Apple sued over alleged iMac screen dimming issues

New lawsuit that seeks class action says Apple's 2009 to 2011 iMacs have an issue that causes one half of the screen to go dark, and that's not covered under warranty.

Apple's 27-inch iMac circa 2009.
Apple's 27-inch iMac circa 2009. CNET

Apple's previous generation iMac is the target of a new lawsuit that accuses the company of making and selling a faulty product.

A lawsuit filed last week by an Idaho resident named Corbin Rasmussen says Apple's 2009 to 2011 27-inch iMac has a widespread hardware issue that renders half of the screen dim or darkened, and that the company is not fixing it for free outside of its standard warranty period.

Rasmussen's complaint points to Apple's support forums, online press coverage, and his own experience with a late-2011 model as proof of the issue. The complaint also goes on to say that Apple introduced an updated model in 2010, knowing that there was an issue.

"Apple refuses to acknowledge the display dimming defect and has left many consumers to either foot the bill for costly display replacements or with iMacs with severely diminished functionality," the complaint, which was spotted by GigaOm, reads.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the complaint.

The suit, which was filed in the US District Court in the Northern District of California, seeks class action for other customers who bought the 27-inch model of the computer on or before November 30 last year.

This isn't the first time Apple's been hit with a lawsuit over allegedly defective iMac displays. A Florida man sued the company in January 2009 over iMacs sold between 2006 to 2008, saying they began developing issues with vertical lines. That case was eventually tossed by a California judge, who thought there wasn't enough evidence in the original claim.

Here's the whole complaint:

iMac class action.pdf by jeff_roberts881

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