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Breaking Bad fans sue Apple for cutting short Season Pass

An Ohio man has filed a lawsuit against Apple(s aapl), claiming the company owes him and other Breaking Bad fans $22.99 for not including all 16 episodes in a “Season Pass” to the show’s final season, which was split into two parts.

In a class action suit filed in San Jose, California, Noam Lazebnik says Apple engaged in false advertising by providing only 8 episodes to consumers even though its “Season Pass” page explains that viewers will get “every episode in that season.”

“When a consumer buys a ticket to a football game, he does not have to leave at halftime. When a consumer buys an opera ticket, he does not get kicked out at intermission,” says the claim. It adds that Breaking Bad, which is about a high school chemistry teacher who builds a meth empire, is the most popular show in Apple’s iTunes’ store.

The claim also says Breaking Bad’s creators and actors have consistently described the 16 final episodes as “Season 5.” Apple did not immediately return a request for comment.

The lawsuit claims that viewers are owed either $14.99 or $22.99, which are the iTunes prices for the final eight episodes in standard and high definition.

The case is based on breach of contract and violation of California’s consumer protection laws. You can read it for yourself here:

Apple Breaking Bad Suit

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78 Responses to “Breaking Bad fans sue Apple for cutting short Season Pass”

  1. I sure hope this dude has proof or else he’s just wasting money on a lawyer and wasting his time. Everyone can say “oh it was advertised as this” unless you have a copy of that advertisement as proof, it’s a lost case. I check iTunes and they changed it accordingly.
    Do I agree that it’s not fair if Apple said you’d get 16 but you only got 8? Yes.
    But do I think it’s ridiculous to sue a company because of $15? Yes.
    Because from comments I’ve read, other distributions have done the same and even decided to rename the season to get away with it (which Apple now advertises as “The Last Season”).
    I understand it sucks, but unless it was written “You get all 16 episodes,” I wouldn’t be surprised if the ad was misleading but I am pretty sure it didn’t say that, this isn’t going anywhere.
    People need everything broken down and everything handed to them right away, no one knows how to use common sense and see that $15 for 16 episodes and behind the scenes of a BRAND NEW SEASON of one of the hottest TV shows, isn’t right. Next time call before you make the purchase.

  2. Geoff Gentry

    I hope they win. Apple has been doing this with Doctor Who for the last few seasons and the same with Gravity Falls. But they get away with it by naming it Part 1 and Part 2. Then the users have to go back an manipulate their libraries to make Part 1 & 2 the same season.

  3. Bill Streeter

    Kinda BS, the rights holders decide how to package their shows for sale on iTunes not Apple. AMC is the party that screwed up here by doing the weird split season 9 months apart deal.

  4. Nicholas Paredes

    Regardless of who is right, this is exactly why I don’t waste my time trying to figure out how to watch a show, or a game, or anything. Call me when media gives a damn about its customers, and I’ll see if I’m still interested in spending my time on this spinning ball paying for it.