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Apple MacBook Pro Defective Battery Class Action Lawsuit

By Kimberly Mirando

 

AppleApple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been hit with a class action lawsuit over allegations that its 15- and 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro computers have defective batteries that drain during use, even when the AC adapter is plugged in. The class action lawsuit comes just days after it was announced Apple had reached a separate class action settlement over defective MacBook power cord adapters.
 
According to the 2011 MacBook Pro battery class action lawsuit, Apple’s Technical Specifications state the 2011 MacBook lasts up to seven hours of battery life in a single charge. However:
 
“Soon after the 2011 MacBook Pro was released, purchasers began complaining that their 2011 MacBook Pro was not charging the battery under certain conditions when the 2011 MacBook Pro was fully utilizing either the Intel quad-core 17 processor or the AMD Radeon graphics processor, or both, such as when streaming movies, playing video games or editing video,” the MacBook battery class action lawsuit states, adding that some consumers have even reported to Apple that their battery actually was draining even when the AC adapter was being used.
The problem, the MacBook Pro class action lawsuit says, is that the 85 watt power adapter – the only available adapter for Apple’s computers, which are now designed to work with Apple’s own, exclusive proprietary “mag connector” – cannot deliver enough current to run the machine at the peak speed promised by Apple, and cannot charge the battery when fully using the Intel quad-core 17 processor and the AMD Radeon graphics processor, or both.

This design defect results in the 2011 MacBook Pro unexpectedly dying or causing damage to the battery, the Apple power adapter class action lawsuit states.

“Moreover, Apple’s design, which does not allow the consumer to change the battery, prevents consumers from using more than one battery in order to optimize and obtain better performance. Apple tells customers who’ve purchased the 2011 MacBook Pro and complained to its customer service representatives about this problem that this is how Apple designed the MacBook and that Apple will not help resolve the issue.”

The 2011 MacBook power adapter class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of a proposed class of all persons or entities in the U.S. who purchased a new 15-inch and/or 17-inch 2011 MacBook Pro model released by Apple since February 1, 2011. It is seeking damages for Class Members, injunctive relief requiring Apple to fix the allegedly defective MacBook Pro batteries, attorneys’ fees, and more for Negligence, Breach of Warranty, Intentional and Negligent Misrepresentation, Fraud and Concealment, Unfair Business Practices, and violations of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

A copy of the Apple 2011 MacBook Pro Defective Battery Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.

The case is Alex Tomek v. Apple, Inc., Case No. FCS-038512, Superior Court of the State of California, County of Solano.

 

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Updated September 23rd, 2011

 

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4 Comments

  • Anonymous February 27, 2012

    so what’s the result? when it’s going to close

  • Nick March 18, 2013

    Yeah – any update on this one? Every 15/17″ laptop computer Apple’s sold since 2011 will have this same problem, so this is a huge class of people.

  • Robert July 4, 2013

    The batteries are defective. After only 800 charge cycles mine was down to 12% when it should be around 80%. First Apple said it was normal and I should buy a new battery, I told them that was Bs, then they admitted the battery was defective but because I was out of warranty they would not fix it. There are no 3rd party batteries because of Apples design. In the end I’m out $150. First and las Mac I will buy.

  • don Francisco February 23, 2014

    How do you join the class action suit if you have a defective mac caused by battery explosion?

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