Russians sue Apple after it withdraws payment service | business news

Apple users in Russia have filed a legal claim, seeking 90 million rubles (£1 million) in damages from the US tech company.

Apple limited its payment service – Apple Pay – in Russia last monthas several companies reduced their presence in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

But owners of Apple products in Russia allege that this reduced the functionality of their devices and lowered their value.

Chernyshov, Lukoyanov & Partners, the Russian law firm acting on behalf of consumers, said Apple’s actions had been unfair and discriminatory under Russian law.

The plaintiffs also seek compensation for “non-pecuniary damage” and call for Apple Pay to be reinstated in Russia.

The suit was filed in a Moscow court, and lawyers said the total figure requested could rise as more consumers join the action.

Senior partner Konstantin Lukoyanov said that Apple’s US parent company made a decision to suspend sales of Apple products and restrict services offered in Russia.

“Thus, the claims in our lawsuit are directed firstly at the parent company and secondly at its subsidiary units,” he said in
a statement reported by the Reuters news agency.

Apple has not commented on the news.

In March, when it limited Apple Pay, removed Russian state-backed media from its App Store and halted all product sales, Apple said it was “deeply concerned” about what was happening in Ukraine.

He added: “We are supporting humanitarian efforts, providing aid for the unfolding refugee crisis and doing everything we can to support our teams in the region.”

Chernyshov, Lukoyanov & Partners files a similar lawsuit against the streaming company Netflix, which also suspended its service in Russia last month.

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