Apple Sued Over iPhone 4 Glitch

Class-action suits allege fraud, negligence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 3:07 AM CDT
An Associated Press reporter holds the new Apple iPhone during a product test review in San Francisco last month.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Two class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple and AT&T by iPhone 4 buyers irked by antenna problems. The plaintiffs—evidently not satisfied with Steve Jobs' advice to "just avoid holding it in that way" to dodge dropped calls—accuse Apple of knowingly selling a defective phone. They're seeking compensation and a ban on Apple and AT&T selling more iPhone 4s, Reuters reports.

"Almost immediately after the purchase of their iPhone 4 devices," users "began to experience significantly reduced reception and performance when handling the phones as demonstrated in Apple's advertisements or as a reasonable person would handle a mobile telephone," states one of the suits filed in Maryland. The plaintiffs accuse Apple of infractions including negligence, fraud by concealment, and defective design.

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