The Australian Federal Court has ordered Apple to pay $2.25m and an additional $300,00 in costs for misleading consumers about the capacity of its new iPad being able to connect to Australia’s 4G LTE network.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed the suit against Apple in March 28, claiming the company was guilty of false advertising by branding its device as ‘iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G’. The ACCC argued that the label was misleading to consumers because it implied the third-generation iPad was compatible with Australia’s sole 4G network, run by Telstra, which it is not.
In a judgement today Federal Court Justice Mordy Bromberg ruled that Apple was liable for the misconduct and ordered the company to pay a $2.25 million fine and $300,000 in costs.
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