Judge Dismisses Android-Switching iMessage Lawsuit Against Apple

imessage_ios72U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh has dismissed [PDF] a lawsuit against Apple over a long-standing issue that prevented some former iPhone owners who switched to Android smartphones from receiving text messages from other iOS users, as reported by Business Insider.

Koh originally ruled against granting the lawsuit class-action status, because it was not clear enough that all Android smartphone switchers were actually affected by the issue, but a trio of plaintiffs Adam Backhaut, Bouakhay Joy Backhaut and Kenneth Morris persisted with their case.

The three alleged that they switched from iPhones to Android phones in 2012. After that, texts sent to them from other iPhone users were not delivered. They were probably stuck in Apple's iMessage system, which was notoriously unreliable at delivering texts to Android phones until late 2014, when Apple introduced a fix for the bug. That constitutes a violation of the Federal Wire Tap Act, the three claim. Apple denied the allegations.

Apple launched a web tool in November 2014 for users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in the event they switched to a non-Apple device, and Koh ruled that Apple would face a federal lawsuit over the issue just two days later. As of Koh's ruling on Tuesday, however, all lawsuits against Apple related to the matter have come to a close with no punitive damages against the company.

Top Rated Comments

friedmud Avatar
70 months ago

I won't buy a new Apple device until they fix this.
Ironically, buying an Apple device would completely fix your problem....
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Tycho24 Avatar
70 months ago
... Really?

Our court system makes no sense. It rules that Apple has a monopoly on ebooks (a claim that would make sense if you were talking about Amazon, and by extension, none if you talk about any other company), but that it's totally cool for Apple to hold phone numbers hostage.
Don't be such a silly goose!
Why not try to educate yourself?

Lol, @ "hold phone numbers hostage". *smh*
Sheesh, dramatic hyperbole much??
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Orlandoech Avatar
70 months ago
Sounds like Apple has a judge in their back pockets.

Waiting for the Apple apologist to back Apple and freak out over my post.

PS
I own lots of Apple products and dislike Android but this was a huge issue
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
70 months ago
... Really?

Our court system makes no sense. It rules that Apple has a monopoly on ebooks (a claim that would make sense if you were talking about Amazon, and by extension, none if you talk about any other company), but that it's totally cool for Apple to hold phone numbers hostage.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chatter Avatar
70 months ago
Sounds like Apple has a judge in their back pockets.

Waiting for the Apple apologist to back Apple and freak out over my post.

PS
I own lots of Apple products and dislike Android but this was a huge issue
Its just childish to say "Sounds like Apple has a judge in their back pockets".
Oh well...enjoy the holidays.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AbSoluTc Avatar
70 months ago
Just takes a search of MR or any search engine, to realise this was a quite big issue. So how come the judge saw it as a non issue ? Seems weird to me based on the data available.
Because of the following..


Apple […] discovered that two of the three plaintiffs in the case had gotten rid of their old iPhones after they filed the suit against Apple. They are thus unable to demonstrate whether texts sent to their phone numbers went to their Apple or Android devices, Apple claimed. One of the plaintiffs also previously asked that she be dismissed as a “named plaintiff” in the case.

The three plaintiffs were a husband, wife and family friend. Judge Lucy Koh dismissed the case in a single-paragraph order.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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