Last year, Apple decided to slow down older iPhones with aging batteries to prevent them from shutting down — but Apple failed to inform users that was the objective of the update they downloaded.
Dozens of class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of unhappy iPhone users all over the United States, on top of government investigations that Apple will need to face in some other countries.
One lawsuit was filed by Hagens Berman, a law firm that received a $450 million judgement against Apple for fixing the price of eBooks.
Another lawsuit accuses Apple of fraudulent misconduct, unfair conduct, breach of implied duty, breach of good faith and fair dealing.
The lawsuit also accuses apple of “trespass to chattels,” a law that was expanded in the 1990s to prohibit interfering with someone else’s computer networks without their permission.
Adding to the legal woes, Apple may have to face lawsuits and investigations in Australia, Canada, France, and South Korea.
French Prosecutors have already opened a preliminary investigation into Apple’s “planned obsolescence” of older iPhones. That resulted in 5 U.S. Republican Senators send letters to Apple’s CEO demanding answers regarding the “throttling” of older iPhones.
Source: The Total of Class Actions filed against Apple to date has climbed to 40 as 5 new ones Surface from Miami, Chicago and San Jose