Judge Edward Davila has approved [PDF] a class action lawsuit against Apple over its butterfly keyboards. Eligible customers can join the suit in these seven states: California, New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, and Michigan.

Class Action Lawsuit

Affected MacBooks include those sold between 2015-2017, a MacBook Pro sold between 2016-2019, and a MacBook Air sold between 2018-2019.

Apple’s butterfly keyboard design was controversial amid many user complaints, like the accumulation of dust around the switches. Or, some key presses failed to register. Apple issued an apology in 2019 after Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal publicly complained in a column.

The lawsuit claims that Apple knew about the keyboard problems for years, and accuses the company of violating several laws, including California’s Unfair Competition Law, the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, and the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

If you have an affected MacBook sold during the above years, you can join the suit here.

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geoduck

The lawsuit claims that Apple knew about the keyboard problems for years, I think that’s not up for question. They came out with several updates and redesigned versions of the keyboard. and accuses the company of violating several laws, including California’s Unfair Competition Law, Not really sure how that would apply. Competition had nothing to do with this. Apple sold a product and a component was allegedly defective. Competition has nothing to do with it unless they are arguing that every component in a MacBook should be replaceable with generic off the shelf components. I guess this years fad is… Read more »