Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Batteries in Korea

      January 11, 2018 10:41

      Apple faces a class-action lawsuit in Korea for a software update that slows down older iPhones when their batteries run down.

      Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty said Wednesday it plans to file the class-action damage suit at the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday.

      The head of the consumer group said around 100 people have signed up already and more are expected to join, demanding damages of W2.2 million per person (US$1=W1,071).

      The group is also mulling criminal charges against Apple. Other law firms here are planning to follow suit. One law firm, Hannuri, says it has lined up 350,000 plaintiffs already.

      Apple now faces some 30 lawsuits in six countries including the U.S. and Australia over the same issue.

      Prosecutors in France have also launched an investigation for "planned obsolescence," which carries up to two years in jail or a fine equivalent to five percent of annual sales.

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