Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/23/apple_italy/

Moneybags Apple loses $1.2m Italian warranty fine scrap

Foxconn-rebrand biz sets sights on formal appeal

By Bill Ray

Posted in Business, 23rd March 2012 14:39 GMT

An Italian court has refused to suspend fines slapped on Apple for failing to properly advertise EU-mandated warranties.

Local rag Le Repubblica reports that Apple's attempt to delay the payout was rejected at a hearing in Lazio this week. The bench recognised that Apple's online store was now complying with the law, but a formal appeal in May will still be necessary if the moneybags biz is going to avoid paying up for its past.

In December Apple (market cap: $558bn) was hit with a €900k fine (£752k, $1.2m) for failing to provide Italians shopping online a two-year warranty (which merited €400K), and for offering them an AppleCare extended cover instead (which cost the other €500K).

The iPad biz contends it didn't do any of this, but has posted details of the fine and action taking against it on the Italian Apple Store website as required by the country's court.

Apple told El Reg it remains innocent, and will appeal against the decision on May 9. ®