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Apple fined 200,000 euros in Italian AppleCare Case

Apple fined 200,000 euros over AppleCare in Italy. Removes apple care from Italian stores.
By: Charles Gantt | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Dec 21, 2012 6:57 pm

Apple has been fined 200,000 euros or about $246,000 by Italian Regulators over the company's handling of AppleCare warranties. The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato is reporting that Apple has since fixed its warranty policies, but between March 28 and November 10th, Apple was still pushing a 2 year Apple Care plan on Italian consumers even though Italian law guarantee that as a minimum.




This fine comes on top of an initial 900,000 euro fine back in March when the Italian government first began cracking down on AppleCare. The 200,000 euros fine actually breaks down into six smaller fines. Apple Sales International was tagged for 120,000 euros; Apple Italia owes 40,000, and Apple Retail Italia is due for another 40,000.


With this final fine, the AGCM has closed the case on the issues and Apple has made 14 changes to its stores, terms, and website. Furthermore Apple has removed AppleCare from its retail stores, leaving it available only online to Italian consumers.


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