Chilean Consumer Rights Organization Sues Apple in U.S. Federal Court…

The organization selected the commercial litigation team of lawyers at Johnston Pratt PLLC to prosecute Chilean iPhone claims based on the law firm’s history of handling complex, cross-border litigation.

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Chile’s leading consumer protection organization, the Corporación Nacional de Consumidores y Usuarios de Chile, known as “CONADECUS” sued Apple, Inc. in U.S. federal court. Case information is as follows: Corporacion Nacional de Consumidores Y Usuarios de Chile v. Apple Inc., No. 18-2527 (N.D.Cal. filed Apr. 27, 2018).

CONADECUS is Chile’s oldest and largest consumer rights organization, empowered by law to protect Chilean consumers though representative litigation. The organization selected the commercial litigation team at Johnston Pratt PLLC to prosecute Chilean iPhone claims, based on the firm’s history of handling complex, cross-border litigation.

"Our team of litigators has extensive experience representing clients' best interests and handling complex litigation on their behalf," stated Robert Gifford, Partner at Johnston Pratt.

In the lawsuit, CONADECUS alleges Apple intentionally and secretly slowed the performance of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models. According to CONADECUS’s court filings, Apple’s actions amount to electronic trespass and fraud under California law. As a California-based company, California law governs consumer claims against Apple. The lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction that prevents Apple from “releasing software updates that electronically trespass on users’ devices” or “using adhesion contracts to gain permissions to electronically trespass on users’ devices.” The lawsuit also seeks monetary damages on behalf of Chileans who bought affected iPhones.

About CONADECUS
CONADECUS (pronounced “con a DAY koos”) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1996 and headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Chilean law authorizes CONADECUS to protect the rights of Chilean consumers through bring legal actions. Its mission is the “promotion and protection of the rights of consumers and users in Chile, through training, information and legal defense actions, in partnership with other social organizations and public and private entities, at the national and international level.” Visit http://www.conadecus.cl/ for more information.

About Johnston Pratt PLLC
Johnston Pratt PLLC is a law firm based in Dallas, Texas. The firm offers sophisticated litigation, compliance, and transaction expertise for its clients. Johnston Pratt litigators have the depth and breadth of experience needed to resolve the diverse array of disputes that may arise from business activities. From complex commercial litigation and class-action claims, multidistrict litigation, “bet-the-company” lawsuits, regulatory enforcement actions, and critical licensing and administrative hearings, Johnston Pratt’s litigators have forged solutions at every stage in the process. For more information, visit http://www.johnstonpratt.com.

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