Apple’s warranty policies hav resulted in some terse legal exchanges with foreign nations like Taiwan, who made Apple offer a 7-day return policy on App Store purchases. However, the ongoing legal battle with Italy over Apple’s AppleCare warranty policy could result in the temporary closure of Apple’s Italian operations.
Italian antitrust authorities already made Apple pay nearly $1.2 million in fines after the company lost an appeal in March. Now the Italian government has threatened Apple with another fine, and possible “temporary closure of its operations in Italy” if Apple doesn’t amend its warranty policy to comply with EU law.
Apple Inc was threatened with the temporary closure of its operations in Italy and with further fines of up to 300,000 euros ($377,500) if it does not offer customers a free two-year warranty as demanded by Italian law… The AGCM said in its monthly bulletin that Apple was continuing to adopt unfair commercial practices in Italy and noted this could eventually lead to the closure of its Italian operations for up to 30 days. — Reuters
Perhaps shutting down Italian operations and the threat of as many as 10 more countries taking similar action will force Apple to institute the policy.
Source: Reuters [via 9to5Mac]