Apple Faces Lawsuit In France That Could Cost Them Millions And Could Jail Execs

This iPhone battery fiasco just got interesting.

A new lawsuit has been filed against Apple in France. Here’s the deal:

The move by Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (HOP – Stop Planned Obsolescence), an environmental association, comes after lawsuits were launched this week in the US against Apple for similar reasons.

The suit was filed on Wednesday in the Paris prosecutor’s office, HOP said in a statement.

“Apple has put in place a global strategy of programmed obsolescence in order to boost its sales” of new iPhones, the group said.

HOP believes that the US firm can be sued over the sale of all iPhones in France since the introduction of a law in August 2015 that made it a crime to “deliberately reduce the lifespan of a product to increase the rate of replacement.”

It believes Apple could be liable for a fine in line with the value of all its iPhone French sales since the law came into force.

Now this is interesting. But here’s the really interesting part:

The maximum penalty is a prison sentence of two years, a fine of up to 300,000 euros, and five percent of the firm’s annual turnover.

This has to concern Apple as this moves beyond having to potentially hand over some cash. It shows that perhaps their apology from earlier today may not be making any difference.

Tune in tomorrow to see how many new lawsuits are filed against Apple.

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One Response to “Apple Faces Lawsuit In France That Could Cost Them Millions And Could Jail Execs”

  1. […] may be getting worse for Apple. Apparently, on top of the lawsuits that have been filed, including this one in France, there is now an investigation by French consumer watchdog DGCCRF which is part of the Economy […]

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