Apple wins complete victory in class-action lawsuit that claimed iMessage was rigged to not deliver texts to Android phones
A federal judge ruled to dismiss the case with a single-sentence order (PDF).Apple previously asked the judge to dismiss the suit after Apple discovered that two of the three plaintiffs in the case had gotten rid of their old iPhones after they filed the suit against Apple. They are thus unable to demonstrate whether texts sent to their phone numbers went to their Apple or Android devices, Apple claimed.Advertisement
One of the plaintiffs also previously asked that she be dismissed as a "named plaintiff" in the case. The judge also declined to grant the case class-action status.
Originally, Bouakhay Joy Backhaut claimed her husband traded in her old iPhone when buying her a new Android. Her husband, Adam Backhaut, and a friend, Kenneth Morris, were plaintiffs in the case.The three alleged that they switched from iPhones to Android phones in 2012. After that, texts sent to them from other iPhone users were not delivered. They were probably stuck in Apple's iMessage system, which was notoriously unreliable at delivering texts to Android phones until late 2014, when Apple introduced a fix for the bug. That constitutes a violation of the Federal Wire Tap Act, the three claim. Apple denied the allegations.
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