A federal judge has tossed out a consumer fraud class action that accused Apple Inc of selling MacBooks with defective logic boards.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup Thursday rejected the claims of two consumers, one from Texas and one from California, who claimed their MacBooks failed 18 months to two years after they were purchased.
Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles had accused Apple of violations of California’s unfair competition and consumer rights laws as well as Texas law and federal consumer laws.
They argued Apple was allegedly aware of the defective logic boards but engaged in fraud and misrepresented its product qualities and continued to market the product despite the defect. They alleged that between 2010 and 2012 consumers posted 365 reviews that refer to logic board failures.
Alsup found the plaintiffs did not meet the heightened standards to plead unfair business practices and found they provided “no other specific facts” as to Apple’s alleged violations.
“Plaintiffs have failed to allege that Apple’s logic boards were unfit for their ordinary purposes or lacked a minimal level of quality,” Alsup concluded.
The entire complaint was dismissed.
Case: Marcus v. Apple Inc, No. 14-3824WHA