When Apple launched its controversial redesign of the MacBook Pro in 2016, the company might not know it was ready to be sued-but not only was it a class-action lawsuit against their infamous butterfly keyboard, but it also looked likely. It became the second one because of its well-known fragile display cable. Judge Edward Davila has decided to let the “flexgate” litigation continue, ruling that Apple should have known that they would fail, but would continue to sell them anyway.
The judge wrote: “The court found that the combination of allegations of pre-release testing and a large number of customer complaints is sufficient to show that Apple has proprietary knowledge of the so-called flaws.” Law 360 with 9to5Mac). You can read all orders at the bottom of this article.
To see what the problem looks like, just look at the picture at the top of this article; it is sometimes referred to as a “stage light”
Part of the Flexgate controversy revolved around how Apple resolved the issue when it was first made public at the end of 2018-first by quietly swapping a new, slightly longer cable into a newer MacBook, and only after 15,000 users used it for a few months. Open one of its typical free maintenance plans. Signed a petition and was called in the press. Since then, the company has responded more quickly to problems, such as providing a free battery replacement program for a small number of MacBook Pro laptops that no longer charge in 2016 and 2017.
Unlike the butterfly keyboard lawsuit, the flexgate lawsuit does not appear to be a certified class action. However, in this case, there are currently 9 different plaintiffs, and the judge is inviting them to file a new amended complaint. We will watch it go from there.