updated 01:55 pm EDT, Tue March 16, 2010
Apple accused of false advertising
An iPod shuffle owner has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, after his device allegedly malfunctioned due to perspiration, according to The Wrap. Manhattan Beach, California resident Stephen Vale claims sweat ran down the headphone cord during an exercise session, shorting out the in-line controller on the third-generation Shuffle.
Vale reportedly took the device to a local Apple Store, where he was supplied with replacement cords that did not solve the problems. "Plaintiff was told it was alright (sic) to exercise with the music player, but not to sweat," the filing says.
The plaintiff accuses Apple of false advertisement because the company shows the device being used while running, biking, and pushing a shopping cart. The lawyers are also pushing five breach-of-warranty counts and one claim of unfair competition. Vale is seeking unspecified damages for himself and other California residents who join the class.