Do you have an Apple Watch from the Series 0, Series 1, Series 2, or Series 3? You may be entitled to financial compensation, as Apple is being sued over alleged defects in its smartwatches for over $5 million in damages.
The new lawsuit against the tech giant, which was reported by AppleInsider, claims that all Apple Watches through the Series 3 is defective by design. We invited our Los Angeles County product liability attorney from the Compass Law Group, LLP to investigate the complaint.
What is all the fuss about?
According to the class-action lawsuit, which was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, every model of Apple Watch from the Series 0, Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 contains “the same defect and/or flaw,” which allegedly causes the screens on the watches to “crack, shatter, or detach from the body of the product.”
The worst part is that the wearer is never to blame for the defect, as their actions or lack of action has no impact on the alleged defective design, claims the lawsuit. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims that this defect may occur only days or weeks after purchase.
Can Apple really be held liable for defective Apple Watches?
Our best product liability lawyers in California agree that the plaintiff, Kenneth Sciacca, and his attorneys could succeed in their efforts to hold Apple liable for the alleged design defect and recover $5 million in damages.
“But could Apple have prevented the defect or was the tech company actually aware of the defect at or before the time it began selling Apple Watches?” you may be wondering. The lawsuit claims that Apple indeed knew that their products were defective but failed to take reasonable steps to fix it or warn the public of the defect.
Did Apple know about the alleged defects in its products?
“Companies may attempt to turn a blind eye on defects such as this one in order to protect their reputation and avoid derailing the sales,” explains our experienced product liability attorney in Los Angeles County. The class-action complaint claims that consumers complained about the apparent defect almost immediately after the company released its very first, Series 0 Apple Watch. The claims allegedly kept mounting after the subsequent releases of the Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 Watches.
So does it mean that all Apple Watches are defective? They could be, but it would be unwise to draw any conclusions at this point without waiting for the final decision in the lawsuit. The Compass Law Group, LLP will keep an eye on the developments in this high-profile product liability case in California.
Apple accused of ‘actively’ concealing defects
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff’s lawyers also accuse Apple of “actively” concealing problems and defects of its products. Furthermore, the company with an estimated net worth of nearly $1 trillion is being accused of denying the existence of defects in Apple Watches, which the tech giant has routinely labeled as “accidental damage” and refused to honor the terms of warranties.
Although Apple has addressed some problems with its Watches, it has been reluctant to issue an official statement on the matter. Furthermore, the company has yet to respond to the ongoing class-action product liability lawsuit. Previously, the company has addressed such issues as separated back covers and swollen batteries, detached screens, and several other problems.
How can you recover damages if you use Apple Watch?
If Apple loses the lawsuit, does it mean that you will be entitled to compensation if you are one of the many users of Apple Watch? “Yes, you may be entitled to recover damages,” says our Los Angeles product liability attorney at the Compass Law Group, LLP “But it all depends on the circumstances in your particular case.”
Do you want to find out how to receive compensation from Apple if you are one of the users of the defective Apple Watch?