Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ready Made Lawsuit

A report in the Consumerist today says that Apple is not honoring warranties for its computers that have been used in a "smoking environment" as the nicotine residue is an OSHA biohazard.

Maybe true, but, Apple will lose. I just flipped through the warranty for my Macs, no exclusion for biohazards, smoke or nicotine.

Having read the report which says two owners have been denied warranty service, something seems to be missing. I just can't see Apple being that stupid, taking a position that is a dead loser if challenged. Microsoft, sure; but, Apple?


Posol'stvo the Medved said...

Cigarette smoke is a known corrosive agent (or maybe it's the tar -- whatever in smoke that used to stain my grandparents' windows brown), and reacts badly with electronics. Kinda eats them away, if I understand correctly. I guess what I am saying is that, even if the warranty doesn't say anything about not covering smokey computers, it's still not a good plan to smoke around them.

This of course does nothing to address whether or not Apple will win a lawsuit with regard to that. Perhaps if they make the case that smoking near the computer is akin to operating the computer in a rainstorm (not a huge leap, in my opinion), they may have more of a leg to stand on than you know.

But then again, I ain't no lawyer.

Rick said...

Poor nicotine stained wretches.

Anonymous said...

I worked at the DuPont offices in Houston went they went smoke-free.

It wasn't because they were concerned about the health of their employees, it was because the smoke was damaging the computer hard drives.

You can always get a new employee, but hard drives are expensive.