iPod class action lawsuit goes international

Lawyers representing users of a class action lawsuit filed in the United States that purchased iPod nanos have now filed suits on behalf of users in the United Kingdom and Mexico. The suit representing users in those two countries was filed last Friday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Both lawsuits claim the iPod nano is defective in its design, which allows the screen to become scratched under normal use. Lawyers are claiming that Apple knew of the iPod nano’s design flaw but chose to ignore it in an effort to speed the product to market.

The lawsuit claims the defect is a result of a much thinner layer of resin used in designing the nano that does not provide adequate protection from scratching.

The lead attorney on the case claims that the international suit was launched due to a large number of international requests.

“Apple’s iPod Nano has sold in record numbers around the world, just as it did in the US,” said Steve Berman, the lawyer representing iPod owners. “It seems that wherever the Nano is sold, problems with the defective design soon follow. The far-reaching response also reveals that this is not just a small problem or a bad batch of Nano’s, but a defect in the overall design that should have been rectified prior to the release.”

The suit seeks to represent and recover money lost for all those who live outside of the United States who purchased an iPod Nano.

Apple declined to comment on pending litigation.

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