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Apple's lack of porn filter caused my addiction, lawyer says in product liability suit

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A Tennessee lawyer has filed a federal products liability lawsuit against Apple Inc., contending that the company is strictly liable for selling “unreasonably dangerous or defective” electronic devices that lack pornography filters and do not adequately warn consumers about the dangers of surfing the Internet.

Chris Sevier says in the complaint he filed last month in Nashville that he inadvertently made a typographical error when typing into the Mac Book pro he had purchased at an Apple store in Tennessee. As a result, he alleges, he was connected to F**, ” an adult site that “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male and led to an unwanted addiction with adverse consequences,” according to the Huffington Post.

His suit, which also asserts claims for fraudulent misrepresentation and emotional distress, seeks jurisdictional damages of more than $75,000, medical expenses, attorney’s fees and a court order requiring Apple to install porn-blocking software on all Apple devices that could not be removed by anyone under 18 years of age.

“‘But for’ the Plaintiff’s use of the Apple product, the quality of the Plaintiff’s life would have been much better and injury would have been avoided,” Sevier writes. “The Plaintiff sustained these unwarranted damages in the course of using Apple’s product as designed. Apple’s product was not adequately equipped with safety features that would have otherwise blocked unwarranted intrusions of pornographic content that systematically poisoned his life.”

Among the injury he suffered, Sevier alleges, was the breakup of his marriage.

Sevier’s law license is currently on disability inactive status, the HuffPost says.

Above the Law broke the story about his suit.

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