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    Judges consolidate 12 iPhone 3G cases against Apple, AT&T
    The cases alleging dropped calls, sluggish speeds, moved to Calif.
    By Gregg Keizer
    July 7, 2009 03:35 PM ET

    Computerworld - Apple may have moved on to the iPhone 3GS this summer, but the wheels of justice, which turn slower, are still focused on 2008's older smartphone.

    Last week, a panel of federal judges consolidated a dozen separate cases that consumers had filed against Apple, claiming that the company's iPhone 3G constantly dropped calls, had trouble connecting to AT&T's network and was significantly slower than advertised.

    In an order dated July 1, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, a seven-judge group that decides whether civil cases in separate federal districts should be coordinated or consolidated, bundled the 12 cases together and shunted them all to a California federal court.

    "All [12] actions involve common factual questions arising from the performance of Apple's iPhone 3G on AT&T's 3G network. Specifically, the actions share allegations that Apple and, where named, AT&T misrepresented to the public the speed, strength and performance of the iPhone 3G on AT&T's 3G network," the order read.

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