Apple Hit With $1.2 Million Fine in Italy For Improper Warranty Disclosure

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Apple was hit with a $1.2 million fine by the Italian anti-trust body for failing to adequately explain their 2-year warranty to customers.

Reuters reports that Italy’s anti-trust body has fined Apple 900,000 Euros, or about $1.2 million. In their judgement, Apple did not properly disclose information related to the 2-year warranty included with their products.

The authority said Apple Sales International, Apple Italia and Apple Retail Italia did not properly inform customers that they were entitled to two years of free assistance under Italian law. Three Apple spokesmen contacted by Reuters weren’t immediately available for comment.

Information provided about an extra guarantee scheme, the “AppleCare Protection Plan,” encouraged customers to buy the service without clearly explaining that it overlapped with the free assistance required by law, the competition authority said.

As MacRumors has pointed out, Italian regulators first started looking into Apple’s practices back in May and had a decision planned for August, but they held out a little longer before they levied these fines. Apple’s already got plenty of problems with its various patent lawsuits, so this definitely is not helping their standing in Europe right now.

[via Reuters, MacRumors]

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  • A1d3n

    What a load of bollocks. Trust a government, up to their eyes in debt to start fining big non EU companies! What next, fining NASA for looking at them from space?

    • Gilly

      Ha ha ha brilliant and totally agree 🙂

    • Waterland

      It’s not just Italy but the entire EU where Apple chooses to not inform customers properly. Not all EU country’s are up to their eyeballs in dept by the way.

    • Matt

      Apple Italia and Apple Retail Italia

      All REAL company’s in the EU.

  • same as CE approval.. want to ship to the EU.. pay money… on top of that… someone keeps your files in the EU on the CE approval which is open to prying eyes. Companies have to pay to keep that information on file or no CE approval.

  • FU

    Why are people moaning? This is good for the consumers.

  • iRSX

    So…$1.2 million…that’s like less than pocket lint for Apple.

  • fas

    This is surprising, really surprising.