updated 02:50 pm EDT, Mon July 2, 2012
Company still breaking local law, government says
Apple could face additional fines of up to 300,000 euros (about $377,500) and even temporary closure of its Italian operations if it doesn't start offering free two-year warranties, as required by local law, Reuters reports. Italy's AGCM, which regulates competition and markets, has already fined Apple 900,000 euros over the warranty issue. But months later, it complains that Apple is still failing to comply with demands, and says that the company's Italian division could be shut down for up to 30 days if it doesn't respond with the next 30.
Around the world, Apple typically offers just one year of free warranty service with new electronics. People wanting two years are normally pushed to pay for an upgrade to AppleCare, a policy the company has maintained in Italy in spite of greater consumer protections there. The AGCM argues that Apple has failed to clearly explain that it owes shoppers free two-year coverage.