Judge throws out ‘Error 53’ lawsuit against Apple

A judge has thrown out the class-action lawsuit against Apple over ‘Error 53’ messages that temporarily left some users’ iPhone locked, Fortune reports. After users who had third-party repairs to their iPhone’s Touch ID sensor began seeing their phones rendered useless upon updating to iOS 9 in February, Apple quickly released a patch to fix the issue and offered to reimburse customers who has been forced to pay for out-of-warranty replacements for their devices.
In May, Apple filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the case, but plaintiffs argued Apple had not done enough to inform them of the reimbursement program. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria sided with Apple, saying claims over “lost data” were not separate from claims over a defective iPhone, and Apple has already sufficiently addressed that issue. Chhabria also rejected the false advertisement argument, saying the iPhone owners hadn’t shown any evidence that Apple knew about the ‘Error 53’ defect before it cropped up.