Lawsuit Filed Against Apple over Faulty Power Button on iPhone 4

May 15, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A lawsuit has been filed against Apple, alleging that the company sold iPhone 4 smartphones with faulty power buttons.

The lawsuit filed at the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California by Debra Hilton, a Florida-based iPhone 4 customer, also claims that Apple supposedly knew the issue but failed to fix the problem before selling them.

According to the lawsuit, Debra Hilton and thousands of other iPhone4 users were sold phones with defective power buttons that stopped working just after the 1-year warranty was over.

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It is said that the iPhone 4 used a defective flex cable that controlled the power button. It caused difficulty in pressing the power/lock button on iPhone 4 and with time the button became completely unresponsive, which renders the iPhone 4 useless.

The lawsuit filed last Friday also suggested that Apple knew the defect of the power button during the manufacturing and marketing of the product. But they had failed to correct the issue and kept mum about it so this knowledge would not adversely affect phone sales.

The lawsuit was filed under the RICO statute, a Federal racketeering law. Apple has not commented on the issue as yet.

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