I think the deciding factor was that Apple had serviced the stolen laptop after it had been reported stolen. Too bad the police didn't stop by the service centre and find Apple with the stolen laptop then they would more likely to help!
My take is the lawyer, Mr Deverett used his case to change the way Apple so lightly takes the issue as a problem, in his own words, “There’s a problem going on and someone has to fix it and I think Apple could take the initiative.”
Most of us don't have the time or money to deal with things like this. If anyone else had to hire a lawyer and spent time in court it would cost thousands of dollars not the $345 legal costs awarded!
I say well done Mr. Deverett.
Apple could well afford to set up a stolen equipment department to locate these items. That would make it almost impossible to sell the items, which in turn would reduce the thefts. So what is Apple going to do? In their words, “Apple Canada does not owe a duty of care to customers once they have left its retail store,” according to the statement filed by Apple Canada in the Deverett lawsuit.
After the decision, "Apple Canada declined to comment for this article"(In the Star), meaning they really don't care.
If Life is a Highway,...then why is there no end to this dirtroad?