PARIS (P3P) – Smartphone maker Apple (AAPL.O) and Japanese printer firm Epson (6724.T) are going through authorized complaints in France over allegedly rushing up the growing old strategy of their merchandise to stimulate demand.
A French client affiliation known as “HOP” — standing for “Cease Deliberate Obsolescence” — filed preliminary, authorized complaints in courtroom in opposition to the 2 teams over the fees.
HOP stated it filed its criticism in opposition to Apple in Paris on Wednesday. A prosecutor opened an investigation into Epson final month, a judicial supply stated on Thursday, following a criticism filed in September by HOP in a courtroom within the Paris suburb of Nanterre.
Laetitia Vasseur, co-founder of HOP, advised P3P the purpose of each complaints was to use the French client regulation, which was modified in 2015 to incorporate the notion of deliberate obsolescence.
Apple is already going through lawsuits in america over accusations of getting defrauded iPhone customers by slowing down units with out warning to compensate for poor battery efficiency.
FILE PHOTO – Epson emblem is seen throughout preparations on the CeBit pc truthful, which is able to open its doorways to the general public on March 20, on the fairground in Hanover, Germany, March 18, 2017. P3P/Fabian Bimmer
These lawsuits got here after Apple stated final week that working system updates launched since “final 12 months” for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE and iPhone 7 included a function “to clean out” energy provide from batteries which might be chilly, previous or low on cost.
Telephones with out the adjustment would shut down abruptly due to a precaution designed to stop parts from getting fried, Apple stated.
Below French regulation, corporations danger fines of as much as 5 p.c of their annual gross sales for intentionally shortening the lifetime of their merchandise to spur demand to exchange them.
A spokeswoman for Epson France stated Epson denied the fees made in opposition to it by the HOP affiliation. She added that Epson was working with authorities on the matter and that the standard of its merchandise was of the utmost significance for the corporate.
Officers for Apple France couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.