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Geep: Legal action against canadian iPhone recycler

Last updated on March 9, 2021

Apple has sued an alleged recycling company that did not scrap iPhones but sold them on.

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Apple is taking legal action against the Canadian recycler Geep: The company is said to have resold 103,845 iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches, which according to the contract should have been dismantled in order to recycle the components. This is reported by the website The Logic

Geep does not deny the allegations, but announced that the theft was not in line with business policy, but was carried out by three employees.

According to the report, Apple had already found out about the matter in late 2017 or early 2018 and stopped working with Geep. Only now did the process become public.

In its complaint, Apple claims to have sent a total of 531,966 iPhones, 25,673 iPads and 19,277 Apple Watches to the company between January 2015 and December 2017, all of which were contractually intended to be recycled.

During a check, Apple found that the devices were no longer there, but that the iPhones and iPads, which no longer existed, were logged into several cellular providers. The number of unreported cases is high because iPads and Apple Watch are sometimes only equipped with WLAN and therefore could not dial into the networks.

Apple now wants all profits from the resale and demands the equivalent of an additional 20 million euros as a contractual penalty. The group takes old devices from its own production in payment and also offers the recycling of old devices .

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