Faulty ​MacBook logic board suit against Apple thrown out

Apple has secured a dismissal in a suit brought against it over allegedly faulty logic boards in its MacBooks.

A bid to launch a class action suit against Apple over allegedly defective logic boards included in its MacBooks has been dismissed by a US judge.

Apple won the dismissal on Thursday over a claim by two plaintiffs that the company had knowingly sold logic boards that were defective and routinely failed within two years, Reuters reported.

The plaintiffs, who were seeking class action status, claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook was informed of the alleged logic board issue in 2011 but didn't act on the information.

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Accoridng to Reuters, a US district court judge in San Francisco ruled the plaintiffs failed to make their case that Apple's logic boards were "unfit for their ordinary purposes or lacked a minimal level of quality". Besides that, the plaintiffs were able to "adequately use their computers for approximately 19 months and two years, respectively".

The pair also claimed Apple had misrepresented its products in marketing statements that promoted the MacBook as "state of the art" or the "most advanced" on the market. However, Apple's claims didn't amount to "affirmative misrepresentations", according to the judge.

It might not be the end of the matter for Apple, however: the plaintiffs have been granted until January 22 to amend their lawsuit. It's not clear whether they intend to pursue it further.

The pair originally claimed that Apple's sale of MacBooks since May 20, 2010 violated consumer protection laws in California and Texas.

It's just one of several potential class actions suits Apple is facing in the US over its products. One of the cases still pending accuses Apple in 2011of defrauding buyers of its MacBook Pro laptops that contained defective graphic cards.

In December, Apple won a long running class action suit that accused the company of harming consumers by blocking files bought at rival music stores from running on the iPod. The potential damages bill that Apple would have faced had it lost was between $350m and $1bn.

And just as the new year rang in, consumers in California and Miami filed a suit seeking class action status over the amount of space iOS 8 consumers on iPhone, iPods, and iPads. The complaint also asserts that users who purchased iPhones, iPads, and iPods with 16GB of storage are being pushed to purchase iCloud storage as a result.

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