“The iPod nano is the subject of a class-action lawsuit in Baton Rouge federal court. Plaintiffs say the gadget – which is less than 2 inches wide and 4 inches long and can hold up to 1,000 songs – scratches too easily, rendering it unusable. Emily Mayo of Baton Rouge is taking one of the world’s biggest computer makers to court — over some scratches. Mayo claims the abrasions have snuffed the life from her iPod nano, and is suing Apple Computer in Baton Rouge federal court, alleging its popular petite digital music player’s design is knowingly flawed,” Penny Brown Roberts reports for WBRZ. “The class-action lawsuit claims the nanos, which sell for $199 or more, scratch excessively with normal usage, rendering their full-color display screens unreadable. Without the navigational menus on the screen, users can’t make the device work.”
“‘Apple marketed the nano — because it’s small and streamlined — to be used in outdoor activities and athletic activities,’ said her lawyer, Philip Bohrer. ‘But these devices are not designed to withstand even routine use. There’s a flaw in the design that needs to be changed.’ Disgruntled customers have filed a total of five similar class-action lawsuits in California, New York and New Jersey,” Roberts reports. “In a memorandum seeking to consolidate all six federal class-actions and transfer them to the Northern District of California, where Apple is based, lawyer Penelope Preovolos said the company ‘denies that the iPod nano scratches excessively absent user abuse. The iPod nano is an extraordinarily popular and successful product and is free of defects.'”
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