Robert Franklin filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly selling defective batteries and violating warranty promises and is seeking to turn it into a class-action lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit: “Robert Franklin was listening to music on his iPhone 6, when he noticed the music playing on his iPhone began to skip. As he picked up his iPhone to investigate, [it] suddenly exploded and caught fire in his face.”
The lawsuit also claims that Franklin suffered injuries to his eye and to his wrist, which he injured when he fell after the phone caught on fire and he used his hand to brace himself.
The Tame Apple Press seems to believe that the whole thing is Franklin’s problem because he bought the phone in 2018 which is actually three years after the iPhone 6 had originally gone on sale.
“It is unclear what condition the phone was in at that time as it was not stated if the phone was bought brand new or used”, sniffed one report. The implication being that if you don’t replace your phone every year you deserve what you get.
However, the class action lawsuit alleges that consumers were provided an express warranty at the time of sale of the iPhone 6, and Apple warranted that the iPhone 6 would be free from defects, meet design specifications, and be suitable for its intended purpose.
“Moreover, Defendant warranted that it would pay the expenses associated with any product defect and needed repair.”
Franklin wants to represent anyone in Texas who bought an iPhone 6 with a defective battery. He is suing for breach of warranty and deceptive trade practices and seeks certification of the Class, damages, interest, and a jury trial.
Apple has faced a number of class-action lawsuits over its iPhone batteries. In January, consumers in Italy filed a €60 million (roughly $73 million) class-action lawsuit over its iPhones’ battery life, alleging Apple’s “planned obsolescence” of several models of the iPhone 6 that were sold in Italy between 2014 and 2020.