The latest legal developments surrounding Apple and its iPhone X have focused on the technology in the phone, which Apple says can replace the need for a separate iPhone and replace it with a larger display, among other things.
But a court ruling from late September could have wider ramifications for Apple and other technology companies.
The case in question, filed by a group of lawyers for a man who was severely burned by a lightning strike while working in a solar power plant, is one of the most serious of its kind.
It was one of a number of high-profile lawsuits against Apple and a slew of other tech companies, including Google and Samsung.
In the case of Apple, the plaintiff is accused of using his iPhone to record and send video of a fight in which his friend suffered a severe burn.
That footage was then used in an online video of an April 2016 fight at a power plant in Nevada, which was viewed millions of times and generated hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Apple has denied wrongdoing in the case.
The company has also argued that it was acting in good faith when it allowed its iPhone to be used to record the fight.
In this Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, a man wearing a mask with a shield holds an iPhone X during an Apple event in San Francisco.
The case has generated a lot of media attention, with some accusing Apple of being a bully, saying the company had violated people’s civil liberties and unfairly targeted customers.
The company is appealing the ruling.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, which had been pending since last year.
The high court has not yet ruled on the case itself.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling from ABC News.
In a statement, Apple said:The issue of whether a company can protect the privacy of its users and the public interest from threats to their personal data is not just a matter of law.
It is a matter that is fundamental to our company’s mission and values.
We take our obligations to customers and the people we serve seriously.
We believe in the rights of individuals to have the information they need, when they need it, and without being compelled to hand over personal information.
We have long believed in the right of individuals and organizations to be free from unlawful or unreasonable search and seizure.
We will continue to fight for those rights, and we will continue working with our customers and other companies to do so.