Bloomberg Law
April 14, 2020, 10:25 PM

Apple Escapes Florida Suit Claiming It ‘Broke’ FaceTime

Martina Barash
Martina Barash

Consumer claims that Apple Inc. intentionally broke its popular FaceTime feature for older iPhones to save costs are untimely and must be dismissed, a federal court in Florida ruled Tuesday.

The company’s early win in the proposed class action comes soon after it agreed to settle similar claims on behalf of California consumers.

Florida plaintiff Austin Belanger argued that the FaceTime video messaging and chat feature was proprietary to Apple and was central to the iPhone 4’s marketing, but that the company broke FaceTime in April 2014 to avoid costly transmitting services.

The move forced users to upgrade to iOS ...

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