Lawsuit Targets Apple Over Exploding iPod

Apple's lawsuit dance ticket has yet another entry, this time from Tina King who is suing the company over claims that her iPod touch exploded and burned her face. She is asking for US$7,500 in damages and said she spent $600 in medical expenses after the incident.

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The iPod explosion-ish incident happened about a year ago, according to Patently Apple, but the lawsuit wasn't filed until this week. The filing states, in part,

On February 22, 2011, Tina Kings was laying in her bed with her iPod touch listening to music when Tina felt a burning sensation on her eye. As a direct and proximate result of the explosion and result of the explosion and resulting electrical shock of the iPod touch, Tina King received burns to her eye and was otherwise caused pain and suffering resulting in serious injury to the plaintiff, Tina King, including but not limited to the burns on her eye and the incurring medical and mental conditions which will cause her to suffer pain, mental distress, emotional distress, and otherwise for the rest of her life.

The lawsuit goes on to state that Apple acted "intentionally, maliciously, willfully, wantonly, recklessly, and were otherwise grossly negligent and acted with conscious disregard," when designing the iPod touch, which is common wording in a case like this. IN other words, Ms. King needs to prove her exploding iPod touch wasn't just some freak accident and that Apple knew there were design flaws that could lead to the incident.

Apple hasn't commented on the lawsuit, although we expect Ms. King's first comment after the incident happened was along the lines of "ouch."

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