A federal court in California has sided with Apple against a music teacher who claimed his $2,259 iMac was an “iLemon” because half of the computer’s 27 inch screen went dim after 18 months.
In a decision published last week in San Jose, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen thew out the teacher’s class action complaint, noting that Apple’s claims about the iMac’s “big, beautiful displays” and “long productive life” did not amount to false advertising because the claims were “mere puffery.”
Chen also ruled that Apple may have known about the defect, which made the computers unsuitable for web browsing, but that it was not obliged to disclose the fault to customers if it fell outside the warranty period and did not create a safety issue. The judge also pointed out that the music teacher had no standing to bring the case since the defect in his iMac appeared after the 12 month warranty expired.
As a result, the teacher and others like him are stuck paying the $500 that Apple charged for repairs. The company did not immediately reply to an email request for comment.
This is the second defective product lawsuit that Apple has dodged in the last month. In February, an Oakland court threw out a class action against iPhone voice assistant Siri, once again on grounds that claims about Siri’s abilities were “mere puffery” — an old legal term used to distinguish between real promises and ad lingo.
You can read the case, which was spotted by Law360, below. The judge gave the plaintiff 30 days to amend his complaint and try again.
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