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Apple faces Italian suit for misleading, defrauding iPhone users

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Rome: One of the biggest US based information technology companies, Apple Inc., was on Monday slapped an action lawsuit in Italy seeking compensation over misleading claims about the battery life of older iPhones.

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The suit was filed by an international consumer organization, Euroconsumers. The move reportedly lists similar cases filed last month in Belgium and Spain concerning users of various iPhone 6 devices.

Owners “expect sustainable quality products,” ​Els Bruggeman, head of policy and enforcement at Euroconsumers, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, that is not what happened with the iPhone 6 series.”

“Not only were consumers defrauded, and did they have to face frustration and financial harm, from an environmental point of view, it is also utterly irresponsible.” The group further informed that its also planning a class action suit in Portugal “in the coming weeks.”

The lawsuits is in tune with US cases which claims that the company misled consumers about iPhone battery power and software updates that eventually slowed the performance of the devices.

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However, Apple in November agreed to pay $113 million to settle a case with multiple US regulators, whereas customers are seeking approval from a US court for a class-action settlement that could be worth $500 million.

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