First Class Action-Like Lawsuit filed against Apple in Korea with a Massive one representing 370,000 iPhone owners in the Works
Two more Class Actions were filed against Apple for purposely slowing iPhone in San Jose, California late yesterday, but more importantly, the first from South Korea. According to a new report today, nearly 120 iPhone users here have filed a collective lawsuit against U.S. tech giant Apple and its Korean branch over the deliberate slowdown of their iPhones caused by controversial software updates.
The group filed their suit with the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday, each demanding 2.2 million won (US$2,056) in compensation, the Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, a consumer rights group representing the plaintiffs, said.
This is the first lawsuit of its kind in South Korea raised by the deliberate malfunction that has seen the Silicon Valley-based company hit with a torrent of criticism and lawsuits around the globe. South Korea doesn't legally have a Class Action process, explaining why it's noted as a "first lawsuit of its kind"
Apple admitted on Dec. 20 that it had deliberately slowed the performance of the iPhone 6, 6S and iPhone SE that had degraded batteries to "prevent the models from unexpectedly shutting down." But critics say it was a technical gimmick aimed at encouraging users of aged iPhones to buy new models.
On another front, Hannuri Law, a South Korean law firm, is accepting applications from people who want to join the lawsuit. So far, more than 370,000 people have expressed their intention to join. When we reported on the Hannuri lawsuit in the works back on December 29th, they had accepted 67,000 applications. That's 5.5 times the original count.
Two More Class Actions Filed in San Jose
Yesterday two more Class Action lawsuits were filed in San Jose, California, raising the total of lawsuits filed from the area of to 12. Going forward, Patently Apple will only list the U.S. class actions in list form as noted below rather than provide copies of the complaints as we've done for the first 30 lawsuits.
Class Action Lawsuit Reports Posted on this One Issue since December 22, 2017
29: First Class Action-Like Lawsuit filed against Apple in Korea with a Massive one representing 370,000 iPhone owners in the Works – (total rises to 34 class actions).
28: With Two more Class Action Lawsuits filed against Apple for slowing iPhones, CNBC's Cramer says Apple has become a Punching Bag
27: Three new Class Action Lawsuits filed against Apple for Purposely Reducing iPhone Performance Raises the total to Thirty to Date
26: Class Actions #26 and #27 against Apple for Purposely Slowing iPhones were filed in Brooklyn and San Francisco
25: Class Action #25 against Apple for Purposely Slowing iPhones was filed in Missouri, with 4 Additional Foreign Filings on the way
24: iPhone Fans in San Jose seem to be Really Angry at Apple, as Class Action #24 marks the 3rd Filing made from there on Friday
23: Class Action #23 against Apple was filed in San Jose for Deceptively Slowing iPhones, a Practice Apple Competitors don't engage in
22: Class Action #22 against Apple was filed in San Jose California for Slowing iPhones by Misrepresentation and Deception
21: Class Action #21 against Apple was filed in Brooklyn for Intentionally Degrading the iPhone's Performance
20: Class Action #22 against Apple was filed in San Jose California for Slowing iPhones by Misrepresentation and Deception
19: Class Action #21 against Apple was filed in Brooklyn for Intentionally Degrading the iPhone's Performance
18: Class Action #20 against Apple is demanding $5 Billion for Purposely Slowing iPhones
17: The First Class Action against Apple in 2018 over slowing iPhones was filed in Cincinnati Ohio
16: Class Action #18 has been filed against Apple in Chicago for Purposely 'Throttling Processor Speed' to Induce sales of new iPhones
15: Class Action Lawsuits #16 and #17 against Apple over Purposely Slowing iDevices were filed in Mississippi and Missouri
14: Class Action #15 filed in Indiana Claims Apple Software Updates dramatically & artificially reduced performance of Legacy Devices
13: First Class Action from New Orleans Claims that Apple 'Designed Software Updates' to slow iPhones to Encourage New Sales
12: Despite Apple's Public Apology and Explanation over the Performance of Batteries, another Class Action was Filed Yesterday in San Jose
11: First Class Action from Texas Claims that Apple Intentionally Designed Software Updates to Slowdown iPhones
10: First Class Action against Apple from Chicago Surfaces Claiming 'Intentional Sabotage of Older Model iPhones'
09: Apple Hit with a Lawsuit over Slowing iPhones in France and a Pair of Law Firms in Korea are Preparing Class Actions
08: The 10th Class Action against Apple Claims they Fraudulently Omitted Information about the Battery Issue in order to sell new iPhones
07: The 9th Lawsuit against Apple for Purposely slowing iPhones Points to Fraud, Unjust Enrichment and 9 other Causes for their Class Action
06: The 7th and 8th Class Action Lawsuits have been filed in New York and California with one Suit demanding an insane $999 Billion Payout
05: Apple Hit with a $125 Million Class Action in Israel over Purposely Slowing iPhones
04: Apple hammered with Class Action #5 for slowing iPhone Battery Issue
03: The Fourth Lawsuit against Apple regarding the slowing iPhone Battery Issue was filed in New York on Friday
02: Apple has been hit with a Third Battery Issue Related Lawsuit by a Bay Area Resident
01: In the Blink of an Eye, Apple's Admission of Slowing Batteries on Older iPhones turns into a Class Action Lawsuit (this report covers two class action lawsuits)
Please note that it's been reported that lawsuits against Apple on this issue are in-the-works in France, South Korea, Australia and Canada in 2018, but are not presently official and therefore cannot be a part of the official list of Class Actions noted above.
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