US Judge Dismisses Case Against Apple for Processor Defects
Updated · Jun 09, 2022
The California District Judge threw out the lawsuit against the Big Tech company on Wednesday.
A District Judge in California has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit brought against Apple by a group of customers.
It accused the multinational company of willfully defrauding people by selling its mobile products with cybersecurity defects. They said that they relied on its advertisements that claimed its iPhones and iPads were “secure” and came “with your privacy in mind”.
Judge Edward Davila ruled that the plaintiffs did not satisfactorily prove that Apple deliberately concealed security flaws and then released security patches that slowed down its devices. The customers claimed they overpaid for their gadgets, considering the company’s actions.
Apple and some other tech firms like Google announced the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in January 2018. The defects provided a loophole for cybercriminals to hack into Apple systems and steal the content on their memory.
“Plaintiffs have failed to allege an affirmative misrepresentation, an actionable omission, and actual reliance,” Judge Davila said.
He ruled that they could not prove that they relied on Apple’s marketing. Davila also said that the company’s ad claims that its newer processors were faster than older ones were not false or misleading.
The customers behind the lawsuit can replead their claims before the court on June 30.
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