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Apple sued for MacBook explosion in 2016

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Here we are back with the maxim of always: another day, another process.

This time, however, the Cupertino giant is being accused both (for a problem that occurred three years ago) and accusing the courts, as we will see below.

MacBook Explosion

A lawsuit involving Apple sent to the New York Supreme Court last May came to light recently for the seriousness of the case, which deals with a defective battery and charger on an (unspecified) MacBook model. Despite being registered a few months ago, the case occurred in 2016.

According to the letter, the American Yoland Oyiya, a resident of the state of New Jersey, suffered «serious injuries» (burn on her left leg) caused by the explosion of her MacBook battery.

The lawsuit cites multiple cases of similar lawsuits against Apple, in which plaintiffs claim that some models of MacBooks were sold «in a defective condition», creating an «irrational risk of harm» to consumers.

Still according to the indictment, Apple was aware of the risks and did not adequately warn its customers; it is also emphasized in the document that Oyiya “has taken due care” of using the MacBook.

The lawsuit requires a judgment against Apple and the payment of an unspecified indemnity, which «exceeds the monetary jurisdictional limits of all lower courts in the State of New York».

Apple appeals on patent infringement case

Among the various lawsuits against Apple over alleged patent infringements, there are cases where the company tries to prove that it did nothing wrong and that, in reality, it is the companies that accuse it that they are using such intellectual property in bad faith to try pull out a good amount of money.

This is precisely the case of the manufacturer of high performance cameras RED, which put Apple in court for a possible patent infringement involving the Rawcode format, used by both the manufacturer and Apple in several products – and, according to RED, without proper licensing.

However, when analyzing patent number 9,245,314 (called only «Video Camera»), Apple claims that such intellectual property does not support the claim that the company specifically infringed this patent, since it focuses mainly on describing some functions.

Accordingly, the company filed an application with the Patent Appeal and Judgment Council (Patent Trial and Appeal Board) to review and possibly invalidate the RED patent for the RAW format.

It is interesting to note that Apple and RED have already worked together, with the company selling, in their physical stores, several sets of cameras from the manufacturer – some that could cost up to $ 15,000.

via AppleInsider: 1, 2