Class-action suit filed over nano scratches

Summary:A group of consumers has banded together and filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple over the scratch-prone iPod nano.

A group of consumers has banded together and filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple over the scratch-prone iPod nano. Finally tired of looking at their disfigured music players, several Apple customers have taken the nano scratching issue to a new level, they want to tell it to the judge.

"These Nanos scratch excessively during normal usage, rendering the screen on the Nanos unreadable," according to the complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif.

Part of me is happy that the new overly-litiguous Apple is getting a taste of their own medicine but another part of me can't help but question the legtimacy of the suit. I have seen some nanos that scratch like they have fleas, and others that are barely affected. Is it a manufacturing defect, design flaw, or a result of misuse by users?

That's a tough call, but in the four days before I slapped one of those clear adhesive stickers from Invisible Shield onto my black nano I had already acquired several scratches—and I never took it out of the house. I baby all of my electronics and was so scared of marring my virgin nano that I literally didn't take it anywhere. Yet on the second day I had several scratches that were clearly visible on the shiny front surface.

Now that I've got some nano protection I'm a little less paranoid about taking it out of the house but I'm still being super-fanatical about keeping it in pristine condition. The first round of nano cases should be hitting any day now and we'll all be able to take a break from the lawyers. At least some of you will...

Topics: Apple


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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