Apple Dodges False Ad Suit Over MacBook Screens

By Lance Duroni (August 13, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday tossed a class action alleging Apple Inc. duped consumers into paying top dollar for MacBook Pro computers with shoddy LG Corp. retina display screens, finding the plaintiff had failed to point out exactly how the computing giant misled him.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick issued an order dismissing Beau Hodges' lawsuit — which centers on an alleged drop-off in quality between MacBook screens manufactured by Samsung Corp. and those made by LG — one week after indicating the suit was on shaky ground during oral arguments.

"Because, fundamentally, Hodges has not identified any affirmative...

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