Apple Slips Wrongful Arrest Suit But Can't Get Sanctions

By Brian Dowling (September 28, 2021, 12:29 PM EDT) -- Apple Inc. and its retail security contractor on Monday escaped a lawsuit brought by a New York man who was misidentified and arrested for thefts at the tech giant's stores, but a federal judge declined to levy sanctions for what Apple called "egregious misrepresentations" in the case.

U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns dismissed Ousmane Bah's defamation and malicious prosecution suit claiming he was wrongly arrested for thefts in Massachusetts thanks to Apple's allegedly faulty facial recognition technology and shoddy work by its security contractor, Security Industry Specialists Inc.

A friend who gave Bah's name when confronted by local police and...

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