Apple’s Lawsuit Headache: ‘iPads Aren’t Books’

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Call it Apple’s “this coffee is too hot” moment.

When a New Mexico woman brought suit in 1992 against the fast-food chain McDonald’s for serving scalding coffee at a drive-thru, the case became “a poster-child for frivolous lawsuits,” according to ABC News.

Having just taken one on the chin for complaints over bugs and antenna problems with the iPhone4, Apple is now facing a class-action suit sure to irk a black turtleneck or two in Cupertino.

A group of three plaintiffs filed suit against Apple on July 23 for fraud and false advertising. Their beef: the iPad shuts off when left out in sunlight and amid heat for too long. That internal mechanism, which shuts off the iPad if its operating outside the range of 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C), is a breach of Apple’s claim that “reading on the iPad is just like reading a book,” the plaintiffs say.