Apple sued for hairline cracks in the iPhone

A lawsuit filed against Apple and AT&T on November 4, 2008, charging misrepresentation of the 3G speed of the iPhone on AT&T’s network, has been amended with an additional charge. The new charge claims the iPhone develops hairline cracks in the housing.

Plaintiff Avi Koschitzki claims in the amended charge, filed in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, that hairline cracks in the casing of the iPhone constitute unfair practices under the New York Deceptive Practices Act.

Koschitzki said the cracks appear around the camera and near the volume button on the side of the iPhone.

The initial lawsuit claims that Apple and AT&T misrepresented the speed of the iPhone on AT&T’s 3G network. The suit claims insufficient infrastructure of the network and the fact that so many phones have been sold that it can’t handle the volume of phones trying to use it.

“Due to the overloaded 3G network, it is quite common for iPhone users to only be on the 3G network for a few minutes before being bumped to the slower EDGE network despite being in geographical areas allegedly rich with 3G network coverage,” reads the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is seeking a jury trial where they are asking for statutory, compensatory and punitive damages.

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