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    The members of the class-action lawsuit involving the 2011 MacBook Pro graphics failure were updated this week with the latest developments in the case, which have expanded to include multiple states and new complaints against Apple, all of which accuse the company of deliberately concealing the problem. In a recent email sent out to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes the following states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Vermont and Puerto Rico. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of hiding the problem from consumers.

    The note mentions the following regarding the matter:

    Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause the GPUs to effectively self destruct.
    The firm stated that some of the members of the class-action suit volunteered their faulty MacBook Pros for testing and a computer hardware expert has been hired to help perform test on the hardware. Those who are complaining about the issue are hoping to use this information to explain the technical side of the case to the court and offer ways that Apple could have helped fix the issue.

    As of right now, it is being expected that Apple will likely file a motion to dismiss the case on January 29 and Whitfield Bryson & Mason plan to respond to that motion with their own filing on behalf of the class on March 5. Judge Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California is set to hear the case in early April. It should be noted that this 2011 MacBook Pro graphics case is different from another lawsuit over defective logic boards (a case which was dismissed by a judge last week).

    Those of you who arenít aware of the issue as a whole, the graphics-related issues found in some 2011 MacBook Pro models led to a class-action lawsuit last October where those complaining were seeking compensation for apparent hardware failures experienced by customers. Initially, the lawsuit covered only residents in California and Florida. The complaint was originally filed on behalf of plaintiffs Zachary Book, Donald Cowart and John Manners. The lawsuit alleges that Apple failed to reimburse owners for out-of-pocket repairs that could cost anywhere from $350 to $600. Many of the device owners have complained for years that they have experienced graphical distortions and system crashes periodically.

    Weíll have to wait and see what happens as the case moves forward.

    Source: Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP via AppleInsider

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    2015-01-15 05:34 PM