Feeds

Apple slapped with 75 lawsuits by staff of titsup French computer biz

Give us our Jobs back, say Fruit of Fury protesters

Security for virtualized datacentres

Apple was sued 75 times on Tuesday as former employees of reseller eBizcuss filed individual suits against the iPhone-maker in Paris.

eBizcuss was the biggest reseller of Apple products in France until the end of May, when the firm went into administration. In December the eBizcuss CEO Francois Prudent claimed that the financial woes of the reseller were a direct result of Apple's business practices.

Prudent said the fruity firm had withheld stock and prioritised its own stores. He filed a lawsuit against Apple but the suit was invalidated when eBizcuss went under. Now the reseller's former employees are taking matters into their own hands.

In the suits filed at the Prud'hommes tribunal, 75 former employees of eBizcuss have claimed that Apple was effectively their "co-employer" because it had such control over the business. The former employees are now demanding either new employment or extra severance pay.

Patricia Allouche told Le Figaro:

We consider [Apple] to be our employer, in light of the specifications that it imposed on us, because it sets the layout of shops, because it trained the salespeople and controlled the merchandising, etc.. and [because] 80 per cent of the products that we present are of the Apple brand. [translated]

Class action suits are not possible in France – suits can be taken in the interests of collectives but each claimant needs to be individually named – so the 75 employees each turned up to the court to present their claim.

Logo of the La pomme de discorde movment, credit la pomme de discorde

A group of these former employees have started a campaign called "Pomme de Discorde" – literally the Apple of Trouble, a phrase used to mean "the bone of contention".

The deadline for rescue bids for the collapsed firm passed this week. According to the financial press office for eBizcuss, CapValue, several bids have been received and the administrator will take a fortnight to weigh them up before making a decision. ®

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.