Apple Inc. is again facing lawsuits, this time in several European countries seeking about $217million over misleading claims about the battery life of older iPhones.
This lawsuit is similar to a class action in the US that led to a proposed settlement worth up to $500million following allegations that Apple engineered the software updates to induce users to buy newer models.
In 2017, the tech company was forced to admit that the software updates aimed at preventing battery crash caused older iPhones to slow down.
Apple agreed to the US settlement in March, admitting no wrong doings but saying it wanted to avoid protracted allegation. Last month, they agreed to pay $113million to settle an investigation on the matter by 34 American states, including California and Arizona.
The Euroconsumers advocacy group’s statement reported in the media, the class lawsuits cover 2 million iPhone 6, 6 plus, 6S and 6S plus in Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal. The attempts to resolve the issue with Apple out of court were unsuccessful.
The lawsuit seeks $72 as compensation per consumer. If the lawsuits succeed, this will amount to $217million.
The advocacy group said in a statement, “we just want to be treated with the same fairness and respect as the US consumers”.