re: Apple Sued Over iPhone Signal Strength
@Tom ... I disagree. The article clearly states that the faulty formula negatively affects iPhone resale value and that owners should be compensated for that impact.
The problem is: Apple offered a free patch for ALL iPhones that corrected the flaw.
I'll concede that -- ideally -- the iPhone wouldn't have had a faulty formula in the first place. But if we assume that it wasn't intentional (which I know many folks are unwillling to do), then it was merely a glitch like any other in any computing device and Apple rectified it with the free iOS update.
In addition, they need to prove that the value of a used iPhone was negatively impacted by the faulty formula -- and not just that the price plummets after new models come out. That's a tricky thing to prove.
Lastly, to pick up on your analogy, automakers put out cars all the time with flaws ... and they often issue voluntary recalls to encourage owners to bring them back to the dealer for fixes -- everything from seatbelt anchor bolts, floormat anchors, accelerator pedal modifications or new assemblies, and -- yes -- firmware updates for things like braking systems and engine and transmission management systems. Happens just about every week. Some more publicly than others.
This strikes me as a lawyer trying to dip his/her hand into Apple's deep pockets. Sure, Apple messed up -- but it owned up to it and offered a free fix, which every rational person would have installed at that point, and which one could probably argue increased (or sustained) the value of aging hardware by adding new features.
Just another example of why this country needs a provision that forces the losing party to pay the winning party's legal fees, in order to cut down on frivolous law suits.