A disgruntled Alabama iPhone customer is citing "breach of express and implied warranty and with unjust enrichment" in her suit against Apple, complaining its newest 3G device is slower than marketing indicates. The federal court complaint, in which the plaintiff is requesting class-action status, mirrors some subscribers' complaints about the network's speed and seeks repair of all "defective" devices as well as unspecified damages and other fees.
Apple has filed suit against Doral, Fla.-based Psystar Corp. over its Open Computer, which, Apple alleges, uses Apple software but does not carry Apple labeling. As of Tuesday, Psystar still was advertising the model, which retails for about $600.
Despite the dour economic news these days, makers of customized consumer-electronics products -- everything from laser-etched iPods to specially painted laptops -- are reporting that the bulls are still running. "There's definitely a market [for customized products]," said Oscar Zapata of NVS PC, which builds computers to users' specs. "There are still people with tons of cash that want what they want."
Guitar maker Gibson has sued major retail chains that are selling Activision's popular "Guitar Hero" software, saying the game infringes on the company's patent. Gibson, which wants retailers to take the software off their shelves, claims the game violates its 1999 patent on virtual concert simulation and participation.
At least 34 states are expected Friday to file a lawsuit against seven semiconductor makers, claiming they have attempted to fix prices and manipulate other market conditions for DRAM chips. Companies named in the suit are: Infineon Technologies; Hynix Semiconductor; Micron Technology; Mosel Vitelic; Nanya Technology; Elpida Memory; and NEC Electronics America.