Man sues Apple for ‘$2 priceless trillion’ over iPhone repair

Raevon Terrell Parker has attempted to sue Apple in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri for “$2 priceless trillion,” claiming that the company kept his iPhone after a repair conducted in Apple Saint Louis Galleria, and used “special features” on his phone to develop features in iOS. The lawsuit was filed on June 1st.

Apple Saint Louis Galleria
Apple Saint Louis Galleria

Malcolm Owen for AppleInsider:

Parker asserts he went to the Saint Louis Galleria Apple Store to fix an issue with his smartphone, detailed in other supporting documents as an iPhone 7. The store staff fixed the iPhone, but Parker claims they “kept it by deceiving the plaintiff knowing that it was the first phone to have new features,” and instead provided a replacement iPhone.

The supposed “new features” seemingly includes having the iPhone set up to “bypass certain start-up load screen options,” which enables the iPhones to “communicate with other devices faster and more accurately. A bolder claim in the earlier legal action includes a request for Parker to be compensated for the “discovery of the Group FaceTime feature.”

These features apparently aided Apple in “the creation of iOS 12,” which Parker believed he was due to be compensated over in the earlier lawsuit.

The earlier filing, dated March 28, 2019, included a valuation of the iPhone 7 in question at $1 trillion, iOS 12 at $1 trillion, “Raevon Terrell Parker’s mentality” as “priceless,” and with a total amount claimed for materials of “$2 priceless trillion USD.”

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, Raevon Terrell Parker’s mentality can be characterized in many more ways than just “priceless.”

According to Wikipedia: In a noncriminal case in a U.S. District Court, a litigant (or a litigant’s attorney) who presents any pleading, written motion or other paper to the court is required, under Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, to certify that, to the best of the presenter’s knowledge and belief, the legal contentions “are warranted by existing law or by a nonfrivolous argument for the extension, modification, or reversal of existing law or the establishment of new law”. Monetary civil penalties for violation of this rule may in some cases be imposed on the litigant or the attorney under Rule 11. (Bold emphasis added – MDN Ed.)


    1. Can we instead, have this go to court, and make the ruling that once tossed, he must pay ALL legal fees, including Apple’s.

      Oh, and then dis-bar the Attorney for bringing such a loon into court and wasting the people’s time and tax money!

      If we conducted litigation like the Japanese, none of these cases would come to litigation, because the losers pays the other’s court fees.

      Thus, this guy’s lawyer would take one look at this and say “Look pal, once we lose, I won’t get a dime because there’s no way you are able to pay Apple’s fees and mine. Uh, bring this and lose and you’ll be bankrupt. Good day.”

      1. Totally agree.

        I mean look, not everybody is Einstein. In fact, Raevon Terrell Parker may hold court in the opposite corner of the intellectual spectrum. So I don’t fault him for coming up with this crazypants conspiracy theory. Even the President of the United States spouts of this sort of unfounded nonsense (although at least the President’s latest screed was crafted by a Russian misinformation operative, not by loony-toons ravings).

        But the attorney should absolutely be disbarred for taking Raevon’s money.

        1. The man does not have an attorney. His Statement of Claim is handwritten. Rule 11 sanctions do not apply because it would be impossible to prove that he knows his claim is frivolous. He could be ordered to pay Apple’s attorney fees, but I’m betting he doesn’t have sufficient nonexempt assets to pay them.

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