Judge denies Apple’s attempt to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit

A California federal judge has denied Apple's attempt to dismiss a proposed class action claiming it sold defectively designed MacBooks and iMacs, saying the tech giant's attempt to address the consumer protection laws of more than a dozen states was too “unwieldy,” according to the legal news site, Law 360 (a subscription is required to read the entire article).

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A class action lawsuit was filed in 2018 in the  in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California accuses Apple of selling select iMac and MacBook models without needed dust filters with the result being screen defects.

It was filed by the law firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, which has sued the tech giant on multiple occasions. The suit claims that some iMac and MacBook owners have reported dark smudges and spots on the interior of the screens of their computers, as well as excessive slowness and break downs of their computers related to the lack of a dust filter.

The computer intakes air to cool its components, but with no filter, dust allegedly gets trapped inside. This affects the screen and logic board of the computer, leading to dust stuck behind the screen and gummed up motherboards, causing the computer to run slow and/or overheat, the lawsuit states. 

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro claim that when iMac owners raised the issue with Apple, the company refused to remedy the defect, forcing owners of affected iMacs to pay more than $500 to fix this screen defect, and even more if they wished to replace parts integral to the computer's speed and performance.