Lawyers representing a US class action filed by iPod nano purchasers last Friday filed suits on behalf of users in the UK and Mexico.

Both lawsuits claim the iPod nano is defective in its design, which allows the screen to become scratched in normal use. Lawyers are claiming that Apple knew of this design flaw but chose to ignore it in an effort to speed the product to market.

The lawsuit claims the defect is a result of a much thinner layer of resin used in the nano that does not provide adequate scratch protection.

The lead attorney on the case claims that the international suit was launched due to a large number of international requests.

"Apple's iPod Nano has sold in record numbers around the world, just as it did in the US," said Steve Berman, the lawyer representing iPod owners. "It seems that wherever the Nano is sold, problems with the defective design soon follow. The far-reaching response also reveals that this is not just a small problem or a bad batch of Nano's, but a defect in the overall design that should have been rectified prior to the release."

The suit seeks to represent and recover money lost for all those who live outside of the US who purchased an iPod Nano.

Apple declined to comment on pending litigation.