Apple faces lawsuits in Europe over slowing down older iPhones

Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones.



a stereo sitting on top of a laptop: An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


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An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Euroconsumers, the advocacy group bringing the action, said in a statement Wednesday that the class-action lawsuits cover up to 2 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus devices in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

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Apple has faced public backlash and legal action around the world after it admitted in 2017 that software updates designed to prevent the batteries in older iPhones from crashing also slowed the devices down.

The Euroconsumers cases mirror a class action lawsuit against Apple in the United States that led to a proposed settlement of $500 million in March. Last month, Apple paid $113 million to

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Facebook and Google May Face 4 New Antitrust Lawsuits

Tech giants Facebook  (FB) – Get Report and Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report could face as many as four new antitrust lawsuits in January, a media report says.

Shares of Facebook at last check were down 1.5% to $273.79. Google slipped  2% to $1752.18.

Federal and state antitrust authorities are preparing to file new lawsuits against Google for abuse of its competitive position in search and advertising practices, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal. Facebook faces action regarding its social-media dominance, the paper reported.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a long-awaited antitrust case against Google.

The DoJ said the action was brought to “restrain Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices, and to remedy the effects of this

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The FTC and state attorneys general are reportedly aiming up to 4 new antitrust lawsuits at Facebook and Google as talk of regulation continues to heat up



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  • The Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general are gearing up to hit Google and Facebook with new antitrust lawsuits in the coming weeks, per a Monday report from The Wall Street Journal.
  • The probes will focus on whether the companies have had unfair advantages in their domination of the search and ad market and social media.
  • The DOJ and state attorneys generals have been probing aspects of Google’s business, including its search, online advertising, and Android practices, since 2019. The DOJ filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google in October.
  • But if the government sued Facebook, it would be the first major US government antitrust action taken against the social media company.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Federal and state officials are gearing up to slap Facebook and Google with up to four new antitrust lawsuits by

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San Diego County approves Otay Ranch development, activists threaten lawsuits

Despite objections from the state Attorney General and various environmental activists, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a large development in a fire-prone area northeast of Chula Vista.

The Board relied on the testimony of Cal Fire San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham, who said the Otay Ranch Village 13 development, “of all the projects that we’ve brought before the board, is probably the safest from a fire protection standpoint.”

The proposed development, dubbed Otay Ranch Resort Village, features 1,938 homes, a resort hotel, elementary school, fire station, more than 3 miles of trails, 40,000 square feet of commercial space, and 1,107 acres of nature preserves.

It would be located just northeast of Eastlake and south of Otay Village 14, another large development approved by the Board of Supervisors in June.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra and environmental activists from the Sierra Club said approving such a large development

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