Apple user sues tech giant over FaceTime bug

By John Suayan | Jan 29, 2019

HOUSTON – Barely a day after it warned users about a bug with its FaceTime app, Apple finds itself the target of a local man’s product liability lawsuit.

Harris County District Court records show that Larry Williams, II filed the 30-page suit against Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant on Jan. 29 in the 133rd District Court.

According to the complaint, the defendant recently released its iOS 12.1 update for the iPhone which contained a defect that allows for unsolicited answering of FaceTime calls.

“Under the update or the most current version, an unknown third party is allowed to eavesdrop on a parties’ phone without answering,” the original petition explains. “Essentially the product converts a person’s personal iPhone into a microphone that can be answered by an unknown third party to listen and record one’s most intimate conversation without consent.”

Williams claims that he was undergoing a private disposition with a client when the subject defect allowed for the recording of what was supposedly discussed.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

He is represented by James C. Mattox, III of The Mattox Law Firm, PLLC in Houston.

Harris County 133rd District Court Case No. 2019-06645

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