Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and 33 other state attorneys general have reached a $113 million settlement with Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL). Under the settlement, Hill’s office says Apple will pay Indiana more than $4.8 million, which will go to the state’s Agency Settlement Fund.
In addition to the payment, Apple must provide truthful information to consumers about iPhone battery health, performance, and power management. Apple must provide this important information in various forms, including on its website, in update installation notes and in the iPhone user interface itself.
The settlement comes after the company’s 2016 decision to throttle consumers’ iPhone speeds to address unexpected shutdowns in some iPhones.
“Apple likely believed it found a clever way to not only get around its iPhones’ battery issues, but also profit by manufacturing additional issues into those faulty phones,” said Hill. “Unfortunately, those deceptive business decisions will now cost the company millions of dollars. It is our hope that from now on, Apple is transparent about problems with its devices.”
The multistate investigation was led by Hill as well as Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.