Apple Must Face Trimmed Faulty 'Butterfly' Keyboard Suit

Law360 (April 23, 2019, 6:45 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday trimmed a putative class action by MacBook buyers claiming Apple Inc. knew that its "butterfly" keyboards were prone to failure and continued to release them anyway, but refused to toss fraud by omission and other claims.

U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila tossed, without prejudice, claims of breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, agreeing with Apple’s argument that the laptop’s warranties only require the tech giant to fix “defects in materials and workmanship,” which would not extend to a design defect in the keyboard.

“That the [complaint] describes the defect as...

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