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iPod nano lawsuit goes international

Plaintiffs from the UK get in on the act

Lawyers representing iPod nano owners who filed a US lawsuit, have now acted on behalf of users here in the UK and in Mexico. The new action was filed last Friday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Both lawsuits claim the iPod nano is defective in its design, which allows the screen to become scratched under normal use. Lawyers are claiming that Apple knew of the design flaw but chose to ignore it in an effort to speed the product to market.

The lawsuit claims the defect is a result of a much thinner layer of resin used in designing the nano that does not provide adequate protection from scratching.

The lead attorney on the case claims that the international suit was launched due to a large number of international requests.

"Apple's iPod nano has sold in record numbers around the world, just as it did in the US," said Steve Berman, the lawyer representing iPod owners. "It seems that wherever the nano is sold, problems with the defective design soon follow. The far-reaching response also reveals that this is not just a small problem or a bad batch of nanos, but a defect in the overall design that should have been rectified prior to the release."

The suit seeks to represent and recover money lost for all those who live outside of the US who purchased an iPod nano.

Apple declined to comment on pending litigation.


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