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