A class-action lawsuit has been filed by a New Jersey woman named Gina Priano-Keyser. She brought a gold aluminum Apple Watch Series 3 in October 2017 and accused Apple of swollen Apple Watch batteries last July. Here’s what we know about this.
Macrumors obtained court papers from the US district court, which reveals Priano-Keyser alleged that all generations of Apple Watch (Series 1 to Series 4) are prone to a defect of the lithium-ion battery engorging, causing the screen of the watch to damage itself. These damages to the screen include the glass shattering, and/or detach from the chassis of the watch. All of these factors can also pose a safety risk, which can lead to cuts and burns from the Apple Watch.
Now let’s get on to the story of how Gina’s Apple Watch battery engorged itself. Firstly, she brought her gold Series 3 in October 2017. Then on July 2018, when she charged her Apple Watch, she alleged that the watch’s screen unexpectedly popped out and cracked from the chassis. At least her daughter placed the screen back on the Apple Watch, but it has been rendered unusable as of that time.
A month after the incident, she booked an appointment with the Genius Bar at her local Apple Store. When the Genius inspected her Apple Watch, they considered it out of warranty service but they required her to pay $229 for repair service. Although her Apple Watch is only 10 months old that time, she alleged that Apple is denying repair for her Apple Watch for free. The Apple Watch also had a crack on its screen, which might’ve been considered the additional damage to become an out of warranty repair.
Priano-Keyser said that she’s looking forward to getting damage amounts proven at trial, for herself, including others that have been involved in a situation similar to her. This class-action lawsuit includes all Apple Watch users (Series 0-3) residing in New Jersey.
In conclusion, this lawsuit was proposed by Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP. This law firm also proposed the lawsuit with the Apple Watch batteries in California in June 2018. That lawsuit was omitted 3 months ago by US Judge Lucy Koh due to the vague topic.