Lawyers Researching Possible Class Action Lawsuit Over 2011 MacBook Pro Graphics Issues

Back in January, we profiled growing concerns from owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models over failing graphics chips and system crashes. While Apple has assisted some customers with logic board replacements, the issues have been known to reoccur after servicing and some users have been faced with expensive repair bills to address the problem.

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With a Facebook group exceeding 2,200 members and a change.org petition requesting a more substantial response from Apple having surpassed 10,000 signatures, the issue appears to be a fairly widespread one, and now lawyers are getting involved in the situation.

Attorneys from Washington, DC-based Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP have addressed the Facebook group, launching a survey to gather information from affected MacBook Pro owners as the firm considers a possible class action lawsuit.

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The firm touts its experience with lawsuits against other technology companies including topics such as Google Buzz privacy issues, Lenovo IdeaPad hardware problems, and more. While it is not certain that a class action suit will be filed against Apple, it's clear the issue is a substantial one.

The discrete graphics chips used in the affected machines are from AMD, and Apple previously launched a replacement program for AMD graphics cards used in 27-inch iMacs from a similar time period. While the graphics chips used in the two machines are different, the iMac repair program indicates that Apple would be willing to launch a similar program for the MacBook Pro if it is able to diagnose the issue and be convinced the problem requires such a program. Typically such programs provide for free repairs and reimbursement for those who had previously paid for repairs to fix the issue.

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1Zach1 Avatar
127 months ago
I need to start planning what to do with my $0.46 settlement.
Score: 47 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RightMACatU Avatar
127 months ago
I need to start planning what to do with my $0.46 settlement.
... in the form of an iTunes Credit ;)
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maflynn Avatar
127 months ago
I'm not a fan of class action suits but its these types of situations that its meant for. Clearly their is something wrong with the 2011 model and apple's refusal to listen to its customers if shocking. Hopefully they'll change directions and fix the MBPs
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
apolloa Avatar
127 months ago
Why not? Hey you know what, in the state of California they legally have to be able to repair or replace any electronics for 7 years. So lets do that. Lets give everyone a 7 year full warranty including damage on all Apple products. But how dare Apple raise the price to cover it. Not one penny. They have billions in the bank they can afford it.

And even better. If you have any issue at all, no matter how minor you get an instant swap to a new retail boxed whatever. Oh that model is no longer sold, great you get an upgrade

Reading your posts mate, I'm going to say you got out of the wrong side of bed today?? Do you need a hug? :p
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dave.UK Avatar
127 months ago
Quite right as well. Hopefully will make Apple sit up and take notice and do something to resolve this issue.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dave.UK Avatar
127 months ago


If something is out of warranty I kind feel like apple doesn't need to do anything, but that depends on your warranty period in your country as to how fair that is.

Luckily in the UK we have the Sales of Goods Act. If you purchase an item that is supposed to be premium for £2000, its reasonable to expect it to last for more then 2 years. All you need is an independent report showing that the item is inherently faulty, as would appear in this case and Apple have to repair it.
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