Class-Action Suit Filed Against Apple

AppleInsider & Forbes.com have details of a class-action lawsuit being filed against Apple Computer, Inc. for unlawful practices and misappropriation of trade secrets.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in California Superior Court in San Francisco on behalf of consumers and resellers of Apple products. It seeks to include in the consumer class any person in the U.S. who purchased Apple products or repair services since Jan. 1, 1995, except for someone affiliated with Apple or the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs allege that Apple failed to fully honor service contracts and warranties, didn't get repair and service businesses properly licensed, stole trade secrets from its own resellers, and sold used computer equipment as new.

They are charging Apple with Unlawful Business Practices, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets, Breach of Contract, and violations of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act and the Song Beverly [Consumer Warranty] Act.