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Apple to pay $2.25 million to settle Australia case

June 08, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Apple has agreed to pay $2.25 million over charges that it misled Australian customers about the new iPad's 4G capabilities.
Apple has agreed to pay $2.25 million over charges that it misled Australian… (Mark Gunter / AFP/Getty )

When it comes to the legal world, it has not been a good day for Apple.

The Cupertino, Calif., tech company agreed Friday to pay $2.25 million to end a case in Australia that claimed Apple misled customers who bought the 4G version of the new iPad, which it turned out did not work with any of the 4G networks in the country.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a government regulator, charged the tech company in March, after the new iPad arrived in stores. 

If the settlement is approved by the judge in the case, Apple will pay the money to the ACCC and will also likely cover the organization's court costs, which are about $300,000.

This isn't the first concession Apple has had to take for its marketing of the iPad 4G in Australia. The company also offered Australian customers refunds if they felt they were misled by its marketing, and it has also updated its website to clarify the specifics of how the third-generation iPad 4G works.

The decision by Apple to settle the case comes the same day that a U.S. federal judge threw out a case between Apple and Motorola Mobility.

That case involved lawsuits filed by Apple in 2010 that alleged that Motorola had infringed on four of its patents. Motorola countersued with its own patent-infringement allegations against Apple.

The judge said neither company proved damages and that any injunctions ordered as a result of the case would not serve the public interest.

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