Apple sued by iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners affected by ‘Touch Disease’ problem
In a proposed US-wide class-action lawsuit filed in California's Northern District federal court on Saturday, owners of tech giant Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets have complained that their handsets suffer from a design defect which causes a gradual unresponsiveness of the touchscreens of the devices, eventually making them inoperable.
The complaint has initially been filed by three plaintiffs -- Todd Cleary of California, Thomas Davidson of Pennsylvania, and Jun Bai of Delaware -- but will likely be elevated to class-action status. Law firm McCuneWright is representing the plaintiffs.
The complaint against Apple chiefly revolves around what iFixit gadget repair site termed as 'Touch Disease' problem -- in a last-week report -- affecting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets. The problem has reportedly been encountered by several thousand owners of the two iPhone models.
The 'Touch Disease' problem affecting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets makes the touchscreen of the handsets unresponsive, showing up a grey bar on top the display. Though the grey bar can temporarily be expelled by manipulating the handsets correctly, the problem ultimately makes the handsets unusable.
In their complaint, the plaintiffs have asserted that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets are "not fit for the purpose of use as smartphones because of the touchscreen defect;" and, accusing Apple of fraud and violation of California consumer protection laws, have sought unspecified damages.