NEW CLASS ACTION ALLEGES THAT KEYBOARDS ON SOME APPLE LAPTOPS ARE DEFECTIVE

Two individuals filed suit against Apple Inc. on May 11, 2018, in federal court in California.  The plaintiffs allege that Apple’s “butterfly” laptop keyboards are defective and prone to fail.  Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that certain laptop keyboards are produced and assembled in a way that when minimal amounts of dust or debris accumulate under or around a key, keystrokes fail to register.  When the keys fail the keyboard becomes inoperable and unsuitable for its ordinary and intended use, according to the suit.  Models listed in the complaint are 2015 or later MacBook laptops and 2016 or later MacBook Pro laptops.

The plaintiffs seek class action status and allege eight different causes of action: breach of express warranty, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of implied warranty of merchantability, violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, violation of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law, violation of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and fraudulent concealment.

For more information see Zixuan Rao and Kyle Barbaro v. Apple Inc., 5:18-cv-02813 (U.S. District, N.C. Ca. 2018).  If you have questions regarding a possible class action, please don't hesitate to call our office at (314) 725-4400 or send us a message.