Kenneth Sciacca of Colorado filed a class action against Apple on June 4th in San Jose California claiming that the company owes $5 million in damages because all Apple Watches are defective by design.
The lawsuit claims that a flaw in every Apple Watch model through the third generation (Series 0, Series 1, Series, and Series 3) causes their screens to spontaneously break and detach from the bodies.
According to the Plaintiff, “The Watches all contain the same defect and/or flaw, which causes the screens on the Watches to crack, shatter, or detach from the body of the Watch (the “Defect”), through no fault of the wearer, oftentimes only days or weeks after purchase”
The Lawsuit further went on to claim that Apple knew about these defects all along. “Apple knew that purchasers of the Watches would reasonably expect the screens to function in a predictable and expected manner during normal use,”
The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleges apple of “denying” the defect. The lawsuit accuses the company of “actively” concealing problems, and denying the existence of any defect, instead labelling incidents as “accidental damage” and refusing to honour warranties.
Apple Watch out-of-warranty service fees range from $229 to $329 in the United States, excluding high-end Edition models; which is still pretty high compared to the other similar watches.
“Had Plaintiff and other Class members known about the Defect at the time of purchase, they would not have bought the Watches or would have paid less for them. As a result of the Defect in the Watches and monetary costs associated with repair, replacement, or lost use of the Watches, Plaintiff and Class members have suffered an injury, in fact, incurred damages, and have otherwise been harmed by Apple’s conduct.”
Apple has addressed some Watch issues, such as separated back covers and swollen batteries on Series 0 units, and stripes on some GPS-only versions of the Series 3. However, swollen batteries are assumed to be the reason for all of this. According to experts, the screen issues are actually connected to battery problems, since components are so tightly packed in any given Watch that a swelling battery could put too much pressure on the display.
Apple extended the battery for those facing the swollen battery defect, let’s see what this case amasses to as 5 million dollars is a meagre amount for all the users facing this defect.