“A Florida lawyer who rented ‘Big Daddy’ from iTunes has filed a class acton suit against Apple, claiming the company deceived him into paying $1 more for a high-definition version of the film — even though his phone did not support the HD format,” Jeff John Roberts reports for GigaOM.

“In a complaint filed in June in San Francisco federal court, Scott Weiselberg says Apple violated consumer protection laws and should compensate him and everyone else who paid $4.99 to download HD versions of movies and TV shows to older Apple devices,” Roberts reports. “According to the complaint, the first three versions of the iPhone and the iPod touch do not support HD video but Apple nonetheless made HD the default option for these devices when it released iTunes 8.0 in 2010.”

Roberts reports, “As a result, consumers like Weiselberg paid extra for an HD version even though, the complaint says, they only received a Standard Definition version of the show since that is all their device was capable of playing. The filing adds that iTunes was able to recognize that a device was SD-only but sold the HD version anyways to make more money.”

Read more, and see a copy of the lawsuit, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Brawndo Drinker" for the heads up.]