A class action lawsuit filed by Apple over “Flexgate” issues affecting MacBook Pro monitors was dismissed by a California federal judge, reports Law360.
The application was filed in May 2020 and accused Apple of deliberately hiding an alleged flex cable defect that affected some 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. The judge in charge of the case said that because the defect appeared after the warranty period, Apple was not required to disclose it because it was not a security issue.
While the lawsuit is dismissed, the judge allows it to be changed. The plaintiffs must include an argument that the “Flexgate” problem was a security threat, as well as proving that Apple “knew with certainty that the alleged defect would occur.”
The Flexgate issue affected the MacBook Pro models released in 2016 and 2017, some of which began to show uneven lighting at the bottom of the screen after a few years. This “stage light” effect can cause the backlight system to fail completely.
The repair site iFixit found that the problem was caused by a delicate flex cable that was subject to wear and tear after repeated opening and closing of the screen.
Apple updated the design of the monitor flex cable with the MacBook Pro 2018, and launched a free repair program in May 2019 that covered the 13-inch MacBook Pro models from 2016.
The now-rejected class action lawsuit sought reimbursement of all costs related to repairing or replacing affected MacBook Pro models, and it asked Apple to extend the free repair program to cover 15-inch MacBook Pro models.