Ninth Circuit affirms Apple had no duty to disclose alleged MacBook Pro defect
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Ninth Circuit affirms Apple had no duty to disclose alleged MacBook Pro defect

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Thursday ruled in favor of Apple regarding a potential class action over allegedly defective MacBook Pro displays.

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court for the Northern District of California’s finding that “Apple had no duty to disclose the alleged defect[.]” The lawsuit alleged that Apple’s lack of disclosure violated California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Unfair Competition Law, among other laws. The Ninth Circuit’s reasoning included the plaintiffs’ lack of arguing a safety issue due to the defect and Apple’s non-disclosure.

The alleged issue with MacBook Pro displays is colloquially referred to as “Flexgate”, “the term used to describe a display problem with certain models of MacBook Pro caused by a faulty Flex cable.” This, “sometime after the warranty expires, causes MacBook Pro laptops’ built-in displays to malfunction and eventually stop working altogether.”

Thursday’s ruling dismissed the potential class action against Apple that was originally filed in 2020.