There are currently many, many people trying to sue the pants off Apple. But commercial law experts predict that if the company ends up on trial, it may come out on top.
Before we get too deep into this, it’s important to understand the backstory: On Dec. 20, Apple confirmed a rumor that it does, in fact, slow down iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns from old, unstable batteries.
Two days later, lawsuits were filed in California and Illinois. Over the next few weeks, civil and criminal charges piled on, from Israel, Europe, Asia, New York, California, and Texas. 9to5Mac reports that the company faces over 15 class-action lawsuits as of today.
According to Justin T. Kelton, a Brooklyn-based lawyer specializing in commercial litigation, the courts and juries involved in these disputes will need to resolve two broad questions: whether Apple intentionally sold customers flawed phones, and whether the the company deceived its customers. At the core of both questions is Apple’s intent.