Apple Fined Another $264,000 by Italian Authorities
Apple’s recent changes to its product warranty policies in Italy have been enough to satisfy investigators but not before the company ended up with one final fine that summed up to $264,000. For those of you who didn’t already know, a year ago, Italy fined Apple roughly $1.2 million, in response to complaints of “unfair commercial practices” related to the company’s AppleCare product warranties. The Italian Antitrust Authority deemed that Apple did not provide adequate information to customers about the length of product guarantees, since local laws required companies to protect buyers with a free two-year warranty.
Despite being hit with that fine, Apple continued to offer customers AppleCare to purchase a two-year warranty rather than getting it for free. This prompted many Italian investigators to threaten Apple once again. AppleCare warranties were eventually pulled from retail shelves as a result in Italy last month in response to continuing antitrust concerns associated with European Union warranty laws. Customers were still able to purchase AppleCare from the company’s website, where a disclaimer notes that the product’s “benefits are in addition to two-year warranty from the seller under the Italian legislation to protect consumers.”
Although the change made Apple in compliance with the law, the Italian antitrust agency still opted to fine the company an additional $264,000 according to The Next Web
. The fine covered the period from March 28 to November 10, when Apple was not in compliance with local laws. The authorities arrived at the fine value through a collection of six total fines, with each of Apple’s business units in Italy also sharing the fine. Despite disputing the Italian authorities, the Cupertino California company still faces a class action lawsuit which was filed in October. The complaint alleges that the company continued to violate the EU’s warranty regulations after it was fined last December.
We’ll have to see what comes of the whole ordeal by waiting to see what happens next.
Source: The Next Web