Wednesday, April 16th 2008

Sony, Apple Offer Japanese Couple $13,000 for Exploding Computer

Apple and Sony have decided to settle at least one lawsuit stemming from the whole lithium-ion battery debacle of '06. The two companies are jointly paying a Japanese couple a total of about 1.3 million yen (that's $12,903) for damages to their home and burns the man sustained while trying to remove his flaming Apple computer from the house. The couple argued this fire was caused by a defective Sony lithium-ion battery.

To date, Sony has recalled 9.6 million of these occasionally unstable batteries with the help of some major laptop manufacturers, including Apple, Toshiba, Lenovo and Acer.

Apple, while accepting liability in the case, insisted it would not settle the dispute out of court because the couple had demanded excessive compensation (they were asking for 2 million yen). Despite agreeing to pay its share of the settlement, Sony still maintains there was no link between the fire and the battery.Source: Wired Blog
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12 Comments on Sony, Apple Offer Japanese Couple $13,000 for Exploding Computer

#1
choppy
okay $12000 is £6000 and to be honest, 6k for damage to my house and BURNS just dont cut the mustard
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jbunch07
i would have sued for allot more than that...but hey i would be happy with 13k
at any rate that really sucks his computer "exploded" if that happened in the states it would have had a much bigger impact on the media
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Jimmy 2004
by: choppy
okay $12000 is £6000 and to be honest, 6k for damage to my house and BURNS just dont cut the mustard
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. People have gotten more money for lesser claims.
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jbunch07
by: Jimmy 2004
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. People have gotten more money for lesser claims.
like the chick that sued Mcdonald's for hot coffee a while back?
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#5
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: jbunch07
like the chick that sued Mcdonald's for hot coffee a while back?
or that dude who sued Mcdonald's for making him fat???
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#7
Dangle
by: Jimmy 2004
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. People have gotten more money for lesser claims.
This is Japan we're talking, not Europe...
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#8
lemonadesoda
by: D_o_S
Apple, while accepting liability in the case, insisted it would not settle the dispute out of court because the couple had demanded excessive compensation (they were asking for 2 million yen).
LOL. 2 million yen is peanuts. So Apple is publically saying 2 million is excessive (approx. $20,000). For personal injury and for property damage. WOW. I guess that will be QUOTED in every lawsuit Apple makes in the future against other people/companies! :roll:

While I dont agree with piracy, the fact that a "home pirate" that just copies a few CDs gets nailed for multiples of this... when there is NO personal injury or property damage, only copyright infringement. Makes me think that the balance of litigation isnt balanced fairly between corporations and individuals. (Except the Macdonalds hot coffee case LOL).
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#9
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Ok, if they say the two are unrelated, how the hell do they explain the laptop catching fire? Uhm, battery? DUH
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jbunch07
by: WarEagleAU
Ok, if they say the two are unrelated, how the hell do they explain the laptop catching fire? Uhm, battery? DUH
basically apple is saying its sony's fault not them
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#11
suraswami
Damn Sony. Sony has screwed Dell in the past with the same battery related issue (Dell went to LG I think). It also has screwed lots of Digital Camera makers like Olympus in producing defective ccd. What is wrong with them? Are they trying to produce more compromising on Quality on which they earned their name?
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jbunch07
by: suraswami
Damn Sony. Sony has screwed Dell in the past with the same battery related issue (Dell went to LG I think). It also has screwed lots of Digital Camera makers like Olympus in producing defective ccd. What is wrong with them? Are they trying to produce more compromising on Quality on which they earned their name?
sounds about right...they used to be one of the best brands there was...looks like they are loosing their grip :shadedshu
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