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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