Apple’s new iPhone 4 hasn’t been available for a full week yet, and one law firm has already begun working on a potential class action lawsuit over cell signal reception issues some users have been experiencing. Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP is on the hunt for iPhone 4 owners that have been having signal reception issues as part of the law firm’s investigation.
“KCR is currently investigating potential problems with the release of iPhone 4,” the lawfirm states on its Web site. “If you recently purchased the new iPhone and have experienced poor reception quality, dropped calls and weak signals, we would like to hear from you.”
Some iPhone 4 users have been complaining about an issue where holding the phone in a certain way negatively impacts cell signal reception. In some cases, people have been able to at least partially kill their cell signal reception by holding their iPhone 4 so that part of their hand contacts both antenna pieces in the lower left corner of the device.
In response to the complaints, Apple stated “Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone.”
Apple CEO Steve Jobs weighed in on the issue, too, telling one iPhone 4 owner to try holding their phone is a different way, and telling another that there isn’t an issue at all. In response to the second customer question, he added “Stay tuned,” hinting that Apple may be working on a fix.
Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP has previously sued Facebook and Zynga over deceptive ads placed in games like Farmville and Mafia Wars. The law firm hasn’t filed a suit against Apple yet, but considering they’re actively seeking out iPhone 4 owners, it seems likely that a court filing is on the way.