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Batt out of hell July 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., Hardware, News.

A Japanese couple’s Mac burst into flames at their Osaka home last April, scorching the husband’s finger, which caused his wife, poor thing, such distress that she had to seek medical help.

Of course they had to sue. Now Apple Japan and Sony are being sued for 2 million yen (nearly US$17k) in the first-ever legal case for Sony over the notorious Sony-made battery fiasco which has resulted in the recall of 1.8M Apple laptop batteries, and a total of nearly 10M batteries from Dell, Lenovo and other vendors as well sold from 2003 to 2006.

It has since been determined that tiny metal particles left in the batteries could cause them to short circuit, and there has been a massive effort to recall the batteries since the problem was discovered. Story here.

Meantime the Japanese gentleman’s finger has presumably healed since and his wife has likely calmed down over this outrage, but the litigation is just beginning over at the  Osaka District Court. 2 million yen will certainly buy lots of iPhones.



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