Quebec Superior Court Approves Class-Action Lawsuit Against Apple Over Battery Life

The Quebec Superior Court will allow a class-action lawsuit against Apple to proceed.


According to a new report from the Montreal Gazette, the Quebec Superior Court will allow a class-action lawsuit against Apple on the notion that batteries in the company’s products do not last for a reasonable enough length of time.

The class-action lawsuit affects two groups of consumers. First, Quebecers who have purchased Apple products with a rechargeable battery since December 29, 2014, including iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, iPods and MacBooks. And second, Quebecers who have purchased AppleCare or AppleCare+ for their products since December 20, 2015.

The class action was authorized on the grounds that Apple has allegedly failed to provide products that must be durable for a reasonable length of time. The lawsuit also claims that consumers buying the AppleCare warranty weren’t informed of the legal guarantee available to them under Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act.

Law firms Renno Vathilakis and LPC Advocat are leading the suit, and plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for consumers who are included.

Lawyer Michael Vathilakis of Renno Vathilakis said: “One of the issues is that Apple did not provide adequate information with respect to its products’ expected battery life.”

It’s not currently known what the filers consider to be a reasonable length of time, in regards to the durability of Apple’s batteries. Apple, along with the Canadian government, considers batteries to be consumables and therefore they are generally not covered under the Consumer Protection Act.