, where God intended it to be. Obviously, that’s religious discrimination, too.