How and why you should reject arbitration on your Apple Card

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Sexist Apple Card accusations are tech's latest example of biased algorithms
Sexist Apple Card accusations are tech's latest example of biased algorithms
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Invitations to get an Apple Card are trickling out, but even before you make the first purchase with your shiny new credit card, you should reject its arbitration provision.

If you don’t, you give up the right to benefit from any class-action lawsuits brought against Goldman Sachs, the bank backing Apple Card.

Surreptitious Siri recordings spawn class-action lawsuit

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The recent controversy surrounding Siri recordings is headed for the courts.
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A class action lawsuit has been proposed to prevent Apple from recording Siri commands without users’ express consent. And the plaintiffs want restitution, of course.

Apple admits it made recordings of people talking to the Siri voice-control system to improve the system. As part of the process, some of these were listened to by humans.

Pair of lawsuits claim Apple mislead investors on falling iPhone sales

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iPhone stock took a plunge earlier this year.
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Did Apple mislead investors by not coming clean sooner about the drop in iPhone sales? That’s what a pair of new class action lawsuits suggest.

The suits were filed by City of Roseville employees’ retirement fund and the Schall Law Firm, a national shareholder rights litigation firm. They allege that Apple made false or misleading statements that failed to properly disclose its iPhone sales stumble. This could, they suggest, amount to securities fraud.

Possible class action suit takes aim at Apple’s falling share prices

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Apple's stock has struggled over the past several months.
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Investing in the stock market invariably carries a degree of risk. But one New York-based legal firm isn’t happy with the way Apple conducted itself during the recent stock-plummeting revelations about the company’s missed earnings guidance.

The firm of Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC is investigating potential claims from shareholders that Apple might have violated federal securities laws.

Lack of in-built dust filters damages Macs, claims class action suit

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Class action lawsuit says Macs should come with built-in dust filters.
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A growing class action lawsuit is seeking more plaintiffs to take Apple to court over its iMacs and MacBooks.

The accusation? That by selling computers without dust filters, Apple is willfully ignoring something which can interfere with the “functionality and use” of the high-end displays.

Third lawsuit filed over ‘defective’ MacBook Pro butterfly keyboard

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Another lawsuit accuses Apple of knowingly using a defective MacBook Pro butterfly keyboard in laptops like this one,
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Thinking perhaps that third time’s the charm, another lawsuit has been filed claiming that the keyboard used in the MacBook Pro is defective. Like the two prior ones filed last month, this seeks to become a class action.

All of these suits claim that the keys in Apple’s laptop can become permanently jammed, and a very expensive fix requires replacing the entire keyboard and other components.

Court documents reveal Apple knew iPhone 6 was bendy

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Tests prior to launch showed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could have bending issues.
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Bendgate is back in the news and this time, court documents show Apple knew about structural problems with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prior to release.

Apple’s own tests revealed the handsets might have a bending problem but publicly defended the structural soundness despite widespread customer complaints of frozen or unresponsive touchscreens. As the complaints piled up, Apple quietly corrected the defect, the documents show.

U.K. iPhone users want $4.3B from Google for privacy violations

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Millions in Britain wants $1000 each because they claim Google invaded their privacy
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A group of 4.4 million Brits accuse Google of illegally collecting and selling their personal information. They want a court to award them  $1000 (£750) each in compensation.

The group, which calls itself Google You Owe Us, was in court today asking to be made a representative action, the British equivalent of a class action.

Apple’s ‘butterfly’ MacBook keyboard faces threat of class-action lawsuit

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The butterfly keyboard used in the MacBook Pro and MacBook has now drawn both a recall petition and a lawsuit.
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A lawsuit filed in federal court claims that the keyboard used in all the MacBook Pros and MacBooks made in the past few years is defective. The plaintiffs request that this be made into a class-action lawsuit, and that Apple be required to replace all the affected keyboards at no cost to users.

The lawsuit also requests punitive damages because, as the plaintiffs claim, Apple continued to build and sell laptops with the “butterfly” keyboard even though the company knew it was defective.

Apple accused of breaking FaceTime to force iOS 7 upgrades

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Some users say that iOS 7 made their iPhones run slowly.
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A class-action lawsuit claims that Apple intentionally broke its FaceTime service on iOS 6 in order to get users to upgrade to iOS 7 — thereby making older iPhones run slowly.

The reason was allegedly driven by Apple’s desire not to have to continue paying high data costs to the company Akamai, which ran third-party servers used for handling FaceTime data.