Apple Sinks RICO Suit Over IPhone Power Button Glitch

By Andrew Scurria (August 29, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday threw out a racketeering class action claiming Apple Inc. concealed a malfunction in the power button of its iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices, saying the alleged defect presented no safety hazards.

U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess held that the California manufacturer's duty to consumers was limited to its warranty obligations absent an affirmative misrepresentation or a safety issue, and that while iPhone purchasers Ross Missaghi and Charles Thompson had attempted to characterize the alleged flaw as dangerous, the risk to consumers was so remote that Apple had no duty to disclose it....

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