Drone Buyers' Suit Over Autopilot Feature Moves Ahead

By Daniel Siegal (April 4, 2017, 6:52 PM EDT) -- A California judge Tuesday rejected Phantom drone maker DJI Technology's bid to escape a putative class action alleging the company falsely advertised that the Phantom 3's  autopilot capabilities prevent it from getting lost, saying the allegations were properly pled.

Before Tuesday's hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl issued a two-page written tentative ruling stating she likely wouldn't dismiss named plaintiff Bradley Telling's suit alleging DJI Technology Inc. tricked consumers by boasting that the Phantom 3's autopilot means the drone "will always come home."

Judge Kuhl rejected DJI's argument that Telling can't bring a claim under California's Consumer Legal...

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