Apple, Sony settle exploding battery lawsuits

Apple Japan Inc. and Sony Corp. have agreed to jointly pay about Y1.3 million to settle a damages suit filed by a Japanese couple who argued that the husband had suffered burns after their Apple personal computer caught fire due to its Sony-made battery, judicial sources said, according to Kyodo News Agency.

The three parties reached the settlement at the Osaka District Court April 2, the sources said.

On Monday, both Sony (SNE) and the Japan unit of Apple Inc. (AAPL) of the U.S. declined to comment on the settlement.

In the lawsuit filed in July 2007, the couple sought around Y2 million in compensation, arguing the notebook computer caught fire while the wife was using it at their home in Osaka Prefecture in April 2006. (news)

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