Now, there’s a more serious lawsuit it’s going to have to face.
Filed by the environmental group Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée (“stop planned obsolescence”) in France, this case is far more serious for Apple, seeing as the practice they engaged in is illegal in the country.
Unlike in America and Israel, where the company is facing class action lawsuits amounting to billions of dollars (if not trillions), the French case is a criminal one. Back in August 2015, the French government made planned obsolescence, which is deliberately reducing the lifespan of a product to increase the chances people will buy a new one, illegal.
According to the environmental group that filed the case, the maximum penalty Apple executives can receive is two years on prison, a 300,000 euro fine ($358,611), and five percent of the company’s annual turnover in compensation.
The group says it has two major goals it’s trying to achieve — protecting consumers from unnecessary and coerced phone purchases, and to help cut down on the environmentally harmful e-waste generated as a consequence of this practice.
This isn’t even the first lawsuit Halte à l’Obsolescence Programmée has filed against a tech company over planned obsolescence; the group is already fighting one against Epson and other printer manufacturers right now.