25.01.21

Apple Class Action Lawsuits

Planned obsolescence represents not only a deliberate unfair practice towards consumers, but is also environmentally irresponsible. Consumers are increasingly frustrated by products wearing out way too fast, the iPhone 6 models being a very concrete example of that. They want Apple to treat them with respect and demand concrete actions to rectify the situation and guarantee more sustainable phones.

Cross-action

25th January

Euroconsumers files a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc in Italy, over the planned obsolescence of Apple iPhones.

The lawsuit filed by Euroconsumers’ member Altroconsumo, seeks compensation of at least €60 on average for owners of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus. This steps follows similar lawsuits filed against Apple in Belgium and Spain for the planned obsolescence of iPhones. Euroconsumers, which is coordinating the three lawsuits, is also planning to launch a class action in Portugal in the coming weeks. Apple has yet to respond to the actions filed in Spain and Belgium.

What the video here

Read the press release here

2nd December

Euroconsumers files two class-action lawsuits against Apple Inc. over the planned obsolescence of Apple iPhones.

The lawsuits cover owners of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus and alleges Apple engaged in unfair and misleading commercial practices. The lawsuits ask for compensation of on average at least 60 euro for each affected consumer in Belgium and Spain. 

The lawsuits are filed by Euroconsumers’ associated organisations Test-Achats (Belgium) and OCU (Spain). Euroconsumers plans to file additional class action lawsuits in Italy and Portugal over the next several weeks. This dramatic step comes after Euroconsumers attempted to resolve this issue with Apple out-of-court, to no avail.   

Read the  press release here

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2nd July 

​Euroconsumers sends a cease and desist ​letter to Apple to end the practice of planned obsolescence of Apple iPhones and compensate each affected consumer €​60.

Apple has 15 days to formally respond to the letter, after which Euroconsumers will consider the next legal steps.

Read the letter here

Read the press release here

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10t​h ​June 

​Euroconsumers calls on Apple to end so-called planned obsolescence of iPhones and  to pay damages to European consumers affected by this policy.

On 29th May, in Italy, the Administrative Court of Lazio confirmed the fine of ​€​10 million, imposed on 24 October 2019 by the Italian Antitrust Authority against Apple in relation to the implications for the Iphone performance of updating the IOS operating system. In addition, it was announced in March that the same anti-consumer behaviour is the focus of a class action lawsuit in the US where the proposed preliminary settlement calls for Apple to pay consumers $25 for each iPhone, with a minimum total payout of $310 million.

Euroconsumers and its member organisations are calling on Apple to pay damages to all similarly affected consumers in its European countries and Brazil.

Read the letter sent to Apple here

Read the press release here