Apple hit with iPod nano class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been launched against Apple Computer claiming the company's recently released diminutive iPod nano scratches too easily. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose California, seeks to represent up to 125,000 iPod owners said the law firm that launched the case.

The suit claims that the iPod Nano is defectively designed, allowing the screen to quickly become scratched with normal use. The suit also claims that the excessive, rapid wear renders the device unusable.

"The suit charges that Apple violated implied and expressed warranties when it began selling what plaintiffs claim are defective devices, and violated aspects of state consumer protection laws," the lawyers said in a statement.

The suit seeks compensation for purchasers of the devices.

Apple executives responded to consumer complaints in September regarding excessive scratching and broken screens. Apple said that the screens on the iPod nano are made with the same material that is found in the company's fourth-generation iPod, which, to date, is complaint free.

Apple recommended users purchase an iPod nano case to prevent scratches.

Apple representatives were not immediately available to comment for this story.

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