updated 06:25 pm EDT, Tue May 14, 2013
Says Apple was aware of issue but kept quiet
A Florida woman, Debra Hilton, has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple on behalf of iPhone 4 owners, says GigaOM. The case alleges that Apple knew about a flex cable defect that was causing problems with the phone's power button, but stayed quiet to sell phones without fixing the issue. A lawyer for Hilton points to threads on Apple's support forums, as well as a repair video on YouTube claiming that the issue is prevalent with the 4.
Hilton further alleges that the defect typically only shows up after a phone's one-year warranty has expired, forcing people to pay $149 for a repair. Apple is being sued under RICO statutes and California's unfair competition laws, with a demand for over $5 million in damages.
The lawsuit is unusual in that while Apple has been hit with numerous iPhone lawsuits in the past, the cases usually involve more recent devices. The iPhone 4 is still on sale, but first debuted in the summer of 2010.