Italy's Consumer Association has launched a class action-like Lawsuit against Apple for its planned obsolescence of iPhones
Italian consumer association Altroconsumo said on Monday it had told Apple it has launched a class action against the U.S. tech giant for the practice of planned obsolescence.
In a statement published today Altroconsumo said it was asking for damages of 60 million euros (US$73 million) on behalf of Italian consumers tricked by the practice which had also been recognized by Italian authorities.
Altroconsumo said the lawsuit covers owners of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus, sales of which in Italy totaled some 1 million phones between 2014 and 2020.
Apple said in an email that it had never done anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.
Similar lawsuits against Apple have been filed in Belgium, Portugal and Spain for the planned obsolescence of iPhones. While the EU has technically "endorsed" a class action mechanism covering all of Europe, it'll take up to two years before it becomes law.
Altroconsumo's website states that they now have to wait for the Judge of the Court of Milan to declare their class action admissible. For more, read the full press release here.