Apple knew it was selling defective MacBook screens, the judge concluded

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When Apple introduced its controversial MacBook Pro redesign in 2016, the company probably didn’t know it was about to sue itself – but not only is a class action lawsuit now pending for their infamous butterfly keyboards, it looks to note that a second also pointed out because of their notoriously fragile display cables. Judge Edward Davila has decided to let the “flexgate” case go ahead because he held that Apple should have known they would fail and still continue to sell them.

“The court finds that the allegations of pre-release testing coupled with the allegations of substantial customer complaints are sufficient to show that Apple had exclusive knowledge of the alleged defect,” the judge wrote (via Law 360 and 9to5MacYou can read the full order at the bottom of this message.

To see what the problem looked like, you can check out our photo at the top of this post; it’s also called the “stage light” problem because of the way the cable would create those dark spots.

Part of the flexgate controversy is how Apple tackled the problem when it first got publicity in late 2018 – first by tacitly swapping a new, slightly longer cable in newer MacBooks, and only months after 15,000 users do one of its typical free repair programs open up. signed a petition and it was published in the press. Since then, the company has been much more responsive with issues, such as with this free battery replacement program for a small number of those 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro laptops that are no longer charging.

Unlike the butterfly keyboard suit, the flexgate doesn’t appear to be a certified class-action lawsuit yet – but nine different plaintiffs have now been filed in this single case, and the judge is inviting them to file a new amended complaint. We’ll be looking to see where it goes from there.