Apple Sued Over Potential Hearing Loss

nichos

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From yahoo!:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060202/ap_on_re_us/apple_ipod_lawsuit
"A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music player can cause hearing loss in people who use it."
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"The Cupertino-based company ships a warning with each iPod that cautions "permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones are used at high volume.""


Can't the judge dismiss this, and say it's natural selection?:)
 

CoMpX

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Wow, I didn't know a music player could cause hearing loss! (sarcasm :D ) But seriously its not Apple's fault that you like to listen to your player with full volume all the time. This happens with any music player. I hate when people sue over their own stupidity. :mad:
 

Chaszmyr

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Isn't the maximum volume of a device like the iPod set by the government, not the manufacturer? (If you'll recall, Apple had to make european iPods quieter to comply with EU laws)
 

FoxyKaye

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Hey - if this case gets any traction, I can go after Sony for contributing to my hearing loss with the Sony Walkman (the original old skool tape model)!

Anyone else here think this is going to settle out just like McDonalds and the "Caution! Hot Beverage." warnings on their coffee? I can see it now - all new iPods have a sticker attached that says, "Caution, excessive volume can induce hearing loss."
 

katie ta achoo

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ugh.. everyone's suing everyone these days.

IF YOU LISTEN TO MUSIC REALLY LOUD, YOU WILL SUFFER SOME HEARING LOSS.

Geez... if it's so loud it's uncomfortable, it's bad.
GEE WHIZ, DISCOVERY OF THE CENTURY!!1!!1!

These "sue happy" people really frost my cupcakes.

and about the article's pics:
Heck yeah, it's a 3G iPod with a PowerBook of love!
and
WHY DOES THAT YAHOO WIDGET LOOK SO FAMILIAR?
*presses F12*
AHHH!! stop that!

why am I so angry tonight?

..BECAUSE OF SUE-HAPPY PEOPLE LIKE THIS!! ARGHH!
(and also my recital which is very soon and tendinitis is starting to kick in again, so I may not be able to play for it, but it's a requirement for graduation and ohhh noooo.... stress much college apps, even though I'm just applying for UH.. uh oh...)
 

joepunk

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For me music is ment to be played loud. Of course I run the risk of loosing my hearing but to me music is without a doubt ment to be loud. Of course I don't have the volume any higher than half way on the most loudest of days when I walk past traffic on my way to school.
 

AP_piano295

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ohhh... I just beat myself across the head multiple times with my laptop, im gunna go sue apple nobody told me that would hurt.

I crashed my car and was seriously injured... mebe cars should be made from marshmallows and top out at four miles and hour, that way nobody can hurt themselves with it.

GOD WE AMERICANS ARE SO STUPID
 

nichos

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CoMpX said:
This happens with any music player. I hate when people sue over their own stupidity. :mad:
Yeah, good point, maybe the complaint is because theres not enough warnings? Don't understand these things myself.
 

ezekielrage_99

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I really do wish sometimes sheer stupidity and greed would just kill then same way cancer does...... now that would be natural selection with a good outcome :D
 

Abstract

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Oh that's funny, because before I read this article I didn't know that Apple invented SOUND! Maybe he should sue everything that can make loud noise.

Maybe I should sue car companies because of the potential of getting into a car accident.

Maybe I should sue this man from Louisiana for being so dumb that reading this article has actually caused my heart rate to rise, which may potentially cause health issues later on.
 

bousozoku

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Dr. Dastardly said:
I really don't think its so much stupidity as it is American greed.
Sleazebag lawyers weren't making enough money lately so they found a new scheme.

Why don't they sue the t.v. manufacturers for allowing people to sit too close and ruin their eyes years ago?

People might hurt their teeth temporarily drinking a cold drink because their refrigerator keeps things really cold.

There should be a warning on lamps so that you don't blind yourself when you're replacing the bulb.
 

~Shard~

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What an idiot. I think I'll sue Toyota then since the factory sound system in their Camry, when turned up to maximum, gives me hearing loss. :rolleyes:
 

nichos

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Patterson's suit said he bought an iPod last year, but does not specify whether he suffered hearing loss from the device.

So what does he want to accomplish? IANAL, but don't class action suits usually result in a small payout to the people involved?
 

me_94501

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"WARNING: Jumping off this bridge may cause premature death. Do not attempt."
 

Timepass

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You all are just complaining because it is apple getting sued. I mean come on if it was M$ getting sued you would be cheering......

I cannt do it. This guy is an idoit and it is his own stupid fault for playing it 2 loud.