Court dismisses lawsuit claiming Apple misrepresented Siri in advertisements

A California federal judge on Friday put to rest for good a proposed class action accusing Apple of misrepresenting the capabilities of the Siri speech recognition software in its iPhone 4S, finding that the plaintiffs failed to identify precisely how the company’s advertisements were misleading to consumers. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken granted Apple’s motion to dismiss the suit with prejudice.

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Claudia Wilken, has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Apple ads for the iPhone 4S were deceptive about the capabilities of Siri. In her ruling Wilken writes that the plaintiffs’ claims depended on “non-actionable puffery,” and failed to show evidence of fraud. A “reasonable consumer,” she says, would not expect Siri to work perfectly all the time; the plaintiffs charged that Apple gave the impression Siri could handle any request instantly.

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