Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

A Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Was Just Approved In Quebec & You Could Receive Up To $300 In Compensation

Apple is accused of failing to provide durable products and violating Quebec's Consumer Protection Act.
Staff Writer
A Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Was Just Approved In Quebec & You Could Receive Up To $300 In Compensation

It should come as no surprise to Apple users that the battery life on certain products isn't always the best. Last December, two Quebeckers decided to take legal action against the company and the lawsuit was recently approved by Quebec's Supreme Court. 

According to a report from Le Devoirthe lawsuit evokes the notion of planned obsolescence and a violation of Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. 

The lawsuit accuses the tech giant of being dishonest with Quebecers who have purchased Apple products with a rechargeable battery since Dec. 29, 2014 (iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, iPods and MacBooks) and Quebecers who have purchased AppleCare or AppleCare+ for their products since Dec. 20, 2015.

Punitive damages for this lawsuit are estimated to be up to $300 per consumer. Claims for compensatory damages will be determined once the lawsuit reaches a verdict. 

The petition for a lawsuit was filed after Apple admitted that it had slowed down the performance of some older products. iPhone 6 and 7 were also set with built-in obsolescence for battery life. One plaintiff even claimed that their iPhone 5 was completely useless after an update and was forced to buy a new phone. 

The lawsuit is split into two groups, according to Le Devoir. The first group will represent all consumers who have purchased Apple products with a rechargeable battery since December 29, 2014. This category includes Apple iPhones, Apple Watch, Apple iPad, and MacBooks. 

READ ALSO: Manitoba Wants To Recruit Quebecers Affected By The Religious Symbols Ban

The second group will represent a body of consumers who have been scorned by Apple's unclear details of the Apple Care and Apple Care+ programs.

Apple customers who purchased the extended warranties since the date of December 20th, 2015 are eligible under the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs argue that Apple wasn't clear about the legal details of AppleCare and AppleCare+ and that AppleCare+ is not advantageous compared to the price. In fact, the price compared far outweighed the benefits of the insurance package.

If you've purchased Apple products during the allotted time period, you may be entitled to up to $300 in compensation

To file a claim with the law firm that's handling the case, please visit their official website.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.