According to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao, apple is facing lawsuits in many European countries, claiming about 180 million euros for misleading information about the battery power of the old iPhone.
Five European consumer groups have filed class action lawsuits in Belgium and Spain and plan to file lawsuits in Italy and Portugal in the coming weeks, the European consumer group said in an email statement on Wednesday. The group said the lawsuit involved iPhone 6, 6 plus, 6S and 6S plus users.
The lawsuits are similar to those in the United States, accusing apple of misleading consumers about iPhone Battery power and reducing device performance through software upgrades, the report said. Last month, apple agreed to pay $113 million to settle with a number of U.S. regulators, while customers are seeking U.S. court approval for a class action settlement, which could be as high as $500 million.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in November, apple agreed to settle $113 million with more than 30 states in the United States, which accused apple of covering up battery problems by limiting phone performance through software upgrades in 2016.
The settlement includes $5 million to Arizona, $24.6 million to California and $7.6 million to Texas. California and Texas are the top two states in the U.S. affected iPhone user base.
Previously, in 2017, Apple launched IOS 10.2.1 system to limit the speed of the processor to prevent the old phone from suddenly shutting down, but it did not truthfully mention this situation to us users. After the “downspeed gate” incident was exposed, it triggered a class action lawsuit against apple.
But Apple’s troubles go beyond that. Italy’s antitrust authorities said on Monday it had fined Apple 10 million euros (US $12 million) for its “aggressive and misleading” business practices in selling iPhones. A regulatory statement said the company’s ads claimed that several iPhones were waterproof, but did not make it clear that they were waterproof only in certain circumstances.
The regulator also pointed out that Apple’s claim in the disclaimer that the phone damaged by liquid was not included in the warranty, which deceived customers and did not provide assistance if the phone was damaged by water or other liquids.