Japanese printer manufacturer Epson and smartphone manufacturer Apple are facing legal issues in France. The matter that has come to light is speeding up of the aging of their products, to stimulate demand for newer versions.
HOP, a consumer association based out of France filed the initial legal complaints in courts against both the organizations. HOP said that it had filed the complaint against Apple on Wednesday, and that the investigation against Epson was started last month.
Co-Founder of HOP, Laetitia Vasseur stated that the objective of bot these complaints was to implement French consumer law, which was amended in 2015 to include planned obsolescence.
Apple is already facing lawsuits in the United States. The company is accused of cheating its users by slowing down devices, without any warning to compensate for poor battery performance.
The lawsuits were filed after the company had come up with updates for iPhone 6, 6s, SE, and iPhone 7. The company claimed to have implemented a feature that will “smooth out” power supply from batteries that have low charge. According to Apple, the device would close without any warning because of a design element that prevents components from getting charred.