Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday April 05, 2016

France Wants Apple To Pay $55M For Unfair Contract Requirements

While, at a glance, this may seem like another cash grab on an American company overseas, the long list of complaints filed by France’s Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control seems pretty legitimate.

The DGCCRF outlined 10 clauses in Apple’s contracts specifically that it wants the company to remove. The clauses relate to stipulations Apple enforces including the amount of product carriers must order, advertising requirements, mobile plans and other guidelines the carriers must follow in order to sell iPhones. Other clauses relate to Apple’s permission to use patents held by carriers, requirements for carriers covering costs of iPhone repairs and in-store displays, and the fact that Apple doesn’t have to adhere to similar guidelines within the contracts.