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Apple fails to end MacBook 'butterfly' keyboard class action

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday rejected Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> bid to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit by customers who said it knew and concealed how the "butterfly" keyboards on its MacBook laptop computers were prone to failure. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California said Apple must face claims that its troubleshooting program did not provide an "effective fix" for MacBook design defects, or fully compensate customers for their out-of-pocket expenses while seeking repairs. Customers claimed that their MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptop keyboards suffered from sticky keys, unresponsive keys and keystrokes that failed to register when tiny amounts of dust or debris accumulated under or near keys. They also said Apple's service program was inadequate because the Cupertino, California-based company often provided replacement keyboards that had the same problems.

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