US District Court Judge William Alsup recently dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Apple sold MacBooks to customers knowing the laptops contained defective logic boards and would fail within two years. In his order the judge agreed with Apple’s motion to dismiss the suit from May 2014. Based on the ruling, plaintiffs Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles filed a class action complaint in Texas on behalf of all MacBook owners who bought their device after May 20 2010. The original argument alleges that Apple marketed, sold and continues to sell laptops with defective logic boards.

The plaintiffs had the following to say regarding the matter in the case

Apple knows about this logic board defect. Combining a defective product design and manufacturing plants in China that engage in human rights violations (including child labor) Defendant Apple and CEO Timothy Cook have known about the situation for years.
Plaintiffs ended up citing a number of Online Apple Store “reviews” and Apple’s Support Communities forum as evidence that the company was aware of the issue. The suit went on to claim that Apple “markets the reliability and functionality of the logic board” through its promotional campaigns. For example, the company labels its MacBook line as “state of the art,” “breakthrough” and “the world’s most advanced notebook.” Judge Alsup ended up finding no evidence that plaintiffs relied on Apple’s statement when purchasing the products, a requirement for finding fraud under the case’s scope. Furthermore, Marcus and Verceles failed to prove that Apple committed a breach of implied warranty as the pair used their computers for 18 months and two years respectively. Verceles even had his MacBook Pro replaced by Apple for a logic board failure but that was covered under his warranty at the time.

The plaintiffs have until January 22 to file an amended complaint that addresses Judge Alsup’s findings. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Source: Reuters