Some buyers of MacBooks made by Apple inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) between 2015 and 2019, equipped with so-called “butterfly keyboards”, could continue the lawsuit against the technology giant, which has been granted group search status.
What happened: The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in California, covers those who bought MacBooks with a butterfly keyboard in New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington and Michigan.
The keyboard is named after the stainless steel switch under the key cover, which resembles butterfly wings. The keyboards enabled low key travel.
The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, first noticed on the brink, claimed that “the low movement design of the butterfly mechanism makes the keys prone to failure when small amounts of dust or debris enter the sensitive area under the switch.”
The class-action suit covers customers who bought a MacBook between 2015 and 2017, a Macbook Pro between 2016 and 2019 or a MacBook Air between 2018 and 2019.
Why it applies: The plaintiffs claim that for many years Apple knew that the butterfly switches were defective, referring to an Apple leader who wrote and pointed at the keyboard, “[n]no matter how much lipstick you try to put on this pig. . . it’s still ugly. ”
The Butterfly keyboard is no longer in use in any Mac product in the current series of Apple computers. The alleged defective keyboard was discontinued in 2019.
Tim Cook-led company tried to have the lawsuit rejected in 2019, but failed to do so. The lawsuit was first filed in 2018, 9to5Mac reported.
Cook is likely to testify in another trial period related to the company’s App Store policies during a trial period involving “Fortnite” producer Epic Games.
Last year, the California-based technology giant Cupertino settled a $ 500 million lawsuit over allegations that it deliberately delayed older models of iPhones.
Price action: Apple shares closed nearly 2.8% higher at $ 123.39 on Monday and fell 0.17% in after-trading.
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