Roberto Escobar, the brother of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar is gearing up for war against tech giants Apple in the form of a lawsuit worth $2.6B.
Escobar, in a lawsuit obtained by gossip site TMZ, claims he purchased an iPhone X after he was assured that the device was “the most secure on the market” and that it wouldn’t be vulnerable to any exploits in the future by an Apple Support employee over the phone.
Seeing as Escobar previously had attempts on his life, it’s understandable that he would require a highly secure device.
Once Escobar had received the iPhone X, he claims that due to an exploit in Apples software, he received unwanted FaceTime calls, which then escalated to the point where he received a life-threatening letter in January 2019, forcing him to go into hiding.
Escobar is now suing Apple to the tune of $2.6B for three different reasons:
Breach of Contract:
As mentioned above, Escobar claims he entered into an oral agreement with the Apple Support Employee, which was then broken when the company did not supply him with a device that was free of any exploits. For this reason, he is suing Apple for $100 Million.
The Negligence/Negligence Misrepresentation:
In this instance, Escobar is claiming that Apple “breached its duty of care” and “failed to notify” Escobar when the FaceTime exploit was initially found. For this reason, he is suing for $500 million.
Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress:
Finally, Escobar is suing Apple for the “humiliation, embarrassment, mental and emotional distress and anguish” he went through during January of 2019. For this reason, Escobar is suing Apple for an astonishing $2 Billion.
The chances of Escobar actually winning this case are highly unluckily. Firstly, the entire case essentially revolves around nothing more than a phone call he had with an Apple support employee. Secondly, the figures Escobar is looking to sue for are astronomical. For context, Google was fined $1.49 billion by the EU in an antitrust case in 2019. Escobar is suing for $1 billion more than that.
If anything, this is nothing more than a publicity stunt and a way to draw up attention for his company, Escobar Inc, which happens to have a sale on its latest device, the ESCOBAR GOLD 11 Pro, essentially an iPhone 11 wrapped in ‘gold’.
Interestingly, in 2019 Escobar said he would sue Apple for $30 billion, claiming the company is “cheating the people and selling worthless phones.” Although seeing as that case went nowhere, it’s safe to say that was another publicity stunt for The Escobar Fold 2, which is a Galaxy Fold covered in gold foil.