UK and Mexico consumers file own Nano suit

iPod Nano owners from the United Kingdom and Mexico filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple Computer last week claiming the wee music player is defectively designed with a scratch-prone screen. The new case, filed on Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, is similar to one filed in October on behalf of U.S. consumers.

The new complaint asserts that the manufacturer "knew of the iPod Nano's design flaw but chose to ignore them in an effort to speed the product to market," according to a press statement from the plaintiffs.

Steve Berman, lead attorney on both cases, said in the statement that the second suit was necessary because of the number of international requests to be included in the class action.

The plaintiffs say the defect is the result of much thinner layer of resin used in designing the Nano that does not provide adequate protection from scratching. Apple, however, has stated in the past that the Nano is made of the same polycarbonate material that's found in previous iPods.

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