Apple Class Action Lawsuits: timeline

A timeline of events in Euroconsumers’ members class actions against Apple for the planned obsolescence in particular types of iPhones.

10t​h October 2022

Nearly two years after Test Achats/Test Aankoop filed its class action lawsuit against Apple, oral arguments on the admissibility of the case take place.


On the 10th October, nearly two years after the filing of the class action, the case was argued on its admissibility. The court will now consider whether Test Achats/Test Aankoop is able to initiate such proceedings and whether class action proceedings are the appropriate way to deal with this claim. Test Achats/Test Aankoop asked the Court to authorize a so-called “opt-out” system whereby all aggrieved consumers could be automatically included in the case. The consumer organization hopes to obtain a decision on the admissibility of the case before the end of the year.


2nd March 2021

Euroconsumers files a fourth class action suit against Apple for its planned obsolescence of iPhones in Portugal


Euroconsumers’ member Deco Proteste joined our members from Belgium, Spain, and Italy in pursuing legal action against Apple, for the planned obsolescence of iPhones. The lawsuit filed seeks compensation of €60 for owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6sPlus.


Euroconsumers, which is coordinating the lawsuits on a European level, is still waiting for a response to the actions filed in Spain, Belgium, and Italy.


Read the press release by Deco Proteste in Portuguese here.


25th January 2021

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.


Watch the video here


Read the press release here

2nd December 2020

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

2nd July 2020

​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


10t​h ​June 2020

​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