Apple finds itself in yet another class action lawsuit over the iPhone 3G on AT&T's not so 3G network. Now with extra-spicy allegations of ignoring customer complaints concerning shoddy iPhone construction.
According to a nine-page filing, Nicholas Woodhams, who owns an iPod repair shop in Portage, Michigan called iPod Mechanic, profited off of Apple’s good graces.
Woodhams is under fire for allegedly violating a 2006 agreement stating he would change the name of his business so as to abide by Apple’s trademark document concerning the use of “Pod” and “iPod” in products and advertising.
In addition to using the iPod moniker, he is also being charged with taking advantage of Apple’s iPod shuffle repair service. According to the lawsuit, Woodhams would submit a repair claim to Apple, receive a new unit and, instead of shipping the damaged unit to Apple, he would keep the dead player and dispute charges with his credit card company. Woodhams sold the repaired units at a considerable discount, costing Apple over $75,000 according to the suit.
Woodhams is also accused of deceiving Apple into covering the repair of an out-of-warranty iPod by switching the back cases with those of iPods covered by Apple's one-year service agreement.
Apple is seeking triple damages, since all three counts appear to have been done on purpose, including Woodhams' trademark violations.
AppleInsider reports that Apple is battling a complaint based on a touchscreen patent created in 1995 and 1997 by a company called Typhoon Touch Technologies. Filed yesterday in an Eastern District Texas court--a region reputed for ruling in favor of companies filing patent lawsuits--the Seattle-based company claims that the patent refers to any electronic device equipped with touchscreen technology capable of collecting and storing information. The broad language of the patent implicates a wide range of companies. This isn’t the first time Apple has received heat for apparent copyright infringement. Back before the iPhone had made its debut, Cisco Systems fought for its right to the coveted “iPhone” alias. Then, New York-based Klausner Technologies ravaged Apple for $360 Million in damages alleging that the company violated two patents regarding the visual voicemail feature. At least this time, Apple isn’t heading to battle alone. Typhoon plans to involve several other major manufacturers, including Fujistu, LG, Lenovo, Nokia, Panasonic, Palm, Samsung, and Toshiba. The infringement suit had initially involved Dell and its Latitude XT tablet PC.