Class Action Lawsuit Targets Apple for iPhone 4 Power Button

A Florida woman has launched a class action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of knowingly and willingly selling the iPhone 4 with a faulty power button. Debra Hilton filed the suit in the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Jose, and she's seeking US$5 million on behalf of iPhone owners.

The suit alleges that the iPhone 4 has a defect in the flex cable that controls the power button—also known as the sleep button—on the device. According to court documents uncovered by GigaOM, the plaintiff alleges that Apple knew about this defect but decided that silence on the issue would help the company sell more of the device.

iPhone 4 Power Button

The iPhone 4 Power/Sleep Button
Original image courtesy of iFixIt

The suit points to a thread in Apple's support forums about the iPhone 4's power button, a thread with more than 821,000 views as of this writing. There's also a YouTube video offering an easy fix for the button that was deemed noteworthy.

The suit also alleges that the issue tends to manifest after the one-year warranty period that comes with the device in the U.S. expires.